Advice needed from Audiophiles
Posted 11 December 2008 - 03:25 PM
Come January, I will be ripping out my Bose speakers to put in one of 3 speakers that I have in mind, they are:
JL Audio's ZR Series
Polk Audio's SR Series
Kicker's SS Series
Has anyone heard any of these speakers? I'm not looking for the 'best' of the 3, just whatever would be best for my preference of music. I listen to mostly Metal and Rock. Here's why I have narrowed it down to these 3. Please correct me if I'm wrong with my assumptions:
ZR: Since I've gotten into car audio, I always felt JL was a top notch company, where even their lower lines are still pretty good. I have not read many reviews on these (I've found 1 review on sonicelectronics and 1 on techtronics), but they both gave these speakers a 5 star rating. Also, these are JL's top of the line components, by default they have to be awesome.
SR: I've always seen Polk as an okay brand, but according to articles and reviews, they stepped it up with this component set. Numerous reviews on Polkaudio.com all say the same thing, that they are mind-blowing, they take about a month to fully break in, and their crossovers are massive Some also say that these speakers are audiophile quality.
SS: I already know these are not as good as the other 2 choices, but I've had 2 kicker L7's hooked up to a Hifonics 1500w mono, and they were loud. Being a metalhead, bass is a priority due to the kick drum, and if these SS's are bassy, and clear, then you can see why I'm considering them.
I have researched all the brands under the sun, and the ZR's and SR's are the highest I'd go as far as price goes. If anyone can give a review of these, it'd be much appreciated. Thanks
Posted 24 December 2008 - 03:37 PM
P.S. what kind of amp do you have? and how do you prefer your high end to sound?
Since you listen to a lot of metal i'm not sure if you prefer the brighter highs of a metal dome and if those will be too harsh for ya or if you prefer soft domes (like slik) which are less fatiguing...i personally run pioneer's premier ts-c720prs comps for my front stage off of a jl 450/4...you might wanna look at those as they rival the components you listed but can be had for <$220 shipped off ebay
http://www.caraudiomag.com/testreports/ ... index.html
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/kli ... 20prs.html
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/mem ... 20prs.html
Posted 24 December 2008 - 03:55 PM
Also, are you dead-set on one of the listed sets? If not, look into mid-range focal, seas, & dynaudio sets.
diyma.com is a great resource to do some further research....hope this helps.
Posted 24 December 2008 - 07:32 PM
I can also go with e GM-6300F for the multi-channel, and maybe a 10" shallow sub in the back with maybe 3, 400 watts to that. I'll deffinitly take what you said into consideration.
I'm not much of an audiophile, so I really don't know how to answer how I want my front ends to sound, but I can say that I have the volume as about 42-45 and it's just not loud enough. With the Bose speakers, anythhing higher and the speakers start to cut out, so I just want them LOUD, clear, and very rich in bass. Thnk you very much for your input and advice, it's very much appreciated.
Posted 24 December 2008 - 07:56 PM
Posted 25 December 2008 - 12:21 AM
Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:09 PM
PS, I'll be at CES as well, can't wait
Posted 25 December 2008 - 08:27 PM
Posted 26 December 2008 - 10:45 AM
The premiers will have better midbass extension and a less colored midrange, while the 6500's will have extreme detail without being harsh on the high end. I really like the tweet on the ts-c720prs, but i listen to a lot of jazz and neo-soul. It has a mellow smoothness and realism to it that i can't really quantify. They just sound great ; whereas the 6500 tweet is more accurate with a tad less distortion, but it sounds a little sterile and artificial to me. Slightly.
It all boils down to your ears though. If at all possible you should listen to both sets. I can't really see anyone being unhappy with either set, but those premiers retail @ $550 and can be had for about half. The sr6500 retail @ $750 and can be had for around $500.
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