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Good sounding, but a bit pricey (Followup review)

The reviews I read about this speaker had me believing I would be transported to a Sonic utopia where I sit on a velvet listening chair and have beer served to me from a diamond encrusted, platinum tray by a bikini clad Katy Perry, in open-toe stiletto heels. Needless to say, that did not happen. I was initially disappointed in the speakers sound, and after trying everything, decided to remove the factory grills that covered them. Presto. PRES-TO. Night and day difference. Those inferior factory grills were blocking much of the sound. These have a detailed, realistic sound, albeit a bit on the bright side (I believe the vast majority of automotive tweeters are made this way purposefully ). The woofer however, seems to lag behind the tweeter in refinement. There isnít much bass or midbass in it, and while 6.5 inch components arenít meant to produce bass, it could stand to use a little more oomph in this department. These crossovers are a thing of beauty,( unfortunately the Bozos I hired to install this stuff took the easiest route possible for themselves and placed them in a hidden locations)The crossovers have actual heat sinks in them much like a small amplifier, and high quality parts throughout. I havenít adjusted them yet, due to the difficulty in accessing them. Pros: Really neat looking crossovers that look like small amplifiers. There is enough metal and capacitors in them to give an electronics nerd multiple orgasms. The tweeters sound terrific. Cons: A bit pricey, woofer doesnít sound as refined as tweets.

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My first impression of this speaker was ghastly, the sound was hair-thin, shrill and bodyless.( Even despite the 100 Watts I am feeding each speaker from a Kenwood X600F amp) I immediately went to work on the tone controls of my brand new head unit (the Kenwood X794). After going through every ridiculous parameter on the head unit, and turning the amp gain all the way up, I managed to get an acceptable sound from these speakers. These speakers can play pretty loud. Overall impression, I am disappointed that this is what passes as a great sounding speaker in car audio circles.(Judging from the stellar reviews on this and many other sites and car audio forums). While these speakers certainly ďcrankĒ, I guess I expect more in the areas of realistic sound and detail retrieval for Alpines flagship component speaker. While I have not tweaked the crossovers yet (the clowns that I paid to install them made sure to place them in areas that are not easily accessible) I doubt it will make a huge difference. I am also convinced that the head unit (another piece of equipment that was rated highly by every site I visited) may be partially responsible for the lukewarm review. Something I could do to considerably improve the sound is bridge the channels on my amp to feed the speakers exponentially more wattage. Generally speaking, feeding speakers greater wattage tends to make the sound more life-like and helps with detail retrieval. However, the problem is I wanted to use the remaining channels to power rear speakers, and I didn't want to spend more money on another amp. Suffice to say, I will try bridging the power anyway. My friendís $200 Boston coaxials being powered by less wattage actually have the goods on these components in overall sound quality (GAG). Despite this, these speakers trump the Bostonís in the area of bass and loudness (a small consolation). If I had to do it all over again, I would but the Boston PRO60 SE components instead.

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December 19, 2010 Good sounding, but a bit pricey (Followup review)
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Aztekk from Tucson, AZ
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The reviews I read about this speaker had me believing I would be transported to a Sonic utopia where I sit on a velvet listening chair and have beer served to me from a diamond encrusted, platinum tray by a bikini clad Katy Perry, in open-toe stiletto heels. Needless to say, that did not happen. I was initially disappointed in the speakers sound, and after trying everything, decided to remove the factory grills that covered them. Presto. PRES-TO. Night and day difference. Those inferior factory grills were blocking much of the sound.

These have a detailed, realistic sound, albeit a bit on the bright side (I believe the vast majority of automotive tweeters are made this way purposefully ). The woofer however, seems to lag behind the tweeter in refinement. There isnít much bass or midbass in it, and while 6.5 inch components arenít meant to produce bass, it could stand to use a little more oomph in this department.

These crossovers are a thing of beauty,( unfortunately the Bozos I hired to install this stuff took the easiest route possible for themselves and placed them in a hidden locations)The crossovers have actual heat sinks in them much like a small amplifier, and high quality parts throughout. I havenít adjusted them yet, due to the difficulty in accessing them.


Pros: Really neat looking crossovers that look like small amplifiers. There is enough metal and capacitors in them to give an electronics nerd multiple orgasms. The tweeters sound terrific.

Cons: A bit pricey, woofer doesnít sound as refined as tweets.
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November 29, 2010 You can do better for less money.
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Aztekk from Tucson, AZ
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My first impression of this speaker was ghastly, the sound was hair-thin, shrill and bodyless.( Even despite the 100 Watts I am feeding each speaker from a Kenwood X600F amp) I immediately went to work on the tone controls of my brand new head unit (the Kenwood X794). After going through every ridiculous parameter on the head unit, and turning the amp gain all the way up, I managed to get an acceptable sound from these speakers. These speakers can play pretty loud.

Overall impression, I am disappointed that this is what passes as a great sounding speaker in car audio circles.(Judging from the stellar reviews on this and many other sites and car audio forums). While these speakers certainly ďcrankĒ, I guess I expect more in the areas of realistic sound and detail retrieval for Alpines flagship component speaker.

While I have not tweaked the crossovers yet (the clowns that I paid to install them made sure to place them in areas that are not easily accessible) I doubt it will make a huge difference. I am also convinced that the head unit (another piece of equipment that was rated highly by every site I visited) may be partially responsible for the lukewarm review.

