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My front 3 1/2" Infinity reference speakers distort when the volume is turned up. So I have to but the balance to the back of the car and this doesn't sound that great. I am going to go down to radio shack and pick up some cheap capacitors for them, so what exactly should I get?
 

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they are only 3 1/2"ers...don't expect bass 8) all you need to do really is go to a local car audio shop or best buy or something of the sort and ask for bass blockers. They'll know what to get you.
 

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Are you running on deck power, or seperate amps???

If you are on deck power, then yes, you will need some sort of bass blocker thingy.

If you are running seperate amps, then you should be looking at crossovers. 3 1/2's are not really great for bass at all. If you go this route, then if it's set up properly, then you can crank the volume up higher w/o any distortion, depending on how your speakers are rated (and Infinity's are very good speakers).

My Alpine system is running seperate amps. I have one Alpine 140W 4-channel amp that is running my 4" Alpine coaxial's in the stock dash locations & my 6 x 9" Alpine triaxial's in the backseat side panels. The amp is on the default 4 ohm setting @ 35W per channel. The built in crossovers are set on high pass, which will weed out all of the bass frequency's. I can crank the volume up about 2/3 of the way up, before I get any distortion. Which is just fine with me, at that point the system is at ~113 db, which is a bit loud for me anyway. (The system has been tweaked w/ a Audio Control RTA that can also check the db level, thus I know the numbers are correct).

HTH.
 

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I'm running of the deck and I'm not looking for any bass from the 3 1/2s, just to cut out any deep bass so I can play them louder and not have them distort with all of the low bass notes. I'll probably just go to audio king or another audio store and pick up some bass blockers then. Thanks for the help.
 

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Infinity Speakers

Hey man,

I just put in the infinity reference series 3002cf two way speakers in the front stock position. They are great little speakers and they really don't distort at all. But then again, they came with little capacitors in the box; I am surprised that you don't have them (you may want to check the box that you bought them in). Anyhow, most distortion is cause by the deck. What I did, is adjust the frequencies going to the front and limited it to the higher frequencies. Your deck may be able to do the same thing, then you may not have to waste money on capacitors or crossovers. That may be something that you should look in to before you decide to purchase crossovers. You would be surprised how many decks have that option; just read your deck user manual. Anyhow, if that fails, you can get the little capacitors that you just wire up to one of the speaker terminals in series. That should solve your problem; and I suspect that they are not very expensive.

For my car, I put infinities in the rear positions as well, the 4 x 6's fit perfectly in the stock bracket, all I had to do was bolt them in. Sounds great...anyhow, hope that helps you out man...

Mickey
 

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those little capacitor things your talking about are bass blockers 8)
 

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yeah, I suppose you are right. They are bass blockers. The fellow at Future shop told me that they essentially eliminate all low frequencies going to the speakers as a protection device. So anyways, I suspect that they should be included with the speakers. They work great for me, so I think that they should be used with the speakers if they are inlcuded in the box.

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The bass blockers will probably solve your problem. However, if your deck power is not strong and you are looking for higher sound levels, then you may still clip the amp and get distortion in the fronts, even with the blockers. But the blockers are always a good place to start.
 
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