Consumer reception of the newSony XS-680ES Mobile ES Coaxial Two way Speakers has been incredible. These solutions were designed to offer benchmark performance at very accessible price points. A while back, we looked at the 6.5-inch component set and coaxial speakers. In this spotlight, we’ll check out the features of the XS690ES 6-by-9 and the XS-680ES 6-by-8-inch speaker sets.
The XS-690ES Coaxial Two way Speakers set is a drop-in replacement for the most popular speaker size of all time – the ubiquitous six-by-nine. Sold in pairs, the set includes mesh grilles for custom installations. These two-way speakers feature a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter and a mica-reinforced cellular aramid fiber matrix woofer cone. The tweeter uses a synthetic fiber diaphragm that balances mass and rigidity to deliver excellent clarity and extension to an as-claimed 40 kHz. The woofer cones are well-damped and rigid to ensure uncolored midrange performance and great bass production. The rubber surround features Sony’s Separated Notch Edge Surround design that helps to damp unwanted oscillations that add distortion at high excursion levels. In addition, Sony notes that the progressive spider is designed to deliver “rapid and precise” control over the woofer for crystal clear performance.
With respect to both the XS-680ES and XS-690ES, we’ve already mentioned the woofer cone material as well as the notched surround as crucial factors in delivering clear sound at high volume levels. However, another vital feature that Sony included is an aluminum shorting ring inside the motor assembly. This seemingly simple addition helps damp unwanted magnetic fields that are created as the voice coil moves forward and rearward from rest. Those fields would oppose the efforts of the fixed ceramic magnet and dramatically reduce output at the top end of the midrange and add distortion. The aluminum shorting ring, quite simply, acts as a short-circuit to those unwanted high-frequency magnetic currents, allowing the drivers to deliver uncannily clear midrange clarity.
If you haven’t heard car audio speakers with this technology, it’s well worth making a special trip to audition them. Quite simply, they sound different and better than speakers that don’t include this technology. Oh, and most products that include shorting rings cost at least twice as much, if not three times.
- MRC Aramid Fibre Matrix Woofer
- Optimal formulation
- Separated Notch Edge Surround
- Five-beam Frame Structure & Dynamic Air Diffuser
- Progressive Height Rate Spider
- Tweeters to hit the high notes
- Structure cutaway
- 6″x8″ 2-way car speakers (pair)
- Mica Reinforced Cellular aramid fiber woofer
- synthetic fiber dome tweeter
- handles up to 75 watts RMS (240 watts peak power)
- frequency response: 40-40,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 89 dB
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