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jifisher
04-04-2010, 04:07 PM
I'm about to upgrade the speakers in my 2002 Acura RL and am on the fence as to which speaker manufacturer to go with. The choices make my head spin. I'm just doing a factory rip-and-replace, so I'm going with 6x9s on the rear deck, 6.5s in front door, and 5 1/4s in rear door.

CDT seems to be pretty popular these days, but I've never actually heard of them. I was originally going with Alpine, Pioneer, or Infinity, since you can get them readily at Best Buy. Cost really isn't that much of a factor, but I'm not spending more than a few hundred bucks on the replacement.

So after all this jabbering, here's the question: CDT vs Alpine vs Infinity vs Pioneer vs others. Who's the best in this application? Not looking for mind numbing bass or anything, just ample bass, crisp highs, and full range.

Once I get everything installed, I'll post a review. Thanks for the help.

inkfx
04-04-2010, 04:12 PM
It really comes down to personal preference. Go to a local shop and see if you can listen to any of the speakers you are interested in. I know places most likely wont carry CDT, so someone with experience will need to chime in on those. Remember, you wont be getting any bass like a subwoofer can produce out of door speakers. You could consider just replacing your front stage and adding a small sub for that bit of bass you are looking for.

dragnix
04-04-2010, 04:16 PM
I'm sure there are plenty that can beat CDT, but nothing is better than hearing it yourself. Like inkfx mentioned. Some brands that come to mind are Rainbow, Focal, ID, Diamond...

supermaxx123
04-04-2010, 04:36 PM
everyone wants decent sound, i've never heard anyone that said, i want it to distort like crazy and be loud. the only thing to do is listen to a bunch of speakers. I've tried speakers that i've read reviews for where people swear they are the best they have heard but when i listen to them i tend prefer others. I've tried so many i cant really remember what i liked best. i ould suggest adire audio koda set if you can find them, dont listen to me though. Price of speakers also tends to make them higher quality which in turn means louder/better.
I would expect to pay about $500 maybe more, you can't get good speakers and not power them with an amp.

Haunz
04-04-2010, 05:12 PM
For the effort you are putting in you might as well throw names in a hat and pick one....

mossberg385t
04-04-2010, 05:18 PM
lol get some brax

JimJ
04-04-2010, 05:24 PM
i've never heard anyone that said, i want it to distort like crazy and be loud

I read this every time I log into this board, so I'm not exactly sure where you're looking...

Bumpin' Goalie
04-04-2010, 05:29 PM
I read this every time I log into this board, so I'm not exactly sure where you're looking...

Bahaha...Yeah...

gunz4me2
04-05-2010, 02:40 AM
I'd rather DIY a component set out of raw Vifa drivers from Madisound than purchase a set of high end CDT speakers. Guess who CDT's build house is...

jifisher
04-05-2010, 02:35 PM
Haunz, Mossberg, JimJ, Bumpin Goalie - you're all absolutely worthless.

Thanks to the other posters who provided relevant information. I decided to go with Alpine Type-R all around.

infamous_e46
04-05-2010, 02:47 PM
lol get some brax

cool story brax

gunz4me2
04-05-2010, 11:37 PM
Actually, the Type R speakers are one of the few that drop into Honda/Acura with relative ease. I am unsure about your Acura, but I know my 97 Civic doesn't have jack for mounting space in the factory locations without extensive modification.

headless
04-06-2010, 12:39 AM
Haunz, Mossberg, JimJ, Bumpin Goalie - you're all absolutely worthless.

Thanks to the other posters who provided relevant information. I decided to go with Alpine Type-R all around.

Actually, haunz & jimJ were the only people who were being truthful with you.

With the amount of effort you are putting into your install, it's not worth bothering paying for good hardware. If you read some about car audio and comprehended it you'd realise that the hardware is considerably less important than a decent installation. If you're just going to shove some **** into the same unprepared spots that your car manufacturer provided with no effort towards improving the sound, then don't bother asking what's better than CDT, because it won't make any ****ing difference if it's better than CDT in your ****** install.

