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Old 09-26-2005, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Best Bang for your buck Component Speakers and Rear Speakers

I blew out my front speakers and I want something that sounds awesome (clarity is most important) even when I turn it up. I might replace the rears as well but I'm not sure, depends on price. I don't realllly care for bass as much as mid and highs.

I'm looking to spend around $200ish for the front and rear. I'm sure an amp would be nice but I don't want to spend $$ on that just yet. I have the stock 6 cd changer and I'm pretty happy with it but will it amplify my new speakers well enough?

Aslo, can you tell me what the ABSOLUTE best components and some of the other higher end components are? I want the best but I want to see how much they cost first... I have no idea. Thanks for all your help. -Gene
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Old 09-26-2005, 09:19 PM   #2
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I'd suggest finding a small 2 ch amp for around $100, and any set of speakers to make upthe difference of your budget. It could be coaxial or compnents. The point is that amplified speakers sound better then anything powered by the headunit.

Don't even bother with the rears. it's a waste of time and only benefits rear passengers. That you can power off the headunit.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:12 AM   #3
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I got diamond audio hex speakers that I took out of my old wrx I got the fronts and rears still and they retail way over $200. Do some research on them and let me know if your interested. Only had them on my car for less than a year
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:40 PM   #4
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Default You got to get an amp

If you skimp and don't do the amp you will end up blowing what ever speakers you install. The reason you stock speakers probably went out so fast is from lack of power. You can't hear with windows down so more volume then more and it is the distortion from lack of power that did them in. Do it right amp and speakers.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:26 PM   #5
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Polk dbs with an amp. You won't regret it. Infinity reference speakers aren't that bad either. Definitely run the aftermarket speakers off of an amp for clarity and volume. It makes a big difference.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:35 PM   #6
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its hard to beat polk dbs, bang-for-buck wise. To me they are a more full sounding speaker than infinitys, but its hard to really go wrong with either in your price range.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:46 PM   #7
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its hard to beat polk dbs, bang-for-buck wise. To me they are a more full sounding speaker than infinitys, but its hard to really go wrong with either in your price range.
Yep, I love my polks. They have a great sound that really fills the space.
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Old 09-28-2005, 12:59 AM   #8
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just got alpine type r components in front and type s coaxiel in back type s powered by HU type r powered by alpine amp. Tell you how they sound when I install them tomorrow
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Old 09-28-2005, 02:55 AM   #9
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Just put a set of Focal 6.25" Polyglass V2 components front and back and they scream. But it was no small task as they are 4 or 5 inches deep and won't fit into the factory spots in the front at all and the back needs some work. And they don't quite fall into your price range.
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Old 09-28-2005, 07:12 AM   #10
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Focals and MB Quarts are good high end components. However you might want to look into Diamonds as the do carry a 3-yr warranty from factory.
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Old 09-28-2005, 10:12 AM   #11
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you can get mb quart discus series components 6.5" on ikesound or ebay for 100. The components on iklesound are an older model with a larger tweeter. the ebay ones are newer with smaller tweeter. Also you can get old model year brand new 5.25" components on ebay cheap. I picked up 5.25" reference series components for $80. I will only run the mid no tweet in the rear. I did mb quart reference all around and i paid 270 after shipping for bnoth sets. You can iund deals man look around. I recomend shopping th eebay route if you want to save lots fo money. The polk db are 200 at circuit city best buy etc and 100 on ebay. i use ebay all the time and never get screwed. Buy off a good vendor and buy new and you will be all set.

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Old 09-28-2005, 11:05 AM   #12
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I'll throw in the CDT EF-61s or CL-61s if you are on a budget. thezeb.com has them but you can get a hookup by pming djdilliodon here on NASIOC.

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Old 09-29-2005, 10:15 AM   #13
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^^^^ Make sure you amp those CDTs and you will not be disappointed!!!! I have some EFs and love them to death. And save the money you would put in the back speakers and put it into a quality set on the front.

But be careful to take your tastes into account and try to listen to the others in person because this is a highly subjective matter. Good luck and let me tell you that an amped front component set will make you smile more and more as you turn it up!!!
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Old 09-29-2005, 01:47 PM   #14
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CDT has a new budget comp set, the KA-61 KAMA. On sale for $100 at audio-n-more.com last time I checked.

Link:http://www.audio-n-more.com/Merchant...Code=CDT_AUDIO
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Old 09-29-2005, 03:08 PM   #15
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Can an amp be wired to a stock head unit or will pre-amps need to be used?
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Old 09-29-2005, 04:26 PM   #16
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What about MB quarts. I'm kind of out of the audio scene and was going to get some components. I always used to use MB Quarts, are they still good?
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Old 09-29-2005, 05:08 PM   #17
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I think they are
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Old 09-29-2005, 09:37 PM   #18
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I'll throw in the CDT EF-61s or CL-61s if you are on a budget. thezeb has them but you can get a hookup by pming djdilliodon here on NASIOC.

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I 2nd the CDT's. Have had the CL's for 2 years now and am very, very satisfied, unfortunately they'll be going with my car. Will likely get the EF's when the WRX comes in.
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:14 PM   #19
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Hands down the best bang for the buck are the CDT CL-61s from http://www.thezeb.com You absolutely cannot go wrong for $150. They were selling the miscolored ones(which I have) for $150, but now they have the regular ones on sale. You can get either silk or titanium dome for $150(I'd stick with the silk, they are plenty bright).

CL-61A
http://www.thezeb.com/p-CDT-Audio-CL...tem-101083.htm

CL-61T
http://www.thezeb.com/p-CDT-Audio-CL...tem-109415.htm

Crap just noticed they have the euroframe 61s on sale for $150 as well
http://www.thezeb.com/p-CDT-Audio-EF...tem-108380.htm

I'd also be tempted at the CL62 with satnet 480s(has posts for an extra image driver if you need it) for $50 more
http://www.thezeb.com/p-CDT-Audio-CL...tem-108376.htm

I was running CL-61(not A) up front with CL4s in the rear door. no high coming from the back thanks. The 4s were turned up just enough to bring the stage a little closer. I switched to Diamond S600s up front and have to say I liked the tone a lot better with the CDTs. The Diamonds have a better image, and are a tad more accurate, but as far as actually listening the CL-61s are warmer, not as bright, and just a pleasure to listen to. If I were to jump again I'd go for the CL-62s and nothing in the back.
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Can an amp be wired to a stock head unit or will pre-amps need to be used?

Some of the cheaper amps have high inputs, but personally I'd slap in a David Navone LOC and call it a day. I know of many IASCA competitors using the stock deck with a david navone LOC and placing very well. http://www.davidnavone.com/adaptor_products.htm the 774v looks pretty promising if you want 4 channel, personally I'm not keen on using a fader, set it at the amp and forget it, so personally I'd go with the N7V.
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:24 PM   #21
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What about MB quarts. I'm kind of out of the audio scene and was going to get some components. I always used to use MB Quarts, are they still good?
I thought so too. I recently bought a set of MB Quart RCE 6.5" components and am not real happy with them. The clarity is great but the highs are lacking. not much tweet tweet. It's too late now but I would like to try a different set.
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Old 09-29-2005, 10:38 PM   #22
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1illusion - Thank you for the link.

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Some of the cheaper amps have high inputs, but personally I'd slap in a David Navone LOC and call it a day. I know of many IASCA competitors using the stock deck with a david navone LOC and placing very well. http://www.davidnavone.com/adaptor_products.htm the 774v looks pretty promising if you want 4 channel, personally I'm not keen on using a fader, set it at the amp and forget it, so personally I'd go with the N7V.
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