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MB Quart Reference Series Speakers

Ohhh The 21st Century!

Technology has come a long way! For many years the construction for speakers was very simple; usually steel, foam, and paper. This worked fine but as the technology world advanced, car speakers needed to be updated. In order to improve the overall system performance, the MB Quart Reference Series speakers were introduced.

Offering component or coaxial speaker system with a 30mm tweeter, these systems provide deep and powerful sound. Each speaker features a low resonance cast ABS composite basket which allows the magnetism to be focused at the speaker providing louder sound with less power.

Standard foam material never lasted. Test after test, speakers and subwoofers with bland foam construction quickly dried out and easily deteriorated. MB Quart knew there had to be a more stable material to use which soon was discovered.  Additional improvements eventually included a UV treatment to increase reliability even more!

WideSphere Design

The Titanium WideSphere tweeter is a new inverted dome design providing 30 kHz of usable frequency range. The unique tweeter is designed to provide equal performance in both on-axis and off-axis configurations. With 180 degree sound dispersion technology, the tweeter eliminates high frequency loss allowing you to position or mount almost anywhere! Flush, angle, or top mounting methods are held securely with aerospace adhesives creating a long lasting, durable installation.

Crimping and Stripping?

Forget about crimping conductor end sleeves! Spring loaded terminals can be connected twice as fast making your install quick and easy. The connection is tight and resistant to all sorts of vibrations allowing you to be stress free when it comes to any loose wires.


Grill or No Grill

The Component speakers also feature a grill piece with removable mesh for a progressive look. As compared to Onyx series, Reference speakers offer better frequency response and more versatile options with enclosures.

Pick up your Reference Series speaker set today at Sonic Electronix!


What Are Tweeters?

Tweeters are loud speakers that are designed to reproduce high frequencies. In car audio, you will typically find tweeters either mounted coaxially in the middle of mid-range car speakers, or you will find them mounted individually in other locations throughout the vehicle. Component speakers will include a mid-range driver, a tweeter, and in most instances a crossover to filter lower frequencies from the tweeters to prevent damaging them.

Tweeter Styles and Designs

Car Tweeters come in many different sizes, depending on what range of music you are trying to reproduce. A one inch tweeter will usually reproduce notes between 5,000-22,000 Hz, which is the common spectrum of vocals, drum symbols, and guitars. These high frequency drivers come in designs such as Horn, Cone, Bullet, and most commonly Dome tweeters. A dome tweeter will have a very accurate reproduction of music just as the music producer had intended, while horn and bullet tweeters are designed to pierce through large sound pressure levels and be heard over the top of subwoofers and mid-drivers. People using horn tweeters are usually looking for volume out of their car audio system as opposed to a good quality setup.

Why Do You Need Tweeters?

Almost every standard sound system has a set or two of tweeters mounted in the doors, pillars, or coaxially with another speaker. They are very important for maintaining proper imagery and for adding the effect that a band is right in front of you playing each song. Without tweeters music will sound very muffled and bland, as if you were cupping your hands over your ears. If you don’t think you have tweeters in your vehicle currently, there is no need to worry. They can be added fairly easily and aren’t terribly expensive. Different materials that the tweeters are composed of will make your music sound slightly different, and it all depends on your taste. If you aren’t sure what to look for, go to your local car audio shop and listen to some soft material tweeters such as silk, as well as some brighter sounding materials such as aluminum with music you are familiar with. Check out our knowledge base articles “What Are Component Speakers?” and “What Are Coaxial Speakers?” for more information on the world of tweeters.


Alpine SPS-600C Component Car Speaker System

Alpine SPS-600C Car Speakers

By Seth Wilde – Product Specialist

When looking for a pair of replacement car speakers, it is important to trust the manufacturer. Often times a no-name manufacturer can lead to short lived products, or products with low sound quality. How is it that we can tell if a manufacturer is trusted? How do we know if they are a reliable and trustworthy source for speakers? There are many ways to do this, some of which include looking into the company’s history or by asking a professional their opinion of the company and their products.   However, with the increase in the number of manufacturers there needed to be a more solid way to do this. Today, there are ratings and certifications that keep a level playing field. The CEA 2031 speaker rating certification is a loudspeaker standard that tests and rates the specifications claimed by manufacturers. While not all companies will submit their speakers to this program, it is still a sure way to trust the product that you are buying.

