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6.5" component recommendations please!



Non clio question, I'd like to upgrade the speakers in my Jag XJ8. They come with a 6.5 mid in the lower door and a ~40mm tweeter by the doorhandle.

I've looked at Alpine type E which I've used in the past but the tweeters are 25mm. A friend recommended looking at Vibe, but their slick 6 6.5" comes with a 50mm tweeter.

Not looking to spend a fortune, but want new speakers which are likely better than the 20 year old OEM paper ones.

What's the CS recommendation?
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
I’ve used Focal before and was well impressed with them. No idea if they make them in your size but they seem very well built and sounded ace.
 
Ahhh spec creep


Free post and some sound deadening lets me man maths them to only £40 more than the very bottom of the market

Cheers @Daniel
 
Did you both drive them from an amp, or the headunit?

I'm going to connect them to the headunit for now (main driver for buying them is I'm changing the doorcards and want to finish the doors in one go) but I suspect I may go for a micro amp later.
 

frayz

ClioSport Club Member
Mine are driven from a Focal Impulse 4.320 Amp. The amp is tiny and fits in the palm of your hand yet chucks out a massive 320w RMS!!
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Mine are driven from a Focal Impulse 4.320 Amp. The amp is tiny and fits in the palm of your hand yet chucks out a massive 320w RMS!!
Yeah I was looking at that, I'd been looking at the Vibe version when I was looking at their speakers


Some of these small form factor amps are pretty impressive, especially when you dont want to mess about too much.

I suspect I'll go underseat sub too down the line
 

frayz

ClioSport Club Member
Yeah I was looking at that, I'd been looking at the Vibe version when I was looking at their speakers


Some of these small form factor amps are pretty impressive, especially when you dont want to mess about too much.

I suspect I'll go underseat sub too down the line

Sounds like ive trodden the exact route youre looking at .

I went for the following:

Alpine CDE 178BT HU
Focal AC130 components front
Focal RCX 130 coaxial rear
Focal Impulse 4.320 driving the speakers
Inphase USW300 under seat sub (Wanted to Focal but it was too big. This was much more powerful and smaller, also has an alloy chassis)

I also added quite a bit of sound deadening and the results are impressive, the audio quality is very good for a little tin box :)
 
Sounds like ive trodden the exact route youre looking at .

I went for the following:

Alpine CDE 178BT HU
Focal AC130 components front
Focal RCX 130 coaxial rear
Focal Impulse 4.320 driving the speakers
Inphase USW300 under seat sub (Wanted to Focal but it was too big. This was much more powerful and smaller, also has an alloy chassis)

I also added quite a bit of sound deadening and the results are impressive, the audio quality is very good for a little tin box :)

Sounds very similar indeed. Mine will be a little more simple I think.

The stock headunit is a sculpted thing and single DIN conversions look awful, so it will stay. It's an alpine tape deck with a CD changer, so the idea is to hack a bluetooth receiver over the tape deck input which is pretty common/easy.
The jaguar has a component layout front and rear as stock, need to decide whether upgrading the rears is worthwhile, I might just leave them as they're only really for fill and music only tends to be on when I'm alone.
Amp is definitely on the cards

How do you find the inphase sub? 5x8 is a fairly small driver and I likely have space for something with an 8" sub in it.

I followed your sound deadening thread with interest, I plan to do the same to my 944 when I get to that. The jag (I'm hoping) is largely okay as it, but I'll stick the deadener with the speakers inside the doors.
 

frayz

ClioSport Club Member
Sounds very similar indeed. Mine will be a little more simple I think.

The stock headunit is a sculpted thing and single DIN conversions look awful, so it will stay. It's an alpine tape deck with a CD changer, so the idea is to hack a bluetooth receiver over the tape deck input which is pretty common/easy.
The jaguar has a component layout front and rear as stock, need to decide whether upgrading the rears is worthwhile, I might just leave them as they're only really for fill and music only tends to be on when I'm alone.
Amp is definitely on the cards

How do you find the inphase sub? 5x8 is a fairly small driver and I likely have space for something with an 8" sub in it.

I followed your sound deadening thread with interest, I plan to do the same to my 944 when I get to that. The jag (I'm hoping) is largely okay as it, but I'll stick the deadener with the speakers inside the doors.

Honestly for the money and size the inphase does more than i could ask of it. Its a pokey little unit and double the power of the other offerings from Alpine and the like. I was constrained by space so had to make use of what i could. However if you have the space for a bigger sub driver id go for it.
I was looking at a JL Audio 6" woofer but just couldnt get it and a suitable box behind the seat.
As you say, maybe run a high pass filter from the amp to the rears and keep them OEM, use the money saved to buy the bigger sub package. :)
 
Jaguars premium sound package had an amp and a 6x9 driver in the rear shelf which would be an easyish retrofit, but it's off centre and I can't bring myself to do it :ROFLMAO: Speakers of the right spec are also very limited.

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I'll see what I can find room for, ideally something like a shallow 8" sub would be nice, even if I have to hide the amp under the other seat. Time will tell.

For now it'll be nice having two front speakers, doorcards and a carpet.
 


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