View Full Version : Elemental Designs 6500s comps?

01-03-2006, 12:34 PM
How good are these? I'm starting to consider what I want to get for my new truck. I was looking at these and a Nine.4 to power them(package deal), and a Nine.1 to power the ID10's I'm getting.

01-03-2006, 12:35 PM
Read reviews of CDT HD's, 'tis the same :)

Not the worst, not the best.

01-03-2006, 12:39 PM
I have a Pioneer 860MP so I can go active...but I'm not too clear as to what mids/tweets I need and what amp. So I think I'll just stick with passive for now.

Just wanted to get an idea of these comps as I can get a deal with the amp included.

01-03-2006, 12:41 PM

You could always run the CDT's active if you wanted to.

01-03-2006, 04:54 PM
I'd run the components active and get much better results. The better crossover, 560, from CDT would be good but if not that one just go active.

01-03-2006, 05:41 PM
Question is, the 6500s can handle 150W RMS when paired up, how much can the tweets and midrange/woofer handle when seperate?

01-03-2006, 08:44 PM
i've had my HDs on 70rms on both the tweet and woofer but the gains were down on them, well gains are always down, 8V preouts. But the woofers are 80rms and the tweets i believe are 50rms but can take more if controlled.

01-03-2006, 11:10 PM
I thought the HD comps were 175-200w RMS.. I'm receiving mine tomorrow with an ED 9.2X and powering them with 200w RMS per side..

01-04-2006, 10:49 AM
I'm just going to stick with the 6500s and their passive x-overs. I'm sure this will be one hell of an upgrade over the stock paper 6x9s and tweets set in my 06 Tacoma.

El Ropo
01-04-2006, 02:52 PM
The 6500s were designed from the ground up to be similar to the CDT HDs, but are not identical. I've listened to HDs and classics, and I own 6500s, IMO the tweeter and xover on the 6500 set sounds a bit more balanced and musical.

Yes, they're made in the same buildhouse, and have very similar components, but they're definitely not identical to CDT HD series.

Just a tech note. You're better off getting the Nine.2 to power the 6500s over the Nine.4. NIne.2 will put out around 130 wrms/channel given healty electrical system, as all eD amps are rated @ 12 volts. A Nine.4 bridged will be overpowering the 6500s @ close to 200 watts/channel, and could very easily damage them.