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I am by no means a professional. I have installed several nice stereo systems in my vehicles over the years. The best set of speakers I have owned yet were the Seas Lotus Reference 6.5's. I had a set of Focal Utopias which were also really nice. I still have never had the strong, snappy, authoritative midbass I have always wanted.

My current install is on more of a budget. I already purchased an Arc Audio FD2100 for the Dayton RS180's that I just got as well. It should be able to feed 100 watts to each mid.

So long story short, do the RS180's have stout midbass? If not, what mids should I look into? Nothing over $80 each. I'm on a budget:D.

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RS180's are not known as midbass machines. If you were running a 3-way setup it would be much easier to direct you (Peerless SLS). The problem I find is that you rarely get great midrange AND great midbass from the same driver. You can get "decent", but it just doesnt compare to a midbass dedicated driver.
 

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I understand there will be some sacrifice. Are there any mids that best fit the bill? Strong midbass and good midrange? Let's say $100 and under.
 

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I meant $100 each.
 

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If it were me, I'd like to try the Peerless Exclusive 830883 ($68) or the Seas L18RNX ($86)
 

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I haven't auditioned many drivers yet at all, but i think the ID OEM's I'm running are a pretty good compromise for a 2-way set up. They have great midbass, and the midrange doesn't seem bad at all. I'm sure there are better, but for a 2way and the price, I think they are worth checking into.
 

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The best set of speakers I have owned yet were the Seas Lotus Reference 6.5's.
I really don't think you can best the LOTUS driver for less money in a 2-way system. Maybe get close but not too much better. While the LOTUS don't get down to the low register (Very few 6.5" drivers do) they are very clean in the midrange and have well behaved midbass punch.

The Dayton OTOH is a GREAT value and a nice driver but I would take the LOTUS over it if those were my choices and I did not have to pay for them. The PEERLESS EXCLUSIVES is another nice driver but I think it is close to the Dayton, more of a personal choice or a Paper vs. Aluminum decision/debate.

So, unless you go with more or larger drivers be prepared to have about the same or less midbass as before. Maybe a better install with more deadning and tuning will give you the results you are after for less money?

Maybe a set of XBL2 (aka Adire Extremist)mids will offer more midbass? The midrange may not be as detailed and a lower crossover for the tweet (2KHz) will be needed...and they have a deep mounting depth. Creative Sound Solutions offers a driver but it is 8 Ohms with a 85dB sens so some decent power would be needed.

Picture:
http://www.creativesound.ca/images/product/SDX7.jpg
http://www.creativesound.ca/index.html
http://www.creativesound.ca/pdf/CSS-SDX7-data-261207.pdf
Also, Mpyre Audio made a 4Ohm XBL2 driver as well as Ascendant Audio (AA 6.5 Poly), these show up from time to time.

A more complex option is to go three-way and get a set of Peerless 830946 SLS 6.5" midbasses for about $92 a set. Then pick up a set of the new Fountek FR88-EX 3" for midrange for about $52 a set all from www.madisound.com Or step up to a 4" driver like the Dayton RS100-4 when it becomes available again. Then, you will need a crossover and more amp channels and a place to mount the drivers. I think this setup could be killer if installed well for very little money....You already have tweeters, $144 for drivers, $120 for a cheap good 4 channel amp (Clarion EXL-400.4), $50-$100 for a crossover, +$? for extras. The SLS midbasses POUND and the FR88's seem to be some nice little cheap midrange gems. I am waiting to here reviews on this combo because I am sure someone will try it soon. :)

Check out the reviews for the SLS and Fountek driver around here and on the net.
SLS 6.5 reviews
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum...s6-vs-mpyre-65m-review-3-way-front-stage.html
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/member-product-reviews/44765-peerless-sls-6-5-4ohm.html
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/diy-mobile-audio/34614-any-reviews-sls-6-5-yet.html

Foundtek FR88-EX review
http://www.zaphaudio.com/smalltest/
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum...zaphs-test-fountek-fr88-ex-3-wide-bander.html
http://www.diymobileaudio.com/forum/diy-mobile-audio/60732-fountek-fr88-arrived.html

Purchase:
http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=8234
http://www.madisound.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=45_241_282&products_id=8585
 
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