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i'm looking to supplement my very nice sounding 96dB proel flash 8P (celestion based) speakers with another pair of light but efficient 2 ways. i WISH the proels didn't sell out at the awesome $100 price i paid for the pair plus shipping at MCM before i could check them out. i'd likely have to pay close to $500 to get another pair of these great italian speakers.
i recently bought a $50 pair of 88dB 6 1/2" JBL northridge i intended to supplement my proel mains with, but they aren't very efficient and compared to the proels, aren't quite as high quality, especially in the treble, though they do extend lower in the bass not factoring efficiency in.
the system i'm building will have a sub, so bass isn't that much of an issue. i couldn't find any demos for the SPG88s online, but a pair of their larger siblings, possibly active, sounded pretty nice up against a pair of behringers with their improved clarity if lower bass output, and i listened to another 3 way shootout where behringers acquitted themselves nicely against more expensive (EV & JBL i think) rivals.
the SPG88s are only $100 a pair and within an easy stretch of my budget, but i was hoping that maybe someone here has had the chance to audition rockvilles and could offer a better idea if they're at least decent sounding in person, or if they have some kind of nasty distortion lofi youtube videos can't pick up.
i'd like something better sounding than kmart MTX and piezo tweeters. i'm not looking for the last word in fidelity, just speakers that sound decent. anyone have experience with rockvilles?
PS, i'm NOT interested in larger or MDF cabinet 2 ways as space & weight are issues for my needs, and i'd prefer 8" midrange clarity over higher SPLs and lower bass extension. i'm looking for high efficiency minimonitors basically. if rockvilles aren't worth it, i'll stick with the good enough JBLs to squeeze another dB or 2 out of my system.
thanks in advance for your help. i'm guessing rockvilles are off everyone's radar here, but if you ever see a cheap pair of proels, GRAB 'EM!!! they're not toys by any stretch!
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here's a video showing the innards of their 12 inch 2-way passive system
at least they didn't use a piezo tweeter.
i wouldn't expect "top of the line innards" for $100 a pair. the lack of a full crossover is a little disappointing, but then again, even some expen$ive "high end" speakers like proac response minis have full range woofers with 6dB caps on their tweeters. it could be considered a minimalist crossover system and full 12dB+ passive crossovers add their own distortions in speakers too.
i'm not encouraged by the peek inside, but don't consider it a deal breaker either as the owner claimed above average sound which matches my conclusion from the behringer shootout.
i REALLY wish i'd bought another pair of the proels which disappeared really quickly. it's possible that MCM only had 8 of them to get rid of as there were # of 8 tags on mine. they're NOT "$50 speakers" by any stretch! i bet the woofers alone cost that. they weigh a ton for their size telling me there's a lot of magnet in there. i just hooked 'em back up last night and was again impressed by their ease and clarity if no bass extension.
the only other option if i don't get the rockvilles would be to build a fiberglass system from scratch which would end up much more expensive, but allow me to use better parts too.
still $100 for a pair is not a lot of scratch, especially when 8" lightweight passives are so rare. i need time to both reflect and build my finances as i've just been hit by another setback.
Not much in the way of a crossover. Just a cap and resistor on the compression driver. Probably OK for its intended purpose.
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