Today I finally managed managed to install these little babies. I've had them for two days and been able to listen to them for a very short time. Needless to say, I'm going to try and follow up with another review later on.
These are the sole source of music in my car. The bass is handled by two Incriminator Audio 187s receiving 200 to 300 watts apiece. Attached to the rainbows is a Jensen JXP460 sending roughly 60-70 watts RMS. The first song played was Skinny Puppy - Pro-Test, followed by tracks from Lacuna Coil - Comalies and In Flames - Soundtrack to Your Escape.
Skinny Puppy - Pro-Test
The first thing I noticed about these speakers was the incredible efficiency. They were more efficient than the Sony Coaxials I had installed before! This was just insane. I had to play around with the gain to get it where it sounded best. Even with the track being mixed by Brian Big Bass Gardener and Mike Bozzi the Rainbows never lost place against the subs, blending in smooth and seamlessly.
Lacuna Coil - Humane
Lacuna Coil has a lot of subtleties, anyone who's listened to them with headphones knows this. As such, even with background noises like the engine, the road, and the heater, these subleties came out crystal clear. However, right now my doors don't even have baffle. It was almost literally free air, and as such, midbass lacked really bad. My equalizer touched it up, and once again the Rainbows shine through. At first I thought the tweeters were a little harsh, but after dropping the gain a hair, and compensating by raising the volume a notch, this corrected itself. There's a Jensen Amp for ya.
Lacuna Coil - Self Deception
I actually pulled over because I thought something went wrong with my steering. Turns out the Rainbows were hitting midrange frequencies even my HEADPHONES were missing!
In flames - F(r)iend
Oh sh*t, I almost hit a deer! I was driving down a secluded road, so I had slowed up to 45 just to kill more time, and suddenly there's a 4 point buck about 8 feet in front of my car! Rainbow Soundlines saved my front fenders and a deer's life. Thanks, Rainbow! Anyway, as far as the song goes, the real winner is the Incriminators. This song is so incredibly difficult for a sub to keep up with, and the 187s in their poorly designed box blew my old subs out of the water. The Rainbows just made vocals, guitars, and highs sound like they were coming from a concert. =p
In the end, I have more listening to do, but for $300, these speakers are worth every penny. For the $160 I paid, well, I'm not giving them up any time soon. ;-)
To be continued?