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    Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    As the title says, im looking for the perfect PAIR of components to run of my Alpine PDX500 amp. I absolutely HATE the high pitch screaming sound. Im searching for SQ, not volume. I have a Type-R 10 and will be deadening the doors.

    My budget is $300 a set.

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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    remove the word "perfect" with acceptable. your budget is too low for "perfect". that doesn't mean you cannot be happy for $300.

    I put together a nice combination using Silver Flute 6.5" and Vifa ring radiator at a cost of $110 for raw drivers, plus 40 hours of effort on installation in the doors and spheres. Ran active they sounded good... acceptable.

    Now I have Hertz Mille MLK-165's and they are as close to "perfect" as I have found. Love 'em. List is $850.

    For really good speakers, your budget may afford you some nice sets used. I recently sold a set of German Maestro Status for $300. They had an $800 list.

    Dynaudio, Morel, Hertz, HAT, Focal, etc. all make very nice high-end components. Their lower lines filter some of that technology down and some are decent. Listening to them is a good idea, just keep in mind the sound room and what is powering them.

    but I will say this, despite all of the work I've done to my car to make the airspace as ideal as possible, and despite hundreds of hours of testing and trying different processors, amps, and speakers... all I needed all along were the Hertz Mille's.

    I can't tell if you want two sets of components or one? $300 per set or total for both? You'll need all of that $300 for front components if you want your expectations to be met.

    Also, recognize a great speaker installation is much, much more than deadening. The build logs linked in my sig give you an idea what I go through to get speakers to sound good.



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    Thank you for your response. I probably needed to clarify, ill be purchasing two sets of components, not one, so id like to spend $600 in total. I understand theres no such thing as "perfect" and installation is extremelly important. The car is a lease though so im not trying to do work to the car that cant be reversed. As for the speakers, its difficult to listen to them cause im limited in resources. As i mentioned, i like a smoother sounding set so i know a silk dome tweeter is wat ill be looking for, but where do i begin. Ive heard alot about CDT n obviosly companies like Hertz n Morel are right up my alley, but im affraid to buy something i cant hear. I know Morel makes lower end 6.5 components, but im scared that the prices will reflect the sheer quality of the speaker. All in all, im not expecting the best, just want a SMOOTH SOUNDING and DURABLE speaker.




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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    Jbl ms 6.5s are prolly the best inthis category. The metal dome tweeter in that set isnt harsh at all



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    my strongest recommendation is to buy one set of components for the front. having two sets won't make it any louder, but it will make it sound worse because you'll have to deal with four arrival times instead of two. then you can get one nice set.

    installation will determine how they sound. at a minimum, foam seals around the speaker to seal it to the door panel are necessary.

    tweeter location will determine how harsh it is, to some part. crossover point plays a role here also. factory speaker locations are sometimes based on convenience and not proper locations.

    what vehicle?



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    Quote Originally Posted by winkychevelle View Post
    Jbl ms 6.5s are prolly the best inthis category. The metal dome tweeter in that set isnt harsh at all
    Unless he has a sub stage to pair with it, he's going to be severely let down by the low end response, though. It's the one thing I missed in mine.



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    Quote Originally Posted by neo_styles View Post
    Unless he has a sub stage to pair with it, he's going to be severely let down by the low end response, though. It's the one thing I missed in mine.
    He has a type r



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    Quote Originally Posted by winkychevelle View Post
    He has a type r
    Thank you. That's what I get for reading posts while I'm still waking up. MS should do pretty well, then. I do like how forgiving they are on install. That being said, a swap from the JBL MS mid to just a PHD FB mid (keeping the JBL passive and tweeter) was a night and day difference. Because of that, I would recommend the FB 6.1 Pro Kit if he's looking new. Finding a good set used would still be the way to go, though.



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    If you can do $325 I have a set of BNIB Alpine SPX17PRO's. I love the sound of them. Ring radiator tweet and NEO powered mid. Among my favorite sets.




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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    JBL P660c is a super sounding comp set for a great price. They like power to get the most out of them but are a 2 ohm setup so not difficult to supply the power. I have a nib set if you want to save even a couple more bucks. For the life of me I have no idea how infinity is the high end and not jbl. Jbl has always sounded better to me.



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    I have a 2013 VW CC, and I actually found out that I have a 3-way setup infront. My reasoning for doing two component sets is simply to keep the car functioning as "factory" as possible. I dont want to remove and not replace what I take out, so, it makes sense. Having found out the car supports a 3-way setup, I think I'm leaning towards dumping most money into the front stage w the Hertz HSK 163's and then filling the rear with the Hertz ESK 165. Otherwise, may just go the CDT route with HD's for frontstage...




