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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