Speaker Distortion - 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata Long-Term Road Test

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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


  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    ... And it's something you're about to fix!

  • kirkhilles_ kirkhilles_ Posts:

    I really like the factory Bose system in my 2000 Miata LS. It does a great job even after 14 years now...

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Finally something other than a fuel mileage update in the past 3 months! Should be an easy fix. At least with the (hard) top on, you can hear the stereo somewhere below 3/4 volume.

  • flapsmcgee flapsmcgee Posts:

    So when are you putting the turbo motor in it?

  • daharbin daharbin Posts:

    I'm looking forward to hearing more about the Miata...have missed hearing about it over the past several months.

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