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Infinity Reference 6010cs

6-1/2" component speaker system
For 6-1/2" and 6-3/4" openings

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by Ken Nail
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Why install component speakers?

A component speaker system gives you the best possible performance from your car audio system. A system consists of separate woofers, tweeters, and crossovers, each designed to cover one specific range of frequencies. As separate components, the woofer can move freely to deliver more powerful performance, while the tweeter can be custom-mounted in a better spot up closer to your ears, revealing a whole new world of detail. Separate crossovers are far superior to the simple filters wired into full-range speakers, so the components work together for smoother, more focused sound.

It's easier than ever to add the great sound of the Infinity Reference 6010cs 6-1/2" component speaker system to your vehicle. Infinity's Starfish™ mounting bracket allows the system's tweeters to be installed in most factory tweeter locations. If you don't have factory tweeters, the ingenious I-mount system helps you custom install the tweeters in almost any location.

No matter where you mount them, you'll appreciate the crisp response of silk dome tweeters. They supply plenty of detail without fatiguing the ears — a nice feature when you've got a long road trip in mind.

And you'll enjoy the rest of your music as well. The Plus One+® woofer cones are designed with more surface area than other 6-1/2" woofers, for deeper, cleaner bass response. The outboard crossover networks direct the highs and lows to the proper drivers with real precision, so your music always sounds natural and full.

No doubt about it, the intelligent design of Infinity Reference component systems will make a difference you can hear in your music.

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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes woofers, tweeters, and crossovers
  • 6-1/2" Plus One+ polypropylene woofer with rubber surround
  • 1" silk dome tweeter with multiple mounting options
  • Starfish™ mounting bracket for easier tweeter installation in factory locations
  • 2-way external crossover network (18 dB/octave, 3,500 Hz high-pass and low-pass)
  • power range: 2-90 watts RMS (270 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 53-21,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Intermount III mounting system for fit in 6-3/4" openings
  • top-mount depth: 1-7/8"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
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6 1/2
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1" Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Silk
Woofer Composition
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Polypropylene
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity
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92 dB
Frequency Response
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53 - 21k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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2-90
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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270
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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1 7/8
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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5
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  • 2 Woofers
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Grille frames
  • 2 Metal mounting rings
  • 2 Crossovers
  • 2 Tweeters (each tweeter has attached 5" speaker leads)
  • 2 Flush-mount cups
  • 2 Threaded flush-mount adapters
  • 2 Plastic locking nuts
  • 2 Surface-mount cups
  • 2 Starfish tweeter mounts
  • 2 Strips of self-adhesive foam
  • Twelve 1" self-tapping screws
  • Four 3/4" self-tapping screws
  • Four 5/8" self-tapping screws
  • Four 3/8" self-tapping screws
  • 8 Machine screws
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 2 Washers
  • 2 Nuts
  • Instructions
  • Warranty card

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Woofers
Tweeters
Crossovers

Woofers

Plus One+ Woofer Cones: Each speaker uses a cone significantly larger than other speakers of the same size. This is accomplished by using a new basket design and hi-roll surround. The Plus One+ design offers greater bass output and a significant increase in efficiency.

Woofer Materials: Each woofer is constructed from Injection-Molded Polypropylene. This process of cone molding assures a uniform cone thickness for superior linearity and clarity. It is also lighter weight and more rigid for decreased distortion and improved bass response.

Hi-roll Rubber Surrounds: The hi-roll rubber surrounds allow the woofers a greater range of movement, resulting in longer X-max and more bass output.

Intermount III: Infinity's Intermount III mounting system allows the 6010cs woofers to fit in 6-1/2" and 6-3/4" applications. A metal adapter ring is included with each woofer.

Tweeters

Tweeter Material: Each tweeter features a 1" edge-driven silk dome for smooth, accurate highs.

