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    Default The Great 2.3TL Adventure...or as my wife says, "You have a problem."

    Recently, Travis posted up a pair of SDA 2.3TLs for sale in Indiana.
    In his thread he mentioned that RTA15TLs could be a possible replacement for him and he would entertain trade offers.
    Of course, Dan, the great enabler (don't worry bro...I'll get you back! ) mention in the post that I had a pair that had full upgrades done that I had put in storage when my daughter moved in.
    After exchanging some messages, Travis and I came to an arrangement and Dan offered up his house as an audition and meet up location.

    So, yesterday, the big day arrived. I loaded up my RTA15TLs into my wife's Scion tC (henceforth referred to as the "Truck Car"), popped a cooler full of protein bars and water into the passenger seat and at 5:20am was off.
    I was up well before the sun and with a Java Monster (Kona Blend) in my belly and several songs on my wife's iPod, I was off to Dan's place outside of Indianapolis nearly 7 hours away.


    The drive was rather uneventful. And I made excellent time.
    Arriving at Dan's place, Travis had already arrived and they were inside listening to the 2.3s.
    We unloaded the RTA15TLs and after bringing everything into the living room at Dan's place, I took this pic:


    The 2.3s are definitely imposing. And you can hide a pair of LSi15s behind one speaker...



    We chatted a while and listened to some music but soon, I had to think about loading up and heading home...
    The biggest question everyone asks when I show up in my wife's Scion is if I really think that the speakers are going to fit in there.
    I have had 4 LSi15s in there...2 RTA15TLs and 2 Klipsch KG3.5s...and my wife has hauled some impressive loads of shelving materials and building supplies...it truly is a little "Truck Car".
    Anyway, since I had another 7 hours to return home, Dan helped me load up...

    I am always amazed at the amount of stuff that this little car can swallow.

    And off again for home.
    I saw this guy rise in the morning and on the way home, set again...


    Anyway, thanks again to Dan for allowing us to invade his house and to Travis for the great deal.

    Now to decide on an amp...
    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
    I may have an addiction... RTA-15TL, SDA 2, LSi25, LSi15, LSi9, LSi7, LSiCx2, LSiFX, LS/FX, RT/FX, DSW MP2000...and that's just the Polks...

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    Impressive little car and congrats! I see spikes in your future.
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    Wow, and I thought 4-1/2 hours was a long drive to get mine last weekend.

    Congratulations!

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    Nice score man and Thank your car as well, oh and your wife, lol
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    Nice!
    Hatchback helps.
    I was having hard time with 2B's in a Camry.

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    Funny thing about 2.3TL's. When I was thinking about getting mine I showed the wife a pic to prepare her. She said go ahead if it makes you happy, but from her body language it was more like, "oh geez, here we go again . . . "

    I was positive that she would hate the way they look b/c of the sheer size. Once I got them set up she loved 'em. They look classy is how she put it. They replaced Def Tech BP30's, which are only ~ 9" across the front baffle - quite a size difference.

    You might be surprised at her reaction!
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    Glad you made it back safe! I am thrilled with the !5TL's, I hope the SDA's bring you much joy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trav0810 View Post
    Glad you made it back safe! I am thrilled with the !5TL's, I hope the SDA's bring you much joy!
    Looks like you have 11TL's as well?

    Let us know how you like 15's vs 11's.

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    The 11TLs are Dan's (Endershadow). We didn't even get a chance to A/B them vs the 15s hehe
    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
    I may have an addiction... RTA-15TL, SDA 2, LSi25, LSi15, LSi9, LSi7, LSiCx2, LSiFX, LS/FX, RT/FX, DSW MP2000...and that's just the Polks...

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    The 11TLs are this guys .

    I don't listen as loud as most normally so they work quite well for me especially since no rear passive so I can put em up close to the wall.

    The 15s I am sure dig deeper and get MUCH LOUDER since they have double the drivers but do for me the 11TLs are the bees knees.

    Still planning on Maggie's at some point though lol.
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    Congratulations on some excellent speakers. Are the crossovers stock, or modified?
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    "I'm yet to hear a Polk speaker that merits more than a sentence and 60 seconds discussion."

