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Topic: What component set do you recommend?

Posted By: hemanjoyman
Subject: What component set do you recommend?
Date Posted: August 28, 2006 at 4:32 PM

Which 6.5" component set do you recommend....infinity, focal, boston acoustic, mb quarts, alpine, pioneer, etc...???



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Posted By: audiocableguy
Date Posted: August 28, 2006 at 5:33 PM
Lotus Reference.

I've tried high end Quart stuff, Morel Elate, PG Ti Elite and the Dyn's. None of them had the balance I was looking for.

The Quarts had incredible midrange and a harsh tweeter, no mid/bass

The Elate had a layed back presents, smooth mids and highs. Very similar to the Dyn's. Guess I like a bit more foreward lower mid.

The Ti Elite's were fine at lower volumes then fell off the edge when pushed.

Take a listen. If you like them, that's all that matters.




Posted By: DYohn
Date Posted: August 28, 2006 at 6:01 PM

hemanjoyman wrote:

Which 6.5" component set do you recommend....infinity, focal, boston acoustic, mb quarts, alpine, pioneer, etc...???

What's your budget?



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Posted By: KarTuneMan
Date Posted: August 28, 2006 at 6:16 PM

I like a bit more foreward lower mid.

I have never heard that term before.    ANYWAYS, along with DYohn's question on budget...what are you going to power them with?





Posted By: hemanjoyman
Date Posted: August 28, 2006 at 6:22 PM
My budget would be about $200. I was planning on getting the infinity kappa 60.7cs component set....I found those for about $195, shipping included. I will be powering them with a JL Audio 300/4.

I just want some opinions on what you guys think are better than those components at about the same price, or less if possible.




Posted By: kfr01
Date Posted: August 28, 2006 at 6:32 PM
You're not going to find better under $200, imo.

With that budget it is hard to start getting too specific on the subjective variables (i.e., forward midrange, etc.).

Have you listened to the Infinity components, or are you buying blind?

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Posted By: hemanjoyman
Date Posted: August 28, 2006 at 6:42 PM
I've listened to them, my friend has that set in his car. I think the high end might be a little too strong though. I'm thinking maybe I can eq it out.....maybe.




Posted By: Flakman
Date Posted: August 28, 2006 at 7:05 PM
hemanjoyman: What I would do is ask what brands make good quality components. After that, take that list and listen, listen, listen. Everyone here will have a different opinion due to how they like their mids and highs to sound. No amount of advice can take the place of listening and taking note of what sounds best to you. As long as you follow the advise given on quality brands, you will have the best setup for "you" IMO.

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Posted By: jettagli03
Date Posted: August 29, 2006 at 5:50 PM
i have Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.1s and i too thought the tweeters were a bit bright so i just turned them more towards me and changed the tweeter level in the crossover to -4 and turned up the treble just a hair on my head unit. works great for me.

i just figure when i add in my sub i'll change it back to zero for the extra brightness and it will somewhat cancel out with all the bass and seem normal.

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Posted By: INSTALLER_MSS
Date Posted: August 30, 2006 at 1:28 AM
infinity at that budget...but if you can shell out about 500 to 600, i would get the focals...i love mine

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Posted By: hemanjoyman
Date Posted: August 30, 2006 at 1:19 PM
Oh no, there is no way i'm going to shell out $500, let alone $600 for a component set. I was looking into the Diamond audio D6 series, heard good things about them. Unfortunately no dealers around me carry them so I can't listen to them. Any comments on them???




Posted By: DYohn
Date Posted: August 30, 2006 at 2:48 PM

For $200 your choices are limited.  If you like the sound of the Kappas they are a good choice.



