Ok, here is my $.02 on the subject.
I'm a huge audiophile and am constantly striving for the best sounds I get at home, in either of my cars, or my bike.
A quality speaker is what it is and you get what you pay for, within reason. All the speakers we are talking about are designed to be "free air". Think about the speakers in your car. Manufacturers simply put baffles in to protect from whatever elements might get through to the speakers. The paper or foam baffles do nothing to benefit sound. The only baffles that help a speaker sound better are hard, plastic like the OEM,or wood for a subwoofer. This is mostly to direct sound in a specific direction. If a hard baffle was designed to fit the back of the 6.5" speakers many of us have replaced the OEM 5.25" speakers, the sound would be amazing, assuming you put the power to them that they need to be efficient, i.e. an amp. A few guys have tried to put foam baffles in with the replacement speakers with no success, because they breath. A quality, aftermarket speaker will sound better than an OEM, an amp will give them the power that they need and a hard baffle will direct the sound where it's suppose to go. We can control two of these, but the last one will probably never come to fruition because of cost and minimal demand.
The first thing I would suggest, if you have the ability to get YouTube plugged into your bike, is to run a polarity test to make sure your OEM speakers are in phase. Just do a search for "speaker polarity test". Mine were not in phase. Second, add an amp. You will surprised at the difference this will make on the OEM Kickers. Third, replace speakers with the most expensive 6.5" that you are willing to splurge for. Lastly, find someone with an injection molding machine to design the hardest plastic baffle he can.
Again, just my $.02.
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