Installation was easy, but after turning on some music, I had to turn the volume up about twice as high as I used to just to get it to a comfortable listening level. There was also zero bass. Hoping it wasn't my new Focal speakers, I took one of the baffles out and it sounded like it should....loud with crisp highs and perfect bass. I proceeded to take the rest out and the music sounded great. I thought about cutting the back off as others have said in reviews, but I didn't bother. I can see the advantage of protecting your speakers, but if it makes your music sound dull and lifeless, is it really worth it? I may try cutting the back off one at some point and see how the speaker performs, but it's not high on my priority list. I regret spending money on this suggested accessory.
from Houston, TX
good add-on for the disappointing Sony 3-way speakers
XTC 5-1/4 Speaker baffles
from Boonville, NY
Very easy to install, highly recommend
Not sure why these were recommended
from Las Vegas, NV
These baffles were recommended for my front speakers when I added Kicker 40CS54 5-1/4 two ways to my cart. I assumed that they were meant to reduce rattle and vibration and protect the speaker from moisture. Fair enough. Installation was easy, but when I first fired up the system, the sound was... Disappointing. Highs had a definite hiss and bass was washed out and distorted. Songs I was very familiar with sounded almost unrecognizable. Fiddling with settings and EQ helped, but I was beginning to think id chosen poorly on speakers and was going to have to add a sub. I don't know what made me think of it, but after about a week I started looking up info on the baffles and many people said that they had a definite affect on bass. I opened my doors back up and reinstalled the baffles in the garbage can. A world of difference. Bass finally appear, highs and mids sounded better mixed.
I don't think there is anything wrong with these baffles. If used with a component system or a sub, I think they would be great. I just think crutchfield needs to be more informative about the proper use of the baffles.