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11-06-2004, 10:43 PM
Hi, I haven't really been able to find any components that are decently priced and sound good being that I live in an area with only 2 small shops and those are overpriced. So I decided to look into the DIY route. I've been looking at Morel, Scanspeak, Seas, Lpg, Vifa, Eton, Max Fidelity, Peerless, and Adire. I was just wondering what are some opinions on some mids and tweets to look into? For mids I would like good mid bass and I would like the tweeters to be smooth and not too harsh so I'm looking mainly at soft domes. I listen to mostly rap but also country,rock, and metal so it would have to be able to play all these kinds of music accurately. I was also wondering what the advantages/disadvantages would be to a 3 way rather than a 2 way since amplification isn't really an issue. So if you could help with some of this and kind of give me some opinions on what would be good or bad about going with DIY I'd appreciate it.
11-06-2004, 11:05 PM
2 or 3 way would be your choice ie installation space, budget wise, etc... for brands, you just answered your own question. Morel, Scanspeak, Seas, Lpg, Vifa, Eton, Max Fidelity, Peerless, and Adire would be all good brands. Usually it depends on your budget. If money ain't a thang, then go with Scanspeak revelators or Seas Excel. Very expensive equipment but also good. Theres many topics on these brands, just do a search for them.
11-06-2004, 11:36 PM
Thanks Warren. Sorry I wasn't a little clearer on that, I meant some more specific drivers from some of those brands (i.e. mids that have good midbass and good tweeters). Space is sort of limited but the stock location in my car (1990 Cadillac Brougham) is 4x6's in the dash so if i decided to go 3 way I could fit a 6 1/2 in the door in the pods that I'm going to make, with the ~4" midrange in the dash and the tweeters somewhere in the upper door/a-pillar area, or i could have the mids in the same place, tweeters in the a-pillar and the midrange in the upper part of the door. And as for price I would like to stay below $300 US and $500 CAN.
11-08-2004, 01:33 AM
Thanks Warren. Sorry I wasn't a little clearer on that, I meant some more specific drivers from some of those brands (i.e. mids that have good midbass and good tweeters).
For mids, the Vifa XT, PL, P & MG series are all good. Peerless HDS (without phase plug), CSC and CSX are good. Max Fidelity high-Q mids are good. Scanspeak Carbon Fiber mids are good. Seas Excel and Lotus mids are excellent. Usher has mids that are said to be "clones" of the SS Carbon Fiber mids. Eton and Morel do have good gear aswell, though I'm not familiar with their model numbers. Dayton Reference series is great.
Tweeters: LPG 25/26nfa are good. Just about anything Morel, I used to gear great things about the MDT29. Most of Seas' tweeters are pretty good. Max Fidelity Neo tweeters have been getting good reviews. Vifa XT tweeters are pretty good also.
Space is sort of limited but the stock location in my car (1990 Cadillac Brougham) is 4x6's in the dash so if i decided to go 3 way I could fit a 6 1/2 in the door in the pods that I'm going to make, with the ~4" midrange in the dash and the tweeters somewhere in the upper door/a-pillar area, or i could have the mids in the same place, tweeters in the a-pillar and the midrange in the upper part of the door.
I wouldn't put the mids in the dash or upper door. It would be great if you could build kicks for the 4's/tweets and then put the midbass in the lower door.
11-08-2004, 04:15 AM
i wouldnt mind using a pair of kodas as my midbass/midrange drivers, Image Dynamics CX are very nice as well. it all depends on how far ud like to go with the install. a pair of 8's would be ideal...
11-08-2004, 04:24 AM
what are some sites to buy seas
11-08-2004, 08:23 AM
PS: Don't tell the guys @ madisound that it's for your car ;) They'll try to tell you it won't work :hilariou:
11-08-2004, 10:11 AM
I've used the Vifa PL's before. Very strong midbass. But they may break up around 2,500 hz. They would be good with a tweeter that could play pretty low.
I hear that the Vifa MG's have better range.
11-10-2004, 03:02 PM
What would you guys suggest for a midbass, tweeter and x-over for listening mostly to metal and hardcore stuff, but also listening to alot of classic rock such as sabbath, eagles, beatles and such. I am going to the DIY route as I am in the same boat having only one speaker shop in town thats overpriced and I think you will end up better in the end with making your own. Thanks