Tweeter Mounting: The I-Mount tweeter mounting system and Starfish mounting brackets give you several different ways to mount the tweeters:

  • I-Mount Tweeter Mounting System: The tweeters can be surface- or flush-mounted with Infinity's innovative I-Mount system:
    • Surface Mount: Surface mounting the tweeters involves screwing the surface-mount cup to the mounting location, then inserting and locking the tweeter into the cup.
    • Flush Mount: Flush mounting is made easy through the use of the threaded flush-mount adapter and plastic locking nut. Once a cutout is made, the flush-mount adapter (with the tweeter installed) is inserted into the hole. The large plastic locking nut is threaded onto the adapter (from behind the mounting surface) to hold the complete assembly securely in place. When flush mounted, the tweeters may be angled for optimum response and imaging.
  • Starfish Mounting Brackets: The Starfish mounting brackets allow the tweeters to be installed in factory locations behind the grilles:
    • Surface Mount (behind grille panel): Once the Starfish bracket is trimmed, it is screwed to the mounting surface behind the grille panel. Then, the tweeter is inserted into the bracket and locked into place.
    • Flush Mount (behind grille panel): Once the Starfish bracket is trimmed, it is dropped into the cutout in the mounting surface behind the grille panel. Then, the tweeter is inserted into the bracket and locked into place.
    • Bottom Mount (to grille panel): Once the Starfish bracket is trimmed, it is secured to the underside of the grille panel. The tweeter must be inserted into the bracket and locked into place before the bracket is mounted.
    • Flush Mount (in-dash location): Once the Starfish bracket is trimmed, it is dropped into the cutout in the dash. Then, the tweeter is inserted into the bracket and locked into place.

Tweeter Mounting Dimensions:

  I-Mount Surface Mount I-Mount Flush Mount Starfish Surface Mount (behind grille panel) Starfish Flush Mount (behind grille panel) Starfish Bottom Mount (to grille panel) Starfish Flush Mount (in-dash location)
Mounting Height 0.957" 0.646" 0.934" 0.496" N/A 0.066"
Depth 0.517" (screw depth) 0.875" 0.479" 0.438" 1.009" 0.913"
Frame Diameter 1.646" 2.005" 2.385" 2.621" 2.898" 2.951"
Cutout Diameter   N/A 1.751" N/A 1.782" N/A 2.658"

Crossovers

2-Way Crossovers: These speakers include computer-optimized, voice-matched crossovers. Each crossover features an 18dB/octave, 3.5kHz high-pass network for the tweeter and an 18dB/octave, 3.5kHz low-pass network for the woofer.

Selectable Tweeter Output Level: Each crossover allows you to select the tweeter output level according to system requirements and personal preference. The tweeter level may be set to "-3 dB" or "0 dB."

Crossover Connections: The crossover inputs and outputs are gold-plated screw terminals.

Mounting: There are two mounting holes in the base of each crossover.

Crossover Dimensions: W=3.174", H=1.393", D=4.315"

 
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5 out of 5

Infinity Reference 6010cs

Written By david, skokie,il on Monday, October 22, 2007
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This system sounded so great in my truck, that I bought another set to install in my car. The system comes complete with multiple mounting systems, which for my non-factory installation was great. The sound is very clear and non tinney from what i had before with low quality speakers.
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3 out of 5

Harsh tweeters

Written By Stephen, PA on Thursday, August 23, 2007
 
Installed these in my 94 Corvette convertible recently. While I was setting them up, sitting in the garage, they sounded pretty good, although the tweeters were bright enough that I moved them to -3 dB immediately.

Once I got them out on the highway, though, with the volume turned up to the level needed to hear music in this very loud car, the tweeters are unbearably harsh. I have to turn the treble all the way down at that volume to keep from splitting my head open. And then, of course, the whole system sounds terrible.

They might be acceptable if you are only going to listen to them at a fairly low volume level.

