Im new here.
I just bought a Civic coupé 2010, it comes with a factory cd player and factory speakers.
This car comes with a so called Premium Audio System which includes a small amplifier and 7 speakers, it is, four 6.5" plus one subwoofer plus two tweeters.
Im not audiophile so for my ears it sounds pretty good as is, really
After thinking so much I decided to upgrade only the speakers
Ok, a few weeks ago I got a pair of pioneer coaxials with dome tweeter for rear installation
They made a big difference, sound is great and I can hear highs in a very crystal-like smooth sound
Now, after much thinking Im going for front speakers but I don't want coaxials, but rather component speakers
So Im offered these ones:
Sony Xplōd XS-GTX1622S which come with dome tweeters
Sony XplMd™ XS-GTX1622S GTX Series 6-1/2" component speaker system at Crutchfield.com
As an alternative, Im offered a Focal component system similar but it is obviously more than USD$50 more expensive. Can't remember the name or designation number for the Focals but they come with a pair of cone tweeters
Now, Im not audiophile but I know Focal is way better than Sony, we all know that, but...
The guy offering me the Focal component told me that if Im not going to upgrade my factory radio, he recommends me the Sony ones because Focal component will need a much better radio and much better amplifier to deliver its optimum
He told me like this "your radio is cheap factory, so keep it with inexpensive speakers such as Sony which are better than cheap factory speakers. Otherwise, Focal would be a waste and you run the risk of doing some damage as a result of underpowering your Focal speaker system"
Also, he mentioned that the Sony system brings a soft dome tweeter which is more appropriate for surface installation as the Honda Civic demands it, as Im going to install tweeters in their original factory place as I don't want to drill hole into my car. He told me Focal is way better but they come with cone tweeters and to get the best out of them I would need to install them outside of the factory place and he suggested me to install them at ear level. Well, I don't want that.
Ok, need your advice and keep in mind my target is to get something better than stock speakers as Im absolutely convinced I don't ever want to upgrade my factory radio/cd player. So im not looking for top gear, just better than factory.
The Sony, I know they have bad reputation, but they can't be worse than factory right?
The Focal, I know they are top gear and for 50 more, they sound as a great deal, but then if the cone tweeter wont deliver the highs because it will be surface mounted?
In my experience with the Pioneers I have installed as rear speakers, the dome tweeter is great, those tweeters do really make a big difference and the guy told me "that's because they are dome tweeters, with cone tweeters you wont get the same effect unless you install them at ear level pointing a bit towards your face"
This guy, basically told me that given my factory radio and factory amplifier, the Focal system wont do much better than Sony. He told me you have pioneer as rear speakers, well, Sony is about the same quality as pioneer so you wont get disappointed if that's all you want like a "pioneer quality" speaker
Ok, what's your overall opinion?