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    Can I mix and match speakers?

    I have decided to finish the audio aspect of my install. I figured I need to finish that first since the Car PC is useless with no sound.

    Originally I wanted to put Alpine SPR-17C speakers all the way around. They are 100 RMS speakers. I am now trying to penny pinch and realize I do not want to spend $120.00 per pair on speakers. So I decided to take a look at Alpine SPS-600 speakers, which are 80 RMS. What I want to know, is it ok to still use the pair of SPR-17C speakers and also use the SPS-600 speakers?

    Would the SPR-17C still work to their full potential if the amp is putting out only 80 RMS per speaker? Also where should I use the SPR-17C speakers? My setup is a 7.1 setup, with two speakers in the front dash, one for center channel and then another for phone. I was thinking of putting the SPR-17C there since they are better with voice. Then have the SPS-600 everywhere else, or should I use the SPR-17C in the front doors?

    I don't know much about speakers so any help would be useful. Thanx in advance.
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    look at it like comparing 2 engines-- one with 80 hp, and one with 100 hp. both would propel the car, and run at similar rpm's, but the larger motor would have a little bit more 'oomph'. same for speakers.

    it is fine to run speakers with a little bit less power-- the power rating is mostly derived from the way that voice coils can get rid of the heat that gets generated-- the better they get rid of the heat, the higher the power rating..


    i am not crazy about mixing speakers-- in a 7.1 setup, it can mess up the imaging a little--though, if you can tolerate it then i would say to use them as the center/phone speakers-- they will probably have the most benefit there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    look at it like comparing 2 engines-- one with 80 hp, and one with 100 hp. both would propel the car, and run at similar rpm's, but the larger motor would have a little bit more 'oomph'. same for speakers.

    it is fine to run speakers with a little bit less power-- the power rating is mostly derived from the way that voice coils can get rid of the heat that gets generated-- the better they get rid of the heat, the higher the power rating..


    i am not crazy about mixing speakers-- in a 7.1 setup, it can mess up the imaging a little--though, if you can tolerate it then i would say to use them as the center/phone speakers-- they will probably have the most benefit there.
    I understand.

    Also the benfit of using them as center is that they will not be used much. 7.1 is mainly for movies. So I think I have my center speakers, lol. Now I can buy the rest.

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    Let me ask, can speakers be put side by side, or should they have a certain distance from each other?
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    not really. as long as both are securely bolted down, they shouldn't have any problems.

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