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Kevlar
06-05-2009, 03:12 PM
Hey all.

I'm buying a set of CDT ES-62i's with the '07 (yellow) mid. I'm getting a good deal on an upgrade to the ES-010 tweeters, so I figure I might as well step up to the top of the range driver. However, I'm torn as to which crossover I should go with. They come with the EX-480, but I can upgrade to the EX-560i's for $45. Is it a worthwhile upgrade? I'm already pushing my budget, and while I consider myself a home/headphone audiophile, I've never had a great car audio system, so I'm not sure how much I would notice or appreciate the difference. I've heard that the 560's have better power handling, and that the 480's tweeter protect sometimes annoyingly kicks in?

For reference, they will be going in an 07 Subaru WRX STI (not exactly the best car-audio platform ever. Essentially no factory sound-deadening :laugh:), running off of an Alpine CDA-9887 and either an Alpine PDX 2.150 or 4.100 (bridged). I'll probably try the tweets out in the stock location (upper door cards), but may mount them down in the kicks. Sub is an Fi Q 12", and I mostly listen to DnB and Trance, but I also listen to anything from death metal to piano rock.

Thanks in advance.

blazeplacid
06-05-2009, 03:20 PM
if you like your music loud go with the 560

I had the 480 and I think it will take 150 or so RMS also has tweeter protect that I didnt like

shuts off tweeter to soon for me

pjhabit
06-05-2009, 06:17 PM
Hey all.

I'm buying a set of CDT ES-62i's with the '07 (yellow) mid.
The ES-62i's have the new ES-6 mids
The ES-620's have the old (yellow) ES-600 mids
Definitely upgrade to the 560i's, you'll get a lower (imo more favorable) x/over point along w/ the advantages already mentioned

okiedokie
06-05-2009, 08:55 PM
if you buy the alpine pdx 4.100 you can go active, with that alpine 9887.
for the money you'll be spending on those cdt 600 mids you can find some diy mids cheaper

http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=45_228_256&products_id=1108
or
http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=45_228_256&products_id=8492
or
http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=45_228_256&products_id=8302
or
http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=45_228_256&products_id=789
or
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=299-277
or
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=299-042

James Bang
06-06-2009, 01:30 AM
seems like they surely rape ppl w/ those passives.

stangman67
06-06-2009, 01:33 AM
GET THE 560's id you are going to get a crossover. The 480 has a 4700 hz or something close to that cross point , while the 560's have a 2k cross point iirc

pjhabit
06-06-2009, 08:19 PM
GET THE 560's id you are going to get a crossover. The 480 has a 4700 hz or something close to that cross point , while the 560's have a 2k cross point iirc

You're thinking of the 550 that's crossed @ 2.5kHz, the 560 is crossed @ 3.7kHz.

RowJoe
06-07-2009, 01:57 AM
There's some Peerless HDS woofers on PE for hella cheap again.

okiedokie
06-07-2009, 09:10 PM
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=299-260

350zspl
06-08-2009, 06:25 PM
i use gold cdt es front stage 2 sets of comps up front at 2 ohm off a sax 125.2
with the 560

i love them

KINGDELL91
06-08-2009, 08:25 PM
I have been looking for a set of 6.5 comps my self. CDT right now is looking real good whats the price tag on those? I see the CL Set on ebay for 99.99.

okiedokie
06-08-2009, 09:06 PM
Hey 350zspl,
if your gold es set is rated @ 4ohms for the mid, & either 4ohms or 6ohms for the tweeters how did you get 2 ohms???????

Kevlar
06-09-2009, 03:15 PM
Hey all. Thanks for all the input, and a huge thanks to Mike at Vertex. He went out of his way to help me figure out the deal I was looking at, with no expectation of making a sale at all, but rather, concerned as a CDT dealer that I was either getting mislead or not getting as good of a deal as I thought i was.

As luck would have it, though, he had an awesome deal on an open-box set of the CDT PSS-626i's (only a little more than I would have spent on the 07 ES-62i's with the DRT26's and EX-560i crossover). Similar to the 2009 ES-62i set, but with the even-better 550i/25 crossover (lower xover point), PSS-6i mid (a shallow-mount driver that seems to be an improvement upon the ES-07 mid), with all components being hand-selected and auditioned.

My only question now, is whether I should spend an extra ~$50 or so to get the ES-06 mid instead. With the lower xover point, the set should cover the range pretty well, and I'm a fan of DnB and electronica, so extra bass is a plus. I've got a pretty solid sub-stage with the sealed Fi Q 12", which can play pretty high, so I may not really need the 06 mid, but with how much I'm already spending, would it be stupid not to spend a little bit more and get what may be an even better driver for my listening tastes? Mind you, I'm already pushing my budget past what I originally planned on spending, but it sort of turned into a case of "Spend X now and risk not being totally happy, or spend Y more and be set for a long time?" Thoughts?

Edit: One other consideration - I would have no issue at all fitting the PSS-6i mid in my doors, but IIRC the ES-06 mid has a MASSIVE driver and just shy of a 3" mounting depth, which is on the extreme end of what can reasonably fit in my doors. I'm sure I could make it work, but it is something to keep in mind.

okiedokie
06-09-2009, 08:16 PM
the

okiedokie
06-09-2009, 08:23 PM
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/member-product-reviews/57478-cdt-es-062i-gold-components.html

pjhabit
06-09-2009, 08:34 PM
The PSS-6i mid is supposed to be one of their best sounding drivers. But it has limited throw so midbass wouldn't be its strong suit.
The ES-06 has plenty of midbass but the midrange is a bit subdued.
The ES-6 would be a good compromise between the 2. I own a set & am very pleased.

350zspl
06-10-2009, 04:04 PM
Hey 350zspl,
if your gold es set is rated @ 4ohms for the mid, & either 4ohms or 6ohms for the tweeters how did you get 2 ohms???????


i am using 2 sets of cdt gold for front stage
1 amp sundown 125.2
i can measure the load if you like for an exact reading pm if you want me to