5 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

good with this set up

Written By John C, Charleston SC on Wednesday, August 22, 2007
 
I'm glad I didn't get anything more expensive. You need a sub with 6x9s or these 6" door speakers. I have the tweaters down the 3 db in the cross over. They are also mounted up high and add an nice sound. These do well with the 6x9s and the sub. (read below)

I'm not sure I would want to have these by themselves.


Does a great job with the other speakers.

Infinity 6x9 3 way Refernce in the back.
Infinity 6 component in the front
R Fosgate 50 x 4 pushing the speakers
1 10" Alpine type E sub
Mono Visionik V108xt sub amp.

Kenwood 591

This set up was lacking both low and midrange before he one sub and amp. Now it is just right, and adds a lot of depth to the other speakers as well as nice tight thump.

I was worried about too much bass, as I wanted it to sound like a live concert and not a window ac or bull dozer.

I closed the port on a type 2 Q logic.

This in a 2006 passenger van.
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3 out of 5

Disappointed

Written By Chris, Mt. Laurel, NJ on Monday, July 30, 2007
 
Luckily, these were on sale at the time. I had these hooked up to a profile amp running 80w per channel. In all fairness, I've found that these woofers produce strong, clear, low end bass. Although other reviews have really torn them apart on the bass end, I have found them to be on par with speakers much more expensive in terms of low end reproduction. However, thats where the positives end. There is no mid range. None. Zero. Its not a matter of distortion or power, there simply is no mid bass what so ever. Then there are the tweaters. These are terrible, to say the least. They are painfully tinny and noisy, like listening to a hand radio at full blast next to your ear. Even after adjusting the cross over to -3db, they were still barely tolerable and sounded awful. All in all, definately worth spending the extra $20 for speakers that blow these away.
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1 out of 5

Spend more for something better.

Written By edrl, montgomery, IL on Tuesday, July 17, 2007
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I just about always get Alpine type-R when I go with components but I decided to take a chance on the cheaper Infinity's. I figured that components, while all not being equal, are all of good quality. I amp my interior speakers and have a sub so I'm not too interested in pounding bass from my components. I just want midbass and good sounding tweeters. These have neither.

Even with my doors b-quieted and with the components amped with a Alpine 35w rms CEA compliant amp, these put out absolutely no bass whatsoever. Not even any midbass. Plus they distort when any bass is given to them. If you are looking to improve sound quality over stock speakers, these are the wrong decision.

Now to the tweeters, they produce the worst, tinny ear pierceing sound I've ever heard. It dosent sound anywhere near natural sound. You would have to switch the x-over to -3db and turn the treble way down to even stand these tweeters.

You will regret not spending more for type-R's or any other better component.

I went and got the type-R components like I should have done and they sound amazing. Most people wouldnt even need a subwoofer with them. Plus the tweeters are excellent.

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2 out of 5

Infinity Reference 6010cs

Written By Bruce, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, April 18, 2007
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a detail junkie. I was hoping that these speakers would be able to provide some solid detail and overall just some good basic sonic reproduction. I'm not a basshead, so I was not terribly concerned about the other reviewers comments about lack of bass. However, most other reviewers have not done justice to this issue. It's not just a lack of decent bass. It's a lack of overall sonic balance and clarity plus a nearly complete absence of mid bass and bass.

If you are expecting speakers that provide the full range of sound, you will likely be disappointed. They sound shrill and sibilant on their own. The good news is that the overall sound improves with other speakers that provide more mid bass and bass. I'm very glad I also purchased the Infinity 6012si as well. With the 6012s in the back deck, the sound improves and becomes more balanced. The bad news is that it's still not very good.

Unfortunately, the 6010 are just not terribly good speakers. They are extremely bright. But, more than just being bright, they are sibilant. Instead of hearing usual cymbal crashes, one tends to hear unpleasant, sharp, blurring sounds.

Yes, these are an improvement over stock speakers. I'd expect an improvement over stock from speakers that cost $50. I expected more from these speakers. They do not live up to their numerous positive individual reviews or to my expectations.

