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    JL & Rainbow

    Hey,

    Ordering a JL 12W6v2 and a set of Rainbow Profi components for my Range Rover, will be pushing 700w or thereabouts to the sub and 100 to the comps - just wondering what the general opinion is with this sub - rumor has it it's the bee's knees, not a W7, but still damned good. Nakamichi amp for comps is a major yes?
    And what sound card?


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    youve got some great name equipment there. You'll find, using equipment like that, that the way you instlal it will start to affect the sound you get. I wouldnt worry about what other people think about your sub. its such a small part of the audio experience! Besides, if you like it, isnt that good enough? every person you find tells you its a "good sub" will be chased by a guy who will tell you its "a bad sub." *shrug* I like the w6v2, anyways.

    I'm curious, what is the ultimate meaning of, as well as origin of the phrase "bee's knees?"

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    Lol I don't know! i'm not an etymologist...but I'd be interested too

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    Here you go then.

    Bee's knees

    Something that is the "bee's knees" is stylish and the height of excellence. It is sometimes explained as being from an Italian-American way of saying "business". I've also heard it argued that it is properly "Bs and Es", an abbreviation for "be-alls and end-alls".

    Both are wrong. "Bee's knees" is actually one of a set of nonsense catchphrases from 1920s America, the period of the flappers. You might at that time have heard such curious concoctions as "cat's miaow", "elephant's adenoids", "tiger's spots", "bullfrog's beard", "elephant's instep", "caterpillar's kimono", "turtle's neck", "duck's quack", "gnat's elbows", "monkey's eyebrows", "oyster's earrings", "snake's hips", "kipper's knickers", "elephant's manicure", "clam's garter", "eel's ankle", "leopard's stripes", "tadpole's teddies", "sardine's whiskers", "pig's wings", "bullfrog's beard", "canary's tusks", "cuckoo's chin" and "butterfly's book".

    None of these made much sense – but then, slang fashions often don't – and their only common feature was the comparison of something of excellent quality to a part of an animal with, if possible, a bit of alliteration thrown in. Another example was "cat's whiskers", which is sometimes said to have been the first of the bunch to arise, from the cat's whisker that was the adjustable wire in early radio crystal sets.

    However, "cat's miaow" and "cat's pyjamas" (an exception to the anatomical rule, referring to the then new fashion of wearing pyjamas at night) are both recorded slightly earlier, in about 1921. The first appearance of "bee's knees" in print was found by Barry Popik in a flapper's dictionary in the Appleton Post-Crescent of Appleton, Missouri of April 28, 1922, glossed as meaning "peachy, very nice". Clearly, by then it must already have been well established.

    It was a short-lived, frivolous slang fashion and only a very few such expressions have survived, of which "bee's knees" is perhaps the best known. A British example from the same period is "dog's bollocks". This, too, indicates something excellent, admirable or first-rate. Eric Partridge suggests it arose as a term for the printer's mark of a colon followed by a dash. This fits the pattern and period of the others, but its first sense suggests it came out of a different tradition. Certainly, it only became a general slang term much later.
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    My word!

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    neat

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    rainbow speakers are amazing, the jls are also great. What kind of amps are you looking at to power them?

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    Hehe, the SLC line. I'm considering RE now - much better value. The SE 15" or se 12" Which to go for...hmmm. A 15" in a snail shell, running off a JBL 1201.1 And a JBL 75.2 for the comps

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    RE is really good too. I know someone with 2 15" se in a ported box and it sounds amazing. If you have the space go with the 15" you might loose some sql though.

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    12" XXX in a good snailshell
    rainbows or focals
    jbl or jl or ppi amps
    solid install

    audio orgasm

    wish I had room/money for it

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