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bigbrother54
05-12-2012, 11:29 AM
Review of Amplifier:
I am looking to do a system upgrade on my stereo equipment and am needing some good advice on what company to use for the amp and subwoofer. I am looking at the JL Audio XD700.5 channel amp and one of their 12W3V3-4 12" subs in a custom 1.25" enclosures or using the Kenwood X700/5.5 excelon amp and the Kenwood 10" Excelon Series Mobile Subwoofer - KFC-XW10. I have heard alot of positive things about both of these set ups but am not sure which company to use. I am presently running the Kenwood DNX6020Ex head unit and 2 sets of the Mirus co-axial speakers by Hybrid Audio Technologies. If anyone can give me some good advise I would be very grateful.
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Why So Cereal?
05-12-2012, 01:30 PM
Review of Amplifier:
I am looking to do a system upgrade on my stereo equipment and am needing some good advice on what company to use for the amp and subwoofer. I am looking at the JL Audio XD700.5 channel amp and one of their 12W3V3-4 12" subs in a custom 1.25" enclosures or using the Kenwood X700/5.5 excelon amp and the Kenwood 10" Excelon Series Mobile Subwoofer - KFC-XW10. I have heard alot of positive things about both of these set ups but am not sure which company to use. I am presently running the Kenwood DNX6020Ex head unit and 2 sets of the Mirus co-axial speakers by Hybrid Audio Technologies. If anyone can give me some good advise I would be very grateful.
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^ come on dude u even left it in your post! And it says REVIEW OF AMPLIFIER above your post!


Post your question here: Amplifiers (http://www.caraudio.com/forums/amplifiers/)

hispls
05-12-2012, 01:36 PM
^ come on dude u even left it in your post! And it says REVIEW OF AMPLIFIER above your post!


Post your question here: Amplifiers (http://www.caraudio.com/forums/amplifiers/)
This and you're not likely to get much good advice here...

bigbrother54
05-12-2012, 01:45 PM
Hey DUDE why not try being alot more hospitable rather than being disrectful. I am new to this site and If I accidently placed my thread in the wrong spot than simply direct me to where i can place the thread. There is no reason for you to just automatically be rude or disrectful to someone. You are always preaching and complaining about others being rude/disrespectful to you yet you find it in your time to disrespect others. Or better yet if you do know anything at all (which I truly doubt you do) about the subject in question why not simply respond to that question positively and save alot of rudeness and then let the new comer know in a polite way that they had misplaced the thread. your a jokeLOL.

bigbrother54
05-12-2012, 01:46 PM
thank you. I am new here and so where do I go to place this thread to get the most views and advice. Have a great day.

Why So Cereal?
05-12-2012, 01:54 PM
Hey DUDE why not try being alot more hospitable rather than being disrectful. I am new to this site and If I accidently placed my thread in the wrong spot than simply direct me to where i can place the thread. There is no reason for you to just automatically be rude or disrectful to someone. You are always preaching and complaining about others being rude/disrespectful to you yet you find it in your time to disrespect others. Or better yet if you do know anything at all (which I truly doubt you do) about the subject in question why not simply respond to that question positively and save alot of rudeness and then let the new comer know in a polite way that they had misplaced the thread. your a jokeLOL.

disrespectful*
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I'm sorry I wasn't aware some random butthurt guy from Cali knew my likes and dislikes. My bad. I already linked u where to put your thread, but I'm guessing its your first time using the internet, so click forums and under car audio discussions, click Amplifiers, release all the butthurt within you, then start a new thread.
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DARKHART
05-12-2012, 01:57 PM
Both amps are very close in performance and size, with the Excelon being slightly longer by 2 inches. The JL's four channel section is more powerful but NOT by double so I don't think you would even notice the difference especially when the Excelon is slightly underrated. The Excelon's sub section is stronger into both 4 and 2 ohm loads but again NOT by double so there really won't be that noticiable difference. The deciding factor may come down to price and brand preference....in most places online the JL is about $140 or some more than the Excelon....both will be good performers for you either way though.....:D:D:D

bigbrother54
05-12-2012, 02:00 PM
thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.

DARKHART
05-12-2012, 02:03 PM
thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.