Bruce
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3 out of 5

Middle of the road, at best

Written By Steve, New England on Friday, April 13, 2007
 
If tinny and empty are your preference, then this is the speaker for you. They are better than most OEM once the tweeters are tamed, though. I strayed away from Polk this once, but realize my mistake.
The Infinity is so shrill, even with the -3db setting on the tweeters they still are fatiguing to listen to. They lack the warmth and especially the bottom end of most other speakers. With most people crossing over their subs too high, maybe they don't have that problem- but for someone seeking accurate music, these won't do. I think most people buy them for the name, not based on performance.
Setup- JVC AVX1 head unit, Alpine 70x4 amp, Microsub.
3 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers, Require Break in

Written By Jay, Texas on Thursday, April 05, 2007
 
I purchased these speakers around 1 year ago and they have really pleased me. I have them in my civic with a Kicker ZX 200.4 pushing them. Because of their high sensitivity, they don't take a lot of power, but I would highly recommend getting an amp for them if you do purchase them. I would not hook them up to a factory speaker system. Also, they sounded very "bright" at first, but after a few weeks of listening they definitely have toned down. Their bass response is moderate, don't expect booming, just more like popping and voices from the woofer. It hits hard on my amp, but it just isn't like a subwoofer or even 6x9 speaker. I would recommend them for all types of music although I listen to rock and rap mainly. Installation wasn't as easy as I had hoped. Overall, I would highly recommend these speakers and I would definitely get an amp for them.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers, Excellent Quality

Written By Mark, Rhinebeck, NY on Monday, March 05, 2007
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Installed these in the front of my 1997 Chevy Tahoe. They installed fairly easily using the hardware provided and installation kit from Crutchfield. I do agree the tweeter wires were a bit too short but no big deal on extending them. Had to find a spot for the crossovers that did not interfere with door panel or window operation. I am also running these through an external AMP (Profile HA1040), which added some real zip. Speakers are crisp, clear and have great dynamic range. I highly recommend!! Using with a JVC KD-G320 head unit.
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4 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By will, new orleans, la on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
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the tweeters are pretty bright so you might want to consider using the -3db xover option. they do warm up after a couple of hours. my big gripe is the lack of hardware. the tweeter wires are too short and the speakers seem like the should come w/ matching female ends to hook up to the male ends of the woofer. very odd that infinity overlooked that. it would cost them about $.50 to supply us with those ends. otherwise great value. you do need a subwoofer to get the true benefits of these speakers.
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4 out of 5

Install on a 2005 Tacoma

Written By Bryan, Atlanta, GA on Saturday, January 27, 2007
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I had never installed speakers. So I was reluctant to do this myself. The price was right at Crutchfield. They even thru in the harness and the adapters.
A +++++ for Crutchfield.
Sound is Crisp off the Stock head unit and I expect it to get better when I upgrade that.
Issues: Needed extra wire to run to the Crossovers.
And had to get creative on where to place the crossover.
Ended up finding room in the door, in the armrest, inside the plastic barrier to insure moisture from getting to it.
Customer Service was great when I called.
Thanks Crutchfield
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5 out of 5

Wonderful Speakers, just needed to buy a few small things...

Written By Craig, Lake Jackson, TX on Sunday, December 31, 2006
 
The install of these speakers was a snap, once I had all of the connectors. From the box, there were no slide connectors to connect the speakers to the cross-over.

Once installed, these speakers rock! Replaced the Rockford's in the front door that had been damaged who knows when, and the sound we were missing is back, and I think better than before. (Even with the goofy stuff to install in a 2000 Xterra).

I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a great speaker with plenty of installation options.
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5 out of 5

Infinity never fails to amaze me!

