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I'm looking for cheaper speakers, under $150 a set, for my 11 RGU. I already have an Alpine CDE 149BT and an old Alpine KTP-445U (which I'm replacing, not happy with it). I also have the Hawg Wired HUA 360 and the the Vtwin VTURA dash adapter, VTWCR water cover splash guard.

So I'm torn between the Cerwin Vega B54 and the Soundstream PN4.520D. Opinions? I'm going to mount the amp in the tour pack.

For speakers, I have a set of Kicker 43DSC6504 6.5" up front (not thrilled with these either, but it could be that Alpine amp). Not running any in the tour pack pods. I've seen some folks on here like the Alpine SPR-60, I was thinking these for the tour pack pods. I looked at the Infiniti Kappa's for the front, but they're 2 ohm

I'd appreciate any suggestions, I'd like to get some ordered in the next week or 2. Thanks!!

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Plenty of people running the Kappas and they are happy with them. You just have to make sure your amp is 2 ohm stable. The B54 and 4 Kappas would work fine.
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Either AMP you're considering would work fine, but I'm partial to the Cerwin Vega. I've had five years experience with them (beginning with the original B2 - B4 series and the new B52 and B54). I've installed six of them now without a single DOA or field failure. What you do speaker wise will help you decide what model number you need.

Since you're using an AMP, speaker impedance is irrelevant. The CV B2/B52 will make a pair of Infinity Kappas at 2 ohms scream. If you're going all in on a four speaker setup and want to do it without breaking the back, the CV B54 and two pairs of Kappas will make you smile and your ears hurt

I may be fixing to clean out some of my audio gear and have a set of 4 month old Kappa 62.ix speakers like new in the box I might be willing to part with. Hit me up PM if you decide you need / want them.
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Since you're using an AMP, speaker impedance is irrelevant.
On the contrary. If the impedance of the speaker system is less than what the amp is rated for the higher power that will now run through it will likely blow the amp.

As long as the rated impedance (in Ohms) of the amp

Is equal to or less than the impedance (in Ohms) of the speaker system you are fine. If you are running 2 Ohm speakers on a 4 Ohm rated amp you will have problems. If you are running 4 Ohm speakers on that amp you are fine, even 8 Ohm speakers are fine.
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On the contrary. If the impedance of the speaker system is less than what the amp is rated for the higher power that will now run through it will likely blow the amp.

As long as the rated impedance (in Ohms) of the amp

Is equal to or less than the impedance (in Ohms) of the speaker system you are fine. If you are running 2 Ohm speakers on a 4 Ohm rated amp you will have problems. If you are running 4 Ohm speakers on that amp you are fine, even 8 Ohm speakers are fine.
Technically that's correct, but doesn't have anything to do with the two AMPs that he is considering. Both of them will handle 2 ohm or 4 ohm speakers. I'm not trying to muddy the waters with the few AMPs that are spec'd at 4 ohms only. My original statement to the OP remains true in his specific circumstances. He can choose either the CV or SS AMPs and run either 2 ohm or 4 ohm speakers, so speaker impedance is irrelevant.
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Thank you all for the replies!! I was under the impression the 2 ohm speakers needed a specific 2 ohm amp, or the factory system. I did see that the amps are rated for both but I guess I didn't quite understand. I'm guessing you can't mix and match. However, for the amount of people that seem to like the Kappa's, I can certainly go that route.

I've seen the Kappas in the component form w/tweeters and the regular all in one type. Any recommendations on which one? I'm not against losing 2 gauges in the fairing to mount tweeters if it means I might gain a little more mid/bass. Oh, and PM incoming @wevsspot ...

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Oh, also, with the 6.5 Kappas fit in the tour pack pods? Use the grills that come with the speakers?

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Thank you all for the replies!! I was under the impression the 2 ohm speakers needed a specific 2 ohm amp, or the factory system. I did see that the amps are rated for both but I guess I didn't quite understand. I'm guessing you can't mix and match. However, for the amount of people that seem to like the Kappa's, I can certainly go that route.

I've seen the Kappas in the component form w/tweeters and the regular all in one type. Any recommendations on which one? I'm not against losing 2 gauges in the fairing to mount tweeters if it means I might gain a little more mid/bass. Oh, and PM incoming @wevsspot ...
As long as you keep the impedance of both speakers on each channel the same you can mix and match. For example you could run a set of 2 ohm speakers on the front channel, and a set of 4 ohm speakers on the rear channel. However, keep in mind that the 4 ohm speakers will be running at lower wattage because of the increased impedance. Lower wattage = less volume.

I usually install coax for convenience and not need to worry where I'm going to hide crossovers, but IMHO you can't go wrong with components if you don't mind the extra work and as long as the crossovers are small enough to tuck away somewhere.


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Oh, also, with the 6.5 Kappas fit in the tour pack pods? Use the grills that come with the speakers?
I can't say for sure in your particular application, but there is always the option of speaker ring spacers that raise the speakers enough to allow for the depth required to mount. The Kappas aren't particularly deep speakers, the basket isn't all that huge. You can get the spacers in various widths to handle the depth requirements.

For the tourpack installation, yes I would use the grills that come with the speakers.


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As long as you keep the impedance of both speakers on each channel the same you can mix and match. For example you could run a set of 2 ohm speakers on the front channel, and a set of 4 ohm speakers on the rear channel. However, keep in mind that the 4 ohm speakers will be running at lower wattage because of the increased impedance. Lower wattage = less volume.

I usually install coax for convenience and not need to worry where I'm going to hide crossovers, but IMHO you can't go wrong with components if you don't mind the extra work and as long as the crossovers are small enough to tuck away somewhere.
That makes sense. Thanks for the info. I sent you a PM

Thanks again!!

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