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Fpc4ever
03-14-2013, 04:01 PM
I have 250 watts x 2 to send to my front stage and I'm looking at 3 way comp sets with a smaller midrange since the factory dash location has a 3.5 and no room around it to fit a 4. I'm looking at anything in the $300-1k range from the ppi 3 ways to the hertz hsk 163, cdt hd632, and focal k2 powers.

Bettr n' Revrse
03-14-2013, 04:03 PM
Look in to PHD... We do not offer a 3.5" mid but we do have everything else you would need and you could get a good mid from madi sound...

nismos14
03-14-2013, 04:06 PM
Dynaudio system 362, but I think the midrange might be a tad big:(

trumpet
03-14-2013, 09:49 PM
I can get you the PPI or the CDT systems. The PPI PC3.65C has gotten good reviews and it's surprisingly nice sounding for the money. I'm very familiar with the sound and performance of CDT speakers, and they're good for realistic, clear sound that can get loud.

Fpc4ever
03-15-2013, 02:16 AM
Will the ppi set handle the power I have though? I've also read the mid bass is lacking on them some but probably depends on how they're installed. How would you compare them with the cdt hd632? I feel like they would handle the power a lot better with more midbass. Does diamond audio make components?

Nismos- I would love to get the dynaudio 362s especially since I have room for an 8 in the doors but not really trying to spend 1k and the cheapest I have seen them is 1279.

I will also check out phd some more. Thanks

zako
03-15-2013, 05:35 AM
If running passive, I wouldn't spend too much just to be at the mercy of a possible mismatch from passive crossover design and the car interior. I'd probably look into JL Audio C5 3-ways. The C5 2-ways normally get very good reviews, and this guy just tested the small C5 midrange from the 3-way set: DIYMA Car Audio Forum (http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/klippel-reviews-driver-specs/141634-jl-audio-c5-400cm-klippel-results.html)

Which also looks good, specially if placed 30 degrees off axis.

subzero
03-15-2013, 08:16 AM
Soundstream refference comps,

trumpet
03-15-2013, 11:53 AM
Will the ppi set handle the power I have though? I've also read the mid bass is lacking on them some but probably depends on how they're installed. How would you compare them with the cdt hd632? I feel like they would handle the power a lot better with more midbass. Does diamond audio make components?

Midbass output obviously varies from set to set, but you always should seal and deaden the doors when installing new speakers for the first time. Most people don't do enough to treat the doors and midbass suffers. I have not used the PC3.65C components, but I've used CDT speakers for a long time. The HD-6 woofers on the HD-632 set can put out a good amount of midbass. I would not recommend running less than an 80 Hz 24 dB/octave high pass crossover when using 250W per side. The high pass crossover must be set conservatively or you risk damaging the speakers. I would say the same for a lot of 6.5" mids that aren't basically a small subwoofer. You could try substituting HD-M6 in that set if you want to run a lower crossover point. This is something I could arrange with CDT for you.

Diamond Audio makes components, but they have no 3-way sets and no dedicated mid-range drivers at all. They seem to have designed their current speakers strictly for lower-moderate output sound quality and not the SQL market. The old Hex Pro components probably could take 250W per side as the mids have a lot of engineering to remove heat from the voice coil.

Fpc4ever
03-15-2013, 01:58 PM
The JLs come with a 4" mid which won't fit.

The soundstreams are same as the ppi with a worse tweeter.

I agree on the crossover point trumpet, I was thinking of 100 hz 24 db especially if I go sealed on subs. Pm me some quotes on the ppis and the cdts with and without the upgraded mid bass. Thanks

PHD - USA
03-15-2013, 02:28 PM
AR6.3 - Authentic to the Music (http://www.melodic-acoustic.com/ar63.html)

Fpc4ever
03-15-2013, 05:29 PM
Nice but I don't have enough channels to run active, only a 65x4 amp that I'm most likely going to run at 250x2

trumpet
03-15-2013, 06:45 PM
What's your amplifier?

keep_hope_alive
03-15-2013, 07:47 PM
yea, i think a CDT 3-way comp set is second only to the Hertz HSK set in the less expensive bracket.

Dynaudio or Morel are great if you can find a deal on a set.

course, with $1,000 you could afford to buy another amp and run active with three separate drivers.

keep_hope_alive
03-15-2013, 08:01 PM
Amazon.com: HSK 163 - Hertz 6.5" 3-Way Hi-Energy Component System: Car Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/HSK-163-Hi-Energy-Component-System/dp/B00A3EQD4U)

buy this from an authorized dealer and you'll be happy.

Fpc4ever
03-18-2013, 08:34 PM
I was leaning towards the hertz but trumpet hooked me up on the cdts so I'll give a review when I get everything done next month.

Why So Cereal?
03-19-2013, 12:44 AM
In a similar situation here myself, dash speakers are 3.5s and I'm debating between simply running a two way comp set with the tweeters in the dash locations or finding a 3 way with a mid that fits the stock location.... leaning towards two way for the value per dollar.

Interested in the review for sure...maybe that will help my decision.

d77543020
03-19-2013, 12:49 AM
Might not be even close to what your looking for but the powerbass 3way comps offer a 3inch midrange