Hi all; I've done quite a bit of reading and searching here for the past few days; and wanted to ask you all for a recommendation if you don't mind.
I'm searching for some 6.5" components for my STi, but having a hard time finding the right 'sound' for the right price. My ears are very sensitive to harsh highs, and I'd lke to stay with a soft dome tweeter for that reason. Budget is in the neighborhood of $200.
To follow are my impressions of what I have listened to so far:
-type s components; didn't impress me at all. Sloppy midrange and a harsh treble.
-type r components; slightly better than the r's, better low end; but not great.
-type x components; AMAZING tweeter. Exactly what I like; detailed and extended, but without any hint of harshness. However; they sounded extremely recessed in the midrange. I'm wondering if they were wired wrong or perhaps eq'd to not have the 'punch' that some of the other speakers had.
-infinity reference; wow, a silk tweeter that sounds like a metal dome! Uuuugh, these were pretty disappointing. Harsh tweeter, metallic midrange; not impressive in the slightest to me. They sounded better than the type s's, but that was about it.
-hertz high energy; Harder tweeter, but not harsh. I actually was able to listen to these in an impreza and they sounded good, but the tweeter was far too loud. He said he used the '0' db setting on the crossover, so I think there would be a way to turn them down.
-focal 165kp2; by far the best midrange and midbass of they bunch. They sounded very good. The tweeter was very detailed, but still a little too 'metallic' for my tastes. They were beyond my budget anyway.
If I could combine the midrange of the Focals with the tweeter of the Type-x's, I'd be a happy camper!
In any case, I'd love to get a few recommendations from you all. I can't find a place to demo CDT's or a/d/s locally, nor rainbows or the other brands I keep hearing about here.