First of all, I'd like to say I've had the MM set (6501s front/651 back) speakers installed in my car for approximately two months now. Much to my dismay I've been completely unable to get satisfying SQ out of them. I have a set of Yamaha Studio Monitors (Which offer a relatively flat response) at home and when I step into the car I've been completely disappointed. The lows distort easily, the mids are not well pronounced, the highs seem unbalanced, and if I had to sum up of the voicing of the speakers in one word, it would be "SHALLOW".
I'm currently running them off of my Pioneer AVH-3200 BT unit and would like to give these speakers one more chance before I give up on them entirely. I was considering amping them, and as such, was wondering which AMP you recommend. My budget is relatively low, at around $300. If It's not a specific brand, I'd love to know what power rating you recommend I best run these speakers at to help them out. I have a 10" sub in the back of my Toyota Matrix accompanying them. It has an RMS power rating of 500w.
I stopped into a local audio shop and they recommended not running the POLKs on more than 60w/channel. Why would they have recommended this when from what I understand they can handle up to 100w?
Do you guys think an amp is the solution I need? I was even considering looking into an auto-eq unit like the JBL MS-8 if necessary. Unfortunately, when it comes to car audio I know little and I'm desperate to get my car system sounding right. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated.
Please Polk Audio Forums, you're my only hope...