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Old 7th October 2004, 05:34 AM   #1
xfsrg is offline xfsrg  United States
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Default JL Audio vs Polk Audio

I cannot decide between JL Audio and Polk Audio. which would you guys recommend?

Specifically, at the moment, I am deciding between a 4" coaxial from JL Audio (XR400-CX) and 4x6" Component Plate from Polk Audio (MMC460). But the decision also tough because I am going to match the rest of my speakers in my system to which one I choose. They both make good speakers but which would be the better of the two, in your opinion? Why you chose the brand would help too.

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Old 7th October 2004, 04:09 PM   #2
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I'd generally tend to choose a component set over a coaxial speaker as a general preference.

As to brand names, I usually refuse to get into that. Individual speaker lines within a brand name make a difference, and even some speaker lines have different size speakers where overall sound quality varies. You should go take a serious listen to the speakers, and choose the one that you think sounds best.

As I stated before, I tend to like component sets better than coax speakers. Coax speakers tend to have either very simple (Like a single capacitor) crossovers, which cannot be altered. This means that you get what you get. There are some sets which have outboard crossovers as well. If I were to buy a set of coaxial speakers, this would be an absolute MUST for me.

With the outboard crossover for a component set, this allows the possibility of bi-amping. You may never choose to do this, but at least the option is there. It also means that you can choose to improve the crossover. A good set will have a second order (12dB/octave) crossover. You will find that this will tend to sound better than a first order (6dB/octave) crossover, and can (If you so choose) even be improved. With an active crossover and a bi-amp setup, you can get a 24dB/octave crossover going, which will result in the cleanest possible signal to the speakers.

As such, I would probably recommend the 4X6 component plate. But not because of brand name.
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Old 17th October 2004, 06:09 AM   #3
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brand wise...jl KILLS all polk
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