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OldManBass
05-06-2013, 11:10 PM
Title says it all... I'm leaning toward the Polk MM6501's.

Amp will be a Precision Power BK340.4.

Budget is 200.00, give or take 20.00.

Anything that will sound better than the Polks?

OldManBass
05-07-2013, 11:37 AM
Lots of views and no comments, looks like I can feel pretty safe going with the Polks!

jasonbillnelson
05-07-2013, 11:55 AM
Polk MM6501/651s. Why can't I get them to sound good? Do I need an amp? (http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/showthread.php?116662-Polk-MM6501-651s.-Why-can-t-I-get-them-to-sound-good-Do-I-need-an-amp)

theres a review on them

jasonbillnelson
05-07-2013, 11:59 AM
granted thats primarily run off of head unit power. amplified i'm sure they'd be just fine. I put 2 sets of MB Quart ONX 216's in my Dodge Nitro running off a MB Quart REF 4.50. I spent around $250 for everything including amp kit, extra speaker wire, and they sound great.

OldManBass
05-07-2013, 12:30 PM
granted thats primarily run off of head unit power. amplified i'm sure they'd be just fine. I put 2 sets of MB Quart ONX 216's in my Dodge Nitro running off a MB Quart REF 4.50. I spent around $250 for everything including amp kit, extra speaker wire, and they sound great.

I'm thinking it's a physical issue or an installation issue in that review. Everything else I've read about the MM6501's has been great.

Was just curious if there was a "sleeper" in that price range that I should be considering.

OldManBass
05-07-2013, 12:31 PM
granted thats primarily run off of head unit power. amplified i'm sure they'd be just fine. I put 2 sets of MB Quart ONX 216's in my Dodge Nitro running off a MB Quart REF 4.50. I spent around $250 for everything including amp kit, extra speaker wire, and they sound great.

I'm thinking it's a physical issue or an installation issue in that review. Everything else I've read about the MM6501's has been great.

Was just curious if there was a "sleeper" in that price range that I should be considering.

DDtC
05-07-2013, 01:04 PM
I'm thinking it's a physical issue or an installation issue in that review. Everything else I've read about the MM6501's has been great.

Was just curious if there was a "sleeper" in that price range that I should be considering.

Be mindful of where you are reading reviews from.

OldManBass
05-07-2013, 01:06 PM
Be mindful of where you are reading reviews from.

In that case... any sugestions in the 180-220.00 price range? :)

Chriszle
05-07-2013, 01:10 PM
Tantric has a pre-order on 6.5" components for 225 shipped.

DDtC
05-07-2013, 01:38 PM
In that case... any sugestions in the 180-220.00 price range? :)

You have to demo stuff man. Every speaker has its own sound. Look at Image Dynamic for that price range. Try to hear them installed playing what you listen to not a sound board

Chriszle
05-07-2013, 01:40 PM
Neat. Good job recommending speakers no one has heard from a brand that isnt known for building sq ish gear, and are very likely off the shelf chinese gear :)


You are right, not many people have heard them, but I respect Taylorfade's review of them. I don't think Murph picked some random off the shelf chinese gear to push, I have no proof otherwise, but I doubt you have any proof behind that statement either.

OldManBass
05-07-2013, 02:36 PM
You have to demo stuff man. Every speaker has its own sound. Look at Image Dynamic for that price range. Try to hear them installed playing what you listen to not a sound board

Unfortunately, there isn't much in my area to demo.

The components that I have heard that really knocked me out, were far out of my price range... HAT and the German DD components.

DDtC
05-07-2013, 03:07 PM
Unfortunately, there isn't much in my area to demo.

The components that I have heard that really knocked me out, were far out of my price range... HAT and the German DD components.

I was considering the germans but I'm really happy with what I'm using now.

OldManBass
05-07-2013, 03:38 PM
OK :)

Nice choices.. The image dynamics suggestion was a good one, are you ok with buying used? If so, I would browse the DIYMA classifieds, they generally have some good deals on nice, gently used gear!

I've heard ID's and I wasn't blown away... but I don't know how good the install was either.

Unfortunately, I've been burned several times in the past buying used... so I'm pretty gunshy there... a couple of times I was burned by well known and respected members :(

OldManBass
05-07-2013, 03:39 PM
Sorry double post :(

OldManBass
05-07-2013, 03:39 PM
I was considering the germans but I'm really happy with what I'm using now.

Yeah man the Germans blew my mind when I heard them, same with the HAT stuff... I just don't have the play money to go that route.

Looks like I'm going to go with the Polks, try to do a **** good install on them, and hope for the best :)

zako
05-08-2013, 06:59 AM
Polk MM's have very good reviews. So do JBL MS-62C. I have no idea how they compare to each other.

zako
05-08-2013, 06:59 AM
Polk MM's have very good reviews. So do JBL MS-62C. I have no idea how they compare to each other. I'd buy JBLs just because they're 4ohm as opposed to Polk's 2.7ohm impedance. I haven't had good luck running Class A/B amps at loads below 4ohm in Texas summer heat of the last couple years (this year, the weather is great though so far).

OldManBass
05-08-2013, 11:14 AM
Yeah the JBL MS-62C's seem to get really good reviews on the diy site. I'm torn now between the JBL's, Polks, and 200.00 worth of raw drivers to build my own comp set. Decisions, decisions...

Why So Cereal?
05-09-2013, 05:38 PM
Yeah the JBL MS-62C's seem to get really good reviews on the diy site. I'm torn now between the JBL's, Polks, and 200.00 worth of raw drivers to build my own comp set. Decisions, decisions...

$200 worth of raw drivers, run actively, and installed correctly should stomp all over the JBLs or Polks.

That said, under $200 I recommend the Image Dynamics CTX65cs or JBL MS62c. I liked the Polks too but, I felt like you get more for your money with the IDs and JBLs. Boston Acoustics SC comps were good but are hard to find now since they shut down the car audio part.

OldManBass
05-09-2013, 07:13 PM
$200 worth of raw drivers, run actively, and installed correctly should stomp all over the JBLs or Polks.

That said, under $200 I recommend the Image Dynamics CTX65cs or JBL MS62c. I liked the Polks too but, I felt like you get more for your money with the IDs and JBLs. Boston Acoustics SC comps were good but are hard to find now since they shut down the car audio part.

I think this is the route I'm going to go...

Dayton Audio RS180-4 7" Reference Woofer
and
Dayton Audio RS28F-4 1-1/8" Silk Dome Tweeter

Why So Cereal?
05-09-2013, 07:24 PM
I think this is the route I'm going to go...

Dayton Audio RS180-4 7" Reference Woofer
and
Dayton Audio RS28F-4 1-1/8" Silk Dome Tweeter

Great drivers, but you'll be crossing that tweeter very low to meet that mid. Be sure that tweeter likes a crossover point as low as 1.6-1.8khz and that u have space for mounting it.

OldManBass
05-09-2013, 10:49 PM
Great drivers, but you'll be crossing that tweeter very low to meet that mid. Be sure that tweeter likes a crossover point as low as 1.6-1.8khz and that u have space for mounting it.

The RS28F-4 will love 1.8khz and by God I'm gonna make the space for them :)

OldManBass
05-19-2013, 05:17 PM
The RS28F-4 will love 1.8khz and by God I'm gonna make the space for them :)

And like everything else in life... changed my mind. Front stage is PHD FB 6.1 Kit Pro on a PPI P900.4... unless I can find an AMAZING deal on a used SQ amp that puts out similar power.

Yes, I'm blowing my budget... but I think it will be worth the overtime I'm going to pick up to pay the price difference.