How would you rate Morel vs Hertz in general ?
I am confused which to buy. the normal tempo (157$) or the esk 165 (205$).
Massive zk6: Do not waste your time, midbass extremely muddy, tweeter has no life, stay away. Def 1/10
Alpine type x ref: The midbass was ok, lacked low end authority, and did not like too much power. The tweeter did have top end sparkle but was not extremely clean sounding. The tweeter did not handle off axis as well as some of the others. I would say 4/10
Hertz HSK 165: The midbass is very unique, it responded fast, was able to play low (not as low as others), handle power, and produce a clean full bodied midrange. The tweeter had excellent off axis performance, had the top end sparkle when needed however at times sounded too saturated. Overall a very impressive set, not worth the retail price in my opinion but definitely at a discount. I would rate a solid 8/10
Morel Tempo Ultra: The midbass was the weakest link. It has great low end response however lacked the clarity and fast attack when compared to others. The midbass also could not handle as much power. The tweeter is the shinning gem in this set. Had great top end sparkle, great off axis response, but definitely unique to a specific sound signature. The tweeter could use some more of the upper midrange to fill it out. I would say 5.5/10 (the midbass needs improvement)
PHD 6.1 Pro: I would define this set as very well rounded. Nothing out performed however everything was extremely well balanced. The midbass had good low end extension, fast attack, clear, and could handle power. The tweeter had a full body sound, clear, but did lack some of the top end sparkle. This set would definitely be for the person who gets fatigued by the top end of the spectrum since the tweeter naturally rolls off early. I am sure you could boost those frequencies with an eq to get a little more of of it. Because of the value, I would say 7.5/10
Polk MM6501: Surprise! I added this to the group last night. I am highly impressed with this set. The midbass is definitly the superstar. So far the midbass is the best of the group. Had great low end extension, extremely fast midrange, extremely clear, and loved power. My only gripe would be it has a higher resonance when mounted in an application so make sure you deaden your door well. The tweeter performed well, it had good off axis performance, good top end sparkle (at time maybe a tad too much), but not as clean sounding in the upper midrange spectrum as lets say the PHD tweeter. Overall though this set is an exceptional value. I am biased towards having more top end sparkle so this set hit it home with me. I would rate 8.5/10
Realm LSC6: Out of the entire group this set could handle power the best. The midbass had the best low end extension out of the group, was extremely clean sounding, however not as fast reacting. The tweeter had the most top end sparkle out of all the sets however is crossed so high it has poor off axis performance and is not practical to use in a vehicle unless you are doing custom fabrication to aim the mid and tweet in the kick panel together. I wouldn't call this set a reference quality but definitely a great sound set of speakers. If I were competing in sql I would be running these. I think I am going to make some bookshelf speakers for my study with these. I would rate 7/10