Okay, I'm looking for a set of 2-way comps for the doors of my '97 Prelude (5th & last generation). I'm looking at the Focal Polyglass 160 v2 and the Diamond Audio Hex s600s (note they are both 6" speakers).
I've listened to the Focal's which I've heard many good things about, expecting to be blown away, but I just wasn't. I felt they were very tight, with clear but not bright highs and tight bass, but they were missing something. I think they were missing mid-bass, it just sounded anemic to me. I think those speakers REALLY need a sub, they just can't stand on their own.
As for the Hex, well, I listen to them tomorrow. However, the salesman who demoed the Focals pooped on the Diamonds. I guess I should expect that, so I thought I'd ask for a less biased opinion here (if that's at all possible).
My system is currently all stock, except for an Alpine 9815 deck and I'll be buying an amp to power the fronts, possibly the Alpine PDX 4.150. I have an old Bazooka sub I could use, or I just might run it without sub for now - which is why I want my fronts to be as full-range as possible and rely less on the sub.
Now, as for my musical tastes, well, I listen a lot to bands like U2, Thievery Corporation, Crystal Method and DJ mixes. Yep, lots of pounding bass, but I'm mostly interested in sound quality and mid-bass. I don't need my car to be heard from miles away, and my experience with loud subs usually coincides with my experiences of broken glass and stolen gear (my city is one of the worst in the country for that). And when I think of sound quality I think of non-fatiquing highs and tight, non-boomy bass with a good solid mid-range - which to me is where music gets it's soul.
Anyway, I'm open to suggestions.