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  Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference? 
 
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Rooin Apr 04, 2005, 01:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Im replacing the crappy factory speakers in my car and was wondering what is the difference between 2 way and 3 way speakers?

And why was it that it seemed the 3 way speakers I found had a way lower RMS rating, odd response ranges and were dirt cheap.

Im getting 4" Audiobahn AS40Q 2-Way Speakers for my Doors
and 2 6x9" Audiobahn AS69Q 2-Way speakers. Both Coaxial
I feel I got a great deal on them, for the 4 speakers and 4x6" to 4" Adapters plates I paid $120USD

anyway What is the difference between 2 way and 3 way? an Would I notice a big difference if I had gone with 3 ways?


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Alex Cavender Apr 05, 2005, 07:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
From my understanding, 3-Way speakers have two tweeters versus a single tweeter. You probably won't notice much of a difference with 2 way speakers vs. 3 ways.

Rooin Apr 06, 2005, 01:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
yeah I didnt think my factory speakers were to fancy...... they dont look anything special.....

Im thinkin I should be pretty happy once I get my new speakers fitted...
My new AMP for my subs comes the 7th.. and my new Speakers come the 11th :D

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OCGW Apr 06, 2005, 02:05am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
3-way speakers have a tweeter, midrange, & a woofer

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Rooin Apr 06, 2005, 12:37pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
do 2 ways only have a Tweeter and Woofer then?

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Mr. Aveng Apr 06, 2005, 02:41pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 06, 2005, 02:46pm EDT

 
>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
A 3 way speaker has a _seperate_ tweeter, midrange and woofer. On a 2 way the woofer will play higher frequencies and maybe the tweeter will go lower. 3-way is generally better, but make sure u go with quality components. You can pick up non-branded 4-way 6x9 inch speaker for a couple of bucks, but they won't sound good. Your Audiobahn 2-ways will sound alot better. Just make sure u set it all up properly. And I hope ur getting an amp for ur front and rear speakers too. Not just ur amp. Just cuz ur head unit _can_ run them doesn't mean it does it well.
I don't know why the cheap speakers are 3 or 4 way. It's probably cuz it's cheaper to make speakers with "odd response ranges", instead of having a 2-way speaker where the woofer has to handle higher frequencies.
The RMS rating isn't really all that important on the speakers. Wattage does not equal volume. Check the sensitivity on the speakers. That's what determines how loud they'll play. It's more important to have an amp matched to your speakers (read: a powerful enough amp) than 500W speakers.

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varun rao Apr 06, 2005, 02:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
yup, with 2 way, u need to use a subwoofer.... and these exernal subs will distort the bass... ofcours there are ways to correct this problem... but its a hassle to the sensitive ear.
3 way speakers are always better.

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Rooin Apr 06, 2005, 03:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
well my official Setup will consist of:

1 Factory Car, un modified, no Dynomat or sound proofing of any kind. ( 2001 Cavalier to be exact)

a Pair of Rockford Power HX2's (purchased them awhile ago)

1 Audiobahn A2200HCT Amp 600wx2@1ohm Stable RMS
1 Audiobahn 1F Bass Capacitor

(the speakers listed above in my original post) to replace the Factory crap

I figure, Im content with the Volume and "Quality" of my Deck so I really dont plan on installing a 2nd amp for the new speakers. I know I should, so dont remind me of the fact.

Way I see it, new nice brandname speakers can not be worse then the factory junk thats in there now...

But you guys answered my question about the difference between 2way v 3way thanks..

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OCGW Apr 06, 2005, 06:54pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
While 3-way speakers are inherently better than 2-way speakers, the crossover is much more complicted, raising the cost of them significantly

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Adam Lng May 23, 2005, 05:57pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
In other words, a dirt cheap 3-way or 4-way is probably on the side of crappy than not.

3-ways are something you see in speakers with floorstanders and bookshelves in the $1k+/pair range. The more drivers you add to a speaker, the more inherently screwed the basic spectrum graph is going to look because each driver has its own characteristics of where it begins to drop off on the frequency graph. You need ALOT of work to even out the frequency response to make sure all the drivers are working in unison and cancel out each other's weaknesses. In other words, good in the hands of those who know what they are doing, not so great for an el-cheap speaker (that's why it's hard to find a 3-way from even high end companies under the 1K range--it's not that the drivers or construction is any harder, but trying to get it all to work properly, otherwise a well made 2-way will sound superior).

Tushar Patel Jun 24, 2005, 03:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Audio Question - 2-way VS 3-way speakers: Whats the Difference?
I need to know about the connections, is there 2 connections for the 2 way and 3 connections for the 3 way, or they all have the same positive and negative connection?

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