When talking about speakers, the term baffle is usually mentioned. This is because this component does a lot for the speakers. Depending on your purpose, speaker baffles can serve as protection mechanisms, mounting surfaces for speakers, frequency enhancers, sound wave projectors, as well as separators of speaker components.
What is the importance of the speaker baffle in a car audio?
Just what is a apeaker baffle in automotive applications? Well car apeaker baffles are foam enclosures primarily designed to protect the apeakers of your car audio system. While they are more capable of doing protective rather than acoustic functions, this doesn't mean that they are made without acoustic considerations.
An automotive apeaker baffle efficiently turns speakers venting into the vehicle's trunk into a clean and sealed cabinet or box design. So, it does not only protect the apeakers from all sorts of damage, but it also enhances the quality of the sound produced by them.
What to look for in a apeaker baffle
Since it will serve as a protective shell for your car audio speaker, it is important that the baffle you'll get won't allow water and moisture inside as these elements can harm the voice coil and speaker cone and may cause electrical corrosion.
That space in your truck or cargo compartment is so precious, especially when you're going for a long-distance drive with your family and you need to bring a lot of stuff with you. So when choosing a speaker baffle, make sure its design guarantees easy conformability even in tight spaces.
It is wise to choose speaker baffles that don't just effectively protect the speakers but also improve the car audio's clarity and acoustics. Some baffles ensure sound clarity and better acoustic response by having closed-cell polyethylene or tight acoustic seal features as well as damping properties.
No matter how you wish for a great car audio system, you may not have all the time in the world to work with your stereo and speakers. So if you're purchasing speaker baffles, it pays to get those that ensure easy yet reliable installation. Look at the area where the speakers are mounted and choose baffles that will perfectly fit in the area to save yourself from the hasales of modifying the size and shape of each baffle just to make it fit well in place.
How to install a speaker baffle
After purchasing the speaker baffles that meet your requirements, you can now start your DIY installation project. Here are the steps in installing speaker baffles:
What you'll need:
- Phillips self-tapping screws
- Drill with Phillips bit attachment
- Awl or Small flat-head screwdriver
Step 1: With your awl or amall flat-head screwdriver, make a hole at the bottom of the foam baffle.
Step 2: Insert the speaker wire from underneath into the holes you've created and allow the speaker baffle to slide down the wire. Then, connect the wire to the terminals of your speaker.
Step 3: Mount the speaker into the baffle while carefully pulling out the slack from the wire at the back of the baffle.
Step 4: Put the speaker, along with the baffle, back into its place. With the drill and Phillips bit, insert and tighten the self-tapping Phillips screws in the mounting holes of your speaker and at the corners of the baffle.