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Old 08-07-2014, 03:59 PM   #1
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Speakers - which brand do you like & why?

I'm finally starting to get the urge to upgrade the speakers in my SE (6-speaker system). Frankly, I find the overall sound produced by the stockers to be pretty good, as well as the staging, but the mid-range starts to get muddy and mid-bass causes flutter when turned up above 8.

I know a lot of people like the Alpine amp, so I'll probably stick with that or similar to keep things tidy, but in regards to speakers, everyone has their opinion. 'd like to hear yours - specifically why you chose X speaker. Is it because you like rap and dance music with heavy bass, or do you prefer classical and jazz? Price? Did you go 2/3-ways in the doors or stick with components? Did the staging change (better/worse)? How about the clarity? Where you able to neutral out your EQ after the change, or did you still have to fiddle with it?

Me, I've gotten great sound from Memphis Audio's PR line of speakers in the past and they are fairly inexpensive (~$100/pr), but I'm open to change. I listen to a little of everything, but if I had to pick one genre, I'd say I mostly listen to late 70's through mid 80's pop/rock music in the car - think Casey Kasem's American Top 40.

So what are your thoughts, opinions, and suggestions? Any brands that are win-win no matter the genre? Anyone have Focal, DLS, Morel, or Rainbow in their car - worth the extra coin?

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PS: I haven't had a lot of luck with Polk. Clear but no bass, and a sub is not in the picture (space/$$$).


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Moved to the Car Audio section for more/better answers.
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Look at all these answers!

I wanted specific input from people with a MKIII Focus. If I wanted generic car audio advice, I'd have asked it on a car audio forum - places where I already read about 500 different reviews, none of which applied to my specific car.

Now will you please move it back? Thanks.
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Look at all these answers!

I wanted specific input from people with a MKIII Focus. If I wanted generic car audio advice, I'd have asked it on a car audio forum - places where I already read about 500 different reviews, none of which applied to my specific car.

Now will you please move it back? Thanks.
Your question is generic. If you had asked about aiming, positioning, enclosure size, reaching sound deadening locations, or other things only about your model then the thread would still belong here.


I e been looking at speakers today and have heard some impressive stuff. I haven't owned any of the brands that I thought sounded best. So I can't really comment on them. All I know is their is a lot of looking around that I will have to do and lots to listen to.
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My PPI 356cs comps. Why? Because they are rebranded A/D/S 346cs and sound awesome.

Outside of that, Hybrid Audio.

Then, Silver Flute mids(very affordable on Madisound)
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I am a fan of Morel speakers. They use silk tweeters which I find for my ears to be very pleasing. They are very smooth and do not have the tinny sound of an aluminum tweeter. Which will allow me to play music louder for longer periods of time without having ear fatigue. However at lower more reasonable volumes the detail is still there. Plus most of their speakers are designed straight from their home audio products. They also only build speakers so they know what they are doing.

I also feel that the mid-range is very good and gives the true sound of an instrument rather then sounding artificial.

I listen to all types of music ranging from rock all the way to light vocals and everything in between.

They can get pricey depending on what series you are using but all of them are worth it. Over the years I have used many other brand of speakers (JL ZR components, Polk SR components, Boston Acoustics Z series, Focal K2P components) but have always found myself going back to the Morel's.

I am currently running the Elate 3-way components in my Mrk1.5. Midbass in the door, midrange and tweeter in the A-pillars.
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I do need to ask if your access holes are sealed off in your doors or not? Doing so improves your midbass greatly. Are you using any soundproofing? MDF baffles/rings for your mids?

You can make expensive speakers sound bad and cheap speakers sound great,

Everything is in the install.
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I am a fan of Morel speakers. They use silk tweeters which I find for my ears to be very pleasing. They are very smooth and do not have the tinny sound of an aluminum tweeter. Which will allow me to play music louder for longer periods of time without having ear fatigue. However at lower more reasonable volumes the detail is still there. Plus most of their speakers are designed straight from their home audio products. They also only build speakers so they know what they are doing.

I also feel that the mid-range is very good and gives the true sound of an instrument rather then sounding artificial.

I listen to all types of music ranging from rock all the way to light vocals and everything in between.

They can get pricey depending on what series you are using but all of them are worth it. Over the years I have used many other brand of speakers (JL ZR components, Polk SR components, Boston Acoustics Z series, Focal K2P components) but have always found myself going back to the Morel's.

I am currently running the Elate 3-way components in my Mrk1.5. Midbass in the door, midrange and tweeter in the A-pillars.

I was listening to some focal speakers today. Their most recent model was more to my liking than the old model. 2 way components. The new ones had a much brighter sound and really shined for vocal only tracks. They are what I'm leaning towards the most right now.
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I do need to ask if your access holes are sealed off in your doors or not? Doing so improves your midbass greatly. Are you using any soundproofing? MDF baffles/rings for your mids?

You can make expensive speakers sound bad and cheap speakers sound great,

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I was listening to some focal speakers today. Their most recent model was more to my liking than the old model. 2 way components. The new ones had a much brighter sound and really shined for vocal only tracks. They are what I'm leaning towards the most right now.
Focals are not bad speakers at all. My only complaint with some of their higher end speakers are that the tweeters were a little to bright/harsh for my ears. But hey everyone's ear is different. You would not be making a bad choice with Focals, I used them for about a year (many years ago) and beat the snot out of them and they never blew up.
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