Traditional Alpine Quality
1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I've been a Crutchfield customer and car audio enthusiast since the early '90s. Having been away from the scene for a few of years, I must admit, things have changed a bit. Some of the once made-in-the-USA brands we loved have long since moved overseas, and no longer command the respect they once did. Having been an Alpine fan as long as I can recall (anyone remember the Lamborghini ads?), I selected the Alpine SPR-69 to fit in the rear of my '99 Eclipse Spyder GSX, hoping Alpine had held up over the years. The opening is deep, but narrow, eliminating many popular 6x9 options. Also, I'm pairing these with a mint pair of old-school Polk Audio MM3065 separates in front, so I knew I wanted a silk dome tweeter, to possibly timbre-match the Polks. My first impression upon unboxing was that they felt flimsy and light. The baskets are composite, rather than stamped steel, and the neodymium magnet is tiny in comparison to most 6x9s. The small magnet is what makes these fit in tight quarters, however, and the cones felt fairly stiff. The rubber surrounds seemed durable and the basket seemed rigid as well. Reserving final judgement until after the install, threw in some Sublime to test them out. My initial impression of the sound is that these are well-balanced, the woofers punchy but warm and the tweeters buttery smooth. I'm surprisingly impressed with the SPR-69s. Looks can be deceiving I guess, so don't be put off if these don't resemble your old favorites from
Pros: Neodymium magnet fits in spaces others won't. Sound quality is rich, detailed and smooth. Excellent bang for the buck.
Cons: Feel a bit flimsy compared to speakers with traditional steel baskets and large magnets.