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BentZero
08-15-2006, 01:31 AM
I've finally got the cash to start my audio system. For my sub stage I'm either going with a 12" rl-p or a 10" jl w6. For front stage I was thinking of Crystals, but now I'm wondering if something better can be had. I've got 100w and $250 to work with. I listen to a mix of rap and rock. Thanks.

jacka
08-15-2006, 01:36 AM
do you like smooth? or do you like bright? want good midbass? midrange?

mikeyboc
08-15-2006, 01:37 AM
If you have heard the Crystals and like the way it sounds, then go for it. SQ, especially in comps, is going to be very subjective. You may very well get 10 posts saying somehting different. There is a bunch of info on various comp sets if you search.

BentZero
08-15-2006, 01:53 AM
Not much audio going around in my neck of the woods, so I haven't actually heard the Crystals. I'm basing it on what I've found on the forum so far. I guess I'm going for smooth w/ good midrange. SQ is the top priority though.

BentZero
08-15-2006, 02:14 PM
No suggestions for comps around $250?

audiolife
08-15-2006, 03:06 PM
memphis syncs are sweet especially if you go into the kicks.

superdooperman
08-15-2006, 03:56 PM
Although I havent heard the crystals, I would definately put my Rainbow SLC's up against them in a listening test. Best sounding component set Ive ever heard in the under 300 range, hell they sound nicer then some of the 500$ sets I was looking at.

JohnnyChuttz
08-15-2006, 04:02 PM
I love my Crystals. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the $150-$250 range. I demo'd a lot of comps. Type-R, Diamond D6, Polk MOMO, CDT (don't remember the model #) , JL, Kicker, anything I could get my hands on in town. After hearing the Crystals in a well deadend door on a 100w, I was hooked. I run mine on 150w a side, and they sound awesome.

jiggy2dmax
08-15-2006, 10:09 PM
If you haven't heard the Crystals, it hard to compare. I have them installed in deadended doors and running approx 215 watts RMS a side and they love it. The tweets are smooth and the midbass is very good. The only thing I would like to see improved are the midrange, other than that, its a tough set to beat.

JohnnyChuttz
08-16-2006, 01:19 AM
Crystals Luv the Powa! :naughty:


Midrange? Really? I think the midrange is excellent.

BentZero
08-16-2006, 03:59 PM
Thanks guys! I've narrowed my choices down to the Crystals or Rainbow SLC265s. I can get the Crystals from ROE for $160 and the Rainbows for $230 from 6spdCoupe. The price is making me lean towards the Crystals. I'm worried that the Rainbows are worth the price difference. I wish I was rich so I could just buy both.

audiolife
08-16-2006, 04:03 PM
if you have the 230 get the rainbows if you dont get the crystals. 6spd will take care of you.

jacka
08-16-2006, 04:05 PM
yeah, performance wise its hard to tell, i dont think anyone has heard both of these in the same car.

superdooperman
08-16-2006, 08:37 PM
yeah, performance wise its hard to tell, i dont think anyone has heard both of these in the same car.

Well a friend of mine just ordered a set of the crystals, so I will definately get to hearing and comparing them to my SLC's. both have the same car too, so install will be practically identical!

beckSHO
08-16-2006, 09:36 PM
Well a friend of mine just ordered a set of the crystals, so I will definately get to hearing and comparing them to my SLC's. both have the same car too, so install will be practically identical!

Dude, once he gets them installed and you hear them... LET ME KNOW!! I have come down to either the Crystals, or the Rainbow SLC's. So, it would be of TREMENDOUS help if you could do that for me. And others of corse....

kicker06
08-16-2006, 10:04 PM
What would you say about the crystals on a headunit for a while?

Thieroff
08-16-2006, 11:41 PM
amp them man

95stroked1500
08-16-2006, 11:51 PM
they do pretty good on deck power vs others i've heard. they're decently efficient. it'll get you by until you amp them.

someone told me toxic taun can do $130 + shipping. that's a pretty darn good deal there.

i would like to check out rainbow's again and see if they've changed. a few years ago i was not impressed with their performance at all. all the reviews i've seen lately seem to have been either love or hate on their performance for the price.

BentZero
08-17-2006, 12:35 AM
Well a friend of mine just ordered a set of the crystals, so I will definately get to hearing and comparing them to my SLC's. both have the same car too, so install will be practically identical!

Nice! Please PM me when you get the comparison.

DejaWiz
08-17-2006, 02:42 PM
I was about to get the Crystals for my veedub until I stumbled across the Type X components. Maybe you should add those to the list of possibilities to?

BentZero
08-17-2006, 03:11 PM
How do they compare to Crystals and Rainbows? I noticed that they're 75w rms, I'm assuming they can handle 100w?

DejaWiz
08-17-2006, 03:25 PM
They don't need as much power as some other components. It's not really a good basis for comparison, anyway.

General rule of thumb:
750w = twice as loud as 75w (10x the input power).
100w = dang near the same as 75w (negligent difference).

It's all in the install and the capability of the product.

I'd put the Type X Vifa made mids, tweets, and their awesome psv-xovers up against just about anything in the same price range (maybe even more expensive) and be willing to bet they would sound more natural/less colored in same type installations.

T3mpest
08-17-2006, 04:14 PM
X's are nice speakers.

dleccord
08-17-2006, 05:38 PM
the crystals lacked midbass, rather than midrange imo.

for those who are running 150+ to their crystals, are you guys crossing them at 80? they sure have crazy *** excursions, but can they take them?

JohnnyChuttz
08-17-2006, 06:37 PM
I have mine crossed @80hz w/ 150 going to each side.

I think the midbass is pretty good.

BentZero
08-18-2006, 11:28 AM
Thanks for the help guys. I think I'm going to go w/ the Rainbow SLC's. I've always been curious about those. Now I just need to narrow down my sub choice.

superdooperman
08-18-2006, 02:34 PM
Thanks for the help guys. I think I'm going to go w/ the Rainbow SLC's. I've always been curious about those. Now I just need to narrow down my sub choice.

You wont be dissapointed man. I was curious as well until I got them installed in my car, then all the facts came right into place.

Not to mention this way you get to deal with an authorized seller who knows what hes talking about.