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Intercooler
12-27-2006, 12:22 PM
I worked yesterday on my Daughter's car and have the head unit and front speakers all the way done. I did hook up the rear Pioneer 2-way Reference series 6x9's to hear them play but need some more hardware for the install. The fronts are 2-way Pioneer Reference series and are 6 1/2's. The fronts sound really good so far off the HU power from what I see so far. The rear 6x9's I don't know yet since I just played them FA and don't have them mounted. They move pretty good though! All of this got me thinking though that maybe I should have went to like a 3, 4, 5 or 6 way 6x9 in the rear. What is the point in those and is that the better way to go if you are trying to get bass from back there? These Reference series 6 1/2's 2-ways play good and the silk domes sound great. I think I did make the right choice there. The Sony head unit I put with these has SO MANY features of how you can move the soundstage, balance, fade, EQ, etc... that it is a ton harder to figure out than my Eclipse.

acold7dusta
12-27-2006, 12:29 PM
all you need is 2 or 3 way at most. the others are a marketting gimmick to adding tweeters in your car.

2 way=mid and tweeter
3 way=mid, midrange, tweeter
4 way=mid, midrange, tweeter, super tweeter
and so on

jmanpc
12-27-2006, 12:30 PM
Yes, anything above 2-way is just a gimmick. Notice their top-o-the-line rev coaxes are only 2-ways.

req
12-27-2006, 12:46 PM
you wont get bass out of a midrange. so if you want any bass, then you could get a small freeair 8" woofer or there is a 8x12 sub on partsexpress that could fit in the rear deck.

those are always low cost options.

Intercooler
12-27-2006, 12:58 PM
I had to lower mount even these 6x9's and they rub some on the rods in the trunk. Hopefully I can bend them a little so they don't hit and finish the install. Later I will probably add a 4 channel amp and a small sub. For now I just wanted to upgrade what was there without breaking MY pocketbook.

OneKrazyKeebler
12-27-2006, 03:46 PM
5-way: woofer, midrange, tweeter, super tweeter, super duper tweeter
6-way: woofer, midrange, tweeter, super tweeter, super duper tweeter, super de-duper tweeter

Flipx99
12-27-2006, 03:47 PM
I haven't seen any coaxial with a midrange. Most just have have a midbass and assorted tweeters. I wouldn't do anything over 2way personally.

Flipx99
12-27-2006, 03:49 PM
I had to lower mount even these 6x9's and they rub some on the rods in the trunk. Hopefully I can bend them a little so they don't hit and finish the install. Later I will probably add a 4 channel amp and a small sub. For now I just wanted to upgrade what was there without breaking MY pocketbook.

You can mount above and use those plastic things that crutchfield sells to space them. They look like junk, however. A better way is to use MDF or something.

They will sound much better with an amp.

The D3 400.4 (Diamond Audio 50wx4) is a good choice. That was my first multichannel amp.

jmanpc
12-27-2006, 03:50 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/TNT-PAIR-6X9-8-WAY-1000W-CAR-AUDIO-STEREO-SPEAKERS_W0QQitemZ270063903872QQihZ017QQcategoryZ1 4942QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

zomg 8-way speakers ftmfw

Flipx99
12-27-2006, 03:51 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/TNT-PAIR-6X9-8-WAY-1000W-CAR-AUDIO-STEREO-SPEAKERS_W0QQitemZ270063903872QQihZ017QQcategoryZ1 4942QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

zomg 8-way speakers ftmfw

Can you host a pic? No ebay at work

jmanpc
12-27-2006, 03:53 PM
http://i6.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/7c/97/c8f9_1_b.JPG

Intercooler
12-27-2006, 06:28 PM
I already have the holes drilled for mounting them underneath and they should be fine with a small tweak of thos rods. I always kind of thought anything more than a 2-way made no sense.

So you are saying amp all four and it will wake up pretty good huh? The 6.5's and 6x9's move pretty good from what I could see on the 52x4 power of the HU. I told her an amp will probably really wake them up though! I don't know how much it will increase the bass but it should a little.

crow
12-27-2006, 08:37 PM
The 52x4 rating on the head unit is a maximum power rating. It is likely only putting out around 15 watts per channel at full tilt, which is about average for an aftermarket head unit. Adding even a modest amp will give you a noticable increase in performance.

SQChevy
12-28-2006, 09:50 AM
Wow, I almost want to buy a pair just to hear that 8-way sound. Interesting name, TNT. Anyway, stick with 2 way. Best bang for your buck.

52 watts is a max so about 26 is your RMS. That is going to be at full volume if even that much gets played. Drop some cash on an amp to power the speakers and they will sound much better.

pimpedout97x
12-28-2006, 09:55 AM
5-way: woofer, midrange, tweeter, super tweeter, super duper tweeter
6-way: woofer, midrange, tweeter, super tweeter, super duper tweeter, super de-duper tweeter

i lol'ed

i cant really though, cuase im putting 8 "super" tweeters in my explorer. lol

JonJT
12-29-2006, 02:36 AM
Yes, anything above 2-way is just a gimmick. Notice their top-o-the-line rev coaxes are only 2-ways.

not true whatsoever

SQChevy
12-29-2006, 09:40 AM
i lol'ed

i cant really though, cuase im putting 8 "super" tweeters in my explorer. lol

Why are you putting 8 "super" tweets in your explorer.

Johnny Drama
12-29-2006, 09:42 AM
http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90412

second post...search>you

Eugenics
12-29-2006, 09:46 AM
i do.

pimpedout97x
12-29-2006, 11:12 AM
Why are you putting 8 "super" tweets in your explorer.

cuz im a ******* lol

Hintzyboy
12-29-2006, 07:04 PM
http://i6.ebayimg.com/01/i/000/7c/97/c8f9_1_b.JPG

That's funny, they look like Pioneer 4-ways to me.

I smell Ebay scam. (Maybe they're counting both speakers, i.e. 2 x 4-ways= 8way?)