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Hey guys,

My 96 Impala SS still has the stock speakers and deck which aren't horrible, but I would like to upgrade the speakers to something better.
I don't want to replace the deck, or add amps, or subs.

What would you guys recommend that would fit the factory openings without alteration.
I'm just looking for a clean sound, no heavy bass, or anything crazy.
I'm not on a budget so I don't want Radio Shack speakers. ;-)

Thanks!
 

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Replacement speakers for my stock 96 SS.

Finding some quality 6x9's for the package tray is pretty straight-forward. The factory 4x6's in the front doors are another matter. Most of us have added a spacer template (check audio section of this forum) that allow a round 6.5" speaker instead. There are many more quality speaker choices in this size. The install is fairly easy as well.
 

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Thanks!
Would this Alpine set be an ok combination?

Front Speakers
Alpine 4x6" Type-S Coaxial Car Speakers (SPS406)

The SPS-406 4"x6" speakers use strong, lightweight polypropylene-mica woofers to handle the lower frequencies. Air-injected rubber surrounds keep cone movement under tight control, eliminating distortion and enhancing bass. Stamped steel frames provide rugged support for these speakers, and their low profile allows them to fit in more factory locations.

The 3/4" silk dome tweeters play your high notes smoothly and comfortably with no hint of harshness. You can also swivel the tweeters up to 10 degrees to improve the stereo image at your listening position. These efficient Type-S speakers will sound great with a low-powered factory radio, but they're also made to handle the high power output of an external amplifier. Grilles are not included — factory grilles are appropriate for most installations.

• 4"x6" 2-way speakers (pair)
• polypropylene-mica woofer cone with air-injected rubber surround
• 3/4" silk dome tweeter
• power range: 2-45 watts RMS (140 watts peak power)

Rear Speakers
Alpine 6x9" Type-S Coaxial 3-Way Car Speakers (Pair) (SPS619)

The sonic specialists at Alpine optimize their SPS619 6"x9" speakers for great range and impressive tone definition, even at low power levels. You can connect these versatile SPS619 speakers to your factory stereo for an immediate sonic improvement, or hook them up to a powerful aftermarket stereo or amp for increased performance.

Mineral-fortified polypropylene cones are exceptionally stiff, yet lightweight, which means they can push out accurate bass and deliver clear midrange. Resilient rubber surrounds help keep the woofer centered for accurate cone movement, reducing distortion. Silk dome midrange drivers and tweeters bring out all the fullness and detail in your music. Grilles are not included — factory grilles are appropriate for most installations.

SPS619 Details:
• component speaker system includes two woofers, two tweeters, and two built-in crossovers
• 1" silk dome tweeter
• frequency response: 70-22,000 Hz
• sensitivity: 88 dB
 

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Pioneer option

I can also get this Pioneer combination:

Front Speakers
4X6" TS-A Series 3 Way Coaxial Speakers (TSA4675R)

PIONEERING AN IDEAL
Absolute fidelity to musical sources takes form from speakers that reproduce the ambience in which sounds originate. Stage size, musicians’ movement, aural reflection and other distinctive details all bring these sounds to life. Pioneer A-Series speakers are available in 2-way component packages or coaxial designs in multiple sizes that fit most vehicles.

LOUD AND CLEAR
Various materials were carefully combined to develop a diaphragm of extra lightness and rigidity to reproduce sound clearly with outstanding responsiveness sensitivity and a suitable degree of internal loss. The new A-Series speakers feature a multilayer mica matrix cone where a surface containing mica properly maintains the cone’s superior rigidity and internal loss while another layer makes excellent use of light, water-resistant material.

OTHER FEATURES
•Lightweight elastic polymer surround for high sensitivity

•Heat-resistant voice coil wire for heat dissipation and durability to withstand high input power

•New grille design

Rear Speakers
Pioneer TSA Series 6x9 3 Way Speaker (TSA6975R)

•500 Watts Max Power (90 Watts Nominal)

•New Multilayer Mica Matrix Cone Design for
Optimum Sound Reproduction and Responsiveness

•Lightweight Elastic Polymer Surround

PIONEERING AN IDEAL

Absolute fidelity to musical sources takes form from speakers that reproduce the ambience in which sounds originate. Stage size, musicians’ movement, aural reflection and other distinctive details all bring these sounds to life. Pioneer A-Series speakers are available in 2-way component packages or coaxial designs in multiple sizes that fit most vehicles.

LOUD AND CLEAR

Various materials were carefully combined to develop a diaphragm of extra lightness and rigidity to reproduce sound clearly with outstanding responsiveness sensitivity and a suitable degree of internal loss. The new A-Series speakers feature a multilayer mica matrix cone where a surface containing mica properly maintains the cone’s superior rigidity and internal loss while another layer makes excellent use of light, water-resistant material.

OTHER FEATURES
•Lightweight elastic polymer surround for high sensitivity

•Heat-resistant voice coil wire for heat dissipation and durability to withstand high input power

•New grille design
 

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Give the guys at Crutchfield a call and they will give you some good advice. You can also check there site to see what is offered in a 4x6 for the front and 6x9 for the rear and see what may be on sale. They also will include instructions for your car if you need them and adapter harnesses so you don't need to cut the factory wires.

I recently upgraded the fronts to a 6.5" round but before that had some 4x6" plate speakers (iirc were JVC units) there that worked pretty well with a low power head unit. The big problem with the 4x6 is they don't handle much power but you will be fine with the stock head unit.
 

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Do yourself a favor and do 6.5 upfront. there isnt much modification needed and the sound difference is definately worth it.
 

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a little late...

A little late to the conversation, but here's my two cents...

I'm seriously considering going with Focal, Access 165 ACs in front and 690 ACs in the rear, powered by a JL Audio four way Slash amp and signal from a Kenwood media only head unit. I am NOT going with their component systems because I don't want to cut up the interior in any way and I want the system to be stealthy as well.
 

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I'm running polk audios db series in mine. I have 6.5" components on the doors and 6x9 in the back they sound good to me.
On the 6.5" components, how did you install them, both in the same place where the 4x6's were or did you place the tweeter in a different location?
 

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On the 6.5" components, how did you install them, both in the same place where the 4x6's were or did you place the tweeter in a different location?
I used the speaker templates on my fronts for 6.5" speakers. This thread has a lot of info, pics and ideas you may find helpful...

http://www.impalassforum.com/vBulletin/showthread.php?t=279936

Depending on the size of the magnet, you may have to trim a little of the door for the magnet to fit into the regular opening.
 

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I'm running Focal 6.5" components.

I originally had them installed in a Buick Riviera that I had several years ago. Liked the sounds quality so much I installed a set on my SS.

Installed two sets in my Silverado in Wa.

I'm getting 2 more sets on my 2011 Silverado. Can't go wrong with 6.5" separates.
 
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