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fearthisskyy
06-12-2007, 02:02 PM
For a SQ set-up... would the Diamond Audio HEX s500s sound goooooooood?

If anyone has heard the Diamond or anything better but in the same price range, please help!

Other comps people have been recommending are the CDT CL-52, rainbow SLC, etc.

I am wanting to purchase a pair for my car this weekend hopefully!

shortyg83
06-12-2007, 02:04 PM
Ive heard both rainbow and cdt and both are amazing but I have never heard diamond. So if you get them let me know how they are.

Hoodlum007
06-12-2007, 02:17 PM
no way on the HEX, i used to run them years ago and sound good but they seem to have changed the comp because the new HEX comps dont sound nearly as good as the older HEX.

fearthisskyy
06-12-2007, 02:19 PM
realllllllllllllllllllllllllly?? what would you recommend instead of the HEX then? I kind of like the idea of a silk tweeter though...

Hoodlum007
06-12-2007, 02:20 PM
what kind of amp do you have and how many watts is it?

fearthisskyy
06-12-2007, 02:32 PM
i don't have any amp yet... i was going to buy an amp that suited the comps i choose

but i was going to get the kicker zx350.2 (110wrms@4ohm; 175wrms@2ohms)

63mopar
06-12-2007, 02:36 PM
I switched from the Hex to the Rainbow CMX. The Rainbows were a bit cheaper and they sound much better. Contact 6spdcoupe for some pricing. The CMX line is the next up from the SLC.

fearthisskyy
06-12-2007, 03:04 PM
right now after reading more reviews from this forum, i think i would rather get the rainbow SLC instead of the diamond HEX.... I wonder if the CMX will be in my price range though

ace_800
06-12-2007, 03:07 PM
I had the Hex silk and hated them, replaced them with Boston Pro60 and what a difference. Sorry haven't heard the rainbows.

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 04:50 PM
real quick rainbow slc or CDT cl-52?

WhoSayWho?
06-14-2007, 04:54 PM
real quick rainbow slc or CDT cl-52?

Rainbow for sure over the CL's.

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 04:59 PM
Rainbow for sure over the CL's.

have you heard both? which has better midbass?

DejaWiz
06-14-2007, 05:13 PM
What is your max price for comps, out of curiosity?

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 05:21 PM
ehh max $300, preferably $150-$250.

DejaWiz
06-14-2007, 05:22 PM
max of $300 you should seriously consider the Rainbow SLC 265 Kick.

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 05:24 PM
car fits 5.25" unless i can modify that?

DejaWiz
06-14-2007, 05:25 PM
What kind of car?

Hoodlum007
06-14-2007, 05:43 PM
http://woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&product_id=1235

Made in the states by Morel :yumyum: FTW!!

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 05:43 PM
2002 ford explorer

DejaWiz
06-14-2007, 05:50 PM
Should be 5x7/6x8, so fitting 6.5's will be no problem at all. A cheap and easy MDF adapter will do the trick.

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 05:52 PM
really? that's awesome, i've been wanting a 6.5" they're so much easier to find too... how would I get this MDF adaptor? just make one out of wood?

DejaWiz
06-14-2007, 06:03 PM
Yep, MDF = medium density fiberboard. available at just about any lumber yard or home inpovment store.

Take a stock speaker out, place it upside-down (cone towards) the MDF and trace around it and where the bolt holes that were used are.

Next place the 6.5" centered inside the 6x8 sketch and trace around it and the bolt holes you want to use.

You might have to tweak the elongated oval sides to accomodate the 6.5 depending on the brand/model, but it shouldn't be a problem. Break out the saw and get to cuttin'!

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 06:11 PM
even if i get the rainbow SLC230 for $140 used, should I look into other components that would be better for an SQ set up?

Latina33
06-14-2007, 06:17 PM
max of $300 you should seriously consider the Rainbow SLC 265 Kick.

I would STRONGLY second that. I've had Crystal SSCS6 and Focal components, and for under probably $300 shipped, you can get a set of the Rainbows and be very happy with the results.

I got mine installed today, and they sound GREAT! Thanks again PremierAudio!

