Speakers Out

Update by Alan Cesar to the Mazda MX-5 Miata project car
Apr 12, 2013

This is a job anyone can do in their driveway.
The old, blown speakers were from the most expensive cars we could find in the junkyard.
Once the speaker cover was off, the new speaker went in place super easily. Even the OE screw holes lined up.

Some years ago, this Miata’s speakers went bad. Under the flag of uber-cheapness and poverty, we took the advice from a certain story by a certain well-known figure in crapcan racing. When buying speakers from a junkyard, “why go with Nissan when you could have Infiniti for the same price?”

We did, and the best we could do at our local yard was Volvo. They worked well enough, considering the $11 price for the pair, but removing the custom-molded housing so it would fit in this Miata’s doors took a decent amount of work. They did last a good four years before flaking out, so perhaps it was all worthwhile.

Upon their failure, however, we opted for new—the best pair that Wal-Mart had to offer. About $50 bought this pair of Sony Xplod speakers.

Installation in this case was a cinch. The speaker had notches in exactly the right places for the OEM Miata speaker screws. We’re not looking for audiophile-level performance, or block-rockin’ bass, so their performance is copacetic.

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BanzaiBeast New Reader
4/15/13 7:32 a.m.

It really is amazing at the stereo that can be had these days for a meager price. The high end Jensen that came out of my last purchase didn't sound nearly as good as the $70 JVC that went in.

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