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magliteman
05-01-2009, 11:22 AM
Which one should i go with? Ive read some good reviews on both. Can't hear both as Polk has no dealers near me.

I understand that both have really good tweets.

Anyone have experience with one or both sets?

Thanks

1zach4
05-01-2009, 12:32 PM
I've owned both, and I feel if you are running them with the passive crossovers...I would stick with the Image Dynamics set. I really liked the midbass/midrange output on the ID set, and the tweeters are both kind of harsh (to my ears)

After I had both of those sets, I ran an active setup with the Image Dynamics OEM mid and the seas neo textile tweeter and after tuning, this setup had a LOT better output and the tweeter was not near as fatiguing to the ear!!

So if you are running passive, ID...if you decide to run an active setup...piece something together.

jdc753
05-01-2009, 02:29 PM
I have SR6500's and am VERY happy with them. I have not had the chance to hear them passive since I purchased them used and appears one of the tweeter networks was/is messed up in one of the crossovers.

With a bit of tuning they sound great. Plenty of midbass and to me the tweeters are perfect. Very detailed and not too bright or harsh at all. Only thing I would say is the tweeters do like to be aimed on axis, otherwise you will loose a bit of the higher frequency detail.

Hoodlum007
05-01-2009, 03:16 PM
I'd go with the ID's.

Echo42987
05-01-2009, 04:32 PM
Polk has my vote, HANDS DOWN.

They make amazing products and you can't go wrong w/ them.

atsaubrey
05-01-2009, 04:33 PM
Both are a great choice.

Xprime4
05-01-2009, 05:29 PM
The Id's can take shitload of power and get real loud. I can't even hear my rearfill at all, even if the fader is at 0. Giving those 300watts and they never complained

The mids are awesome and tweeters are great. They're a little more agressive than the tw-25 from cdt.

okiedokie
05-01-2009, 06:34 PM
hey NoTraction, both companies make good products, but just make sure you deaden your doors as well, placement & aiming will play a great part in your install.
what is the power rating on your amp??
what head unit are you planning to use, the head unit will make a difference as well.
you never told use your budget???

magliteman
05-02-2009, 12:20 AM
hey NoTraction, both companies make good products, but just make sure you deaden your doors as well, placement & aiming will play a great part in your install.
what is the power rating on your amp??
what head unit are you planning to use, the head unit will make a difference as well.
you never told use your budget???

Looking at running a DLS A5 amp. This will give 100w each to the ID CXS62 and 500w to a single IDQ12v3D4

Head unit is Pioneer Premier DEH-P690UB (with usb and ipod adapters).

Budget for the comps is about $400.00

Doors and rear of the car and floor has been deadened with Dynamat xtreme.

FJF
05-03-2009, 10:27 AM
I have a pair of the SRs. With the supplied x-overs and the tweeters in the A-pillars, the sound is overly bright and thin, almost to the point of causing pain. I also owned a pair of CXSs which to this day stand as one of the worst sounding car speakers I've heard in any of my installs. They sounded like mud - veiled, opaque, and undefined. Imagine placing a hand over your mouth and trying to speak, and you'll have the IDs. For an active system, I can recommend the Polks.

magliteman
05-03-2009, 05:21 PM
I have a pair of the SRs. With the supplied x-overs and the tweeters in the A-pillars, the sound is overly bright and thin, almost to the point of causing pain. I also owned a pair of CXSs which to this day stand as one of the worst sounding car speakers I've heard in any of my installs. They sounded like mud - veiled, opaque, and undefined. Imagine placing a hand over your mouth and trying to speak, and you'll have the IDs. For an active system, I can recommend the Polks.


This is the first negative thing I've heard about the CXS:eek:

Pretty well every post or review are very positive about this set.

FJF
05-03-2009, 05:40 PM
This is the first negative thing I've heard about the CXS:eek:

Pretty well every post or review are very positive about this set.

You realize that a large number of folks recommending the product on the forums have never heard it, right? All I read were raves, too, until I actually listened to the IDs for myself in my own car. Alas, it was a bit late, as the money was already spent. It all depends on one's point of reference. ;)

okiedokie
05-03-2009, 08:53 PM
for your budget i would look into these
http://www.woofersetc.com/p4761/Dotech-Ovation-Comp-4--Morel-4"-Way-Component-System.htm
or
http://www.woofersetc.com/p7183/SAC-46525--Rainbow-65"-Component-System.htm
or
http://www.woofersetc.com/p3591/HXS-236-G--Helix-65"-2-Way-Component-System.htm
I've never heard the Helix, but some day i will buy a pair to play with.

pyfocal
05-04-2009, 03:41 AM
You should take a look at the Alpine SPX-17 Pros.The tweeters are very close to the Polks and I think the mids are a little better.I don't agree with all the hype on the ID's-although they are a nice set.

Flipx99
05-04-2009, 03:20 PM
I probably wouldn't consider ID if I could mount the tweeter in A-pillar.

But in my situation, and perhaps OPs, the tweeter must be mounted coaxially, thus reducing other options.

mike11202
05-04-2009, 06:45 PM
I have a pair of the SRs. With the supplied x-overs and the tweeters in the A-pillars, the sound is overly bright and thin, almost to the point of causing pain. I also owned a pair of CXSs which to this day stand as one of the worst sounding car speakers I've heard in any of my installs. They sounded like mud - veiled, opaque, and undefined. Imagine placing a hand over your mouth and trying to speak, and you'll have the IDs. For an active system, I can recommend the Polks.

hmm my cxs's sound the complete opposite of what your describing :laugh:

FJF
05-04-2009, 07:32 PM
hmm my cxs's sound the complete opposite of what your describing :laugh:

I'm glad you like them. I guess someone has to. Is it my turn to laugh?

mike11202
05-04-2009, 11:15 PM
I'm glad you like them. I guess someone has to. Is it my turn to laugh?

i had to do some EQing (16 band) and loudness to get them perfect.. everyone doesnt have that on their HU's tho

bamaster
05-08-2009, 12:34 AM
I have the CXS64 set and think they are fantastic. I have 125w to each set and they get very loud and do not distort at all. I listen to everything from White Zombie and Megadeth to Jay-Z and Lil Wayne to Norah Jones and Natalie Merchant to Al Green and Barry White.

They take a lot of beating and sound fantastic to me! It's worth mentioning that the mids are not crossed over. They run full range. The midbass is nice!

My car is having a new Stereo Integrity Mag 12 installed right now. Replacing my two 8W7's. Should pick it up tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to hearing the comps with a different sub.

Best of luck!