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Old 24th January 2008, 15:49   #1
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Question Sony Xplod speakers vs JBL vs Blaupunkt

Hi all,
I have recently bought a new Honda City. I have installed a Sony Head Unit CDX-GT660US, I'm looking for a set of good quality multi-element speakers- front and rear.
I am planning to buy either one of the following brands:
1. Sony Xplod
2. JBL
3. Blaupunkt
I need both vocal and bass clarity. Something where the bass is good, yet the vocal part is heard clearly. I do not need a subwoofer.
Also in a multi-element speaker, what is the difference between 2-way, 3-way and 4-way speakers? Do they make a difference in clarity.
I am told that JBL and Blaupunkt give better clarity than Sony's. Is is true?
Please advise
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Old 24th January 2008, 16:52   #2
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Sony is the worst of the lot. That is true.

JBL / Blaupunkt / Hertz / Illusion Audio etc. all depend on your taste.
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Old 24th January 2008, 16:58   #3
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Out of the 3 choices i would choose JBL for obvious reasons. Good bass, good amount of treble also.
Also JBL speakers are T-BHP favourite :-)
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Welcome to TBHP

You will need a good compo for front and a 6x9 for rear (if you wont buy a sub later).
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I agree, of the three you have chosen, JBL is the best. Your options depends on your budget:

1) All co-axials cheapest option, 2) components in front + 2 channel amp for them and co-axials at rear, 3) All components with a 4 channel amp to drive them best but costliest option.

Go to search and look for 'what ice, what price' for more details and opinions.
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Old 24th January 2008, 19:07   #6
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Also do post your budget. But if you know what's best for you, divide it by 2.5 before posting it
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Also do post your budget. But if you know what's best for you, divide it by 2.5 before posting it
make that divide by 5 before posting!.
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Listen to both JBL and Blau, and then decide!

Also check-out Hertz & Illusion too!
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Hi all,
I need both vocal and bass clarity. Something where the bass is good, yet the vocal part is heard clearly. I do not need a subwoofer.
Also in a multi-element speaker, what is the difference between 2-way, 3-way and 4-way speakers? Do they make a difference in clarity.
I am told that JBL and Blaupunkt give better clarity than Sony's. Is is true?
Please advise
Best regards,
Vignesh G
Hi. Do not bother with 4 or 5 way speakers. Go for a 3 way speaker.
Take a demo of the speakers shortlisted.

my opinion - JBL - good and absolute value for money. But if you have a higher budget, look at illusion or hertz.
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Also in a multi-element speaker, what is the difference between 2-way, 3-way and 4-way speakers? Do they make a difference in clarity.
I would rather take a 4 way 5 way speaker more like a marketing trick they actually 2 way which works in the most cases
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I would rather take a 4 way 5 way speaker more like a marketing trick they actually 2 way which works in the most cases
I agree.

Also please post your budget, so that we can help you better.

Sony is just out of the question and after that all depends on the budget u have.

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I would rather take a 4 way 5 way speaker more like a marketing trick they actually 2 way which works in the most cases
So, what about the 3-way coaxials ? Are they effective in any way OR is that also a marketing gimmick ?
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So, what about the 3-way coaxials ? Are they effective in any way OR is that also a marketing gimmick ?
Marketing gimmick. The 2 elements mounted in front of the main cone are too small to provide any significant REAL improvement in the mid-range or treble performance. The so-called mid in this scheme is smaller than any component tweeter, and most of the mid comes from the main cone.
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Marketing gimmick. The 2 elements mounted in front of the main cone are too small to provide any significant REAL improvement in the mid-range or treble performance. The so-called mid in this scheme is smaller than any component tweeter, and most of the mid comes from the main cone.
I have seen lots of 4-5 way ovals in which the wire is connected to all the drivers but I think it is for the mental satisfaction of the user that all the drivers are playing.
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I upgraded the speakers in my Honda City today afternoon. I am not sure what your budget is. But I went for Infinity 9623i for the rear and 6020CS for the fronts. I retained the stock Alpine HU (which I am going to change in a month or so). It's only been a few hours since I got it installed but it sounds pretty good to me - miles ahead of the stock speakers.

I spent 16250 on the speakers including installation at Sound Factor. The installation was extremely well done - can't get better than this. I strongly recommend this store if you are buying JBL/infinity.
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