No prob....some of us here do still believe in helping answer questions without being as*hats about things.....:D:D:D

TheUnderFighter
05-12-2012, 04:07 PM
No prob....some of us here do still believe in helping answer questions without being as*hats about things.....:D:D:D

If he'd post in the right section it wouldn't be a problem. He even left the bit about this being "REVIEWS ONLY, NO QUESTIONS ALLOWED" in his post. I don't have anything against the man, but I just can't fathom how you would miss all the alerts that you're posting in the wrong section.
And if you're comparing a JL sub to a Kenwood sub, I'm not quite sure you know what you're comparing. Personally the only thing I'd ever buy from Kenwood is their headunits. Their amps are ok, not the worst. There's never been anything impressive about their speakers or subs though.

DARKHART
05-12-2012, 06:30 PM
And if you're comparing a JL sub to a Kenwood sub, I'm not quite sure you know what you're comparing.

I don't recall anywhere in my reply to the o/p anything about a comparison between the two subs.....but truth be told if you look at both subs in question they are both pretty close to one another with the exception being he referred to a 10" Kenwood and a 12" JL....

Seeing as how I've used and sold JL equipment since about a year or so after the inception of the company, I think I'm pretty well versed in the performance of their products. Some I like, some I don't simple as that. As far as Kenwood goes, I've never really been impressed with their subs but I have heard some that were pretty d*mn musical and the Excelons in the proper enclosure are pretty darn good as well. Now mind you they've NEVER in my opinion been designed for the "bone shaking or mega spl" type of bass and seems like most people around here especially the younger crowd seems to be VERY narrow minded to what a sub is supposed to do. Most seem to instantly think SPL!!!!! Now I'm not saying that's what you think or anything, I'm just making an observation about the attitudes here on this and many other sites....

No one seems to look at what the true applications of each sub was designed for anymore, there is a reason that there are several different models from each manufacture.........just my 2cents;););)

05fronty
05-12-2012, 06:32 PM
I don't recall anywhere in my reply to the o/p anything about a comparison between the two subs.....but truth be told if you look at both subs in question they are both pretty close to one another with the exception being he referred to a 10" Kenwood and a 12" JL....

Seeing as how I've used and sold JL equipment since about a year or so after the inception of the company, I think I'm pretty well versed in the performance of their products. Some I like, some I don't simple as that. As far as Kenwood goes, I've never really been impressed with their subs but I have heard some that were pretty d*mn musical and the Excelons in the proper enclosure are pretty darn good as well. Now mind you they've NEVER in my opinion been designed for the "bone shaking or mega spl" type of bass and seems like most people around here especially the younger crowd seems to be VERY narrow minded to what a sub is supposed to do. Most seem to instantly think SPL!!!!! Now I'm not saying that's what you think or anything, I'm just making an observation about the attitudes here on this and many other sites....

No one seems to look at what the true applications of each sub was designed for anymore, there is a reason that there are several different models from each manufacture.........just my 2cents;););)

oh stop it, you know you love sundown ha

DARKHART
05-12-2012, 06:36 PM
oh stop it, you know you love sundown ha

Hahaha so true.......will you be at MSA's show on the 2nd? I'm planning on being there...

05fronty
05-12-2012, 06:39 PM
Hahaha so true.......will you be at MSA's show on the 2nd? I'm planning on being there...

prob, only if brian can talk me into it lol

DARKHART
05-12-2012, 06:46 PM
prob, only if brian can talk me into it lol

From my understanding Buwada is gonna be there with a booth and there are a few things I wanted to talk to him about and a few other people I haven't seen in a while so I plan on coming out and just having a good time.....

RAM_Designs
05-12-2012, 06:49 PM
If you can afford it, the JL HD amps are fantastic. Most people just don't like paying the price for them.

05fronty
05-12-2012, 06:58 PM
From my understanding Buwada is gonna be there with a booth and there are a few things I wanted to talk to him about and a few other people I haven't seen in a while so I plan on coming out and just having a good time.....

few peeps from arspl are coming

bigbrother54
05-12-2012, 07:39 PM
LOL If I knew what I was comparing I wouldn't be asking for some sound advice here. As far as my placing my thread here verses where you believe it should have been placed once again I thought that I had but there is always some as_hole that feels that it is his or her duty to bring that out as rudly as they can. I have had alot of very nice systems in my days but never through JL or Kenwood in the way of Amps or Subs. I have no idea about there performance or wattage. I am in no way looking for window shattering or ground moving sound. I am interested in the clean sound and accurate sound that you get from a well tuned system. with all of that said I did notice that even after all of your ribbing and crying about my placing this thread where it shouldn't have been placed you still decided to put your .02 cents worth in and i am not all to sure just how well you know your equipment either,lol. Thank you for nothing, LOL.

