Ok, I should have taken pics of the components prior to installing them so you can see them. I am pretty sure they are common enough to get pics online though. Check sonicelectronix.com they always have great pics! I recently sold my Oz audio 3way set that I was very please with but realized that with my limited location availability and lack of a processor I decided to simplify a little with a two way setup. Now I had owned the original jbl gti608 (non mkII) but really never tried them out. I paid $180 locally and turned around and sold them for a bit more (no not on here!)
I have read so many reviews that say oh these things have great low end but no midrange, or the tweeters are super bright, etc.......I will tell you for a fact that the only true part of all of that is that the midbass will rock your world!!! I will get to the details in a few moments.
I bought these because I get JBL direct from the company for great deals because of a comp I have through a music writing association. I have always loved JBL and thought I would unload the majority of the gear I own and start over with more of a budget and simplified mindset. I also had the absolutely perfect midrange in mind to go with this set should I feel it neccessary later on. (a/d/s 344is midrange would be absolutely a perfect match with this set, for the record) However the minute I hooked up this set via the passives bridged to my soundstream ref 4.920 (450watts a side I soon realized that a 3way setup would not be needed! Also I should add this set is in my 04 dodge ram quad cab with the mids in the doors with extremely deadend doors and very rigid birch baffles. The tweeters are in the A-pillars completely off axis (VERY IMPORTANT!!!) the rest of the system consists of a nakamichi sp-w1200d sub powered by a new nakamichi PA-1500 (absolutely awesome amp!!!) all run off my ddx8120 For my testing all processing features were off and the eq was flat. I had the xover at 60/60 for high and low.
Ok, now about the sound.... I would say that the midrange was almost impecable right off the bat. The midbass has incredible attack and the ability to handle almost anything with 0 effort at all. I would say this set can blend with any sub on the planet because you can pound the crap out of them with no issues at all even with insane amounts of power and volume. The deal with the tweeter is this........Its not bright or harsh, its just insanely detailed. It is very important that these are installed off axis (think mb quarts) I would say they run a little hot, and by hot I dont mean they are hash, raspy, bright, tinny, etc......What I am refering to is that perhaps they are getting a little to much of the juice being devided out in the passives. Again the eq is flat and I could leave it that way and be happy but am sure with slight tinkering with my miniscule 13band eq these would be spotless!
The stage height and imaging were suprisingly great, again right out of the box. I am also certain the slightest touch of my decks T/A and were spot on, but again I could live happy with it as is. I am struggling for something bad to say about them and I can only come up with this....Trying to pry the cover off the xovers to connect the wires is a pretty crappy experience, you have to force them way to much and will be afraid of breaking them. Also the terminals are pretty hard to get raw wire into, you really need to use spades to keep from throwing them out the vehicle in anger! If these were bi-ampable you could really have one great passive setup. I also was a little worried with the high xover point (3200 or 3500, I forget) being that the tweeters would be so high up on the dash, it tends to work out great with low xover points because more of the sound is on the dash......because.......well, there on the dash!
I have tried to really stump these and give me a reason to say well they were cheap and thats what you get type of thing....(my discount they are pretty inexpensive) but everything from rat pack, nora jones, poison, dave mathews, various country, even some warren G (I had to see what my sub was capable of with more power then its ever had, ummmm it was friggin sweet!) The fact is that these components (at any $) are probably my favorite set of two way and maybe even 3way I have auditioned in my truck. You name it and I have probably broken down and thrown them in. From ultra cheap to extremely expensive.....Kicker ss, rs (awesome sleeper set that is very similar to the old quart q's) QS, Prs 720 set (so f'ing over rated its sickning, my opinion of course) boston pro, z6, focal k2p, quart qsd, dynaudio, morel elates, oz audio matrix elite, helix, Image dynamics, Alpine F1, the list is just shamefully long!! Out of the box, loud, clean, power handling all around performers price aside these are my favorites. For anyone that is looking for a great set do not look any further, your not going to find anything better in the price range these can be had for. Everything is built like a tank, the get louder and stay together like no other two way or three way set I have ever experienced! Upon reading other reviews of these components as well as others I have toyed with I cant help but get the feeling that people just pass on what they think something will sound like based on looks or #s of a product and pass it along as fact. If you found the tweeters bright or harsh or there was a lack of midrange.......You need to stop attempting to install and see a professional or get your ears checked. I am totally blown away with these and I dont say that about a whole lot in this disease that so many of us like to call a hobbie. I also tend to like a little less tweeter then most and still find these more then acceptable. I am excited to try a little processing and eq'ing from the deck to see what else I can do. In order to be fair I left everything as if you were putting it in a generic setup (except for the 450 a side, which they almost laugh at, but love for sure!)
Enjoy! Take a chance on them, you wont regret it! just make sure its setup right!