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    Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    I am powering them off my Alpine HU, is my first guess. They start to get distorted at around volume level 18. *****.







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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    Well they probably want more than 20 watts of power.




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    True they probably want more power.Besides, even properly powered the CL-61's/CL-61A's sound like ****.Worst speakers I have ever owned



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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    need more power for sure, i am using the same speakers with about 80 watts rms to them and they sound perfect to me and can still take more power then my amp puts out. get an amp to juice em up.




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountaineer Man View Post
    True they probably want more power.Besides, even properly powered the CL-61's/CL-61A's sound like ****.Worst speakers I have ever owned
    lol i wont disagree



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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    HU power + product = your results.




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mountaineer Man View Post
    True they probably want more power.Besides, even properly powered the CL-61's/CL-61A's sound like ****.Worst speakers I have ever owned
    First thing I thought of when I read the title was "Nothing unusual about that"




    Anyways, it's probably not the speakers so much as it is the headunit's amplifier causing the distortion.

    Things should improve somewhat with the addition of an external amplifier.




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    but what kind of alpine head unit distorts at low volume levels? i'm not a huge alpine fan, but i've never heard much distortion coming from one

    either your head unit is being underpowered, or those speakers aren't any good

    or maybe your definition of distortion is your speakers bottoming out or buzzing because of a **** install




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    yeah, amp em.





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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    Everyone hating on my CDT's .




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    ?? I remember when i first joined the forum, the cdt's were the entry level speaker to get. then the ef61 cf's came out and everyone was busting a nut over them. now cdt *****? I personally did not buy them bc they looked cheap to me, but i almost did based on everyone's raving




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    i would check the install, tho

    it's possibly mechanical noise due to vibration, poor damping, etc.

    if it's distortion from the tweeter, it's most likely overpowered already

    it's hard to say unless you're positive it's actual signal distortion, and not some sort of 'noise' or added artifact

    the only reason your head unit would distort is if it were having voltage problems... maybe check the wiring of your head unit while you're at it, it's a cheaper temporary solution than buying an amplifier that still may not correct the problem

    i'm not ripping on the speakers, i have no experience with them, but "distortion" is pretty hard to narrow down without actually hearing them, and i can't imagine it's being caused by the head unit, since the preamps and amps are specifically made for each other, and clipping should be a non-issue




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    I don't know what you fuqqers are talkin about, mine sounded pretty **** good off 150 rms per side




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    Re: Why do my CDT CL-61A's sound like ****?

    CDT CL's are bad about tinsel slap, if you are hearing a rattling sound check that first. Amp is a must but dont be suprised if they still sound pretty bad. I bought a 3 way set for my work car just to have something decent to listen to riding to work. I took them out about a week later and replaced them with some aura mobile reference, the difference was night and day.



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