10-26-2001, 05:34 AM
I find that the DX3065 components sound much better than I had expected. As far as car speakers go, I don't think I've heard anyother car speaker that can reproduce sound, quite as well as they. They sound superb. However, there is one aspect about them that is putting a major damper on my listening enjoyment. The fact that these speakers are rated @ 100 watts RMS with a maximum rating of 130 watts, I find rather discouraging to say the least. I find it hard to think that the talented engineers over there at Polk, did not take into consideration that many of todays car amplifiers are able to produce a great deal of dynamic headroom. It is my belief that the 100 watt "continueous power" rating is rather misleading. Since most of the higher quality car amplifiers that carry a rating of 100 watts RMS (that's: 100 watts of continueous music power) per channel can or is able to produce dynamic headroom in excess of 3 dB or more. Why would you design a speaker to be powered by an amplifier with a dynamic headroom of 1.1 dB? (if my math is correct) As far as I'm concerned it is a major issue. However, it's one that adds only a slight anount of tarnish to an otherwise excellent set of speakers.