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Old 05-31-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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Do I really need components up front?

I was looking at these:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Polk+Aud...&skuId=9985099

Or these

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Polk+Aud...&skuId=1003299

Should I just buy the single 2-ways? And run the stock tweeter? Or should I buy the components? Will the Polk tweeter fit the stock pod?
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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I had infinity kappa speakers in my old sedan that were a good 2 way set with and built in tweeter that I could adjust the db's. I had to disconnect the factory tweeter because it was too much. From what I understand the argument for components vs 2 or 3 way coaxial is clarity. The external crossover of a component set does a slightly better job of separating the signals
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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"need"? No, you don't "need" them. You may want them though.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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/me whispers "you need them."

Honestly, I would do the component set because you can attenuate the tweeters if they are too harsh. I have never heard a decent 2 way that sounded as good as a cheap component set.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:01 AM   #5
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no....I don't think components are necessary. A good set of JL speakers and you will never know the difference.....I have paid for both. Components were not worth it to me. JMHO....
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:06 PM   #6
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They are some good 2-way speakers out there for sure, but I personally feel like you get a better sound stage up front from a component system.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #7
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For the Camaro, or almost any modern car, you "need" component speakers. You effectively have component speakers with the stock system. You would be downgrading by reverting to a coaxial speaker.

The main reason you need components, is so that you can put a tweeter in the pod, and keep your highs up closer to your ears. You don't really want to put your tweeters all the way down by your feet. There is a reason cars now days put the tweeters up high, and that's because it sounds better (even with the low end stock speakers).
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:04 AM   #8
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My advice would be to go with a system that offers both the door and the tweeders with a crossover that comes with it so yes component systems.
The idea is to seperate the signals meaning low, mid and high.

when you pump bass through a midrange, you take away your mids.
when you pump highs through a woofer, you have to comprimise.

Making a system that seperates the signals as much as you can, regardless of volume or wattage you will get a cleaner more "true to the studio" sound. Crossovers are your friend.

after all, the artist recorded the piece in a studio on un-colored studio monitors to hear EXACTLY what he/she recorded.
They intended you to hear it that way, thats why they recorded it that way with the equipment that they used.
When you start adding EQ's and pre-sets that come in modern sound systems your taking away the artists initial conception of how THEY wanted you to hear their piece.

This stands true for ALL styles of music.
It dosent matter if your listening to hip hop, where the artist mixed the piece with "x" amount of bass to shatter your door and trunk seals, or if a metal artist recorded the guitar tracks with a Marshall JCM 900 miced with a shure sm57.

IMO thats how they wanted us to enjoy it, so why not design a system to compliment their artistic vision.

Lastly, if you are powering the stock tweeders with an after market amp your gonna blow them most likely when you hear that good song you crank it to.
They simply will not hold a lot more then the recomended wattage from your original factory system.
So if you upgraded your amp, your gonna toast the factory tweeds...I did that in my Impala already...I figured....ehhh there just tweeds....ya soon as i cranked it i watched a puff of smoke come out the grill and i was off to the store for a new set...

God that was a nerdy.....and ya I play/record instruments....
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:06 PM   #9
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Not nerdy at all, they def make for a better sound stage and it helps when the highs are up closer to your ears in the car. You will have to do more work during installation with a separate tweeter being installed, but it's worth it.
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:16 PM   #10
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Not nerdy at all, they def make for a better sound stage and it helps when the highs are up closer to your ears in the car. You will have to do more work during installation with a separate tweeter being installed, but it's worth it.
It's not really much more work. The car already has tweeter pods. All you have to do, over installing coaxial speakers, is stash a crossover and run a wire to the tweeter, which is effortless with the door panel already off.

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Old 06-03-2012, 03:41 PM   #11
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I agree, not a ton of extra of work, but a couple extra steps involved. That is a great reference picture for him if he chooses to go with a component system!
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