Originally Posted by OC'ing Noob
Do you guys feel Alpine is still a good car speaker company? I am looking to replace the speakers in my Lexus RX300.
Depends on your price range. They have a fairly large gap in their product line up. It also depends on what you will be powering them with... If you are going to power them by head unit then no don't buy alpine. If you are going to use a dedicated amplifier then no problem at all. Nothing wrong with the speakers but don't bother running them off a head unit.
If you must run off a head unit then go for something like
They will have substantially less distortion at higher volumes than the Alpine speakers.
The price are great on those as well really good for the price.
Tons of other speakers out there... be careful about the sensitivity when looking if you are going to run off the head unit. Lower sensitivity means more distortion at the same volume output because it will require more power and a higher volume setting to achieve the same output.
If your budget is closer to the $1000 range or even $500 then that changes everything and you absolutely better be running an amplifier if you are going to spend more than $200 on a pair of front speakers.
Also those infinity speakers claim to be "true 4ohm" they have done things to the design so that they feel the head unit will see an actual 4ohm load instead of the higher impedance that normally ends up happening. This would mean the head unit amplifier would output more power.Edited by givmedew - 8/7/13 at 10:23am