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asianinvasion21
02-08-2011, 02:12 AM
Just got a RSX and these are the 4 component sets i have narrowed down to in my budget. I have only heard the Alpines and the focals. I have a pair of type r comps now and im pretty satisfied. I heard the type x comps and they had a noticeable difference from the type r comps. So far the type x's are my first choice. I have also heard the focal polyglass and it almost sounded as if the speakers were lacking something perhaps they were just not tuned correctly in my friends setup. I mostly listen to rap/hip-hop/RnB. The image dynamics and rainbow comps are on the list because ive heard nothing but good things about them unfortunately ive never heard them. Any input would be helpful. Thx...

Alpine spx-17ref
Rainbow SLX 265 or CSX 265
Focal Polyglass 165 Vr
Image Dynamics CTX65CS

6spdcoupe
02-08-2011, 02:22 AM
Huntington Beach ? Go visit Tom at Beach Autosound over there and he should be able to demo the Rainbows and possible Alpines for you.

asianinvasion21
02-08-2011, 02:25 AM
haha ya i heard the alpines there i didnt know they had the rainbows

6spdcoupe
02-08-2011, 02:28 AM
I believe he has the SLCs in stock. He is one of my Rainbow dealers though. You could also try Spencer at SoCal Customs.

asianinvasion21
02-08-2011, 02:38 AM
il def check it out thx a lot

6spdcoupe
02-08-2011, 02:39 AM
No problem. Please let me know if you need any further help.

Cruzer
02-08-2011, 03:23 AM
I would go focal because a friend has heard them and said they were best he has ever heard. I haven't heard them tho :(

bugflipper
02-08-2011, 08:49 AM
Really just going to be personal taste regardless so what sounds good to me, wont sound good to the other guy and so on.
To my ears, with what you have listed the rainbows sound the best, then the ID, then the alpines and finally the focals. I listen to different music though.
To me the rainbows have the best sound with great highs, great mids and good lows.
The ID good highs, good mids and good lows.
The alpines, scratchy up top, good in the middle and disappointing lows.
Focals harsh as hell highs. good mids and disappointing lows.

okiedokie
02-08-2011, 11:04 PM
^^^ have you ever listen to these comp sets in a car? or all on a sounding board?
I think a listening a comp set in a shop can give you more of tonality within the mids, & you can tell more of how a tweeter may sound.
But once they are installed in a car door its a different sound.
I would ask the manager if they have a demo car that that you could listen too.
When i bought my Boston Pro's they where on a open sounding board next to some ADS comps, Pioneer comps,Mac Intosh,Nakamichi & JL's.
I thought at the time that tey sounded the best, but once i installed them in my car they never where on par at least to my ears.
I had later on compared them to Focal's,ID's & Zapco.
I have regret ever not asking more question before spending $599.
So what i'm saying is if you can find someone local that a good-great install for you to listen to any of the comp sets that you want to buy.
It wil help you make a better choice in the long run

bugflipper
02-09-2011, 09:55 AM
^^^ have you ever listen to these comp sets in a car? or all on a sounding board?
I think a listening a comp set in a shop can give you more of tonality within the mids, & you can tell more of how a tweeter may sound.
But once they are installed in a car door its a different sound.
I would ask the manager if they have a demo car that that you could listen too.
When i bought my Boston Pro's they where on a open sounding board next to some ADS comps, Pioneer comps,Mac Intosh,Nakamichi & JL's.
I thought at the time that tey sounded the best, but once i installed them in my car they never where on par at least to my ears.
I had later on compared them to Focal's,ID's & Zapco.
I have regret ever not asking more question before spending $599.
So what i'm saying is if you can find someone local that a good-great install for you to listen to any of the comp sets that you want to buy.
It wil help you make a better choice in the long run

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Even if soundboards were even close to sounding like a real install, you have the soft and hard surfaces of the interior. The angles to deflect the sound or absorb it. And usually a mounting location that is not ideal for the best sound to begin with.

asianinvasion21
02-11-2011, 08:11 PM
ok thx for the input

Bassin Buick
02-11-2011, 08:20 PM
Rainbow. because i said so.