2004 GMC Canyon. Had replaced the two front speakers about 5 years ago with some 5 1/4" BOSS Audio speakers even though the holes were 6 1/2" slots. Finally had to replace the rear doors because the left one had blown and would buzz and rattle after 5 minutes of music. I have the stock head unit which puts out around between 10-15 watts RMS. Inspection of the Xpress speakers revealed where the poor manufacturing had dripped the hot glue for the woofer leads onto the rubber surround, thereby melting a hole in it. In addtion the the mentioned glue mistake, there were smears of said melted glue on the surface of the woofers that I was able to remove. Now that I had done the job of the quality control inspectors for them, it was time to try them out. The stock speakers are paper woofer single cone. After removing them though, the magnet structure revealed them to be made by Blaupunkt (go General Motors!). The worst thing about stock speakers is just that: they're stock. Any aftermarket speaker should be better right? How underwhelming. They sound worse than the little 5.25" speaker in the front, and not as clear. The Xpress specs state frequency response of 35 Hz - 20 kHz, but they were nowhere near. And the 410w power rating is just a math trick, and not even a good one. 410w divided by 4 ohms = 100w (approx) divided by 2 speakers = 50w max power per speaker, and by estimation no more than 15-20w RMS. What little bass is produced distorts badly as volume increases, as opposed to the stock speaker, which only left out the some highs as the volume approached the max level. The mid's and high's were very "tinny" and sounded very strange as volume increased. The installation kit included was acceptable, except for the hair's breadth thick speaker wire. I know manufacturer's must look out for their bottom line, but are they really going to go broke by supplying some 16 ga wire? I gave the overall rating 1 star when I compare what is in the same price bracket, with this speaker on the low end and let's say a $25 speaker on the other. Value gets a two because buying a pair of the for $13 is still cheaper than buying a single OEM replacement one. Expectations gets a 2 because I had high hopes it would sound at least as good as my stock speakers.
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