Alpine is one company that receives a CEA 2031 rating for their loudspeakers.  This helps to further establish the Alpine name as a quality manufacturer of car audio products. Consider the Alpine SPS-600C car speaker set.  It is a 2-way component set that is an ideal sound solution upgrade.  CEA 2031 rated at 80 watts RMS and 240 watts max, these speakers are able to accept a lot of power to ensure the sound is loud and clear. Using a silk soft dome tweeter, these speakers are able to achieve an excellent high frequency sound unlike other speakers. What is even more appealing about these is the swivel feature for the tweeters, by allowing a 10-degree swivel; the speakers can be directed towards the listener. The Type-S speaker series are able to bring excellent sound quality to a price that is affordable to just about anyone. And to make the deal even better, the CEA 2031 certification makes the speakers a trustworthy source.


Coaxial vs. Component Speakers

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Ever wonder about the differences between coaxial and component speakers? Your host Seth Wilde gives a complete breakdown on component vs. coaxial speakers in the latest episode of SonicElectronixTV, our YouTube channel. This episode is actually part one of an ongoing series on car speakers.

If you are looking to purchase a set of auto speakers, you are probably wondering what the difference is between coaxial and component speakers. Coaxial speakers are essentially one full-range speaker. A coaxial speaker has a midwoofer and tweeter attached. The coaxial speaker has one terminal and one small built-in crossover, which is used to separate the frequencies running to the tweeter and the crossover. The Kicker KS650 is a great example of a traditional coaxial speaker.

Component systems have a mid-range speaker, a tweeter and a crossover. The tweeter does not arrive mounted onto the middle of the woofer, because the system comes with a separate tweeter and crossover. Some component systems allow you to manually mount the tweeter in the middle of the woofer, or you can opt to mount it elsewhere since the tweeter is separate from the woofer. The crossover is also separate from the woofer, so you can choose where to mount it. Unlike the coaxial speakers, the component systems are first connected to the crossover, then to the speaker and finally to the tweeter. While coaxial speakers require one input connection with the speaker wire running directly from the amp, a component system will require three different connections and three sets of speaker wire. Precision Power PPI 356cs is an example of traditional component speakers.

If your car has one speaker per door panel, coaxial speakers are probably the way to go. Component systems require a more advanced install, but for vehicles with separate tweeters, they are a good option. Component systems will likely give you a higher quality sound too.

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Polk Audio MM6 Component Speaker System

By Gideon V. – Sonic Electronix Editor

Car audio enthusiasts are always searching for aftermarket products with competition performance capability. The Polk Audio brand has consistently produced products with competition capability. If you’re looking for an affordable set of component speakers that can deliver competition performance, check out the Polk Audio MM6 component system. You will soon discover that the Polk Audio MOMO line has delivered yet again.

Their clean design (available in white and silver) is an accurate indicator of the speakers’ pristine sound quality. These speakers demonstrate Polk’s exclusive Dynamic Balance technology, which helps actively reduce distortion. The clarity in sound reproduction is a large reason why these MOMO speakers live up to their “Champion Performance” tagline.

Bass thumping also comes naturally for the MM6 2-way system. This system is designed to handle an impressive 300 watts of RMS continuous power handling and it has a 1.5” voice coil to promote bass response. The Polk MM6 component speakers have a polymer/mica composite cone and low mass carbon fiber dustcap help produce clearly defined vocal playback.

The MM6 system also has other nice features such as the flexibility of the crossovers and car audio tweeters. For example, you can adjust the tweeter level at three positions (0dB, -3dB and -6dB). When you consider the outstanding sound quality and various mounting options, the MM6 component system is a great combination package.