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Average Customer Rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars:
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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 “crank”, 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 friend’s $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 Boston’s 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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