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Old 07-25-2013, 06:57 PM
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I am seriously considering the purchase of a Key West 219FS center console with the fiberglass hard top option. KW molded in two speaker pads on the underside of the top, firing down at the helm position. The pads are sized to accommodate 6 1/2-inch speakers.

We will play the music mostly anchored and drifting and rarely at speed. My plan was to install one stereo pair of the highest quality speakers available in the pads, sheltered from the weather and the UV rays, with plenty of amplifier power. I had pretty much decided on the JL "M" series but I noticed the language on their website that their 6 1/2-inch speakers are all "infinite baffle" and the sound quality will suffer without a volume of space behind them. Recessing the speakers in the hard top is not likely to provide that.

Am I understanding JL's disclaimer correctly? Am I right that the performance of the JL speakers will be compromised in my application? What about the Wetsounds SW-650 ... are those "infinite baffle" as well? Any other choices that will work?
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What do they describe as "volume"? and what shape should this "volume" be?
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From JL Audio's website regarding the M650-CCX-CG-WH speaker:

"The woofer design is optimized to operate with a large volume of air behind it (at least 2 cu. ft. / 57 l). Operating this coaxial system in less space will compromise its low frequency performance."

Nowadays, with boat builders injecting foam into every nook and cranny, I cannot imagine where to find multiple large voids like that to accommodate the typical marine speaker installation.
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Look at jls tower speakers designed for small enclosures.
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Are those molded speaker pods sealed? I doubt it.
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Look at Wetsounds
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Originally Posted by bradv View Post
Look at jls tower speakers designed for small enclosures.
The speaker pads molded into the hardtop will accommodate 6.5-inch speakers max. JL does not make a 6.5 tower speaker; they are all 7.7.

And the speaker pads are a molded feature of the fiberglass hardtop and consist of two raised flat circular spots for speaker placement.. That seems pretty "sealed" to me.

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