Bettr n' Revrse
05-12-2012, 08:49 PM
If your lpoking for pure SQ I wouldn't go with either...

RAM_Designs
05-12-2012, 08:55 PM
If your lpoking for pure SQ I wouldn't go with either...

But, but...Scott uses them in his car, so they have to be the best.

bigbrother54
05-12-2012, 09:30 PM
Thanks But thats not what I am looking for. What I am trying to accomplish with the system is simply a system that is tuned as near perfect as it can be and that sounds every bit as clear and close to the original recording as can possibly be. I have been a classic rocks and blues person for every bit of my 58 years on this Earth and are no longer interested in that ground moving window shattering bass just a clean sounding system with the right amount of Bass and Mids. with that being said tell me "what would you suggest" seeings how it is evident that you are not a JL audio or Kenwood Fan??

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who is SCOTT anyway,LOL.

Bettr n' Revrse
05-12-2012, 09:49 PM
Thanks But thats not what I am looking for. What I am trying to accomplish with the system is simply a system that is tuned as near perfect as it can be and that sounds every bit as clear and close to the original recording as can possibly be. I have been a classic rocks and blues person for every bit of my 58 years on this Earth and are no longer interested in that ground moving window shattering bass just a clean sounding system with the right amount of Bass and Mids. with that being said tell me "what would you suggest" seeings how it is evident that you are not a JL audio or Kenwood Fan??

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who is SCOTT anyway,LOL.

You just described exactly what an SQ system is supposed to do lol.... Tru, Masconi, McIntosh, DLS, ZED for starters...

DARKHART
05-30-2012, 11:05 PM
who is SCOTT anyway,LOL.

That would be Scott Buwada, owner of Hybrid Audio Technology (HAT for short).....vehicles using his speaker brand has won more IASCA SQ championships than all other manufactures combined. His personal comp vehicle has also scored the highest recorded score in IASCA history as well...

milkyxj
09-08-2012, 04:17 PM
I looked at both of those amps and actually went with the Polk Audio PA D5000.5 for a few reasons. First is that it's cheaper, got it around 290 on Amazon, comes with the remote gain for the sub which is extra with the JL, and the sub channel on the Polk is 500w at 1ohm vs 300 at 2ohms with the JL. Another nice feature is you can run one set of RCA's to it and power all 5 channels if needed. Overall I am really happy with it, the gains are turned almost all the way down on my Focal components in the front and coaxes in the rear, sub channel is powering 2 8" alpine type R subs at 1ohm. The amp seems well built and it's small and stays cool.

Pitzury
09-09-2012, 02:47 PM
I really wanted a JL Audio XD700/5 to run my 4 satellites and a 10W6v2 in the trunk and I thought it would be my best choice. However I am running into a problem created by the mids that I installed which are 2 Ohm Bose from an Audi. I was thinking to use the 3-way crossover capability on all 4 corners but I am afraid that, since the tweeters are 4 Ohm, the crossover point automatically set by this amp in bandpass mode will make me "loose" part of the frequency spectrum. In other words if I set the bandpass to attenuate bellow 80Hz and above 5000Hz it will actually switch to 40-2500Hz for the 2 Ohm mids and the tweeters will pick up from 5000Hz and up.
I am not sure if that is correct so please chime in.
In comparison the PA D5000.5 looks to have dedicated controls on the bandpass both hi and low which seems to be independent to what crossower point the other channel was set. So in my case it seems to help.
However everything on the JL Audio looks better. The filter frequency
markings surrounding the rotary controls have scales pretty close to reality, the input sensitivity level setting is done in a professional way.
So I cannot decide. Help please.

milkyxj
09-10-2012, 10:44 PM
I have never had a Kenwood amp so can't recommend it. I have had 2 JL amps before and they were great. If you have the money go with the JL, if you want a few more watts on the sub channel get the polk or the JL HD900/5. Also, the polk is marine certified and really tiny if mounting space is tight. The best choice would be the JL HD900/5, sometimes you can find them for around 650 if you shop around online. I almost ordered both JL's at one point, the XD and then the HD before I took a shot on the Polk mainly because the price (Saved some money on the amp and got better focal components instead). I am happy with the polk and would buy it again over the JL XD if that helps you decide. If money were no object again I would go with the HD900/5.

erozas03
11-04-2012, 08:32 AM
I almost bought the JL XD700/5 but bought the NVX JAD900.5 instead! I like it alot!