RE Audio Comps Review
Ok... First let me say that this is my first set of comps. Although I demoed many sets, and know a few people with some comps, I don't have the experience to give a/b compairison.
They are installed in the doors of my 2002 f150. Doors have been damped w/Dynamat Xtreme 1-layer on inner & outer skin of door. Mid is low (modded factory locat.) Tweet is in front of my window crank aprox. 2" above the mid. JL 300/4 supplies the juice.
I started with the factory crossovers 12db slope. Unsure about actual factory x-over point I believe it to be 3500hz. Bridged the JL 150x2.
Having upgraded from Infinity ref 5x7's I was expecting a night/day difference and RE delivered in a BIG way. I did feel that the tweet was a little too bright. A little bit of eq/time-align. and the sound was very clean and detailed, sound stage had great separation and dynamics. Ran this setup for about 2 weeks. Although they sounded great, and everyone who heard them was very impressed.... I wanted more.
So I went fully active, bi-amping the JL 300/4, experimented heavily with x-over points and ended up with tweets@ 4k w/ 12db slope, Mids@ 100hz/2000hz 12db slope both ends. The features of the Eclipse 8454 are nothing short of spectacular. With this setup, and E-iserv which is Eclipses new feature that measures cabin gains, and system response. Then adjusts Parametric EQ based on results.
Not So Good Points
Both Mid and Tweet sound a little harsh at high levels. Effects Metal/Punk the most. Jazz and Classic Rock not as noticeable.
Not a **** package. Cosmetically very plain. Some may find this unappealing. I hope they continue to put the money in the speakers. If I wanted flashy I'd go to Circuit City and look at Audiobaun.
6.5" Mid- Played down to 63hz at very high volume almost effortlessly. Trying it's hardest to keep up with the XXX-15!
Vocals- Outstanding, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, sound incredible.
Sound stage- Very detailed, dynamic, no blending problems between mid & tweet.
Product Support- RE first class all the way! My 1st experience a dual-1ohm XXX 15. It took about 2 weeks to get to my door. During the wait they drew up and e-mailed me with custom enclosure plans that fit my truck. Free of charge!!! I called them with every time I was unsure about something, they really love what they do over there, and have a real concern for there customers. The best part is you are talking to the people who actually build the stuff. The support I received with the sub was the reason I bought the comps. I figured with my first set I would have some questions. They answered all of them, helping with everything from mounting to going fully active. I can't thank them enough for all there help.
Price- $165 to front door!!! Enough said.
Again I am not a vet in car audio, but I'm extremely picky about sq and distortion. The RE's have and continue to impress. I will eventually upgrade to a new set. Considering Focal, Seas, Morel, Rainbow, DLS, etc., but these will hold me over quite nicely until a final decision is made.
JL Audio 300/4
RE 6.5" Comps
US Amps- US-2000
RE XXX 15"