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Old 11-04-2014, 12:06 AM
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Good deal on 6x9s or not?

Good deal on Kicker 6x9s?
I found a seemingly good deal on Kicker 6x9s from a local vendor here in Canada.

http://www.visions.ca/catalogue/cate...9510&sku=ES693


Reviews on this particular model seem to be hard to come by. I think the ES line might be older. However the specs look decent - 92db sensitivity, 80wRms, 270 peak, 30hz low end.

However it's been awhile since I've purchased 6x9s so I'm not sure if these are actually a good deal or just attractive pricing. Years ago I had a pair of Pioneer 3ways in boxes connected to a Clarion 100w amp and those things were quite loud for the little sedan they were in. My plan is to mount 6x9s in the rear panels of my Toyota Tacoma that I just purchased. The previous owner had a pair of MTX 2way 6x9s connected to an Alpine 50w receiver (they sound ok but a little muddy, possibly damaged). I'll likely keep the Alpine head unit but add an amp, the rear 6x9s and some 6.5 door speakers. Not a booming the whole neighbourhood can hear me system - just a loud, clear, quality audio set up.

If anybody has any thoughts on these speakers please let me know. I'm unfamiliar with the brand and their quality.

I'm also looking at the Pioneer A series 5way for around $ 120 and a JL C2 690tx for around $140. However the Kickers at 60 seem like a good deal.
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Old 11-04-2014, 09:34 AM
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where abouts do you live?
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I live in Vancouver BC.

A side note, I also got my dad to dig around in our garage looking for old stereo components. My older brother had a car growing up and he had a pair of 6x9s running off an amp and man did they seem loud. My dad found the amp and sent me the specs - Clarion APA 2060 Mofset 30x2. If I'm correct that means they were only sending 30w per speaker. But honestly, I know it was a lot of years ago now, but those things cranked. My modern Alpine head unit is 50x5 (peak - 18w RMS) running to MTX 6x9s and they seem nowhere near as loud even though technically they're pushing close to the same wattage through at RMS and more at peak. I don't get it.
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Always amplify when you can. Use a separate amp if possible and the more power the better. The head unit will never be able to run a good set of speakers properly. One thing as well there's the chance your brother had his speakers in separate enclosures which will make a night and day difference. Those speakers are a good deal, I mean $60 for ANY 6x9 is a good deal really. I much prefer the JL C2 you brought up over them though, and I would go that route at even twice the price. I would also try some of the local shops around there other than Visions. Tell them what you're looking at and see what they have offer. The biggest thing of all, listen to them. Ideally if the shop can, with and without an amplifier. Bring your own music with you and play it at volumes that you would listen to them at. Dont be afraid to take control over the demo at the store.
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