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have swapped both the front and rear speakers in a Shaker 500 system with the exact same speakers (i.e. all four are same speakers), keeping the volume the same and the station the same, if you change the balance from 100% front to 100% rear do you notice a volume change or any change? I am trying to figure out if the Shaker 500 changes the power and other settings between the front and rears. Thank you.

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Just for reference, although the rears are the same physical size, they are rated at 25w peak vs the fronts that are 50w peak. So the rears are just fill speakers as you'd normally expect and won't seem as loud if you fade all the way to the rear. That is also why just switching the fronts has a more dramatic effect over changing all four if you change nothing else.

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Thanks. I have Focal's in the front and they sound great. I have very inexpensive Quinn's in the back and they do not sound great and less power. So I was trying to decide if putting the Focal's in the rear would improve the overall sound. Any thoughts, comments, etc on this?
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I really thought about it but am pretty happy with just the fronts upgraded. Although I like a decent sounding stereo that one change was all I felt I needed. Some people would disagree so I guess you have to take my opinion with a grain of salt. The speakers you hear are up front. I would rather replace the door subs before I replaced the rears.
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The only reason why I put better speakers in the back is because I drive a convert. I really don't think you need them unless you are a audiophile.

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Does anyone have their fader set favoring the rear speakers slightly to balance everything out?

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I think the fader will be a little different based on the speakers you end up with. I usually have mine set up with bass to +3, treble +8, fader to +1 rear, balance even. I switch from driver's seat to all speakers depending on the sound I'm looking for.
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Thanks, still thinking about it (upgrading rears). As to the bass, I think it is ok (not great bit not too bad, if you don't want a lot of bass) and from what I have read about the upgrades, people haven't been happy, I would probably just do a sub in the trunk, which I hate to give up any space. One of the best feature of the Stang Vert is you can easily put two large golf bags in the trunk with room for some weekend luggage with the top down... try to do that in any sport car, yet alone a vert, and one that is 0-60 in the low 4's! To that end Brembo car's do not have a spare, the audio boys where all over using that space for two 10" subs with amp and signal processor in the wheel well, which would cause me not to loose any trunk space, would be cool and a great set up, but very expensive... if I keep the car long term I may do this... started with front speakers huge improvement, probably do the rears... and so it begins, I want more, more, more
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I've replaced my door speakers with Infinity reference 6x8" speakers. They really brought a more "crisp" sound to the front. Mid and High ranges are clear without being sharp and piercing. I also have a 10" pioneer sub in the trunk nestled in the pocket behind the R/H wheel well powered by a rockford fosgate punch amp. It really doesn't take up much room at all and adds just enough of the low sounds to balance it all out.
I honestly haven't changed out the deck speakers.

They do have something of a filter to the rear deck. A lot of the guys who switch to the shelby kicker audio upgrade kit really noticed this (which is the same 6x8 in front as it is in back). The Shaker 500 does limit the power in the back and putting speakers back there that require more power to drive them make them seem like you have to turn the fade more to the rear to get sound out of them.

If you go for the easy to install clean look for a sub in the trunk.... It's the amp and sub as a kit without the rest of the shelby kicker kit.
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Just something I noticed, even if you turn the fade all the way to the rear, the same bass level can be heard from the 8" door subs. Just something to think about when you are trying to balance out your system.

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