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crazy4ozs
11-14-2006, 06:48 PM
comments? the germs being the most expensive but the CMXs being almost a "tight budget" high end comp...any ideas?

slick rick
11-14-2006, 06:51 PM
Germs...PM 6spdcoupe about them now. :)

kicker06
11-14-2006, 06:52 PM
I thought the CMX's were a higher line?!!

crazy4ozs
11-14-2006, 07:47 PM
^^thats what i thought to...but apparently there about 200 bux cheaper:uhoh:

PremierAudio
11-14-2006, 07:52 PM
The powerline is suppose to be the higher line. The CS275.27 being the most expensive in that line at around 1200.00. But when comparing the CMX to the Germaniums, you will have to ask Don because I have not auditioned the CMXs yet. Alls I know is the Germs are blend very well, are pretty user friendly when installing, and kick some *** with the mid bass department.

Don, much info is appreciated here!

SQBubble
11-14-2006, 08:10 PM
wanna add vs. powerline cs and vs. profi



:D

crazy4ozs
11-14-2006, 08:15 PM
lol, no because those are out of my price range

crazy4ozs
11-15-2006, 12:05 AM
bump this up...don...perhaps some help?

6spdcoupe
11-15-2006, 12:28 AM
The CMX being higher up is a big misconception due to RACs marketing them in the "PowerLine" class. The CMX is a bit about the SLC offering the larger CAL25 tweet and Metal coned midbass. The Powerline CS jumps up above the Profi lines offering the CAL27 (remarkable tweet) along with the 6.9 based on the ProfiVandium sub midbass.

Germs are really in a class of their own giving a plethora of variable crossover adjustments,biamping capabilities and utilizing the infamous (redesigned) CAL25 Silk tweet. Which is the tweet that really put RAC on the map here in the US. In which case both companies Arc (ACS comps) and Alumapro (ALC comps) took full advanantage of (in a good way) to up their sales in both respecable sets of components.

korndawg
11-15-2006, 12:30 AM
Both excel in midbass right? I currently own Diamond Hex's and they **** in the midbass department. Hoping some Rainbows will be the cure, whether it be the Germs or CMX's.

6spdcoupe
11-15-2006, 12:33 AM
Both would be a tremendous jump from the DAs. Unless of course we are talking the pre 2004 Eton/LPG combo version of the HEXs, then it would be a fair race with the CMXs.

korndawg
11-15-2006, 12:43 AM
Both would be a tremendous jump from the DAs. Unless of course we are talking the pre 2004 Eton/LPG combo version of the HEXs, then it would be a fair race with the CMXs.

Nope, mine aren't the sweet one's, although I did buy them in 2004. Great clarity but no punch, midbass, nothing.

slick rick
11-15-2006, 12:55 AM
Germs have some solid midbass...

kicker06
11-15-2006, 12:59 AM
Not to take anything away from 6spdcoupe and his sales.

But if you want a soft but loud tweeter and some nice midbass. Look into the Crystal SSCS6's. The midbass in them is awesome in a well deadened door (or undeadended), along with the tweeter, it is a very sweet combo. It can be had for a stupid low price of under $200. Spend the rest of an amp (200wrms a channel @ 4ohms) and you will be happy, I promise!

I took a short vid of the midbass. It's near the end of the movie..Lemme grab it. This is with 200+ w a side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra_mZ9FvZOk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3AHXCVQFVw

korndawg
11-15-2006, 01:00 AM
Is the diff between the CMX and the Germs huge, I mean, is it easy to justify the extra 200 bucks? I'm a metal head that craves fast midbass and crystal clear highs. By the way, the amp I'm running is a Phoenix Gold ti600.2, so I should have a decent amount of power running to em.

jacka
11-15-2006, 01:05 AM
i think the germanium set is definitely worth the money if your pockets can take it. and its only 150 more ;)

the727kid
11-15-2006, 01:08 AM
...I'm still waiting on my Germs...will be here Thursday :D

CRXican
11-15-2006, 01:11 AM
my advice is watch the classifieds like a hawk for phatty deals

my CS265 Profi Kickbass will be here tomorrow :D

don't ask what I paid, you can do a search :up2somet:

3.5Max6spd
11-15-2006, 12:52 PM
I wouldn't sleep on the CMX265's. It uses the Cal25 metal dome that was on the previous generation Profi Vanadium- its a great value on a set that likes to play loud and 'crisp' (thats why its in the PowerLine) like some fellas around here like to say. For the money, like every other Rainbow line- its very competetive and hard to be for quality, proven speakers. I say proven because the tweets were in a $700-900 set , and because of Rainbows constant R&D and new line releases- they can afford to give you that performance at a fraction of that in a new line.

PremierAudio
11-15-2006, 01:18 PM
Well said

Ianaconi
11-15-2006, 05:46 PM
How would the Rainbow CMX compare with a DYI setup with

Seas W18NX-001 7" - $296
Peerless HDS 1" - $110
TOTAL: $406

or

Seas CA18RNX/P 7" - $118
Seas 27TFFNC/G 1" - $58
TOTAL: $176

3.5Max6spd
11-15-2006, 05:49 PM
How would the Rainbow CMX compare with a DYI setup with

Seas W18NX-001 7" - $296
Peerless HDS 1" - $110
TOTAL: $406

or

Seas CA18RNX/P 7" - $118
Seas 27TFFNC/G 1" - $58
TOTAL: $176

Do you have the processing and channels to go active?

Darren5531
11-15-2006, 09:18 PM
I have heard alot of good things about the polk audio momo mcc6500's. I have never head any truely good speakers so I don't know how these sound comparable to something like rainbows.

Thanks

skibumdc
11-16-2006, 08:08 AM
I have the Polks right now.
I am in the process or replacing the plastic ring mounts to MDF on the door and deadening. Until then I can't give you a good gauge on mid bass performance, but I do like the tweeter on -3db attenuation.
Everything sounds great, just need to firm up the mid-bass.

Ianaconi
11-16-2006, 09:14 AM
Do you have the processing and channels to go active?

I believe so.

I am planning on getting a 880PRS + 4 channel amp (still not sure which one).

Lil Poot
11-16-2006, 09:20 AM
which mid is it that the alumapro alc set has?

6spdcoupe
11-16-2006, 09:35 AM
which mid is it that the alumapro alc set has?

Made by Alumapro. Only the tweet is from Rainbow.

ksauers
11-25-2006, 09:34 PM
which mid is it that the alumapro alc set has?

How does the Alumapro mid compare to the CMX or Germ?