CS-XV620 6.5" coaxials
Cardomain.com ~ $45 shipped
IN A NUTSHELL: Average Speakers with real potential
PRICE: I bought these as a Christmas gift. $45 at cardomain.com, shipped. This is a very good price for a pair of speakers. No doubt I could find cheaper coaxials, though. 4/5
SOUND: Surprisingly good. Curiously bad. Install dependant. These were an upgrade to a stock install, and wow. They play loud, and they're distinct. I'm currently cranking my system for all it's worth, my PC putting out all the volume it can at a flat response. The speaker peaks right around the area of guitars, pianos, and vocals, playing In Flames, Lacuna Coil, Saul Bottcher, The Gathering, and other bands. These things are heavily dependant on imaging. Pointing up, they sound horrible, the frequency peaks at vocals, and drops sharply going up or down. Pointed at me, it's a night and day difference. Stock speaker locations should give a decent frequency curve. 3/5
POWER HANDLING - 150 watts max, the RMS isn't even given. Yay. These handle clipping fairly well, not good enough to crank gains. Being underpowered, they play, not much more than that. The quality could use a little work. The woofer cone's excursion limits hardly hold a candle to my 2 inch mids. 3/5
COSMETICS AND IMAGING: Awesome looking. Just wow, it's bronze, shiny, very simple, very clean. The grills look awful. If you're making them visible, lose the grills and people will go "Wow, neat looking speakers" 4/5 speakers 2/5 grills.
OVERALL: If you're gonna do it, do it right. You'll save some money over more expensive brands with these. If you're just drop these into a factory location that points at a window or something, get something else. They're average, nothing more, nothing less.