Written By Billy, Atlanta, GA. on Sunday, November 26, 2006
 
I recently purchased infinity's 6010cs along with infinity's 6012i it is a amazing combination, I wish I would have purchased from you initally it would of saved around a $100. I am running a zx650.4 to the front and rear, controlled by a pioneer deh-8600mp head unit, mounting the 6010cs was a breeze except for the tweeter which to a little modification, but nothing major. The amp is a little much but with a little adjusting on the amp and the head unit I couldnt have asked for a louder clearer sound, the rear is 6012i the power rating is a little lower for the rear but with the almost infinite adjustability of the pioneer head unit I am hearing things in music I have never heard before. I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to listen to music clearer and more lifelike than it was origanally intended.
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4 out of 5

Good Sound

Written By Jeremy, Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, October 08, 2006
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These speakers gave me a hard time when I was installing them on my '01 4Runner. It wasn't really the speakers that gave me trouble (the speaker brackets made that easier) but finding a place for the crossover. Also I wish they would have made the wiring for the tweeter longer than just 6". They sound much better than my factory speakers and was well worth the money, time, and effort (they take a lot of fine tuning get them them to sound awesome).
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4 out of 5

99 silverado ext cab

Written By Robert, Bay Area,CA. on Saturday, September 30, 2006
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Bought these speakers to replace stock factory speakers in my Chevy truck.Im very satisfied with sound quality and the ease of installation.
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5 out of 5

2001 Honda Civic EX--Amazing Sound

Written By Taylor, Ithaca, NY on Saturday, September 23, 2006
 
I just installed these components in a 2001 Honda Civic EX. Using the hardware, and after drilling your own holes for the woofer in the door, you can easily fit these in. The tweeters, however, require some creative work. I cut the bottoms out of the sail panels and trimmed the fitting provided, and now the tweeters look great and even pivot. I would have went with the Infinity 6x9s in the back to match, but the tweeters protrude too much. So, the setup is these in the front, Alpine type Rs in the back, and an amp attached to the rear seat giving 60 rms to each channel. Hands down, most amazing sound quality from a system I have ever heard. These babies rock the car, go to extreme levels without distortion, and cover a beautiful range (even picking up the lows and mids with the amp). Though these match pretty well with the Rs, I pitty the people in the back seat...they are really missing out. Alpine is clearly outclassed. Noting that the rms rating for the Rs is 55 and the components is 90, I have to turn the gain all the way down for the 6x9s to avoid distorting before the components. Pretty disappointed by the Alpines, but I don't really hear them. Don't even think twice if you want crisp, clear, full, and loud music. Just buy these components.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Infinity Customer Service and Speakers

Written By harderkev, California on Thursday, March 30, 2006
 
I bought a pair of Infinity Reference 505CS and 605CS component speakers in 2000 and installed them in my 4-door 2000 GMC Sierra truck. They were powered off the factory head unit and sounded good at low to moderate volumes but lacked high volume clarity.

The new speakers installed perfectly in the existing locations and the tweeter is even lower profile than the previous ones (flush mounted). These speakers sound much better than the first speakers did when new. Great imaging, even more controlled highs than the old speakers (with x-overs at -3db both before and now) and tight, controlled mid-range. The clarity and volume are also much better even with just the factory head unit. My brother (audiophile) is noticing elements of his favorite songs in my truck that he doesn't hear in his Audi!

I am 110% satisfied with Infinity customer service and their speakers. The weakest part of my system is the mid-range volume seems a little lacking. I will probably take the advice of others and add a 4-channel amp to try and beef-up the mid-range, but even if I don't do that I am still very satisfied with these speakers and especially with Infinity customer service.
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5 out of 5

Infinity is the best!

