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MonkeyBizIU1859
07-26-2004, 12:30 PM
Well, I've searched long and hard, and I've finally narrowed my decisions on my front 3-ways down to Diamond Audio, Focal, MB Quart, and CDT. They all make three ways in my price range, and I need an opinion on them if anyone gets a chance. So, here's the list

Diamond Audio - M6-Series M661s + M661mx3: $390
CDT Audio - CL-Series CL-641: $400
Focal Audio - Polyglass-Series 165 V3E or 270 V3: $400 and $450
MB Quart - Premium-Series PCE216 + PCE164 or Reference-Series RCE216 + RCE164: $450 and $306

The rest of the system is as follows:
Pioneer Premiere DEH-P960MP HU
Zapco 750.2 Amp powering the front components
RE XXX 12" Sub @2ohms
Hifonics Brutus BX1500D @ 1ohm

I may add rear fill coaxes depending on the set I choose, haven't decided yet. The whole setup will have custom kickpanels and enclosures done, and brand new 4-gauge wiring. So, please post your thoughts and experiences with these components, and after I test them I'll let you know what I thought. Thanks!

squeak9798
07-26-2004, 01:18 PM
Have you had a chance to listen to any of the sets?

MonkeyBizIU1859
07-26-2004, 04:07 PM
Not yet. I'll be checking out all of them after work today.

ss3079
07-26-2004, 04:14 PM
http://www.caraudio.com/vb/showthread.php?t=64827

Might be of some interest.

Good luck with the listening session ... hopefully it gives you a good idea :)

- Steve

squeak9798
07-26-2004, 04:51 PM
Not yet. I'll be checking out all of them after work today.

Go listen for yourself, then tell us what you think. Not to dimish anyone's opinion on these forums, but sound quality is a personal preference and will vary person to person, so it's usually a better idea to trust your own ears rather than someone else's when choosing speakers (especially considering a bad install will kill the SQ in a pair of great sounding speakers). Ofcourse, this is only an option when it is possible to actually listen to the speakers you are choosing from.

djdilliodon
07-26-2004, 05:37 PM
If u can extend the budget for the full 400 why not get some cdt HD-642 3 ways:)

MonkeyBizIU1859
07-26-2004, 06:40 PM
Diamond Audio - M6-Series M661s + M661mx3: $390
CDT Audio - CL-Series CL-641: $400
Focal Audio - Polyglass-Series 165 V3E or 270 V3: $400 and $450
MB Quart - Premium-Series PCE216 + PCE164 or Reference-Series RCE216 + RCE164: $450 and $306

Okay, now that I've done a listening test, here are my thoughts.

Diamond Audio - VERY nice speakers. Very balanced sound, and a pleasure to listen to. Also the cheapest of the bunch.
CDT Audio - Also nice speakers. However, not quite as nice as the Diamonds, and they had a tendency to bring out the flaws in my MP3s. However, if you're really an audio nut, then I could see these being right up your alley.
Focals - Also very nice. Comparable to the Diamonds. I ended up ruling out the 270 V3, as they're a little too big for the custom work I'm having done.
MQ Quart - WAY too bright for my tastes. I'm really sensitive to high frequencies, and these almost made my ears bleed.

So, it's down to the Diamond Audio M661s+M661mx3 or the Focal Polyglass 165 V3E. They're both in the sweet spot, as far as $$$ is concerned. Comparable power and quality, and they're 3-ways, which is what I wanted all along. I'm leaning toward the Diamonds, as the midrange is bigger, and I can probably get a good deal on them. So, if anyone has any thoughts, please say so!

ss3079
07-26-2004, 06:42 PM
Well, out of the two, which ones sounded better to you? Which would you be able to put up with on a daily basis? Which ones do you think would keep you happy in 6 months?

Either way, in my opinion, you can't loose with either set.

- Steve

MonkeyBizIU1859
07-26-2004, 06:54 PM
See, now I've discovered a problem. I want a rear fill, but now I don't know which set to choose. It'll either be the Diamond M361i, or the Focal 165CV. The difference in price between the two is $110 difference. I'll be running the rears off the head unit, so I'm not quite sure what to do. Any suggestions?

squeak9798
07-26-2004, 07:32 PM
Like Steve said, you really can't go wrong with either 3-way set.

As for the rears, if the cheaper of the two sets sound good to you, then go for the cheaper set (even if they don't sound quite as good as the more expensive set). Rear fills just need to be enough to satisfy you (or passengers), they don't need to be expensive or award-winning. Just something to fill in the sound for the rear-set passengers.

Redford
07-27-2004, 07:23 PM
I got Boston Acoustic Proseries 6.53 very cheap off ebay (325 shipped) and am VERY happy with them. Boston Acoustics has EXCELLENT customer service, they sent me brackets for free which the seller had not included. I would buy BA just to deal with the customer service again.

denim
07-29-2004, 04:40 PM
why does everyone forget A/D/S

squeak9798
07-29-2004, 05:50 PM
why does everyone forget A/D/S

Because we never remember :D

3.5Max6spd
07-29-2004, 05:58 PM
get the M3's and run them off the rear fill out on the M6 crossovers.....(thank goodness you got the silk tweet option on those diamonds)