Pow­erBass OE65C-TY

Com­po­nentm­po­nent Speaker Re­view view

Pasmag (USA) - - TEST REPORT -

Iand you're just not happy with the fac­tory sup­plied au­dio sys­tem, well, you're not alone. Sure, you'd like to make some im­prove­ments, but maybe you don't know where to be­gin, or you sim­ply don't have a trunk full of cash to spend. Maybe you can't find prod­ucts that fit, or are un­will­ing to do any mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the car. In that case, you will want to read on be­cause this re­view is about a new prod­uct that is the so­lu­tion you're look­ing for. The folks at Pow­erBass un­der­stand that the weak­est link in an OEM sys­tem is the fac­tory sup­plied speak­ers. In ev­ery case, re­gard­less of the ve­hi­cle, re­plac­ing the speak­ers will give you the big­gest bang for the buck in terms of sonic im­prove­ment per dol­lar spent. To that end, they have de­vel­oped a se­ries of speak­ers that are de­signed to be di­rect bolt-in re­place­ments for the OEM junk, right down to the elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions. The best part is, the 6.5-inch com­po­nent set sells for just over $100, mak­ing this an in­cred­i­ble up­grade that any­one can af­ford. The Pow­erBass sys­tem is called the OE65C-TY. It in­cludes a pair of 6.5-inch mid-woofers, a pair of one-inch ti­ta­nium tweet­ers, and ev­ery­thing needed to in­stall them. The sys­tem is rated at 60 watts of con­tin­u­ous power han­dling, with 120-watt peaks.

The midrange driver is built around a cus­tom-tooled, in­jec­tion-molded ny­lon bas­ket. This pro­vides a strong, stiff frame for the driver and elim­i­nates any cor­ro­sion is­sues that are com­mon in the au­to­mo­tive en­vi­ron­ment. The bas­ket is tooled to be a per­fect drop-in re­place­ment for the fac­tory speak­ers, and uses the ex­act same bolt pat­tern. Care was taken to en­sure the depth of the speaker was not go­ing to cause fit­ment is­sues, and the elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions are made via a di­rect plug and play con­nec­tion, or through the use of var­i­ous sup­plied adapter con­nec­tors. Once through the in­put plug, the elec­tri­cal sig­nal flows through a pair of sil­ver-plated cop­per tin­sel leads, to a one-inch, du­al­layer cop­per voice coil. The coil is wound on a heat re­sis­tant Kap­ton for­mer for re­li­a­bil­ity. Sus­pen­sion and cone con­trol is han­dled cour­tesy of a 50/50 wool and Nomex spi­der, and a rub­ber sur­round. A 20-ounce ce­ramic mag­net pro­vides the mag­netic en­ergy to drive

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