Re: going 3-way?
That would pretty much mean going active. Which I did.
The Iridium midrange has it's own bandpass crossover, the other crossover does tweet and midbass.
It is a strange configuration, but seems to work. If you are using the crossovers and no bass driver connected to the crossover you need to disconnect the jumpers to keep from damaging your amp. (at least that's what they say).
As for which ones to use, if you are running them passive I would keep the drivers matched to their respective crossovers.
I would listen to each set, decide which one you like better and install it in the front. If you want to install the other set - I don't really know what you would gain.
If I were going to install more than one set of speakers I think Ideally I would want 2 sets of the same speakers so that the different speakers would not cause strange coloring, or cancellation.
I like the DLS speakers, but I have never heard the Rainbows. I suspect that if you could get the higher line Rainbows you would be happy. You could sell the other speakers on E-bay - maybe even on this forum. I don't know what it would cost to ship from Asia.
Do what I do - pick the stuff you like less and install it in someone elses car, like your wife, or brother.
You seem to be willing to spend some money to try things out - I think I would spend some time over at DIYmobileaudio.com, and buy speakers from madisound or partsexpress. For what you are spending on multiple rainbow sets, and DLS Ir8.3 you could try out the best of the DIY parts.
Last edited by CBRworm; 09-13-2006 at 02:42 PM.
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'06 G35 6MT Sedan - now bose free -- Alpine IVA-W200 w/ H701, C701, and TR7
DLS Iridium IR3 and IR1 and Adire Extremis 6.8 front stage
Arc Audio 4150XXk for mids and tweets
Arc Audio 4150XXK Bridged for all 4 midbass's
Adire Extremis 6.8 back doors for added kick.
JL12W6V2 in a 1cf sealed w/ PDX1.1000
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