Originally Posted by brandt025
I was trying to decide which package would be good for me too. How did u decide?
I would email Ian and tell him what you are looking for in a system. Here is what I told him and his response that helped me decide.
I have a 2002 Camaro SS with the stock Monsoon system. I need to replace the speakers and have been looking at your 4th Generation Camaro Standard Speaker Package with Upgraded CDT Subwoofers and the 4th Generation Camaro Premium Replacement Speaker System and I am not sure which package would be best for me.
I plan on keeping the Monsoon until something goes wrong with it and then look at what is available. I have no need for a sub or an extremely loud system, (I value my hearing).
The car has the center mount exhaust, cold air induction, and plenty of road noise from the tires so I am not trying to equal the performance of my home audio system which is worth about as much as the car. I just want a decent upgrade from stock that will last.
Since most speakers are damaged by driving the amp into distortion or clipping which system would require less power to get to a volume level high enough to overcome the noise @ 70 mph?
If they are equal do you think the Premium Replacement Speaker System would last longer because of the better speakers.
The upgraded standard package has the same speakers with the exception of the door speakers as the premium package. I did this at the request of a few members on LS1Tech that wanted the CDT subs but didn't think it necessary for the upgraded door speakers. I went ahead and threw in the CDT rear 4" in that package as well so it is a great value.
That being said the EU-61 door components are exceptional. They feature a larger voice coil, larger magnet and a cast frame instead of stamped steel. They are quite an upgrade and are normally a $299.99 set of speakers by themselves. That particular set are the ones I had in my Trans Am on 100watts each speaker and were hit very hard in demo situations. I never had an issue with them. They are also the same speakers that I used in my best friends 02 WS6 Trans Am and Whitebird who is a moderator on Tech also has these in his car back when they were called the CL-E61 set.
The regular CL-61 is still a nice set of speakers and use the same type of phase plug design the EU uses. They just don;t handle quite as much power due to a smaller magnet and voice coil. They still perform well and handle the stock system fine. I am able to push the EU harder though, even with the stock system they sound almost aftermarket powered with the stock amp.