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 06:41 PM
how much better is the 265 kick compared to the 230? same tweeter i believe... just different speaker? how much more midbass will I be getting if I spend the extra money? (i can get a used 230 for $140 and the 265 kick new for about $120 more, but i would have to cut a bigger hole in my car which i don't know i would want to do)

Ignatowski
06-14-2007, 07:04 PM
I had HEX's,replaced them with 175.00 Crystals and smoked them HEX's
never looked back again at diamond speakers

DejaWiz
06-14-2007, 07:10 PM
how much better is the 265 kick compared to the 230? same tweeter i believe... just different speaker? how much more midbass will I be getting if I spend the extra money? (i can get a used 230 for $140 and the 265 kick new for about $120 more, but i would have to cut a bigger hole in my car which i don't know i would want to do)

More cone area of the 265 over the 230 would give it an advantage. I'd venture to say the added cost would be worth it.

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 07:26 PM
this might be a bad question, but can you be able to hear the difference in midbass over the sub?

DejaWiz
06-14-2007, 07:29 PM
Yes, if you blend your sub stage with your front stage properly, then definitely.

fearthisskyy
06-14-2007, 08:13 PM
thanks, i think i am taking your advice and getting the Rainbow 265 Kick... still debating not 100% sure, but i want those bad now! just thinking about what a pain it will be to saw and all that stuff to fit a 6.5" instead of 5.25"

Andy_92GM
06-15-2007, 01:17 AM
I have Diamond Audio hex series 4" components with the hex series midbass add on running a passive 3 way setup. the midbass are in the doors and the 4" mids and 1" aluminum tweeters are in the kick panels. I was dissappointed with them not getting loud enough and honestly I dont think they sound all that well. I had a set of CDT HD series and I think I shouldve kept them. stay away from the hex series. I dont know about there top of the line series the D9 but Ive heard good things about those but thats what I heard about the hex. Just my personal opinion

BobbyDD
06-15-2007, 04:02 PM
thanks, i think i am taking your advice and getting the Rainbow 265 Kick... still debating not 100% sure, but i want those bad now! just thinking about what a pain it will be to saw and all that stuff to fit a 6.5" instead of 5.25"
Your Explorer shouldn't have 5.25" speakers in it. It should have 5x7/6x8 as already mentioned. With the baffles mentioned above you shouldn't have to cut on the vehicle any. Just make sure the mounting depth of whatever you choose won't be an issue. If you're not comfortable making the baffles they're available on ebay.

fearthisskyy
06-15-2007, 11:20 PM
yeah, i just meant the 5.25" i was going to get before... but it's glad to know that I won't have to saw, I will definitly get those 265 Kicks!

DejaWiz
06-16-2007, 10:02 AM
yeah, i just meant the 5.25" i was going to get before... but it's glad to know that I won't have to saw, I will definitly get those 265 Kicks!

Smart man. ;)

fearthisskyy
06-17-2007, 12:44 PM
wait wait... do you think the Rainbow SLC 265 Kicks are better than the Rainbow CMX 265?

djdilliodon
06-17-2007, 06:54 PM
going from a 5.25" to a 6.5/6.75" driver a good amount of the time a little cutting may be required. If your not willing to do this i would get the exact measurements of the drivers you want first and measure the trucks cutouts ect just to make sure it will fit with a spacer.

fearthisskyy
06-19-2007, 03:56 PM
i am willing to saw and cut out for the 6.5" hopefully it's not too hard... might get a friend to help who knows what he's doing.

DejaWiz
06-19-2007, 04:02 PM
wait wait... do you think the Rainbow SLC 265 Kicks are better than the Rainbow CMX 265?

The CMX's have a titanium tweeter (CAL25-Titan), and will probably be more "crisp" with the higher frequencies. You can't go wrong with either set.

fearthisskyy
06-19-2007, 04:16 PM
lol yeah, unless I find something else I like better for cheaper, I'm just going to stick w/ the CMX kicks... it'll be the most expensive piece of my set-up probably

Kid Red
06-19-2007, 04:26 PM
I like the Rainbow SLC 265 as well. Isn't there a member here who is a dealer for Rainbow?

DejaWiz
06-19-2007, 04:45 PM
I like the Rainbow SLC 265 as well. Isn't there a member here who is a dealer for Rainbow?

There are a few, actually.

PremierAudio
6spdcoupe
3.5Max6spd

(hope I got it right)

Kid Red
06-19-2007, 06:30 PM
Sweet, thanks. I think I PM-ed 6spcoupe already but have not heard back yet. Nice to know there are more options.

tmoney
06-20-2007, 08:40 AM
wait wait... do you think the Rainbow SLC 265 Kicks are better than the Rainbow CMX 265?

i have da cmx's and like da op said they are crisp. only sending 75 watts to them and they get pretty loud for me.