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Posted by alphachi on October 27, 2000 at 18:20:44:

In Reply to: Kicker speakers vs. Quart speakers posted by JohnnyK on October 27, 2000 at 11:43:17:

The MBQuart 5.25" make a great midrange (ie >125hz)driver. The sound characteristics of this driver are slightly forward ( a good advantage in the location of the kickpanel ) and relatively clear of distortion for a cone speaker. "Tweety" is an odd term to apply to any midrange, so this claim probably reveals more about the origin of the description than the thing being described.

If you go to the 6.5" driver you will hear an entirely different characteristic and one that may not favor the kickpanel location but will allow more low frequency information.

Now, if you're going to compare either of these to kickers aka mud flappers you might as well look at pioneer, sony, and clarion. Save you a heap of money too. All of these are made for less critical listening with greater coloration and distortion, but do offer greater frequency range and in some cases, volume.

However, the best you can do is to bring a recording or two that you are very familiar with and listen to them through various components at the store.

Keep in mind the installation at the store will also change the characteristics of the driver dramatically as well as the components used in the signal path. But with a little effort, you'll figure this out and achieve the "ahhh" factor. Listen to as many different set-ups as possible and you'll pick up these distinctions.

Generally, the huckster at the local car-fi shop is probably the last thing to listen to.

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