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I've written about car audio for Crutchfield since 2003, after four years as Crutchfield Sales Advisor, and 10 years as a music teacher. I'm an avid music listener, with a real love of classical and film music. I love having a great system in my car, and I'll still match the system in my 98 Ford Ranger (may it rest in piece) up against anything else I've heard for great SQ. I attended West Virginia University, where I received a Master's Degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor's Degree in History. Let's Go Mountaineers!

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I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear. After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. Yeah, I've been doing this for a while.

For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content. I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day! I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of work, I love listening to music, playing board games, and installing new audio systems for my friends.

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Crutchfield experts Robert and Ken discuss some of the high-performance design features that make JVC Arsenal car speakers a good choice for high-quality sound in your car.

Video Transcript

Robert: Hi, I'm Robert.

Ken: And I'm Ken.

Robert: And we're here today in the Crutchfield studio to talk about JVC's Arsenal line of car speakers. Arsenal is JVC's high-performance line of mobile audio gear, and we have with us the component sets and coaxial speakers. We're gonna start with the components.

Ken: First of all, there's a 2-year warranty and some impressive build quality. The woofer cone is a blend of hemp and glass fibers. It's light and strong.

Robert: And that blend means you're going to get nice, clean sound. Something you don't often see in the middle of a woofer cone is a big chunk of metal.

Ken: Yeah that's cool. It's called JVC's Radiating Equalizer. First off it radiates heat. This metal post is connected back to the motor structure to eliminate heat and then the shape of this radiates the mid-range more cleanly.

Robert: And that's gonna give you a nice blend of the mids and the lows for cleaner smoother sound.

Ken: To go with the lows you need some highs. The tweeter has a strong neodymium magnet and the tweeter pivots so when you install it you can direct the highs where you want. It also comes with a mounting cup so you can mount it flush into your door. The tweeter itself is a titanium dome surrounded by silk.

Robert: And JVC does that because sometimes a titanium tweeter can be a little too bright, almost harsh, so by ringing it with the silk it smoothes it out for a nice, even sound.

Ken: Exactly. Now tying it all together is the crossover. The crossover of course sends the highs to the tweeter and the lows to the woofer. This one has a pretty cool little extra bonus. Check that out.

Robert: That's a power connection.

Ken: Yeah. You don't need a power connection to use the crossover, but when you hook power to this, it glows blue.

Robert: And if you're putting together a nice show car system that little thing's gonna turn some heads.

Ken: I think it will.

Robert: So that's the low-down on the component speakers. These are available in 5-1/4, 6-1/2 and 5x7 sizes.

Ken: Let's take a look at the coaxials now. Now these coaxials share some of the technical features of the component systems. For example there's a titanium silk dome tweeter. Some pretty cool innovations too. Check out the position of the tweeter.

Robert: Right. The first thing you'll see is that the tweeter itself is recessed into the woofer cone instead of sitting up on top of it.

Ken: Yeah and there's three real advantages to that. First is better fit. You'll see the tweeter doesn't stick above the level of the woofer.

Robert: And that means when you try to put it in your car, it's not going to get smashed by the door panel.

Ken: Secondly, there's better time alignment because the tweeter 's right at the same level as the woofer.

Robert: So the lows and the highs reach your ears at the same time and that means it's gonna sound better.

Ken: And the tweeter is actually tied into the motor structure here so it radiates heat through the basket and that gives you better heat dissipation.

Robert: And since you're sucking the heat off that tweeter mechanism, it's gonna last longer.

Ken: Exactly. Let's take a look at this external crossover. Now, usually external crossovers are only found with component systems. A higher-quality, better crossover gives you better sound. And it's easy to hook up too. You notice how we have two sets of terminals, woofer and tweeter, and we've got two sets of quick slides here, one for each. Now these are all individually sized to match those tabs. It's impossible to hook it up incorrectly.

Robert: Wow. So what you're getting with these coaxial speakers are a lot of the benefits of component speakers, built into a coaxial.

Ken: And that's the high-performance Arsenal line of speakers from JVC. And by the way, Crutchfield is the only authorized online dealer for JVC Arsenal.

Robert: And you can learn more about these speakers at crutchfield.com/JVCspeaker.

Ken: Or give us a call at 1-800-555-9408.

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