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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-17-2015, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
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Hertz or Focal opinions

I posted a different thread to get a better understanding of how running speakers in parallel worked. Am considering adding an identical pair of Hawg Wired ZX speakers and running them in parallel with the ones I already have off of the RS400 amp (am thinking of adding lowers for the second pair). These speakers are rated at 90 db sensitivity. Was wondering from those of you that have experience with Hertz or Focal what would be the better improvement all around. Am looking at the HSK 165XL from Hertz thats rated at 93.5 db sensitivity or comparable speakers from Focal. The ZX's retail for for $200 so that would be the cheapest route by far. I've never heard the Hertz in person, just read comments about them on the forum. I've heard the Focals but not just a 2 speaker system on a bike. I know you pay more for higher end pieces of the puzzle, just wondering if I would have a better end result with 4 of the ZX's in parallel or by spending the extra cash on one pair of higher end speakers and replacing the ZX's I currently have.

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I have two sets of hawg wired 6.5's (focals under the hawg wired name) in my fairing and my lowers powered by a rs400 amp and I can tell you it sounds great but it's missing bass and a set of 6x9's in the lids sound so much better. All around better sound.
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There is someone here who was in your exact situation this year. Switched from (4) ZXs to (4) Hertz HCX-165 and hasn't looked back. As for the comparison between Focal and Hertz, DBell is the resident stereo nut and he went from Focal to Hertz and is happy


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Are the HSK-165's worth the extra money?


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Are the HSK-165's worth the extra money?
That's what I'm trying to figure out. LOL

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I'm running a pair of Focal 165 KRC and a set of HAt 5x7's in my lids. I want to add a pair of inner fairing speakers and thought about giving the Hertz HCX-165's a try.


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I ran HCX-165 all last year. Sic26 has the HSK165 XL. I've heard them side by side with the same amp and yes its worth it. The XLs have a bigger, more well constructed tweeter and a better woofer. They are power hungry though. Get a good amp. I have a set of XLs waiting to go in right now.


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I've had both Hertz and Focal, (also Hawgwired, never knew they were made by Focal ), anyway, the Hawgwired doesn't compare IMO, they sound ok, but the Hertz and Focal sound so much better....... hard to believe Focal makes the ZX :what: IMO for the 6x9s the Hertz are definitely better than Focal. When it comes to 6.5 components I believe the Focal K series has an edge, but they should, they cost over twice as much as the Hertz HSK 165xl, the Focal series in the same price range as the HSKs don't sound as good IMO. Since for some crazy reason I wanted to match, I'm running all Hertz now, except the inner fairing Infinity, (still don't want to cut my glove boxes). Long story short, the extra amount for Hertz or Focal are worth it IMO. Still trying to wrap my mind around Focal making Hawgwired, lol.

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Thanks for the replies. Leaning towards replacing the ZX's with the Hertz for now and just sticking with one pair. I can always add more later. Do you think the RS400 amp is good enough to drive them? They're rated more efficient than the ZX's are.

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Great thread. Lots of good information. I wasn't aware that Focal made the Hawg Wired brand either.
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