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    I've heard many good things about the id ctx65cs. I went to a local shop today and heard them on a sound wall, they didn't have the midbass I was looking for. But i can't help but wonder if I'll see the midbass I'm looking once they're in the car.
    Then I heard the Focal access a1 6.5's and it seemed to have a fuller sound with midbass, but I found out they're only 60watts rms

    PROBLEM: I'll be running these components with two 12" DC xl's on 3k watts. Will the focals keep up with only 60watts? Or should I go with the ctx's since they have more midbass than I'm seeing on the sound wall? I wana buy these today before xmas hits




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    Cmon people I have to buy it by 7 today :/ reccomendations?




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    Ah well i'm gonna go with the CTX components. Sounds like if I deaden my doors well i'll get the midbass i'm looking for in them. And I read they can take a little more than recommended. Time to go shoppin :]




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    You didnt even mentioned which focal you were looking at. Also, your entire post was about the ctx..which seems you already made up your mind.

    With that being said, if you were comparing the focal access series to the ctx, most people would chose the ctx on the basis that the focal tweeters are too bright.




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    ^^^ Access line.
    deadening any door will improve the midbass.
    you cant go by the sound on a sounding board unless it's more like Hertz, Focal, DLS, Etc..., which designs there own sounding board for there own speakers.




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    Yea I mentioned it was the access line. I knew I couldn't trust a soundboard that's why I just went with the ctxs anyways cause I've heard lots of good about them esp having midbass. Here's to hoping its everything I'm looking for




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    Hopefully you like what you bought. I listened to the Focal Access next to some Polyglass 165 VBs, and the Access sounded really muddy and flat.




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    Well good, further pushing that the ctxs may do me better than the access' would have :]




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    I'd take the CTX over the Access as well.



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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    im gonna have 2 sets of the ctx65cs keepin up with my 2 10" xl's on 4400w...each comp is gonna get 320w ( bridging 2 dsc480)




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    Those comps are gona be screaming. Im trying to find something like 150w each, wanna get the amp before the comps arrive. I read someone say they ran 175w to them for 3 years and they ran fine but 320? I may not have any experience to base it on, but I think 150 watts per will keep up with my 2 12" xl's on 3000w. How much airspace did you give your xl's btw?




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    HU: JVC KD-A815
    Front & Back Stage: ID CTX65CS on MB Quart Onyx4.60 @280w per channel
    Thanks to Don @ SoundDeadenerShowdown I shouldn't be rattling

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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    each comp isnt gonna receive the full 320w, theyll pop...lol...ima have my gain set smart...and the box is 2cu @ 34




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    I enjoyed my Access mids.....they can handle more than 60 watts as well....but my Hertz HSK 165's put them to shame! lol




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    Re: Focal vs Image Dynamics components - Need help deciding

    Focal is going to be brighter where as ID is going to be smoother and more natural.



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