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syuri
10-18-2007, 05:07 PM
Guys,

I narrowed down choice of my 5.25" components for my BMW 540i, 2000 to following speakers:

ALPINE SPR-13S (type R) $127 shipped (little concerned with low efficiency 86db
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ALPINE-SPR-13S-5-25-COMPONENT-2WAY-SPEAKER-SYSTEM_W0QQitemZ230182035883QQihZ013QQcategoryZ328 18QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

MB Quart PCE-213 $135 shipped
http://cgi.ebay.com/MB-QUART-PREMIUM-PCE-213-5-25-CAR-COMPONENT-SPEAKERS_W0QQitemZ300162192010QQihZ020QQcategoryZ3 2818QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


CDT Audio CL-S50A - CDT Audio Classic $100 shipped
http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=5208

CDT Audio CL-51A - CDT Audio Classic $130 shipped
http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=5833

CDT Audio CL-51A-25 PRO - CDT Audio Classic $160 shipped (what is difference from CL-51A?)
http://www.woofersetc.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=4609

in my previous BMW 528i, 1997 I had POLK AUDIO DB5251 5 1/4" ($120-$130) and was pretty happy, they were pretty efficient, loud but distortion free, little bit lacking in low midbass and though tweeters were not harsh at all, but now I would like to get something softer and smoother. Sure I can go with them, but would like to try something different for a change. Sure I will get sub too. What could you recommend and WHY from above list? I would like to keep price in low $100s, may be till hundred and half.

Thanks.

tbasile1
10-18-2007, 09:41 PM
MBs get my vote

Hoodlum007
10-18-2007, 11:36 PM
The MB have a very harsh alum tweeter.
The CDT's 51a's get my vote.

Confusedsoul
10-19-2007, 01:01 AM
I've heard good things about the Pioneer TS-C520PRS 5.25" components. The 6.75" version got good praises for its quality and midbass output. Might be a little hard to find in that price range though. I found the 5.25" version on here in the fs thread and scooped them up to try them out. Not sure when I'll get them installed though.

benzmansl65amg
10-19-2007, 01:06 AM
x3 on MBs i run them :fyi: and i love them good midbass and the highs are most definitly not harsh

genxx
10-19-2007, 05:55 AM
I like CDT just not there lower line. So MB gets my vote but not on your list that I would vote for and bang for the buck is the PG RSd.

tbasile1
10-19-2007, 06:48 AM
x2 on the RSd and Pioneer PRSs mentioned----both are good comp sets, as is my first choice of the MBs

syuri
10-19-2007, 11:32 AM
Guys,

thanks for sharing your thoughts, appreciate it.
I've done more reading and the CDTs I do not look that good to me, everybody says it is better to move to higher end of their line. Probably now they go to tail of my list.

Now I more tended to MBs, but still concerned that a lot of people complaints about brightness of their tweeters. What about QSC line? I thought I can stretch my budget for them if I know I will get smooth silky highs.

RSd, I read that they love plenty of power, which seems I will not be able to provide. I have not bought amplifier yet, but thinking about JL 300/4, may be some old school Rockford or Phoenix Gold. Though JL stays as number one, mainly for it's compactness.

I am surprised about Alpine type R (13S). I can not find, any more or less meaningful, review or opinions about them. Just pretty generic "they good" or "they are harsh" type of phrases. They have the same sensitivity (86db) as RSd, I can guess they will require a LOT of power to shine, huh?

Anybody can compare speakers in discussion with Polk db5251 ? That way I could have some sort of reference point. Or may be they are better of above mentioned speakers I should buy them?

Echo42987
10-19-2007, 03:38 PM
Take a step up and get the Polk Momo MMC5250.

You won't find a better component set. I gurantee it.

-Nick-

syuri
10-19-2007, 03:43 PM
Take a step up and get the Polk Momo MMC5250.

You won't find a better component set. I gurantee it.

-Nick-

They require large mounting depth and simply will not fit in my car doors.

Echo42987
10-19-2007, 03:57 PM
They should be the same depth of the alpne type R's?

-Nick-

Echo42987
10-19-2007, 04:02 PM
They are only 2-5/8" mounting depth

Alpines 2-5/32''

What kind of car do you have...they should fit fine

-Nick-

syuri
10-19-2007, 04:13 PM
They are only 2-5/8" mounting depth

Alpines 2-5/32''

What kind of car do you have...they should fit fine

-Nick-

It is BMW 540i, 2000 (see my first post).
I mounted db5251 in such car (2-5/16") and they barely fit with small modification.
So 2-5/16" is the limit.

Echo42987
10-19-2007, 06:15 PM
Build a baffle? It's really easy and I would highly recomend it.

-Nick-