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1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata: Speaker Distortion

October 8, 2013

1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The passenger-side speaker on our 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata project car exhibits major distortion now when you use any real volume.

To be honest, I initially thought this distortion was related to the door bars we had installed by Blackbird Fabworx. My guess was that the speaker was touching the bar, thereby causing the rattle, but turns out that's not the case.

Apparently it's nothing more than just an old, blown-out speaker. Not all that surprising, really. But annoying just the same.

It distorts so easily that it pretty much makes you not want to ever play the stereo.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 143,888 miles

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