I recently had to upgrade my Rear speakers and i was damn sure that i will go for JBL GTO Series. So all this happened on a Saturday evening, i went to the car market in Noida and entered the busiest shop at that moment(Car Raunaq). I was inquiring about the GTO series and was just playing around doing some testing and fideling around with the controls in the stereo that the shop guys has fixed these GTO demo Series.
Finally after 30mins of playing around and waiting for the shop guy to get freed up from the customers, i told him that i wanted a Pair of GTO 948 and he gave me a weird smile and asked, "Do you have a budget or you looking for quality?" and obviously i said both. He told me to wait for few minutes and asked another guy to get the box that was hidden somewhere and gave it to me. The shop guy told me that these are better then JBL and cost a little higher difference of Rs 600.
I was looking at the box and it said 470W and 100RMS and i was like because for 70w extra i have to pay Rs 600??? and more over these are just normal looking speakers.
The shop guy then said, "Take the JBL GTO 948 and Boston SXi696 and fit them if your car and listen. Later you decide which one you want".
I gave a weird smile to him and said, OK. I took the guy who installs the stereos along with me to get them tested.
And the Testing begins....
Boston SXi696 Series:
Type : 6”x 9” 3-way speaker
RMS Power : 100W
Peak Music Power : 470W
Freq Range : 45Hz-20kHz
Impedance : 2 ohm
Resonance : 45Hz
Sensitivity : 90dB
Magnet : 110 x 15mm
Copolymer cone with rubber surround
1” PEI Tweeter
Ferro fluid cooled tweeter
JBL GTO 948
Power Handling, RMS100 Watts
Power Handling, Peak400 Watts
Frequency Response (±3dB)45Hz - 21kHz
Mounting Depth2-15/16" (75mm)
Boston:- Felt the nice bass and as far as the treble, they are mild and doesnt hurt your ears.
JBL:- Crisp, High treble and compared to boston, i felt JBL was lacking in bass.
I was not sure if i was wrong, i asked my friend who visited at this time and i asked him to listen to the speakers both Boston First and JBL second without telling him what did i had in the boot. He selected Boston again.
Later i told him that it was Boston that he selected and Not JBL. We was shocked as well considering the fact that he is a big fan of JBL.
Well having said all this, What am i trying to prove here? Boston is better then JBL?
Nope, These are 2 different segments for different kinds of people and depends on their taste of listening.
Ended up buying the SXi696 for Rs 4400 with bill and replacement warranty and i am happy with the decision
Anybody have these or anyone tried these?