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got-one-eight
06-16-2009, 09:43 AM
Not happy with the sound of my focals despite them sounding better then my last K2P set. I think it took a few years for me to realize I really don't like a bright tweeter despite the great detail these offer I want something that is easier for me to tune as I am no pro. Can someone recommend a set under $800.00? This is going into a regular cab Dodge Ram 1500 and they will be powered off a JL 300/2 V2 and an 8" W7 off a JL 500/1 V2. I have been looking at these so far. I still want them to get loud if possible.

DynAudio Esotec 242
Morel Elate
HAT Legatia Pro set
Rainbow CS 265 P Vanadium
Zapco CK-16.2
DLS Nobelium 6.2

bigaudiofanati2
06-16-2009, 09:47 AM
I was originally going to go with focal than I looked at Image Dynamics much better reviews on them and also have a more natural sound. There tweeters are not going to blow a glass window "of cores if your active you can control that". I would look at ID or even CDT.

got-one-eight
06-16-2009, 10:28 AM
My only other thought is to possibly move to a JL 300/4 and go active with my current set. I have had this recommended few times. In the end this might be cheaper too. My only concern is the focal tweets are 8ohm.

RowJoe
06-16-2009, 10:37 AM
8-ohm would be easier on the amp.

ramos
06-16-2009, 10:42 AM
si , 8ohm tweeters would just mean a little less power from your amp for them :)

got-one-eight
06-16-2009, 10:42 AM
8-ohm would be easier on the amp.

I guess I was more concerned about the amps power output at 8ohms.

RowJoe
06-16-2009, 10:51 AM
It's a tweeter lol. Shouldn't need a whole bunch of power to sound good. Remember, music is dynamic so don't expect to be getting a constant 75w RMS per channel at 4 ohms. Going by that rating at 8 ohms, 37.5w RMS is still more than enough for many tweeters.

What's the sensitivity on the tweeter?

got-one-eight
06-16-2009, 10:55 AM
It's a tweeter lol. Shouldn't need a whole bunch of power to sound good. Remember, music is dynamic so don't expect to be getting a constant 75w RMS per channel at 4 ohms. Going by that rating at 8 ohms, 37.5w RMS is still more than enough for many tweeters.

What's the sensitivity on the tweeter?

http://www.focal-america.com/extras/specs/k2power/TN53K_spec.pdf

Tweeter specs... So active is the way to go? Also did the stock x-over boxes divide the power evenly between the two or was it setup to drive the woofer with more power?

RowJoe
06-16-2009, 11:03 AM
That's a pretty sensitive tweeter. The impedance in this case won't mean a whole lot.

As for going active, depends on what you plan on using to do the processing. What HU are you running?

got-one-eight
06-16-2009, 11:16 AM
That's a pretty sensitive tweeter. The impedance in this case won't mean a whole lot.

As for going active, depends on what you plan on using to do the processing. What HU are you running?

Alpine 9887.

RowJoe
06-16-2009, 11:36 AM
Not shabby. Have you considered using raw drivers, like Peerless or Vifa by chance?

got-one-eight
06-16-2009, 11:52 AM
Not shabby. Have you considered using raw drivers, like Peerless or Vifa by chance?

Sure haven't, I may have a buyer for my Focal's for $500.00 and I can get the Dynaudio 242 kit for ~600.00. This is tempting me. Would be a cheap upgrade compared to swapping amps cables etc and then possibly not being happy with the bright tweeters. I went with the 2 channel amp hoping to keep things simple. I just want something that doesn't hurt my ears from brightness.

got-one-eight
06-17-2009, 04:00 PM
Picked up a set of Morel Elate 6 2W and already have my Focal sold. Hopefully these give me a sound that isn't so hard on the ears.