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Old 04-29-2013, 07:03 PM
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kicker tower speakers

are the kmt60 tower speakers worth 550$$ I have a total kicker system but it will kill me to pay that much for tower speakers. Are they worth it?
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:12 AM
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Yes, but what are your goals? You get four 6.5" mid-bass drivers flanking 2 HLCD tweeters in two composit pods with universal aluminum clamps with sizing inserts.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:38 AM
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It is a pretty good value if you want music out back.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:13 PM
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I dont think the kmt60 have the hcld setup MLA. From what I've seen they are just a 2 way speaker. Could be wrong but the 6500.2 is the hcld setup and thought the kmt60 was not.

To me the best deal is

http://www.hifisoundconnection.com/S...id/0/SFV/30046

That would leave you 300 bucks to get some cans.

If you are not looking for an hcld setup this is a pretty great deal imho

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AERIAL-BULLE...item4854e166b3
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:26 PM
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You should be able to find lightly used wet sounds pro60s or pro80s for around $600. Those might be a better choice depending on what your goals for the speakers are.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:08 PM
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I dont think the kmt60 have the hcld setup MLA. From what I've seen they are just a 2 way speaker. Could be wrong but the 6500.2 is the hcld setup and thought the kmt60 was not.

To me the best deal is

http://www.hifisoundconnection.com/S...id/0/SFV/30046

That would leave you 300 bucks to get some cans.

If you are not looking for an hcld setup this is a pretty great deal imho

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AERIAL-BULLE...item4854e166b3
From Kicker's web site.

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The KMT60 Long-Range Marine Tower System is a full-range, high-quality two-way speaker system specifically designed for reaching listeners cruising in or being pulled behind a boat. The KMT60 adds to the diverse selection of audio gear for watercraft produced from the legend in mobile audio.

Dual 6-1/2-inch woofers flanking a unique exponential horn-loaded, titanium-dome tweeter intensify and carry the music across the water from any aquatic cruiser. Each speaker set is integrated into a pair of stylish, injection-molded ABS enclosures that mount to a roll bar, complete with grilles that can be removed for a different cosmetic appeal.

Billet-aluminum mounting brackets adjust to seven common sizes, matching most every wake tower or roll-bar diameter. Each enclosure is also designed with a five-way, binding post hook-up on the back for added stability. The system includes stainless-steel mounting hardware tough enough to take all that Mother Nature throws at it.

The KMT60 is weather-resistant with sealed cones and motor assemblies, while the tweeters are protected by dense, open-celled foam. The materials are UV-treated as well for improved resistance against any harsh marine environment.

KICKER is a member of the American Boat & Yacht Council and is the ABYC’s first from the mobile-audio industry. KICKER is also a member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which supports the U.S. recreational boating industry
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:03 AM
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I mean they appear to be the same mid's that are in the 6500.2 package but I just can't imagine how large those cans have to be to fit the same horns that way. Plus the prices just don't match up. So you get the component kit for 499 but with cans its 599. Sumin doesn't add up there. Those horns are super deep........like barely fit in my aerial cans.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:15 AM
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:59 PM
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From Kicker's web site.

horn-loaded, titanium-dome tweeter
Here is where marketing is accurate in their description but can be misleading to those not knowing exact terminology.

You can horn load anything. Its HOW its loaded and what is BEHIND the horn that makes the difference.
The next piece really says what is at the little end "titanium-dome tweeter" or basically the same thing as any coax.
This is NOT the large voice coil, multi piece driver used in real compression horns.

Read the more detailed spec from Kicker's website and look at the pics of the horn component of KM6500.2

KMT60
Type 2-Way
Woofer (in., cm) 6-1/2, 16.5
Tweeter (in., cm) 3/4, 2.0
Tweeter Horn (in., cm) 2x6-1/2, 5.1x16.5

KM6500.2
Woofer Size, in (mm) 6-1/2 (165)
Horn-loaded Compression Driver Size, in (mm) 1.7” (43.2) compression driver, 1” (25.4) exit to True Tractrix 60x90 horn
Dome Material Titanium

The KMT's tweeter is weak by most output standards.
The louder coax's will use a 1" or larger tweet of metal or rigid material. See WetSounds 65series, Rockford, etc

Look at compression horn examples at Sonic Electronix
http://www.parts-express.com/term/co...mpression+horn
There are two distinct parts the driver - which is as large or larger than many coax drivers. It contains a (usually replaceable) diaphragm that is larger than the horn throat.
The horn is separate, with a throat that is smaller than the diaphragm, Compressing the sound, then it expands to the opening parameters.

I know this explanation is not exactly correct for an audiophile definition but I hope it points out the differences between common piezo tweeters, poser blends and true compression horns.


http://youtu.be/y-sWM2skeD8 - video is about 200' away shot with my Nokia phone
BTW here is a little taste of something I am playing with............
It has a 2" driver for the highs and 10" mid bass. Effective down to 150hz.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:46 PM
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^that was my thought. Not the same system. Also I like the sealed units in the bottom pic as opposed to mine and yours
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