can anyone confirm, speaker location and sizes? 2 in the front doors, 2 in the rear quarter panel? and 2 tweeters? and what size is everything?
Could I get away with going with the C2 in a coaxial? instead of the component set?Both sets are bottom the line from both companies. I would suggest the r series from alpine or the vr/c2's from jl.
If budget is a concern try to listen to both on a board and compare. Bring your own music! that way you'll be able to see how each performs to your tastes a best as possible. I'd say ring an iPod but usually those series' of speakers are often on board will decks that are also starter ones and may not have an iPod hookup. Hopefully you'll have a dealer that carries both and has demos set up for you to hear them. Good luck!
Another consideration would be this: invest in r series or vr/c2 or even c-5's for the fronts and leave the rears as-is or go with tr's or s series in the back. Reason being, rear fills, especially in fortes, move your listenig stage fr back and most car audio enthusiats would argue that you should not have rears altogether. I run my well equipped forte with the fader set to F6 to add just a presence of the tears but barely any. I can always fade back when I have people in the car. However I have a pair of subs, which allows me to not need the rears to help in the bass department.
Ps I'm a JL guy personally
VR650-CSI Components for around 200 New... Good price?For the fronts? you could, another Forte owner put JBL coax's in his fronts, and left the tweeter in an had it daisy chained off the coax speaker. Just remember that they were a matched pair (factory) so that equal power gets divided between them. Once you bring up the volume on your new door speakers...you'll be driving the tweeter harder, and since it's wired in series with the new door speaker, you will be robbing power from it. You could disconnect the tweeter altogether and not worry about it. Or... you could wait a month or so when JL brings out their C3's! C2's have actually replaced the Tr's but are a bit better. You should be able to find VR's at good prices since C3's are replacing them. Save a bit of extra cash and buy VR's , C3's, R-series or even C-5's.
Kenwood Excelons are are very good, and will exceed everything mentioned except C-5's or Alpine X-series.
The Lowcut...Jl site says FS is 59hz at the low end, so I would assume that there is a lowcut somewhere there? or it would say 20hz No?Do you mean at the bottom of the midrange or at the top where it crosses over Ono the tweeter? I will bet that there's likely no low-cut on the midrange as it's designed to play everything should you not be adding subs. At this point leave the lowcut crossover duties to an amp =)