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Totally Confused - Door Speakers

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Hi all.

I'm trying to complete my car audio set-up and I'm looking to change my door Speakers. I have around £100 to spend on them.

I currently have these:

Speakers

Now they're awesome but unfortunately my missus rammed up the volume in my car and blew the drivers side one :( (she's paying for the new set :P)

I just don't know what to get, I have a 60w RMS amp.

I liked these clarion as the highs seemed really clear and the bass was good too, thing is I don't know why, what should I be looking for?

high frequency response? good sensitivity?

if anyone knows any great 16.5" Speakers please can you help me?

many thanks

Steve

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Is it a set of coaxials you wanted or would a set of components be better?

The reason i ask, a set of components would give a better sound and staging presence across the dashboard, than a set of coaxials would.

For the size you looking for, and your budget in mind, you got alot to choose from, but nothing will compare this without a listening session.

A local car audio shop would be more helpful than the big brand shops like Halfords, but big shops will have more to offer in choice and range, than a local audio shop will, and also car audio shops usually suggest a brand to you as a special offer but most of the time it's usually they are either overstocked with them or end-of-line range.

Also, try to remember, listening to Speakers in a shop, won't ever sound the same as in your car, due to shop size, speaker enclosure from being on a display rack, etc, you really need to ask/listen to a set in a car so you can get the true sound of what they could be like.

And, which people tend to forget, Speakers need time to wear in, it might sound good when you first use them, but they will mellow out in time and could make a difference although very subtle.

Brand wise, you could either go for mainstream brands again, like your Clarion, Pioneer, Sony, Alpine, Kenwood or you could try something more specialist brands like JL Audio, Focal, Rainbow but to name a few.

Here's a site i've used in the past for some of my audio stuff, but i'm sure other's will give there input about what to choose and use, i'm currently using Diamond Audio M5 component Speakers, very much out of yor budget range, but it has a lovely crisp sharp sound, but sometimes a little screechy depending on what i'm listening to, used Infinity brand in the past which i liked very much, and some Pioneer's too.

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Thanks man-bing. Certainly a lot of food for thought.

Out of interest a speaker with a frequency response of "30-30000" does that mean it produces notes as low as 30hz and as high as 30k hz?

If so is 30hz realistic for 16.5cm front Speakers?

Sorry if I confused you: p

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Out of interest a speaker with a frequency response of "30-30000" does that mean it produces notes as low as 30hz and as high as 30k hz?

If so is 30hz realistic for 16.5cm front speakers?

Yeah, Speakers can produce a certain amount of frequency range, depending on the type and size, usually bigger Speakers are designed for low frequencies, where are smaller Speakers are designed for high frequencies.

The coaxial Speakers you have in your car now, are known as full range Speakers, which can do a wide spectrum of frequencies, when it tells you it's range is something like 30Hz - 30KHz, usally it would prob be closer to 50Hz - 18KHz, reason being, when Speakers vibrate, so does everything around it too, your door panel, door trim, even when you drive with road noise in the background will make it sound less efficent too. The human ear can detect alot of sound with a sound range of about 20Hz - 20Khz, but as you get older, the higher frequencies tend to be lost fairly quickly as well, hence only a few KHz would be lost.

On the other hand, component Speakers, split the whole frequency range up, so you can have a whole range of different Speakers, that will be best at doing a certain frequency range, so subs or subwoofers usually from 20Hz - 250Hz, Mid-range Speakers usually about 50Hz - 5Khz, and tweeters are usually about 1KHz - 30Khz. There are a few other Speakers that could be filled into different parts of the frequency range, but its not really needed unless your planning a big install, with something in mind for it. You will need cossovers for this type of install, either active or passive. Active crossovers are usually powered and can give a greater flexibility as you can usually change where you want a crossover point for for a set of Speakers, either between subs to mids or mids to tweeters. Passive crossovers are usually set to a certain point and then the frequency is cut off with a passive filter, this is great for inexpensive install but can limit what your upgrades are.

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Anhh thanks! That's cleared a lot up for me. I'm thinking component is the way to go then. I'll checkout cad's products and report back.

Thanks a lot, this is actually quite interesting stuff

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