Polk Audio vs. JL Audio - Mazda3 Forums : The #1 Mazda 3 Forum


FMVPerformance.com is the premier Mazda 3 Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-11-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
mechs
Bicycle Rider
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: jersey
Posts: 5
Default Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

After hours of searching and reading, i narrowed it down to 2

Polk Audio MM6501 vs. JL XR650-CSi

Both sell for $200

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-JL-10W3V3-4-...item51900b64ea

i found this box for my trunk, but i'm not sure if i should go with ported or sealed...then i found this http://www.rtboxes.com/sub-boxes-woo...single-jl-318/ ... after watching the video, quite convincing ... a bit more expensive, but is it worth it?
mechs is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-11-2010, 12:01 PM   #2
Steve
Your average forum a**hole
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: The Heat
Posts: 36,000
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

First you talk about door speakers, then you suddenly switch to a sub... what are we commenting on here? I have JL Audio door speakers and sub and am happy, although I cant really compare them to anything else.

If you didnt already know, JL audio sells sub/box combos. I think this is a good way to go for you because you'll know that the box is built specifically for that sub and you wont have to worry about mixing and matching.

Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 12:09 PM   #3
andrew1501
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2,364
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

IMO JL makes better amps, but I think Polk audio has them beat as far as component speakers. Not sure on subs since I have only heard cheap sets from both of them
__________________
andrew1501 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 12:30 PM   #4
Eternal
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Guam
Posts: 2,449
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

JL makes great amps. I have run their subs and they make good subs, just way overpriced for what you get.

But like mentioned, you go from door speakers to subs. What are you looking for? What amp are you going to have powering all of this?
__________________
2010 Velocty Red MazdaSpeed3
2003 Alpine White BMW 320i

MS3 system build. 3 RE SL 10" subs. 2 Sundown amps. Alpine Type R Comps. 1/0 Wiring. False Floor
http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=158293.0
Eternal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 12:59 PM   #5
mazda freak
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: IL
Posts: 1,466
Send a message via AIM to mazda freak
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

Get alpine type r's for sure! They hit hard/pound low and high notes...def one of the best subs..if u look on craigslist (maybe ebay). you could usually get a great deal on them with the sealed box.
__________________
2.3L Turbo, 20% All around, Tinted tail-lights, Angel eyes, heon endurance fog lights, Step colder plugs (ITV22), TWM Shifter bushings, Cobb SF intake, Cobb turbo inlet, Forge Recirc Bpv, Rally armor mud flaps, Corksport dp, BC coilovers, SPC chamber arms, cp-e motor mount, cp-e fuel pump, cobb ap-Stage 2 (New rims-fmic and TUNE soon!)
mazda freak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 01:33 PM   #6
Eternal
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Guam
Posts: 2,449
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

Musically the Type Rs are not very good. I ran them in my last setup, and they pound amazingly hard, but seemed muddy to me. And have never ever been known for sound quality.
__________________
2010 Velocty Red MazdaSpeed3
2003 Alpine White BMW 320i

MS3 system build. 3 RE SL 10" subs. 2 Sundown amps. Alpine Type R Comps. 1/0 Wiring. False Floor
http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=158293.0
Eternal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 02:00 PM   #7
andrew1501
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 2,364
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

[quote author=Eternal link=topic=167063.msg3542803#msg3542803 date=1265913230]
Musically the Type Rs are not very good. I ran them in my last setup, and they pound amazingly hard, but seemed muddy to me. And have never ever been known for sound quality.
[/quote]

agreed. The misconception is that the type r's are really good since the average Joe without much knowledge just wants loud bass without accuracy and clean sound. For that need then these are for you, but I would rather rely on a higher output single sub that is tuned well with the system.
__________________
andrew1501 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 02:08 PM   #8
Steve
Your average forum a**hole
 
Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: The Heat
Posts: 36,000
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

Which is why I went with a JL sub in a box built for it, by JL. Very musical, which is perfect for what I listen to... but when I want it to hit, it hits.
Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 04:28 PM   #9
mazda freak
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: IL
Posts: 1,466
Send a message via AIM to mazda freak
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

Yeah i guess...type r's are good with sound too..It all depends on the amp and how u hook them up..my buddy had 2 10" alpine type r's, and they pounded and sound was great better then having a 12" type r becasue the way they were hooked up and the wattage of the amp

And if you want rly good jl's, only go with the Jl w3's! they are one of the top line jl's, and def not bad on the wallet...any other jl's are alright, but if u want quailty, great bass and sound, go with the jl's w3's.

If you mostly just want pound/amazing good bass and some good sound, go with the type r's.
__________________
2.3L Turbo, 20% All around, Tinted tail-lights, Angel eyes, heon endurance fog lights, Step colder plugs (ITV22), TWM Shifter bushings, Cobb SF intake, Cobb turbo inlet, Forge Recirc Bpv, Rally armor mud flaps, Corksport dp, BC coilovers, SPC chamber arms, cp-e motor mount, cp-e fuel pump, cobb ap-Stage 2 (New rims-fmic and TUNE soon!)
mazda freak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-2010, 05:44 PM   #10
Eternal
Le Mans: Prototype Class
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Guam
Posts: 2,449
Default Re: Polk Audio vs. JL Audio

Actually W3s are the lower end of JL.
I have owned W6s and W7s. And have owned Type Rs. And just about every other sub known to man above and below those levels. Alpine has never been known for sound quality. If you want good sound, go RE/ID/SunDown/DC/AudioQ/...etc.

I am not saying there is anything wrong with type R's. I liked mine for what they did, but they had no SQ, they were pure SPL. And they were setup perfectly, get get what SQ I could out of them. But to say they sound good (quality wise) is just not true, when being compared to other subs. Type Rs are great for the bestbuy/circuit sity buyer, but not for true audio oriented setups.
If you don't believe me, sign onto some audio forums and see what they have to say.
__________________
2010 Velocty Red MazdaSpeed3
2003 Alpine White BMW 320i

MS3 system build. 3 RE SL 10" subs. 2 Sundown amps. Alpine Type R Comps. 1/0 Wiring. False Floor
http://www.mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=158293.0
Eternal is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mazda3 Forums : The #1 Mazda 3 Forum > Visual / Audio > 2010-2013 Electronics Discussion

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.