Something I could do to considerably improve the sound is bridge the channels on my amp to feed the speakers exponentially more wattage. Generally speaking, feeding speakers greater wattage tends to make the sound more life-like and helps with detail retrieval. However, the problem is I wanted to use the remaining channels to power rear speakers, and I didn't want to spend more money on another amp. Suffice to say, I will try bridging the power anyway.

My friendís $200 Boston coaxials being powered by less wattage actually have the goods on these components in overall sound quality (GAG). Despite this, these speakers trump the Bostonís in the area of bass and loudness (a small consolation).

If I had to do it all over again, I would but the Boston PRO60 SE components instead.
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November 12, 2009 Good product for the money
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Booyah from Reno,NV
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This is an okay overall component system. The woofers bump nice and get great sound out of them but I was expecting more from the tweeters. The tweeters are clean and get loud but they don't let you hear the distinct sounds that a higher end tweeter does.
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May 21, 2012 GREAT QUALITY SOUND
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juan from las vegas, NV
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Great product. Bought few months ago. After a few weeks they just kept on playing better and better. The tweeters are the best out of these components. Clear sound at all volumes. I have a sinfoni amplitude 90.2 and it just sounds amazing!
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February 15, 2012 Awesome Value & Alpine Too!
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DJ JoAnne Marie from Fairhaven, Ma
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Once you go Alpine, you'll never go back to anything else. Phenomenal!
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January 27, 2011 Had these for over a year
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Harp from Portland, Oregen
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These speakers are unbelievable! I think your problem is that they just aren't getting enough power, I have an alpine pdx 4.150 and these speakers scream! After 5 min I have to turn it down no matter what. Annnd your speakers are the best part of your system. Upgrade your amp and you will see the true power of alpine
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July 20, 2011 Great Audio!
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tunes101 from St. Louis, Mo.
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This component system was a great value that produces a great sound. The crossovers were easy to install after i made some minor fabrication changes to my front doors. The instructions for the crossover configuration were easy to follow as well. i have now had these installed for about two months and no problems so far. Would recommend for anyone looking for a higher line component speaker.
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July 19, 2011 Excellent product
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Ash from qld, Australia
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These are a great set of component speakers that can keep up with the best of them. If it's ultimate quality and clarity you seek then these are the right choice for you
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June 30, 2011 Decent speakers
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jak from QLD, Australia
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I bought these speakers a while ago and let me say that in a car with horribly sealed doors they have given great mid bass, I would imagine if they were in a good door, you could have a decent amount of bass with just four of these. They offer good variety of tuning options.

In my opinion you would want to bi-amp or at least use a 4 channel amplifier and power the tweeters separate from the mids. The reason for this is that I believe the mids receive more power than the tweeters and get overpowered early when you power them bridged.
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December 9, 2010 Great Speakers
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R32Viper from Moultrie, GA
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Great speakers purchase 2 sets of them for front and rear doors. Nice crossover with plenty of different configuration for maximun hearing quality. You can Adjust them with 6 different types of settings on the crossover. SONIC had it in a good price comparing to other site that were selling it for almost 700 dollars a set, can't go wrong purchasing from this website. Everything came in a factory packaging brand new, I have read that this product is discontinue who knows if they will be able to get some of them again. Overall great product for a nice sounding system.
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November 30, 2010 Crisp, clean and clear
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travelguy2k from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
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I replaced a pair of focal KP165 components with these, very nice, clean, not quite as much bass but a much easier speaker to listen to, the tweeters are not nearly as harsh, much softer. Much more comfortable to listen to at elevated volumes.

Would definitely recommend
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March 5, 2010 Genuine Product - Amazing Delivery
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Daniel from Des Moines, IA
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I just received my TypeX Pro's yesterday ... my amplifier is still in the mail. This is 100% genuine product. The crossovers included with these are incredible. For anyone wary of purchasing from Sonic Electronix, put the feelings aside. If the product description says "in-stock, ships same- or next-day," they aren't kidding. These amplifier shipped same day, speakers shipped next. I will return to SE for MANY more car audio purchases.
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January 7, 2010 SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!
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theocentric from CA
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Okay, I haven't heard the $5000 Focal Utopias Be-s yet...but if you are an audiophile, you'll definitely love these speakers. I've owned and heard a lot of different speakers. I have Focals 165 in the rear, and I have to say, these speakers are just better in terms of clarity and tone. But make sure you have a decent sub to go along with these speakers.
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November 13, 2009 TYPE -X all day!
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all i can say is the sound quality is ultra clear even maxed out. they literally scream the highs and the mids. if your gonna get some components, type x pro's all day
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April 15, 2009 Great Value
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JB from SLC, UT
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This is absolutely a great price for a great product. I have only been using the set for about 7 months now, but have had absolutely no problems, and they sound great. Definitely worth the money.
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March 13, 2009 fast postage
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markjoe8 from rockingham, Australia
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excellent speakers
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July 23, 2008 excellent - recommended !
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Niall from Limerick, 0, Ireland
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Very smooth tweeters compared to other speakers I have owned ( Boston PRO60's , Focals , etc)
Crossovers are very adjustable using different plug in modules to allow for speaker placement and primary listening position (if required) I am running them from a PDX 4.150 and they sound very clear and detailed up to very loud levels.
A well constructed quality speaker that doesn't break the bank.
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July 10, 2008 superb SQ
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Chun Keat from Kota Kinabalu, 0, Malaysia
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very nice sound quality. Vocals r very clear and emotional. Highly recommended.
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May 15, 2008 sound quality!!!!!
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i have three sets of these in my range rover with a pdx 150.4 for the front and a pdx 150.2 in the rear. it gets loud and stays clear all the way! if you have the money you should buy them
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