Massive Audio SX6 Review – 6.5

This will be my first product review. This is my first hands-on test with Massive Audio speakers and they are installed in my personal vehicle, not in a demo board. The car has no extra sound dampening and the only other upgrade is an Alpine CD player. On with the review.

Massive Audio SX6 Specifications

  • Speaker Size – 6.25″
  • Tweeter – 20mm Silk Nomax Tweeter
  • Cone – Poly Mica
  • Sensitivity – 88.7dB
  • Frequency Response – 63Hz – 21KHz
  • RMS Power – 10-60 watts
  • Peak Power – 180W
  • Impedance – 4 Ohm
  • Crossover – 6dB Internal
  • Basket – Stamped Steel
  • Depth – 1.66″

What you get in the box is an instruction manual, warranty registration card, a pack of screws and matching sheet metal clips, speaker grills, and the speakers themselves. The grills look classy and complement the stylish smooth dark looks of the speakers. A couple of notes about the speaker design. As the title of this article states, these are slim speakers. At just 1.6″ inches they can fit in any door, which seems to be necessary for some European cars. For comparison this is hardly thicker than your closed laptop computer. Another notable design highlight is the “point source” driver configuration. This is evident in the placement of the tweeter flush with the center of the woofer cone. The benefit of this is the midrange and treble notes start on the same linear plane, meaning there is no delay like you normally get in coaxial speakers. It’s not something an ordinary listener is ever going to notice compared to a traditional post mounted tweeter, but it shows Massive Audio’s focus on serious sound quality at an affordable price.

These speakers are CEA Certified, meaning you can compare these head-to-head with other CEA certified speakers for their rated thermal power handling. I have them powered by one of the older Alpine V-Power head units, which has an extra beefy internal amplifier rated at 27 W x 4 RMS. It’s plenty of juice to get the SX6 cones thumping hard. I would imagine these would do quite well on a 50×2 amplifier.

I have only about one hour of listening time with these little beauties, but I’ve been very impressed. The tweeters are exceptionally musical and detailed for a low cost speaker. I have had them playing right in front of my face, which normally is a bad idea as most tweeters I’ve heard are not the most pleasant on axis. I’ve not yet found any music that causes these speakers to feel fatiguing at high volume. I was very pleased to find I could distinctly hear different cymbals in a loud passage of an Anberlin track off their latest album. The new level of detail is exactly what I wanted and these speakers deliver detail in spades. The midrange performance is also excellent. They can dig deep with synthesized instruments, as heard on Radiohead’s Kid A. On a very percussion heavy album, The Hammering Process by Living Sacrifice, featuring two drummers, every instrument was distinct.

I do have plans to replace these speakers and move them to the rear deck, but they definitely will have a place in my car for a long time to come. They sell for $99.95. I will conclude this review with a list of pros and cons.

Pros

  • Great size, slim enough to fit any application
  • Amazing clarity for the money
  • Attractive – too bad they’re usually hidden behind a panel

Cons

  • No wire leads included
  • More affected by legs blocking sound than the factory speakers

Nexen N5000 Review – What You Can Expect

The Nexen N5000 is a perfect ultra high performance all season driving tire as its’ target usage is geared more toward the casual car enthusiast, rather than the intense racing aficionado. But don’t sell this awesome tire short as it sports an ultra-sleek design that looks great on a set of slick aluminum rims. Anyone wanting to sport up their favorite hot rod will definitely want to make the N5000 their choice for their new project car.

The N5000’s design includes an impressive reduced noise variable pitch tread design that will make the car they’re attached to stealthily quiet, yet handle like a dream. If tricking out the ultimate show car is important to you, then the N5000 is the street rod tire of your dreams.

Featuring a wide and deep directional groove provides for more than adequate water drainage and braking ability, as these tires make great choice for your every day driving needs. They’ll look impressive and sleek on your brand-new sports car or weekend racing toy. The N5000 street rod tire will handle like a dream and maintain just the right amount of friction for handling even the tightest of curves.

Their speed rating is H & V, which translates into a top speed of 130 to 149 mph, or 210 to 240 km/h. As you can see, these tires are perfect for the amateur racecar driver or home car restoration fan. With speed ratings like this, the Nexen N5000 tire is perfect for anyone wanting speed performance, or a general use tire that will impress, as well as perform.

The Nexen N5000’s come with an impressive 60,000 mile replacement warranty, which should prove to you that the manufacturer is willing to stand by this impressive tire. When seeking out the best option for your performance tire needs, the Nexen 5000 should definitely be on your short list of tire choices.

2017 Jeep Wrangler Review

Introduction

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is a medium-sized, compact car from the famous SUV manufacturer. Its design roots can be traced back to Willy’s MB and Jeep CJ that used to be produced back in the early days of the SUV. The new Jeep Wrangler models have the traditional toughness you could expect from a Jeep yet gives an entirely refined appearance. The new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is expected to hit the showrooms later this year. So, let’s give you a run-down of what you can expect from it and what changes are present from its earlier 2016 version as well as what its competitors are up to.

Appearance

The new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won’t have a complete shift from its 2016 version that’s for sure since any major design overhaul from the company invites scepticism from the auto lovers. Most of us have been used to the rugged frame, full throttle four-wheel drive and a pair of robust axles and so we can’t expect anything too far-off. But, regarding the new model’s materials used, Jeep is expected to use rendered Aluminium since it will make the car even stronger yet lighter. You can also expect the iconic folded down windscreen as well this time around!

Any mechanical changes?

Since Jeep has going on about it a while, we can possibly expect it in the 2017 edition, and that is the small matter of automatic transmission. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited had 6-speed manual and 5-speed automatic transmission, and the problem was with the latter since the power breakdown wasn’t enough to cater for the heavy requirements of an off-road vehicle. So, Jeep will increase it to an 8-speed automatic transmission this time around, and this will help improve the accelerator response and fuel efficiency on the go for the new car. Torque is expected to remain unchanged at 260 lb/ft. The same thrilling 4WD experience will also be continued (Like it is ever going to end!)

Fuel Economy

Thanks to the new 8-speed automatic transmission and body frame, the fuel efficiency of 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is expected to increase significantly this time around. It can be as much as 1-2 mpg in manual transmission and 3-4 mpg in the automatic transmission. The car is expected to continue with 87-Octane fuel just like before.

Any price concerns?

They are expected to go up a little bit more than the yearly inflation rates since the change in the transmission and body would require more premium work. Price range from a manual transmission-based two-door Sport model @ $25,000 and a fully loaded Rubicon around $45,000 inclusive of the destination fee that was about $1,000 on its own.

Competitors

Nissan Frontier, Subaru Forester, Toyota Tacoma and Colorado from Chevrolet are just a few of the competitors you can expect to give a tough time to the Jeep’s new and refined monster. But regarding fuel economy and pure thrill, who can come close to this beauty?

When is the release date?

The new 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is expected to release by late 2016 or early 2017 according to carpreview.com.