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rear speakers popping/cracking - defective?

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Since day 1 of having my car (07) the rear speakers have had an issue handling songs with alot of bass. After a certain volume level they just start to crack/pop.

I've tried to document this with a video, unfortunately the iPhone is terrible at picking up lower frequencies but this should give you an idea:

YouTube - 2007 Acura TSX rear speakers popping/cracking problem

Are they defective? Or is this inherent with all stock speakers? I'm willing to upgrade but i'd like to pinpoint if its worth bringing it to the dealer for. I'm at 70k on an 07 so they'll probably just show me the door but this has been happening since Day 1. Fortunately i don't listen to every song at such volumes but it is quite annoying when it does occur.
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My 04 has the exact same issue. At around Vol25 it would start to pop the same way. I figured I just blew the speakers. If you look at the size of the magnet on those speakers, it is relatively small = craptacular, meaning it cannot handle bass well. I am just waiting on my Alpine upgrades to come and it should get rid of this issue. A pair of aftermarket 6x9 speakers should solve the issue.
Could you recommend a set?
There are several threads on speaker upgrades and DIY on how to install them. In terms of which set to get, I think any aftermarket will be way superior compared to OEM ones. The one I am getting is Alpine SPR-69C (200 retail but you can find one for cheaper), but a lower end one of Alpine is SPS-609 (about 50 bucks less than SPR-69C). So it depends on how much you want to spend. I think Sony ones are fairly cheap (100bucks or less model number: XSGT6936A). The other thing to look out for when you get a set of speakers is whether it is 1-way 2-way or 3-way. It just means whether it has a tweeter built in or not. It is better if it does, but it is not a big deal. Hope this helps.
In my case, I used to be able to play at volume27 or so with no problem with popping sound. Then one day I think I turned up the volume to test, and it was just never the same after that lol. I would have to play songs at max 22 or so or else I get the popping sound now. Shrug, to me, if the properties of the speakers changed under the same controlled conditions, it means something got damaged.

However, if you don't mind playing your music at that bass setting and below 25 volume, then you could get away with not changing your speakers I suppose.

Keep in mind that the quality of the sound goes way up once you changed your speakers (not just the rear ones), it sounds much more crisp, smooth.
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