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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

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    I have a 2013 VW CC, and I actually found out that I have a 3-way setup infront. My reasoning for doing two component sets is simply to keep the car functioning as "factory" as possible. I dont want to remove and not replace what I take out, so, it makes sense. Having found out the car supports a 3-way setup, I think I'm leaning towards dumping most money into the front stage w the Hertz HSK 163's and then filling the rear with the Hertz ESK 165. Otherwise, may just go the CDT route with HD's for frontstage...
    The 3-way in your CC is awkwardly-laid out. You're going to have to cut out the stock baffle and either modify it to take aftermarket speakers or create a new one out of MDF or HDPE (cutting board material). The midrange is mounted directly above the midbass in each door and tweet is located in the sail. But, honestly, that's a really lousy config for a 3-way setup. You're better off with a rock solid 2-way setup and, if you're considering Hertz, there's two different models I'd recommend and it all comes down to your personal listening tastes. Keep in mind they're not cheap:

    Hertz HSK-165 XL
    Herts Mille (as @keep_hope_alive ; has recommended to you)

    Oh and DO NOT go with the ESK. Garbage in comparison to the rest of the line.

    They also make a 3-way version of the Mille and it's about one of the best set of components I've had the chance to hear that weren't sourced from raw drivers. Going raw drivers, however, opens up a BIG world of opportunities. $600 would be more than enough to make a rock solid set, but you have to be able to run active to make it work. I would recommend pairing the ScanSpeak 12M mid with the D3004 tweeter. That combination and the right installation techniques should make you all smiles.



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    Quote Originally Posted by neo_styles View Post
    The 3-way in your CC is awkwardly-laid out. You're going to have to cut out the stock baffle and either modify it to take aftermarket speakers or create a new one out of MDF or HDPE (cutting board material). The midrange is mounted directly above the midbass in each door and tweet is located in the sail. But, honestly, that's a really lousy config for a 3-way setup. You're better off with a rock solid 2-way setup and, if you're considering Hertz, there's two different models I'd recommend and it all comes down to your personal listening tastes. Keep in mind they're not cheap:

    Hertz HSK-165 XL
    Herts Mille (as @keep_hope_alive ; has recommended to you)

    Oh and DO NOT go with the ESK. Garbage in comparison to the rest of the line.

    They also make a 3-way version of the Mille and it's about one of the best set of components I've had the chance to hear that weren't sourced from raw drivers. Going raw drivers, however, opens up a BIG world of opportunities. $600 would be more than enough to make a rock solid set, but you have to be able to run active to make it work. I would recommend pairing the ScanSpeak 12M mid with the D3004 tweeter. That combination and the right installation techniques should make you all smiles.
    Thanks so much for the info! I wasn't aware that layout for the 3-way would be so crappy! I'd love to go active but I'd rather not spend so much in cash, sweat and time. Just want some really nice components. Thanks a ton man!




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    Thanks so much for the info! I wasn't aware that layout for the 3-way would be so crappy! I'd love to go active but I'd rather not spend so much in cash, sweat and time. Just want some really nice components. Thanks a ton man!
    Not a problem. You and I have the same driver layout (I drive a 2006 Passat). The baffles are easy enough to make but tolerances are TIGHT. Mis-measure by a small margin and the door card won't want to go back on again, but at least you have a decent mounting depth to work with.

    If you're not ready to go active and are concerned about not spending too much, I wholeheartedly recommend two different sets of components based on personal experience. They're both pretty visceral and MAY have you reconsidering whether your Type R is enough, but they also excel in terms of sound quality. They are:

    Rainbow SLC 265 (or Germanium if you can find a good deal on them) - buttery smooth and warm midrange, very laidback tweeters. I LOVED my pair of these. German speakers for a German car=match made in heaven

    Hertz HSK 165 XL - Different from the non-XL models, these things have gobs of midbass, though not as refined as the Mille (but we're talking about comparing a Van Gogh to a Rembrandt). Can't remember off the top of my head what I thought of the tweets, though.

    Either one of those sets should be more than easy enough to install and install properly as well as satisfy what you're looking for in terms of sound.



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    Re: Searching For The Perfect Pair of 6.5 Components

    Quote Originally Posted by neo_styles View Post
    The 3-way in your CC is awkwardly-laid out. You're going to have to cut out the stock baffle and either modify it to take aftermarket speakers or create a new one out of MDF or HDPE (cutting board material). The midrange is mounted directly above the midbass in each door and tweet is located in the sail. But, honestly, that's a really lousy config for a 3-way setup. .
    This sounds very much like a step in the right direction for a 3-way speaker layout. With good processing this can yield excellent staging and imaging, assuming the speakers are well chosen. As promoted by Andy Wehmeyer, putting your speakers on the baffle(the door panel) eliminates one plane of reflection. Keeping the drivers close together helps them become perceived by our ears as one speaker. The sail panels can be one of the best locations for tweeters, as long as you have independent level control at minimum.

    For someone who has no processing my recommendation would likely be the same, do the 3-way. That door layout could work exceptionally well with a 3-way passive system, such as the CDT MX Designs systems. The crossovers have numerous adjustments, specifically to shape the response of the mid and tweeter, that you don't get on most other brands' systems. A mere tweeter level switch is not adequate.




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