Well, yesterday I was bored so I decided to head to a local Ultimate Electronics
(basically a western-US enemy of Tweeter, Etc.
) to see if I could have a listen to the brand new Boston Acoustics Z6
speakers. I'd called ahead of time and found out that they did indeed get them in stock, and had them installed in one of their car stereo rooms.
With me I brought The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over
, as the rendition of "Hotel California" on that CD seems to have gained wide recognition as a good SQ-tester (not to mention that it has some great bass). Funny that I loved it long before, but we won't get into that speech.
There was no salesman in sight--which was good, actually--so I shut the door and figured out the wall system.
After finally locating the Z6's controls, and a new Alpine deck (played along with an Xtant X603 amp and Boston Acoustics 12" Pro subs (2)), I put the CD in, skipping to track 6.
Talk.... about... impressive!!! These things--rightfully so, at $1,000/pair--absolutely SMOKE the Pro Series, even the three-way set. The sound was so brilliantly clear, I simply couldn't believe it. Of course, it's hard to get an idea of the exact sonic replication you'd get in a car, in that kind of room environment, but at least I could center myself to get an idea of the imaging.
Fantastic. Beautiful. Amazing!
I've got a pair of BA's old Rally Series speakers in my car, the RC61s. They're great speakers, and I love them to death, but the Z6 is on a whole other solar system of sound reproduction.
I will take points away from BA one one point, however--the use of metallic-dome tweeters in the Z-series
(Z6 uses 6.5" woofers, Z5 uses 5.75"... there is no 3-way set).
I personally believe they should have gone with a soft-domed tweeter. Generally-speaking, the sound they produce is far smoother and more realistic, more lifelike. The Z6, though not as high-pitched and deafening as the Pro Series' tweeters, still managed to be a bit on the bright side. This wouldn't deter me from purchasing a set, but I'm much more of a fan of silk tweeters.
If Boston made the Z-series in an effort to go up against the likes of a/d/s
and their 3-series speakers, or Dynaudio
, I think they took a big hit by opting for metallic tweeters.
My subjectivity aside (many people prefer metallic tweeters, so...), there aren't many other speakers ANYWHERE that can even come CLOSE to this kind of sound quality.
If you live near a Boston dealer, go give these puppies a listen.
You're liable to stay there for hours.
(Attached picture is from Boston's website.)