I feel the exact same about the items you mentioned above about the high end extension and especially the micro-detail - a bit easier for me than many might experience in their cars because I have both speakers 30" in front of me - but I'm still hearing things that catch my attention in tracks I have spent a lot of time with.What a great review Jason.
I've had my set of NZ3AlBe's since Rishi first released them for general sale.
I know that over time, we can become too familiar with the sound from our systems to the point of almost being blazé about their performance and even wanting to try something new.
I've always believed though, that a truly wonderful system wows you every time you sit down in front of it.
Every time I sit in the Honda and turn the system on, I am amazed at the treble extension, airiness, along with the detail and microdynamics in the music, the sweet, lush sound that lacks any hint of glare or harshness, the three dimensionality and width of the stage, and the sheer musicality of the system. Sure, this is the sum of all parts and design of the system and installation however, replacing even the highly regarded RAM3As with the new NZ3AlBe's, has drastically improved my enjoyment of music. And this still happens every time I get into the car. No other car audio system has done that for me.
Sure, these are not an inexpensive driver from a pure dollar figure perspective but their value, I firmly believe, is unsurpassed! In other words, they're an absolute bargain for what you get.
My older AU$2000+ Morel Elate active 3 way speaker system never stood a chance against my current circa $850 two way AP/CSS arrangement.
I told Rishi I wouldn't show this pic but modders are gunna mod. Sorry Rishi but the improvement in sound was too much to ignore.
Don't come crying if you've done this and then suffer damage to your cone(s). You accept full responsibility if you go grill-less.
Value - again, I have to agree here.....find something that just 'does it' for you.....and get off of the treadmill. Many in the hobby have the 7 month itch to change things up, but others get something very good, get it installed / tuned correctly, and then just sit back and enjoy.
Awesome! I'm looking forward to reading further impressions after you have them dialed in.Great reviews guys. I've had them for a hair over a week and I feel generally the same way but I haven't gotten a few things set yet to do a fair review. I can't say with full confidence that I don't miss tweeters (mmm ribbons) but currently I have to sit upright like John to even get center image Once I can get my tablet / DSP software working I can start to tweak it and give an actual review.
The 2 things that stood out to me were (as Jason put it):
In the FRS I have a sub up front with the RAM's. In the Prius w/the NZ3's the sub is in the trunk and the up front presence is very good even w/my lack of mids. JT turned it down and I plan on putting a hair more impact back in, but it blends very well as is.
I also feel similar to how Winno/Steve described it .. first time I heard it I actually said wow to my wife who was in the car with me. I've actually sat in the car for hours listening already in the past couple weeks, even with my tuning issues. Can't wait to get that out of the way.
Now .. about this grill-less mod .. lol I'm not sure I'm that brave.