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Sony XS-GS1720S

6-1/2"/6-3/4" component system

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Our take on the Sony XS-GS1720S

by John Pollard
Sony

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.

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Natural, detailed sound
This Sony XS-GS1720S component speaker system features incredibly lightweight, mica-reinforced 6-1/2" woofers that are both airy and stiff, so they can produce big sound without warping or distorting. A supple rubber surround supports these woofers, helping to keep them centered during heavy excursion so you enjoy full bass. The high-energy magnet and nimble motor structure drive the cone with precision so the vocals and instruments sound natural.

High-end components
Vibrant highs from separate 1" aluminum dome tweeters mean you'll hear expressive vocals and cymbal work. External 2-way crossovers keep your highs in flawless balance with your mids and lows, and even let you power the tweeters and woofers separately for enhanced performance and efficiency. Mount these tweeters in a good spot, direct them towards your ears, and you'll catch every satisfying detail.

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Highlights:

  • component speaker system includes two woofers, two tweeters, two external crossovers, and two woofer grilles
  • 6-1/2"/6-3/4" Mica Reinforced Cellular Fiber (M.R.C.) woofers with rubber surrounds
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeters
  • 2-way external crossovers
  • 4-ohm impedance
  • power range: 10-75 watts RMS (350 watts peak power)
  • frequency response: 45-36,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 86 dB
  • top-mount depth: 2-9/16"
  • warranty: 3 years
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Features and Specs
General
Speaker Size
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6 3/4
Design
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2-way
Tweeter Design
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1" Dome
Tweeter Composition
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Aluminum
Woofer Composition
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MRC
Woofer Surround
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Rubber
Parts Warranty
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3 Years
Labor Warranty
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3 Years
Specifications
Sensitivity
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86 dB
Frequency Response
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45 - 36k Hz
RMS Power Range (Watts)
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10-75
Peak Power Handling (Watts)
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350
Impedance (Ohms)
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4
Top-mount Depth (Inches)
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2 9/16
Bottom-mount Depth (Inches)
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N/A
Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)
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5 1/16
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Woofers
  • 2 Woofer grilles
  • 2 Woofer grille frames
  • 2 Crossovers
  • Two 11" Crossover input shorting wires (installed)
  • 2 Tweeters (each has attached 6" speaker lead)
  • 2 Flush mount housings
  • 2 Surface mount adapters
  • 2 Angled surface mount adapters
  • 2 Adhesive backed surface mount pads
  • 2 Tweeter mounting brackets
  • Twelve 1-1/8" Self-tapping screws
  • 2 Threaded mounting posts
  • Two M4x12mm Flat head machine screws
  • 2 Wing nuts
  • 2 Flat washers
  • 2 Split lock washers
  • Cardboard tweeter template (has four separate tweeter cutouts for the different mounting applications)
  • Cardboard woofer template
  • Installation instructions (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Warranty information

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Features

Woofer Cones: The XS-GS1720S woofers use an MRC cone (Mica Reinforced Cellular glass fiber composite) to reduce weight and increase rigidity, delivering full bass response.

Rubber Surrounds: For a smoother response and improved durability, each woofer uses a rubber surround.

Tweeters: The tweeters are 1" aluminum domes offering outstanding dispersion and clarity. They can be flush mounted, surface mounted using the angled brackets, or surface mounted using the flat brackets.

Tweeter Mounting Dimensions:

  Frame Width Frame Length Cutout Width Cutout Length Mounting Height Mounting Depth
Flush Mount 2.442" 2.442" 2.027" 2.027" 0.474" 0.919"
Flat Surface Mount 1.848" 1.848" N/A N/A 1.478" Screw Depth
Angled Surface Mount 1.846" 1.992" N/A N/A 1.570" Screw Depth

Note: With any of the mounting brackets the threaded mounting posts can be used to hold the tweeters in place, this adds to the required depth (approximately 1-3/8" for flush mounting, 1-3/8" for flat surface mounting, and 1-1/8" for angled surface mounting).

Crossovers: Each crossover has high-pass and low-pass outputs with a 5 kHz crossover point. The high-pass slope is 12 dB/octave and the low-pass slope is 6 dB/octave. A jumper inside each crossover allows you to set the tweeter output level according to your system requirements and personal preference; choose 0 dB (factory setting) or -3dB. The inputs and outputs are screw terminals; they will accommodate bare wire or spade connectors up to 0.315" wide. There are two mounting holes in the base of each crossover.

Bi-amp Inputs: The 2-way crossover has separate inputs for the woofer and tweeter; this lets you drive the system with dedicated power for the separate speaker elements, instead of sharing power. The input jumper wires are factory installed to short the tweeter and woofer inputs; the jumper wires must be removed and separate input wires used to bi-amp the speakers.

Crossover Dimensions:

  • Length: 4.650"
  • Width: 3.325"
  • Height: 1.282"

Mounting: The woofers can be mounted in a variety of 6-1/2" and 6-3/4" applications.

Specification Note: Sony's rated power spec for the XS-GS1720S is 75 watts (derived using IEC 60268-5 standards). They also list the CEA 2031 compliant RMS power as 120 watts. We've adopted the 75 watt rating simply because it's the more conservative figure.

 

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Review of the Sony XS-GS1720 and XS-GS1720S Speakers

Review of the Sony XS-GS1720 and XS-GS1720S Speakers

by Buck Pomerantz
8/5/2013
 
Review of the Sony XS-GS1720 and XS-GS1720S Speakers

We reviewed the Sony XS-GS1720 coaxial and XS-GS1720S component speakers in the Crutchfield Labs to learn how they performed. The results: pretty good!

 
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