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Audio quality 87-91 soft top.

Was curious if anyone has came up with a solution to the piss poor audio sound quality in the FSB both topless and with a soft top?

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Fosgate prime series speakers and a good head.


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Headphones.
Please stay off the freeway..... this is a major pet peeve. If you can't hear what's going on around you please don't drive.

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Please stay off the freeway..... this is a major pet peeve. If you can't hear what's going on around you please don't drive.
I agree in general, but... In my heavily insulated sedan, I can barely hear the loudest aftermarket non-air horn I could find with the stereo at moderate volume levels.
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Please stay off the freeway..... this is a major pet peeve. If you can't hear what's going on around you please don't drive.

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There are currently no states that prohibit deaf people from obtaining non-commercial driver's licenses.

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There are currently no states that prohibit deaf people from obtaining non-commercial driver's licenses.
However the difference is deaf people Are aware of the fact that there is more going on around them than they hear so they Usually pay more attention than people jamming out to headphones. I spend 99% of my time on the US interstate system. If you have even seen half of the wrecks that I have You Would not be making that joke. It may be funny online but not so much when your child/spouse/parent is splattered all-over the pavement Getting picked up with a shovel.

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I agree in general, but... In my heavily insulated sedan, I can barely hear the loudest aftermarket non-air horn I could find with the stereo at moderate volume levels.
True but that's a vehicle thing. Headphones are just pure negligence

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Last I knew, at least in Kansas, it is illegal to drive with heads on/ ear buds in.

Why are we talking about this??? My Bronco does just fine with 4 speakers and the top off. If you want a tuned audio experience then don't drive a Bronco, even with the top on they are eco chambers with a ton of speaker mount locations and none of them are ideal.

Make it loud
Make it clear
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Last I knew, at least in Kansas, it is illegal to drive with heads on/ ear buds in.

Why are we talking about this??? My Bronco does just fine with 4 speakers and the top off. If you want a tuned audio experience then don't drive a Bronco, even with the top on they are eco chambers with a ton of speaker mount locations and none of them are ideal.

Make it loud
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I don't need anything with subs or comp ready, I May do a 10 or 8 in sub in the console but not likely, I'm just curious about a good high quality speaker setup to replace factory that won't distort or implode after 1 year use topless in summer.

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I put the fosgate prime in all my cars now; 88 Bronco and my 89 Grand Marquis. wife's 97 Suburban got power bass 3ways in the 2 rear locations and pyramid premium woofers up front with the factory tweeters because I was on a budget and needed all 6 speakers. Those all work really well too and are holding up nicely, I beat on them hard when I drive it. I swore I would never buy pyramids again but their high end stuff is actually well made. I have a 800watt sub and 1000 watt amp lined up to go in the Bronco eventually too; nothing special, used volfenhag and a American Acoustic.


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wolfpack91, headphones aren't a bad idea. You can still hear your environment with head phones on. I would say you hear equally well as compared to an audio system designed to overcome the ambient NVH that you are asking about.

While you're safe to ask a question like this in the newbie threads, might I suggest rolling with the answers a bit better.

Now, what's worked well in my 78 with a soft top is to have some 6x9 boxes (q logic I think they are) installed on the floor kind of pointing up and across at a 45 degree angle. It doesn't look pretty, but the sound quality is not bad all things considered. I have 5.25" in my front door factory location. Polk Audio speakers and a Pioneer head unit.
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Driving with both ears covered or obstructed with headphones or earbuds is illegal in many states.
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I have 1500 watts going...audio quality if just fine.

Kenwood head, alpine amps, with JBL: speakers and 10" sub. Good sound quality. The 10 sub is a shallow mount and had a custom enclosure built into the side of the rear cab so it doesn't take up rear space.

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I've run a soft top for over 10 years. Gutted interior(no carpet,rhino lined), along with my exhaust, no cats and a magnaflow muffler, so it's loud inside. Most of the time I ride around with the sides and back rolled up. Anyway, up until this year I only had the 2 front speakers. They'd have to be full blast to hear anything. Recently added a set of crawl tunes trail cans that are mounted to my roll bar in the back..Would help if I installed an amp, but I didn't really feel like it. Those rear speakers pointed forward made all the difference.
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I've run a soft top for over 10 years. Gutted interior(no carpet,rhino lined), along with my exhaust, no cats and a magnaflow muffler, so it's loud inside. Most of the time I ride around with the sides and back rolled up. Anyway, up until this year I only had the 2 front speakers. They'd have to be full blast to hear anything. Recently added a set of crawl tunes trail cans that are mounted to my roll bar in the back..Would help if I installed an amp, but I didn't really feel like it. Those rear speakers pointed forward made all the difference.
This!! this right here is my issue. While my truck is not gutted it's still very loud, I have a 1990 5.0L cammed mated to a 5speed manual and long tube headers dumping into dual flowmeter super 10 single chambers plus mud tires. Once it gets up to speed on the road you can't hear shit unless it's cranked and most audio speakers disintigrate at those volumes. I don't need tuned comp audio, but a good set of all weather (possible marine grade) durable loud and clear speakers would be a God sent this season.

Ps you don't happen to have a link for those crawl tunes trail cans do you?

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Do you really need that loud of an exhaust?

I went from loud to very mild and the Bronco is much more enjoyable.

Now the loudest thing is the roar from my 37" mtr's


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Quiet enough to put three kids to sleep at 55-60mph


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Do you really need that loud of an exhaust?

I went from loud to very mild and the Bronco is much more enjoyable.

Now the loudest thing is the roar from my 37" mtr's


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Yes. It's not a DD I spend more time in this than I do in the Bronco anyway It's more just to weekend and summer playtoy

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Same here. Got sick and tired of the loudness. Grated on me after a while.


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