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Posted By: killer sonata
Date Posted: August 30, 2006 at 2:55 PM

look at it as an investment. The cehaper component sets will most likely need to be replaced within a couple of years. Typically, the average customer wont buy an extended warantee on them either. Now in my case, I spent $900 on my 3-way components and $400 on my 2-way components. Both are made by Focal and I purchased a 4 year warantee with them. Now since I went the extra mile from the get go, I will never need to upgrade. They are phenominal speakers. My advice is to save up some more and get better quaity speakers. Something more towards your price range are the Focal Access series components. Very nice speakers.





Posted By: INSTALLER_MSS
Date Posted: August 30, 2006 at 11:15 PM
i got the kevlar series i believe.  they have a  yellow kevlar cone and black surround.  i agree, save and egt some good ones you know you'll like

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Posted By: INSTALLER_MSS
Date Posted: August 30, 2006 at 11:21 PM
we sell diamond audio at my shop.  those d6 series sound pretty darn good.  i dont think they are all that cheap though...more than 200 if i'm not mistaken.  try to get ahold of some d9 comps...they are really good.

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Posted By: hawaii808
Date Posted: August 30, 2006 at 11:34 PM
try to find CDT audio in your area. I have the eurosport series w/frontstage. IMO these speakers are awesome. costly, but well worth the price.




Posted By: Flakman
Date Posted: August 31, 2006 at 12:29 AM
I think he wanted to stay @ $200 or less.

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Posted By: haemphyst
Date Posted: August 31, 2006 at 9:04 AM
I think I have to agree... For an off-the-shelf component set, for under 200 bux, the Infinity (even though I don't necessarily care for them 100%) is going to be hard to beat.

The Focals (where I would go, were I in your position)and the CDTs are well reviewed, and good quality components, but well beyond your 200 dollar budget. You might consider savig a few more bennies, and follow the "investment" route suggested by killer sonata. You will likely be happier if you do so... I don't mean spend as much as he did, just allow yourself a few more options...

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Posted By: hemanjoyman
Date Posted: August 31, 2006 at 11:54 AM
Well, I went ahead and bought a pair of Rainbow SLC 265 Kick component set.....I got a very good deal on them, I got them for $200 bucks, shipping included. I got them that cheap because the box was opened up so they could take pictures of them to put them up on their site, then put back in the box, never used....best of all, still have full warranty on them.

Thanks for all your input guys.




Posted By: killer sonata
Date Posted: August 31, 2006 at 12:33 PM
I hear the rainbows are pretty nice. you will have to let us know how you like them.




Posted By: INSTALLER_MSS
Date Posted: August 31, 2006 at 7:28 PM
i've heard nothing but good reviews about rainbow.  thats a really good deal too. usually they are pretty high too.  tell us how they sound!

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Posted By: hemanjoyman
Date Posted: August 31, 2006 at 8:04 PM
I will let you guys know for sure. He shipped them out to me from Florida today, and I am in California. I won't get them until about Friday next week because of Labor Day. But, in a bout a week and a half, I will let you guys know.




Posted By: TruckSystem
Date Posted: August 31, 2006 at 10:23 PM
If you can manage to push your budget up a bit, probably to around $300 then you could get a set of Diamond Audio Hexs, they are about equal to the D6s and sound great, at least to me.

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Posted By: oscarnl86
Date Posted: August 31, 2006 at 10:59 PM
i got db drive platinum series components in my 03 chevy and to me there preaty good you should check them out

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Posted By: Paradigm
Date Posted: September 01, 2006 at 11:14 AM
A little late on the upswing, TruckSystem & oscarnl86. He already bought the Rainbows.

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Posted By: hemanjoyman
Date Posted: September 13, 2006 at 3:59 PM
Sorry about the first post, I didn't know it was going to show up all funky like that.

I finally installed them on Monday. They sound great!!! I have the JL Audio 300/4 powering them, instead of the Pioneer amp, and Legacy amp after that, I'm sure that upgrade of that amp alone helped the sound quality quite a bit.

The mid bass is clean, crisp and very defined; and the tweeter is really smooth, not harsh at all. These Rainbow SLC 265 Kicks are great. It seems like I have a whole new audio system in my car.






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