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Evolution™ VR Series 5-1/4" component speaker system

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Item #: 136VR525CS
 

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by Buck Pomerantz
JL Audio

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.

The Evolution™ VR component speaker systems reflect JL Audio's extensive research into speaker construction. They faithfully reproduce subtle nuances of delicate sounds like woodwinds or female vocals, yet still deliver the soul-shaking boom of an electric bass and the "thwack" of a rock'n'roll kick drum.

The VR525-CSi component system features 5-1/4" woofers that handle high power without compromising sound quality, giving your bass some real definition and impact. The smooth-sounding 3/4" silk dome tweeters deliver the high-frequency detail that adds ambient realism to your music. And JL Audio's variable mounting system with swivel and rotation capabilities permits you to aim your tweeters precisely after installation.

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The VR crossovers offer electronic protection circuits that ensure reliability by preventing overload damage. The VR crossovers also feature 2-position tweeter level controls that allow you to adjust high-frequency response to match up with woofer output.

Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two 5-1/4" woofers, 2 tweeters, two external crossovers, and two woofer grilles
  • injection-molded mica-filled polypropylene woofer with butyl rubber surround
  • 3/4" silk dome tweeter
  • external crossover with 2-position tweeter level control
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • 15-60 watts RMS power range
  • frequency response: 63-25,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 87.5 dB
  • depth: 2-7/16"
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size 5 1/4
Design 2-way
Tweeter Design Dome
Tweeter Composition Silk
Woofer Composition IM mica-filled poly
Woofer Surround Butyl rubber
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
Sensitivity 87.5 dB
Frequency Response 63 - 25k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts) 15-60
Peak Power Handling (Watts) 100
Impedance (Ohms) 4
Top-mount Depth (Inches) 2 7/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches) N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches) 4 5/8
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Woofers
  • 2 Tweeters with attached 8" wires (installed in flush-mount fixtures)
  • 2 Crossovers
  • 2 Tweeter surface-mount fixtures
  • 2 Tweeter flush-mount rings
  • 2 Tweeter swivel assemblies
  • 2 Self-adhesive "JL" logo tweeter badges
  • 2 Spring tweeter clips
  • 2 Tweeter mounting bolts (length=1-1/4")
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (length=1")
  • 4 Crimp-on 2.8mm male quick slides
  • 2 Grilles
  • 2 Grille frames
  • Four 6" plastic wire ties
  • 8 Speed clips
  • 4 Crimp-on 5.2mm female quick slides
  • 4 Crimp-on 2.8mm female quick slides
  • 12 Self-tapping screws (length=1-1/4")
  • Butyl adhesive putty for grilles
  • Owner's Manual
  • Woofer cutout template (on outer box)

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Features

Woofers: The JL Audio Evolution VR-series component speakers feature injection-molded, mica-filled polypropylene cone woofers with 1" voice coils and flat-profile, symmetrical-roll spiders. The woofers feature long excursion and enhanced low-frequency extension for power, more realistic bass. The woofers use butyl rubber surrounds for reliability and strength.

Tweeters: The VR-series 3/4" silk dome component tweeters are precision manufactured in Germany. The tweeters feature powerful, ferro-fluid cooled and damped neodymium magnets. You can mount the tweeters in the supplied flush-mount or surface-mount fixtures. When the tweeters are flush-mounted, the RSR (Ratcheting Swivel/Rotation) mounting system allows the tweeter to be rotated and/or angled for optimum imaging. The flush-mount fixtures can be used with or without the supplied trim ring.

