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Default Upgrade from Phoenix Gold RSD6.5 components

I've been running the PG RSD 6.5's for about 5 years now and I'm thinking about upgrading.
These are great (the best?) budget components speakers but I'm ready to step to the next level.

I find these speakers are really great at vocals and highs.
The midbass is variable -- sometimes it's really loud and rattles my doors but other tones are very lacking. I should admit that I have them crossed over really low (45-60hz) on my amp because I do not have a sub in the car.

However, once the sub is installed I know I will want to upgrade to something more detailed all around.

My price range is $200-$300.
I have an Aura RPM 2300 amp. (150watts x2 at 4ohms)

I know I probably can't find tune the sound I want until the sub is installed; but I would like to start getting a list of suggestions based on the current info.
Ask me more details as needed.
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what do u want for those PG components?
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Not for sale. If I ever even upgrade and if I do decide to sell them I will let you know.
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I really like AVI component systems. I know a brand no one has heard of, but their products are amazing. There are a few sets on Ebay now, new.

Also some of the Rainbow gear is incredible as well.

I agree that the PG RSd line is a great value! The mids are very impressive for the price point. The tweeter IMO is lacking though at higher volumes even when driven with clean amp powa. Again for ~$100 a great deal.

The last couple weeks I have been doing a semi speaker showdown in my basement trying to figure out which mid device makes the cut. Out of some impressive company the RSd mids IMO came in 3rd, only barely being beat by some older Diamond mids... Of course the AVI mids came in for the win, but they are designed to be mid drivers and not a full mid and midbass like the other drivers in the comparo.

If you decide to go 3 way, or even shop by raw drivers in a DIY fashion then it is a whole new ballgame of options. The drivers are more tailored to frequency ranges in DIY as opposed to the generic CA where it is mostly a mid and tweeter.
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I think 3way and DIY drivers may be too much for me.
I think I should upgrade to better 2way first before going that route.
I would prefer to upgrade to better 2way and evaluate for a while --- then eventually go active with the upgraded components and compare.

I will look into AVI, Rainbow, and Diamond.
Anyone else have other suggestions?
What about other brands like Focal (probably too expensive), CDT, MB Quart, etc.
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these leave room for deadening in your budget and will kill your current
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I remember when I was younger, I'd sit on the computer for hours on in reading up on component comparisons. Ea/ thread came to the same conclusion: It's up to you.

One day, I walked into an audio shop & a gentleman approached me. He began running through various tweeter compositions, cones, etc. Sitting in front of that board, I soon realized how much time I wasted reading up on why Speaker A was superior to Speaker B. I remember the first set of splits I auditioned were the Boston pro's. The gentleman flipped the board & let the Z's play. I couldn't believe it. The Pro's sounded sooo much better, & here I was listening to a set of comps that were well over a grand.


(Later that day, I went home & ordered them online lolololololol)

Application & circumstances are two things in which you can take in account for.

OP, you have concluded available wattage, but you are missing depth, size, etc. I have came to the conclusion that anything beyond ^ is nearly irrelevant.

I encourage you to get out & start auditioning.

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