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theRipster
04-19-2013, 12:46 AM
guys, i am having a hard time choosing which surround speakers to put in my SUV....

here's what i have so far:

-Pioneer Avic 150
-Image Dynamics 12" IDmax

then i have a RockfordF T400-4 to power my surrounds.... it's still in the box, unopened, so if you guys have any suggestions other than that, please let me know.

my budget for surround speakers is roughly $350 per pair.

i do NOT like aluminum tweeters... i like the softness of silk tweeters instead

i am looking mainly for SQ. i like my music loud and thumping, but i am also on a budget. so here's what i was able to come up with:

ES-52 - CDT Audio EuroSport 5.25" 2-Way Component
https://www.woofersetc.com/p-10296-es-52-cdt-audio-eurosport-525-2-way-component-speakers.aspx

HD-52 - CDT Audio 5.25" 2-Way High Definition Component
https://www.woofersetc.com/p-8448-hd-52-cdt-audio-525-2-way-high-definition-component-set.aspx

C5-525 - JL Audio 5-1/4" Evolution C5 Series Component
https://www.woofersetc.com/p-8335-c5-525-jl-audio-5-14-evolution-c5-series-component-speaker-system.aspx

S500s - Diamond Audio HEX 5.25" Components W/Silk Tweeter
https://www.woofersetc.com/p-1136-s500s-diamond-audio-hex-525-components-wsilk-tweeters.aspx

kramer_212
04-19-2013, 01:02 AM
if your looking for sound quality the c5s are the best ones listed although those cdts will get a little louder.

mylows10
04-19-2013, 01:05 AM
if your looking for sound quality the c5s are the best ones listed although those cdts will get a little louder.

the es cdt's are the best sound quality out of the ones you have chosen .i have es models myself and they sound fantastic and get loud .one of the perks of being a cdt dealer

Sonic.
04-19-2013, 01:06 AM
Imagine I51-2 Component / Coaxial Speaker Set - 12v Electronics (http://store.12velectronics.com/products/Imagine-I51%252d2-Component-%7B47%7D-Coaxial-Speaker-Set.html)

Unity U51-2 5.25" 2-way Component Speaker System - 12v Electronics (http://store.12velectronics.com/unity-u51-2-2-way-speaker-system/)

Rockguy475
04-19-2013, 02:24 AM
I have a pair of the c5 components and I love them. You can get a pair for a little over 300 from sonic electronixs and they will ship for free. They have the silk tweets too

NIHL8ION
04-19-2013, 03:52 AM
The JL's do sound pretty nice, but they are overpriced IMO... I'd go with CDT, I've heard several different 5.25 & 6.5 mids with their silk tweets & x-overs & those sounded awesome... Once I have the extra cash I will be upgrading my front stage & rear fill with all CDT

theRipster
04-19-2013, 04:34 PM
The JL's do sound pretty nice, but they are overpriced IMO... I'd go with CDT, I've heard several different 5.25 & 6.5 mids with their silk tweets & x-overs & those sounded awesome... Once I have the extra cash I will be upgrading my front stage & rear fill with all CDT

ya, i've had JLs in the past and liked them... i'm a little wary on the CDTs though because i read somewhere that they got bought out a few years ago and their quality has gone downhill ever since.

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if your looking for sound quality the c5s are the best ones listed although those cdts will get a little louder.

JLs are my #1 (http://www.caraudio.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) choice at the moment.... they were my first pick. at this point, just seeing if there's anything else out there to sway my opinion.

theRipster
04-23-2013, 12:36 AM
bump!

mylows10
04-23-2013, 12:41 AM
ya, i've had JLs in the past and liked them... i'm a little wary on the CDTs though because i read somewhere that they got bought out a few years ago and their quality has gone downhill ever since.

---------- Post added at 03:34 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:33 PM ----------



JLs are my #1 (http://www.caraudio.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) choice at the moment.... they were my first pick. at this point, just seeing if there's anything else out there to sway my opinion.
no true , ken is and has been the original owner of cdt , the quality is still there ,and they offer a line for everyones budget

trumpet
04-23-2013, 11:40 AM
ya, i've had JLs in the past and liked them... i'm a little wary on the CDTs though because i read somewhere that they got bought out a few years ago and their quality has gone downhill ever since.

JLs are my #1 (http://www.caraudio.com/forums/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) choice at the moment.... they were my first pick. at this point, just seeing if there's anything else out there to sway my opinion.

Out of all the brands I sell online I hear back about CDT Audio more than any other brand, hands down. People love to talk about them once their new speakers are installed. The story about CDT getting bought out is nonsense and easily put to rest with a phone call, which people telling such stories won't make.

myjaja
04-23-2013, 12:22 PM
I say cdt! I have the new line of the es-mo 6 speakers and the es-010 tweeters and love them!

theRipster
04-23-2013, 12:23 PM
ok, thanks for the input... what do you guys think about their slim-line component sets with the inverted magnet woofers? i gotta fit these in a tight spot in my doors, and they look to be the right fit for the job.

mclerico83
04-23-2013, 12:28 PM
Bravox CS50K Kevlar Series 5-1/4" Component Speaker System 269-506 (http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=269-506)

check these out reg 200 dollar speaker son closeout. I love mine

trumpet
04-23-2013, 01:09 PM
ok, thanks for the input... what do you guys think about their slim-line component sets with the inverted magnet woofers? i gotta fit these in a tight spot in my doors, and they look to be the right fit for the job.

mylows10 uses the ES-6iM woofers. You have to have clearance on the front side as well. If you can fit 2.75" deep mids with a small spacer that's your best bet.

theRipster
04-29-2013, 01:57 AM
i am seriously considering the CDTs... however, i can't decide if i should use 5.25" or 6.5"??? i listen to mostly rock/metal, and i love punchy mid-bass.

these are going into a 2004 BMW X5.... have any of you guys done an install in one of those?

i keep getting mixed responses on whether to use the 5.25" and not have to do any modding, or to get the 6.5" and deal with making them fit properly.

SOOOOOOOO i guess what i want to know is, how big of a difference will there be between 5.25" and 6.5" woofers in a component set? i like the CDT inverted magnets for the 6.5", and the CDT ES52i Gold for the 5.25". now i just need to pick one!

i will have a subwoofer in the car as well.

theRipster
04-29-2013, 12:27 PM
bump

PHD - USA
04-29-2013, 12:33 PM
PHD FB 5.1 kit

trumpet
04-29-2013, 12:59 PM
i am seriously considering the CDTs... however, i can't decide if i should use 5.25" or 6.5"??? i listen to mostly rock/metal, and i love punchy mid-bass.

these are going into a 2004 BMW X5.... have any of you guys done an install in one of those?

i keep getting mixed responses on whether to use the 5.25" and not have to do any modding, or to get the 6.5" and deal with making them fit properly.

SOOOOOOOO i guess what i want to know is, how big of a difference will there be between 5.25" and 6.5" woofers in a component set? i like the CDT inverted magnets for the 6.5", and the CDT ES52i Gold for the 5.25". now i just need to pick one!

i will have a subwoofer in the car as well.

I would use the HD-5 mids and not the ES-5 mids. The reason is ES Gold is a more warm and smooth sounding speaker than HD. It will still sound great with rock and metal, as I use ES mids as my midbass and midrange drivers, but HD will have a bit more of an aggressive sound to the midbass and midrange.

I can't decide for you if you want to modify the door to fit a larger mid, but you will get better midbass performance from the larger driver. You need to isolate the rear wave from the speaker from the front wave in order to get the best midbass response, which is not related to the choice of speaker.