So go ahead, just go up to bestbuy and buy whatever you feel like is your favorite brand. They will all sound like *** equally in your ****** install. So would the set that I run, and they cost probably 6 - 8 times what you're going to be paying (and you're purchasing 3 times as many speakers). It'd be a complete waste to buy these speakers and mount them without any actual effort for their installation.

Understand now?

350zspl
04-07-2010, 05:34 PM
i use cdt gold es
they cost to much
they sound just a bit better than average
i would never recomend them

what is your budget

Tone415
04-07-2010, 05:48 PM
I think its more about the tuning rather than which speakers. of course you're not going to buy some POS 6.5's and 6x9's.. just make sure you tune them right and you should be satisfied with most speakers.

blazeplacid
04-07-2010, 07:59 PM
i use cdt gold es
they cost to much
they sound just a bit better than average
i would never recomend them

what is your budget

if you are on a budget its always best to buy used high end stuff

I run the ES mids and am happy with them. I use LPA tweeters

Jeremy M
04-07-2010, 09:19 PM
if your not going to treat your doors with deadener, etc etc. U may as well just grab those type R comps or infinity kappa comps cuz u won't hear too much diff. unless you are gonna do the work to appreciate what CDT, ID, Focal, etcetc have to offer.

Haunz
04-07-2010, 09:37 PM
I think its more about the tuning rather than which speakers. just make sure you tune them right and you should be satisfied with most speakers.

NO! NO! NO!

I don't care what brands someone wants to look at.. the first step to any install should be the consideration of how drivers will be installed and system goals/needs.... From there you should choose speakers based on things like forecasted response curves, QTC, power handeling, linear throw, ect...

If it's a matter of components then a huge percentage of what you are paying for should be in the passive networks... most people don't have any kind of clue what to look for in a crossover either... but I would agree more expensive sets often have better designs & components...


Either way, tuning (with an eq) is the last step once everything is installed... and ideally is kept to a bare minimum...

Johnny Law.Lulz
04-07-2010, 09:56 PM
if your not going to treat your doors with deadener, etc etc. U may as well just grab those type R comps or infinity kappa comps cuz u won't hear too much diff. unless you are gonna do the work to appreciate what CDT, ID, Focal, etcetc have to offer.

This, grab those bottom of the barrel, poor sounding type R's because your not deadening your doors or putting ample power to them. You might as well go get some pyramid from radio shack because they all sound the same without deadener or power. If you will be happy with the sbu par performance that you are buying then why even join this site.

modskwod
04-07-2010, 10:09 PM
This, grab those bottom of the barrel, poor sounding type R's because your not deadening your doors or putting ample power to them. You might as well go get some pyramid from radio shack because they all sound the same without deadener or power. If you will be happy with the sbu par performance that you are buying then why even join this site.

Radioshack doesn't carry pyramid speakers :fyi:

But OP, I agree with Haunz. Consider your install and what you're looking for before you begin to look at speakers. This is from personal experience. Nothing worse than spending top dollar on comps and having them sound like **** because they are wrong for your application.

4OZGLOVES
04-07-2010, 10:10 PM
This, grab those bottom of the barrel, poor sounding type R's because your not deadening your doors or putting ample power to them. You might as well go get some pyramid from radio shack because they all sound the same without deadener or power. If you will be happy with the sbu par performance that you are buying then why even join this site.
i'm with worst here also. With out adding an amp to correctly power them and then not doing any deadening even a $800 set of comp's will only sound marginally different.

JimJ
04-08-2010, 01:00 PM
Either way, tuning (with an eq) is the last step once everything is installed... and ideally is kept to a bare minimum...

Tuning involves a lot more than just an EQ.

JimJ
04-08-2010, 01:02 PM
Haunz, Mossberg, JimJ, Bumpin Goalie - you're all absolutely worthless.


So are those speakers you bought.