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Good for the price. Has very shallow height.
on December 9, 2011
This speaker is good only at this price point. If price is at any higher than what it is, it'd make it not worth it. I'll review this based on the price first. The build quality of the frame looks very good. Feels like it'll last for a long time. The woofers are said made of polypropylene which feels like heavy paper. Again for the price, it's good.
As for the sound, for the price again, it sounds acceptable. You will probably not find any better sounding speaker at this price point. This doesn't have any circuitry (crossover) behind the speaker at all, hence the front only picture. The back side of the speaker has some "cheap" feel/look to it but I'm guessing that's necessary for their price target.
Now comparing it to a slightly more expensive competition, to a yamaha priced at $20 dollars higher (IW280C). The sound of this speaker is lacking clarity compared to the said yamaha. I compared them side by side using same speakerwires and on the floor before install. This pyle performed acceptable but still way below yamaha's especially in terms of clarity. With the yamaha I could hear vibrating guitar strings more clearly and also the swoosh of the wind blowing were more noticeable than they were on this speakers. The details of sound are very different. I guess a good analogy would be TV Screen, it's 1080p vs 720p. Different to people that can notice.
Now for people looking for very shallow round speaker, this is for you. It's only about 3.5 inch deep because of lack of circuitry behind (crossover). You won't find any shallower round speaker than that. For me, I had special need for shallow one and this one fit perfect.
Now, the 2 stars, it's because it performed significantly lower than the slightly expensive competition. Maybe 4 times lower. It's not angled speakers (a must for surround), no circuitry behind (to help on sound routing), paper-like woofers (easier to blow out), not enough richness (for hi def feel), and cheap wire connectors (to make good signal transfer). Not worth the $20 savings against yahama's cheapest model.
There's no doubt that this is the best at this price point. Pyle has been making car speakers for years and this is what it exactly looks, feels, and sounds like. Remember though that cars have different acoustics than living rooms that's why speakers in your car sound fantastic. But in open areas, they won't perform as well. In your car you are "sandwiched" between speakers while in living room you are showered with sound (as far as ceiling speakers go).
My recommendation, add extra couple bucks to go to the next cheapest, so you leap yourself forward to a future-proofer system. No extra couple of bucks? Hold off and save. Can't hold off anymore? Then this is the perfect speaker for you. No doubt.
I hope this is helpful enough for people trying to decide.