Written By Andrew, Lusby, MD on Sunday, March 26, 2006
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My friends and I have installed and listened to numerous amounts of speakers in various aplications with a lot of different cars. Hands down Infinity beats them all in all three categories: loudness, clarity, and quality. Ive had this set of components for a while now and I can honestly say that these speakers can play louder then any human ear can even stand. Anyone who sits in my car that has a high oppinion of another companies speakers will willingly admit that they were misled to think there is a louder set of speakers out there. Powering these components and my 6x9s is the Infinity Reference 4-channel amp. For all those looking for an amp to power your speakers, this is the perfect match that Infinity recommends if you have a setup similar to my own. Following these recommendations that Infinity makes is very important. And you dont have to buy an Infinity amp, what I recommend for the best performance is that you get an amp with a channel for each speaker and one that can produce at the very least 60-90 watts RMS per channel. For all those who are running these speakers on just the head-unit, save yourself the time of complaining because it is clearly stated by Infinity that you need an external amp! Overall these apeakers are the best and can handle anything you throw at them. They are definately worth the price and will make all of your friends jealous(This comes from experience). Finally if anyone ever says that they have louder speakers than this set, call them stupid and walk away because there is no point of even trying to produce louder music than these do, like I said earlier they already play louder then you'll ever be able to stand to hear.
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Chris, San Antonio, tx on Monday, March 13, 2006
 
These speakers are insane, they have more bass then what people give them credit for. They get super loud, and the range is awesome. Definatley worth the money.
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4 out of 5

Great Highs, No Lows - and you better have an AMP

Written By Steve, High Point, NC on Monday, February 20, 2006
 
I bought these for my 96 4Runner. I originally had them powered by my Alpine CDA-9813 Head Unit, however I wasnt happy with the results so I purchased an Alpine MRP-M350 AMP, replaced the factory wiring with 14 ga, and the sound was much cleaner and crisper. I had to wire the tweeter crossover to the -3 dB pole because they were hitting too hard. If you buy these, you have to amp them to get the best results, even if you have a high power head unit. I read the previous reviews and I didnt believe them , but its true.

It took some time to get these installed. I could not get the tweeeter mounting hardware to work inside the sail panel on the doors, so I cut holes in them so the tweeters are face mounted into the panel and can be rotated using the Infinity hardware. This took some trial and error with my dremel to get the hole right, but the end results look great and the speakers can be aimed to give the correct presence for the listener.

My only complaint is that these speakers produce no lows whatsoever. I know they arent supposed to, but I had Polk dB series 6-1/2s in my last car and I didnt even need a sub with those, so I had expected similar results with these. In hind sight I wish I had gone with Polk again because IMHO they produce a fuller range, hitting the highs as well as enough of the lows to satisfy. I can say that the Ininitys produce much cleaner highs than the Polks, but if you dont have a sub with these you will really miss those lows.

I just ordered an Infinity Perfect 10.1 sub from Crutchfield to fill out those spaces these dont cover. I have an Alping MRP-T220 to power it, so well see how it goes once I get that i
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5 out of 5

Simply WOW

Written By kc5deb, Texas on Sunday, January 29, 2006
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Before I purchased these, I went to a local stereo shop that had the Perfects, Kappas, and Reference series setup to a switch; all were being driven by the same headunit and same amp, and I couldn't believe it. The Kappas sounded good, but were missing the highs. The Perfects had the highs, but were missing the mids. The Reference had both, and sounded exquisite!

I'm pushing 100watts to each pair, and they just kick out the clearest sounds I've ever heard of any system I've ever had in any car I've owned. One word of warning, though. If you just plan on pushing them with the headunit, you might be disappointed. I tried them just at the headunit's power (50x4), and while they sounded good, it wasn't near as good as what they sounded like with the amp.

I personally think the sound quality is better than the Perfects, and you won't be dissapointed if you push them with a good amp.
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4 out of 5

Good Sound, Difficult Installation

Written By Joe, South Florida on Saturday, January 28, 2006
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Installed in a '03 Dakota Club Cab equipped with OEM Infinity Premium Sound. Running OEM head unit and aftermarket Sony amp (45WRMSx4 but running in bridged mode 100WRMSx2), no rear speakers. OEM head speaker leads go right into the Sony, which directly powers the Infinitys. OEM external amp has been bypassed.

