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I have been thinking of getting the Alpine SPS-510 speakers 5-1/4-inch Car Audio 2 way speakers sold by Witchdoctors as they seem to be a great value, will fit into my XCT fairing without modification, and can handle a mild (RF PBR300x4). I would like to hear from those who have or had those in their bikes and have ridden in the rain or washed their bike after install. Any degradation in audio performance over time?

I understand these are not marine rated, and probably not built to withstand exposure to water. I believe the Type S speaker has a mineral-fortified polypropylene woofer cone with rubber surround and a silk dome tweeter. I think the woofer cone may hold up, I'm worried about the silk tweeter.

While I don't spray water into my current stock speakers, water probably does get on the speakers during a rain storm. I spent 4 days riding thru on and off hard rain on my last long ride.

So any Alpine SPS-510 user complaints? I'm not interested in speakers over $75 for the pair. Any other decent marine grade recommendations? Thanks.


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I have been thinking of getting the Alpine SPS-510 speakers 5-1/4-inch Car Audio 2 way speakers sold by Witchdoctors as they seem to be a great value, will fit into my XCT fairing without modification, and can handle a mild (RF PBR300x4). I would like to hear from those who have or had those in their bikes and have ridden in the rain or washed their bike after install. Any degradation in audio performance over time?

I understand these are not marine rated, and probably not built to withstand exposure to water. I believe the Type S speaker has a mineral-fortified polypropylene woofer cone with rubber surround and a silk dome tweeter. I think the woofer cone may hold up, I'm worried about the silk tweeter.

While I don't spray water into my current stock speakers, water probably does get on the speakers during a rain storm. I spent 4 days riding thru on and off hard rain on my last long ride.

So any Alpine SPS-510 user complaints? I'm not interested in speakers over $75 for the pair. Any other decent marine grade recommendations? Thanks.


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Checkout the Polk Audio db522. 80 bucks a pair, marine grad, 100watts RMS. They still have the silk tweeter, but are rated marine grade.

My son has a pair in his open top jeep and they have held up very well.


https://www.crutchfield.com/p_107DB5....html?tp=61755


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I've been running that same amp and different aftermarket speakers for almost 100k miles. I've never concerned myself with "marine" speakers as long as they have a rubber surround and the cone isn't paper. I've never had a problem with speakers or that amp - and I've ridden in some serious rain for extended periods of time.

I had Focal speakers for the longest time. One of those finally gave it up after about 4 years - but that was from being beat to death with occasional bottoming out. I picked up a $45 set of Kicker CS65 just to get me by till I figured out what I wanted to get. Turns out the Kickers are pretty solid. I have no intention of replacing them.
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Checkout the Polk Audio db522. 80 bucks a pair, marine grad, 100watts RMS. They still have the silk tweeter, but are rated marine grade.

My son has a pair in his open top jeep and they have held up very well.


https://www.crutchfield.com/p_107DB5....html?tp=61755


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Thanks for the Polk suggestion. I had actually ran across PaiN's comment in another thread where he said he installed DB521's. I will look up both, DB521 and DB522 and compare to SPS-510. I did get a set of Kickers from Victory for the tour pack (magnet space and forward facing which might catch more water with wind).

And thanks for the other report on non-marine speakers. There probably isn't a great risk of a quality non-marine having issue. I just don't know what I think at the lower price point I'm considering.


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