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Old 05-30-2016, 03:44 PM
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Default Kicker speakers 8" or Rockford fosgate

Anybody have these installed? Any reviews? I've had pioneer 8" and they were very poor quality. Wanting to upgrade and like the kickers or even the Rockford fosgate. I know everyone is going to say JL Audio 8.8 but they are way over my budget.
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I have the Kicker 8's on my boat and like them. They sound good. I have only had them for six months so I don't know about longevity.
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Can u give me more details on ur set up? Looking to put 4 of them with no amp, unless it's needed.
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I have 4 of them running off of a kicker mx400.2. Second time I have purchased kicker marine speakers for a boat and could not be happier. Great sound with the amp and don't find need for a sub.
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I'm in the midst of installing 4 Rockford 8" speakers and one of their 12" subs all running off wetsounds amps

Been told by many they're good speakers
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Honestly, depends of where you live. In fresh water and not so humid climates the fosgates are good speakers. In Florida the tweeter will go out in a year. They know of issue but haven't changed the way they are made.
That being said they sound good and can handle lots of power.
Personally I couldn't imagine running 8's off a head unit. That's 12-14 watts a speakers. These things need closer to 200. And before someone says their HU puts out 4x50 that's all BS.
A good afforded package would be the RF marine 4 channel amp with 4 8's.
Even better with a wetsounds ht-4 they had a deal on of you can find one.
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I have run the fosgate 8" in my last two boats, and had good luck with them, the current ones are only about a year old though, I am running them with a fosgate 600 watt amp so I think that's about 75 watts per channel in the real world, when I bought them last year they were about 250 per set, I was just shopping for 4 more to set up a new boat and they were more like 300 per set so I bought the kicker 8" with the leds for half the cost, I don't think they will be as good as the fosgate but you get what you pay for most of the time, the kickers 8" only have a 6.5" cone and the fosgate is a 7" cone. you would be wasting your time if you are not installing an amplifier.
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I am running my 8's off the HU and they sound good. I will get an amp one day but it is low on my list. I am not trying to be the DJ at the sand bar.
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Originally Posted by Landito86 View Post
Can u give me more details on ur set up? Looking to put 4 of them with no amp, unless it's needed.
That is exactly what I am running and it's good for me.
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Originally Posted by Dockholiday74 View Post
Honestly, depends of where you live. In fresh water and not so humid climates the fosgates are good speakers. In Florida the tweeter will go out in a year. They know of issue but haven't changed the way they are made.
That being said they sound good and can handle lots of power.
Personally I couldn't imagine running 8's off a head unit. That's 12-14 watts a speakers. These things need closer to 200. And before someone says their HU puts out 4x50 that's all BS.
A good afforded package would be the RF marine 4 channel amp with 4 8's.
Even better with a wetsounds ht-4 they had a deal on of you can find one.

I have 4 8" RF's on my Mako. The boat lives outside year round, no cover and I have had the speakers for going on 5 years. No issues with the tweeters yet.
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Originally Posted by Mersiles View Post
I have 4 8" RF's on my Mako. The boat lives outside year round, no cover and I have had the speakers for going on 5 years. No issues with the tweeters yet.
Same here. Only problem I had was the decal thing fell off the subwoofer.
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Originally Posted by Mersiles View Post
I have 4 8" RF's on my Mako. The boat lives outside year round, no cover and I have had the speakers for going on 5 years. No issues with the tweeters yet.
Well, you are the exception and I am glad to hear someone has had luck. Again, only an issue in fl or very humid salty areas. Check your tweeters close and make sure they aren't torn. Many don't even realize they are bad.
I have 6 of them in my garage that were replaced once and bad again. Big game just replaced 20 or so of his 30 on his boat that were bad.
Boston whaler had major warranty issues with them as well.
Please understand that I am not knocking the speakers as afar as sound. They sound great and can handle power.

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Originally Posted by formula29 View Post
the kickers 8" only have a 6.5" cone and the fosgate is a 7" cone.
I couldn't find the data on cone size but the Kickers have a 1.25" titanium tweeter vs 1" aluminum for the RF and RMS is 150w for the Kickers and 100 for the RF.

How do the Kickers compare to your RF sound quality and bass wise?
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Originally Posted by rudeskawn View Post
I couldn't find the data on cone size but the Kickers have a 1.25" titanium tweeter vs 1" aluminum for the RF and RMS is 150w for the Kickers and 100 for the RF.

How do the Kickers compare to your RF sound quality and bass wise?
I can't compare to the Kicker since I haven't owned them but I use an amp (75 X 4) and everyone thinks I have a sub on the boat. Tons of bass and sound clear to me. All of mine are the PM282 models.

Although I think they could use a little more power, I should have gone with a bigger amp but it's only a 19' boat.


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Originally Posted by Dockholiday74 View Post
Well, you are the exception and I am glad to hear someone has had luck. Again, only an issue in fl or very humid salty areas. Check your tweeters close and make sure they aren't torn. Many don't even realize they are bad.
I have 6 of them in my garage that were replaced once and bad again. Big game just replaced 20 or so of his 30 on his boat that were bad.
Boston whaler had major warranty issues with them as well.
Please understand that I am not knocking the speakers as afar as sound. They sound great and can handle power.
Damn Dock... Now you've got me worried. I haven't looked at that boat in probably 3 months now.

I've been on the Everglades which needs all 4 JBL's replaced and two of then are fuggen 6 X 9's which I really wanted to replace with 8"....
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Originally Posted by Mersiles View Post
Damn Dock... Now you've got me worried. I haven't looked at that boat in probably 3 months now.

I've been on the Everglades which needs all 4 JBL's replaced and two of then are fuggen 6 X 9's which I really wanted to replace with 8"....
Hope fully they are ok. I really wish they would fix the tweets. It's a really good sounding speaker and price is good. Just hard to recommend something and therm hear all the complaints.
On the 35lx we have done digital designs 6x9's. We sprayed the ring and the grill white. They sound really really good.
We also have done rings to make 808's work.
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Originally Posted by Dockholiday74 View Post
Hope fully they are ok. I really wish they would fix the tweets. It's a really good sounding speaker and price is good. Just hard to recommend something and therm hear all the complaints.
On the 35lx we have done digital designs 6x9's. We sprayed the ring and the grill white. They sound really really good.
We also have done rings to make 808's work.
I thought about doing rings but have come to grips with the fact that it will be replace them with 6 X 9's. Just seems like the options are limited for that speaker size in the marine category.
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I thought about doing rings but have come to grips with the fact that it will be replace them with 6 X 9's. Just seems like the options are limited for that speaker size in the marine category.
They are. That's why we did the digital designs. Been up there 2 years now and sound great. They truly make some nice stuff. Other than that kickers ks line is ok much better then jbl but nowhere close to the DD product.
What was the issue with the rings?
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I have rockford 10" subs and one already took a dump - less than 6 months
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Originally Posted by Dockholiday74 View Post
They are. That's why we did the digital designs. Been up there 2 years now and sound great. They truly make some nice stuff. Other than that kickers ks line is ok much better then jbl but nowhere close to the DD product.
What was the issue with the rings?
I just don't like the looks of the rings.

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