Sound is 1000% better than OEM (stock Infinity Premium is anything but), but the bass and especially midrange is lacking, even with the tweeters connected to the -3dB terminal on the x-over.

I chose the Infinitys over the similar Polks because they were on sale, but hindsight being 20/20, I should've gotten the Polks which I believe have a much more balanced sound (I've had Polks in my Mustang for years and I really love them).

Overall, the Infinitys are pretty good, but they're simply not as neutral-sounding as the Polks, which I would rate 5 stars. If I had to do it all over again, I'd have foregone the Infinity sale price and just gotten the Polks.

Next consideration: Move the Infinitys to the rear, get a set of Polks for the front, and run my Sony in 4-channel mode.

In a word, installation was a pain. The supplied woofer adapter ring didn't fit properly with the mounting hardware, and I ended up modifying the OEM adapter ring to use with the supplied adapter ring along with extra bolts, washers, and nuts. Had to use liberal amounts of caulking to seal everything up as well. End result was good, although it took me a day and a half to get everything done. Also, Infinity did not supply any speaker wire with the kit.
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5 out of 5

Infinity Reference 6010cs

Written By Mikee, DC area on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
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I have these in the front doors of my '01 QC Ram. According to the "What fits my car?" says they won't fit. With a little fab work (or a 6x9" adapter plate), they fit...and very well. I used the grill bezel (without the grill) so that the woofer surround doesn't rub on the door panel. The tweeters fit in the stock location using one of the mounting options. Due to the close proximity of the tweeters to the front seat occupants, I had to hook the tweeters up to the x-over -3db connections. It can still get a bit harsh at high volume, but thats what an EQ is for. All-in-all it sounds awesome. They are being driven by an Infinity Reference 7541a, with the rear channel running Infinity Reference 6012i 6-1/2" 2-way Speakers. All set to high-pass since I have an Infinity Reference 611a driving a JL Audio Steaalthbox for the low end. A very nice setup. Can't imagine being happier.
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4 out of 5

Great Mids and Highs

Written By Michael, Maricopa, Arizona on Saturday, September 17, 2005
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I installed these speakers in the front and rear doors of my 2005 Dodge Ram Quad Cab. I do not have the 7 speaker Infinity system. The factory speakers were very flat. I stalled these in the rear door, had to cut a hole for the tweeter - but MAN WHAT A SOUND. It wasn't until I installed these in the front doors that I became a little disappointed. The mids and highs are there - but lacking in the bass. I almost would leave the factory speakers up front - and isntall the rear..
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5 out of 5

Great speakers

Written By Devildog, Longmont, CO on Monday, July 11, 2005
 
These are my first step in replacing my stock system in my 350Z, and they are great. Right now they are un-amped and running off the stock head unit and they still sound great!
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5 out of 5

WOW

Written By shibby5, g-burg, WI on Wednesday, May 25, 2005
 
alright ive been an infinity fan for a long time so i already knew how awesome their speakers were but when i heard these components.....these speakers really do play louder than i can stand to hear... they just scream for more volume! to make them distort i have to set my cd player to loud superbass and crank it(i mean REALLY crank it)but even then it isnt bad. i will say though, that if you dont plan on amping these dont get them. i went with the audiobahn a6004t and it sounds great! i have 6 1/2 inch infinity kappas also(the higher up model) and these reference series blow them away... they are just crazy awesome! and cheap for how sweet they are. so buy them now!
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5 out of 5

good speakers

Written By spudracer326, oregon on Tuesday, April 19, 2005
 
These are a great set of speakers with or without an amp, but i would recomened running an amp if you are at all serious about getting the best sound. Spear is crystal clear when tuned right and the imaging is supurb. Have had some problems with one of the speakers at some times fuzzing over the sound. I will get it replaced in one week when i add my amp. I think it might just be the wiring though.
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