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    The SDA's are stock with the exception of the RDO's
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    nice job...

    I always say "see honey, I'm not the only one"
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    Well, look at it this way Ryan. I'll agree you have a problem, same one I have and same one some here have BUT there's always something worse to be addicted to. Audio is something that can bring joy for a long long time where as the alternatives, won't. Enjoy the SDAs, I've seriously begun my hunt for a pair of SDAs and hope to find a pair...soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by trav0810 View Post
    The SDA's are stock with the exception of the RDO's
    Actually, I have already started sorting the crossover upgrades. Thanks for that btw...makes my life much easier hehe
    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
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    Quote Originally Posted by headrott View Post
    Congratulations on some excellent speakers. Are the crossovers stock, or modified?
    Stock with RDO 198s currently but he also included the full array of caps, the Gimpod boards, Larry's rings and dynamat. I have my work cut out for me!
    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
    I may have an addiction... RTA-15TL, SDA 2, LSi25, LSi15, LSi9, LSi7, LSiCx2, LSiFX, LS/FX, RT/FX, DSW MP2000...and that's just the Polks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZLTFUL View Post
    Actually, I have already started sorting the crossover upgrades. Thanks for that btw...makes my life much easier hehe
    Glad to get them to someone with the ability to finish the upgrades!
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    You guys are making me wish I was "back home in Indiana."

    Seeing 2.3TL's and the LSi-15's together in the same room made for some nostalgic moments on my end... Glad you guys had some fun.
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    Congrats on your new 2.3TL's Ryan, they are a prime example of the SDA line-up. Enjoy!
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    Glad this deal worked out for everybody.Both of you enjoy your new to you speakers.

    BTW nice on your part there Middleman.

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    Congratulations!
    I hope that you can find as many years of pleasure from yours that I have gotten from mine.
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    Nice score! I hope to be entering the 2.3 tl club also if this prospective job comes through.

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    Congratulations Ryan sounds like you had a good time and the trip was worth it bringing those back enjoy your 2.3 TL' s waiting to hear some impressions after you get settled in with them. There is still a pair of 4th gen 2.3s here in town right down the road from me I'm on the fence about. Once again enjoy

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    Congrats to all! I really wanted to crash this session under the guise of bringing some LSiM703 or some modded LSi9s for comparison but I know you guys had a full day of serious business. Love the pic of all the gear out at once..

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    Glad it worked out for all involved, sounds like fun. Hope you both enjoy your new-to-you's!

    Good on you, Dan, for all the coordinating, etc. Love it when a plan comes together...




    Wow! Funny how when you're near a pair of LSi15s they seem like some pretty big speakers and sound like some big speakers. Then, next to those 2.3s they look like little girly-man speakers! Hope there was no back injuries pigeon-holing those monsters into the little "car truck"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cincycat13 View Post
    Congrats to all! I really wanted to crash this session under the guise of bringing some LSiM703 or some modded LSi9s for comparison but I know you guys had a full day of serious business. Love the pic of all the gear out at once..
    Shoulda spoke up lol... We woulda gladly added you in the mix .....

    Heck you can just come over to checkout the RTA 11TL's, LSi 15's or whatever .

    I actually will probably be doing a GTG here in the next month or two once the weather is nice for longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldfatdogs View Post

    BTW nice on your part there Middleman.

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    Indeed, Dan allowing us to meet at his house was a tremendous help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trav0810 View Post
    Indeed, Dan allowing us to meet at his house was a tremendous help.
    Thanks guys, but TBH it was with selfish intent on my part .

    I got to hear/see/touch 2.3's and RTA 15TL's without having to really lift a finger or do any driving. Add in I got to hear em on my gear in my setup (though we all agree NONE of them optimally setup) I think it was well worth it ...

    There aren't that many guys local (that I have found yet) that I can talk audio with at "my/our" level
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    Wow. And here I thought that some of us that do all of our own work as far as recaps/refoams/diy speaker builds etc. might know something ;)

    I guess we were wrong.

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    Great to see another set of 2.3's make their way into IA. Looks like you have a host of upgrades to keep busy with...enjoy a great pair of speakers.

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