Which 6.5 Comp Speakers? $300 budget.
It's been years since my last system build, and I'm starting from the ground up! I'm currently trying to decide on which front components (6.5in only) to go with. I'll probably have 125-150watts rms going to each speaker. $300 budget for the pair. Here is my interests/background:
I've heard many comps, but have only owned three long term in my personal vehicles.
1) 1st comps were Infinity Perfects 6.5 with 100 watts rms. I was 18 or so. Most harshest tweeters I have ever heard. No midbass. Gave myself a headache. I will say the tweeter was one of the most detailed tweeters I've ever heard, but it was one of the most ridiculous sounding tweeters ever. DO NOT WANT/LIKE this sound.
2) 2nd set were a pair of ID 6.5 Chameleons V1. LOVED THESE. Tweeter was a good match and did not fatigue my ears. Midrange driver was legit for my tastes. Sounded better the louder they played, especially with low tuned, high distorted guitars, as in hard rock and metal music. Speakers could have used more tonality and color, overall sound seemed a bit "dull" and un-lively, but overall I really liked these. Had the NX30 tweeter I believe.
3) 3rd and current comps are 6.5 Morels. Power hungry and have almost 300 watts rms to each speaker, sounds good though, close to the ID's IMO.
I like my midbass and lower midrange. I listen to a lot of rock and metal (but listen to EVERYTHING.) So woofers that can play distorted guitars loudly with some balls is great. The ID's did this the best for me. Most other comps I listened to would play the music perfectly and they would sound good, but the distorted guitars in the music would sound weak, albeit detailed. The Chameleons sounded good and also played guitars with some oomph, especially at loud volumes. I want this. I like detailed tweeters as well but hate harshness. I don't like the tweeter to be too "airy" either. I listen to both metal/rock and electronica (ie Deadmau5) a lot. Which is hard because those are two different tonalities in music. I don't care on the SQ with rap music as I won't listen to it often.
My substage will be 2 12in Sundown SA's in a ported enclosure. 1500 watts rms.
So considering this, what are out there now with my requirements? It's been a long time since I've been in this market. To sum it up, 300 bucks for the pair, 6.5 size, 150wrms handling, and my listening style listed above, what's your recommendations?
Thanks all, I'm getting excited!
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