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bottlebaby
01-28-2008, 12:50 AM
i would like peoples .02 on each of them i know rainbows have a big following but if any of you have heard one or the other or even both sets you input would be great. please let me know why u like one over the other thanks

redcalimp5
01-28-2008, 01:02 AM
i would like peoples .02 on each of them i know rainbows have a big following but if any of you have heard one or the other or even both sets you input would be great. please let me know why u like one over the other thanks

Boston PRO60's will have a more 'in your face' and up front kind of sound compared to the Germs. If you like dynamic, detailed, music, but don't like it to sound really 'loud', then go with the Germs.

I'm running the CMX Kickbass set active, and I love it. I wouldn't change a thing.

If you're looking for a more agressive output and sound in general, I'd go either CMX Kicks or the Pro60's.

bottlebaby
01-28-2008, 01:20 AM
what does a set of the cmx kicks run? the pros are more comparible to them? i can pick up the pros for for under 300 bnib. anyone know of a good place to buy the rainbows?

bottlebaby
01-28-2008, 01:22 AM
and these will be running off a sundown 100.4

redcalimp5
01-28-2008, 01:24 AM
what does a set of the cmx kicks run? the pros are more comparible to them? i can pick up the pros for for under 300 bnib. anyone know of a good place to buy the rainbows?

I picked up my CMX Kicks for $250 shipped from an awesome forum member on here. I believe you can get a brand new in box set of CMX Kicks authorized with the warranty for about $330 shipped, or maybe even less now, since the new lines of Rainbow components have hit the market.

Your best bet is to contact 6spdcoupe, 3.5.max6spd, or PremierAudio for direct pricing on a brand new set of CMX Kicks. If you end up buying a set and you run them passive with the Rainbow crossovers, you'll have no problems giving them 200-220 watts a side....they'll sound amazing, and take it no problem.

Hope this helps.

bottlebaby
01-28-2008, 01:31 AM
i am confused the cmx kicks are cheaper that the germs but u like them better. i do want something that is going to be loud and have good midbass. i have the boston sl 60s now and want more out of them. i deaded the doors already

redcalimp5
01-28-2008, 01:34 AM
i am confused the cmx kicks are cheaper that the germs but u like them better. i do want something that is going to be loud and have good midbass. i have the boston sl 60s now and want more out of them. i deaded the doors already

I understand your point, and I would go with the CMX Kicks based off of what you're telling me here.

I've heard the SL60's in a soundboard at tweeter, and they're nice, but they're NO match compared to the CMX Kicks in regards to sound output and midbass.

The Germs are an awesome set of components, don't get me wrong.....they're just not meant to have the 'foward, agressive sound' that a set like the CMX Kicks have.

bottlebaby
01-28-2008, 01:37 AM
is there any were that carries rainbows and boston that i could go listen to side by side

redcalimp5
01-28-2008, 01:40 AM
is there any were that carries rainbows and boston that i could go listen to side by side

LOL Now THAT's the real challenge, I've never heard the PRO60's in person, but I have heard the SL60's, and I've owned 3 different lines of Rainbow speakers, and I would hands DOWN go with the CMX Kicks.

I've heard that the PRO60's get nice and loud and clear, but if it's one thing they lack, it's midbass output. I can speak from personal experience, the CMX Kicks just don't have that problem.

bottlebaby
01-28-2008, 02:19 AM
well thanks for your help do u know of any places that will carry rainbow products where i could go hear them for myself?

CrossFired
01-28-2008, 03:27 AM
LOL Now THAT's the real challenge, I've never heard the PRO60's in person, but I have heard the SL60's, and I've owned 3 different lines of Rainbow speakers, and I would hands DOWN go with the CMX Kicks.

I've heard that the PRO60's get nice and loud and clear, but if it's one thing they lack, it's midbass output. I can speak from personal experience, the CMX Kicks just don't have that problem.

The BA will give you mid bass, but they need a lot of power to do it.:)

bottlebaby
01-28-2008, 12:05 PM
The BA will give you mid bass, but they need a lot of power to do it.:)

how much power? i will be running them off a sundown 100.4 which i am told is very under rated

WhoSayWho?
01-28-2008, 12:53 PM
how much power? i will be running them off a sundown 100.4 which i am told is very under rated

Geez, I have seen people talking about running 200rms + to each side. I have never had a set though. Do a search here and you will find some opinions. You may want to look at Ignoreme's threads regarding powering Pr060's -- you may get some insight there.

headless
01-28-2008, 04:05 PM
I just don't understand how the boston's really get that loud when they're only 2 3/4" deep. Where does the excursion come from for them to really perform in the midbass/low midbass area when they're so shallow? The germanium's are about the same depth as them and the power line CS dwarf them, but i see people consistently saying the BA's get sick loud with tons of midbass output.

bose301s
01-28-2008, 04:29 PM
I have to say I absolutely love my SLC 265 Kicks, they sound amazing, but I am considering going up to the CAL 25 tweeter.

HCCA
01-28-2008, 08:25 PM
I just don't understand how the boston's really get that loud when they're only 2 3/4" deep. Where does the excursion come from for them to really perform in the midbass/low midbass area when they're so shallow? The germanium's are about the same depth as them and the power line CS dwarf them, but i see people consistently saying the BA's get sick loud with tons of midbass output.

They use a neodinium magnet. Being about 10x times more powerful than a regular ferrite magnet, they don't need as large a magnet to get the job done. The same way that the old school R.F. tweets used to have a magnet the size of a hockey puck, the same job can now be accomplished with a neo mag the size of a quarter.

Beerdrnkr
01-28-2008, 08:45 PM
I heard the pro's and thought they sounded good and loud. However, I love my Germs and they get loud too especially now that I've upgraded my amp and are definately more detailed. Germs are more of an all around driver than the pro's in my opinion.

bottlebaby
01-29-2008, 01:30 AM
thanks for the imput guy i am going to find somewhere to go listen to the rainbows so i can hear them formyself.

HCCA
01-29-2008, 01:51 AM
No doubt, that Rainbows are every bit as good as the Bostons in performance. I'd be a liar if I said they weren't. However, the Bostons are no slouch, and they are American made. I prefer that when I can. All that aside. If I had a pair of Rainbows in my possesion, I would not hesitate to use them. Thay are good stuff.
I just prefer to run the Bostons as they are as good as 95% of anything out there, and road noise will usualy cancell out the last 5% of the better detail of the $7,000 top-of-the-line Rainbows. Germs, are good. Profis are better, and the Reference line is for guys with more money than they know what to do with.

jluv
01-29-2008, 12:32 PM
I've been running my Pro60s active for a while. In the end, the mids are getting about 225w each and the tweets are getting around 40w each. They get LOUD and sound really good doing it. I have never even heard a set of Rainbows, so I can't comment on them or compare the two.

greygoose82
01-31-2008, 11:51 AM
I own a set of the Boston Pro's myself and would also like to add that they are awesome. Midbass will bump hard as long as it is fed enough power and that your baffles or door is thoroughly dynamatted. These speakers can handle enormous amounts of power and sound great!