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JL vs MB Quart vs HERTZ + Clarion Subwoofer

Old 08-07-2012, 05:09 PM
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JL vs MB Quart vs HERTZ + Clarion Subwoofer

First off I'll say I'm purchasing used and as of right now, these are the choices I've found:

-JL C5-525x [5.25"] (coaxials) for $250, supposedly 'new'

-MB Quart QM160 with MCX160 crossovers [6.5"] (components) for $200

-HERTZ Energy EV130 [5.25"] (components, not sure of crossovers or tweeters) for $150, 'mint'

-Clarion PFW1051 [10" shallow] (subwoofers) two of them for $100 each, 'new in box'

These would be going into a '95 Corolla, it only has two front door speakers (4") and no rear deck. The factory speakers are failing and the aftermarket deck isn't that great (in it when I bought it). Thinking of putting a Kenwood KDC-X996 head unit in it (owned an X995 on my previous vehicle and I was pleased with it). The speakers will possibly be amplified but I haven't decided yet, and I don't have an amplifier for the subwoofer yet - still deciding.

I was wondering on opinions of any of these speakers for sound quality, I don't need anything amazing but I do have a bit of a budget here at around $550-$600 (HU, wiring/time, and sub enclosure isn't included in the budget). Included in the budget would be a pair of speakers (components or coaxials, either or), a subwoofer (nothing amazing but I'd like something that's not just loud - more so sound quality orientated), and an amplifier which I'd determine later on.

If anyone can suggest something better that would fit in my budget it would be appreciated!
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:14 PM
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Go with components before coaxials if possible go with 6.5" but 5 1/4 will do fine. coaxials will be fine for the rear.
for a smaller install go with a single sealed 12 instead of dual 10's to save space, money and weight.
preference in music?
where are you located and looking for your gear?
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyRock1588 View Post
Go with components before coaxials if possible go with 6.5" but 5 1/4 will do fine. coaxials will be fine for the rear.
for a smaller install go with a single sealed 12 instead of dual 10's to save space, money and weight.
preference in music?
where are you located and looking for your gear?
I was thinking components would be better so I can mount the tweeters in a different place than the mid-driver. I wouldn't mind either 6.5" or 5.25", both will need some modifying of the door mounts to fit. I'm not planning on putting rear speakers in, just front doors/wherever the tweeters will go and the subwoofer(s) in the trunk. I wasn't actually wanting to go with a 12" sub, originally I was thinking dual 8" but decided a single or dual 10" would be fine for what I want. I listen to everything but mainly electronic/house/drum 'n bass/hip hop/rock/metal. But it's a mix of just about all genres. I'm around Central AB, I've been looking in the local classifieds and on Kijiji as well. I will buy new if I can stay within my budget and get something decent.
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