Tweeter Mounting Dimensions:

Mounting Fixture Mounting Depth Mounting Height Frame Diameter Cutout Diameter
Flush Mount With mounting ring 0.505"
(1-5/8" screw depth)
0.421" 2.047" 1.5"
W/O mounting ring 0.569"
(1-5/8" screw depth)
0.368" 1.694" 1.5"
Angled Surface Mount N/A
(7/8" screw depth)
0.882" 1.574" N/A

Crossovers: The VR-series components use premium Mylar capacitors and air-core inductors on the 4th order high-pass filters. The woofer is unfiltered, using its engineered smooth roll-off characteristics to blend with its tweeter. Each crossover has a 2-position Tweeter Level Control designed to compensate for different mounting locations, vehicle interiors, and personal taste. You can choose "Reference", or if the sound seems too harsh or aggressive, switch to the -3dB setting. Crossover Dimensions: Width=3.15", Height=4.74", Depth=1.1"

Electronic Tweeter Protection: The VR crossovers are equipped with an advanced electronic tweeter protection circuit designed to minimize the possibility of tweeter failure. It monitors current going to the tweeter and will disconnect the tweeter from the signal when it senses overload. Once the volume has been reduced, the protection circuit will reset itself automatically.

Grilles: Two black metal mesh grilles and black ABS plastic grille frames are included with the speakers.

 
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5 out of 5

Great for Tacoma Doors

Written By elroyyboy, Rolla, MO on Monday, February 07, 2011
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Hi,
I bought these speakers right before Crutchfield discontinued them and got a great deal. I installed them in the doors of my 2008 4x4 Regular Cab Tacoma (limited on space). I added a JVC 60w/channel amp to drive them and they sound great. My timing was off a little and didn't get to add a sub until about a week later and was taken aback at the sound quality (with the sub balancing the bass and now being able to tune the mid ranges through the amp). Great speakers.

I would recommend that Crutchfield change it's instructions for the Tacoma "Master Sheet" though. I had to fabricate (plywood/mdf) mounts for the tweeters as the stock tweeters were welded to their mounts. Also, the factory tacoma speakers are "crossed over" at the tweeter and the speaker wiring adaptors are useless.

Great speakers, work on the master sheet for Regular Cab Tacoma Component Speaker install.
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4 out of 5

Great speaker set, nice full sound

Written By TomB., Raleigh,NC on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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I had a set of Boston Acoustics that were in the car when I bought it and they were full of highs and no mids.
I knew I needed a change so I got a great deal on these JBL's and have not been sorry!!

These speakers have a nice warm mid range that really fills in nicely between my subwoofers lows and the clean highs that are not brassy or tinny in their sound quality.

I definitely recommend these speakers for someone looking to step up in sound quality but not willing to go all out with the C3 or C5 series.

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5 out of 5

Perfect Sound

Written By Michael, Springfield, IL on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Bought these speakers to replace my factory ones in my 07 scion tc. The only problem i ran into installing them was my tweeters they had a factory harness pluged into them. And if the factory ones weren't plugged in the speakers wouldnt work so i heard if u put paper clips in the harness and twisted them together it like grounds it or something heck if i know but it worked. So installed the JL tweets and i was done. And Let me tell ya the speakers are the bomb PERFECT mids PERFECT HIGHs. Love em JL

Thanks to crutchfield for sending everything I needed.
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5 out of 5

Great Component Speakers for Nissan Frontier CC

Written By Crutchfield, Slidell, LA on Tuesday, July 07, 2009
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These were a no brainer for me cause they were the only component speakers
that fit in my front doors without modification. They go perfect with my system
which consist of C2-600x 2 way speakers in the back and these in the front
hooked up to a JL G4500 80 x 4 amplifier. They also have a continuous rms of
60 watts which is perfect when put with my rear speakers. They sound very
clear and get loud enough. They compare with many higher range systems but
for a more affordable price. I also have them paired with 2 JL 10w1v2
subwoofers hooked up to the JL G1700 amplifier which takes care of the bass
since these speaker may be lacking a little bass if you don't have additional
subwoofers.
4 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Exceptional Sound!

Written By Casey, Indiana on Sunday, March 01, 2009
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I have two pair of these installed in my '06 Ram 1500. I have been an audio enthusiast all my life and these JL's deliver crisp sound day in and day out. They have been installed for a little over a year and I have never regretted my decision in purchasing them. May be a little pricey but you get what you pay for. With Crutchfield and JL, you can't go wrong.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great speakers~!

Written By Dave, Sugar Land TX on Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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The VR525's were installed in the doors of my '08 Acura TL with the tweets installed in the dash. They mids to highs from these speakers are crisp and very clear.

I am very happy with my purchase!
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