TIC TFS6CN Bluff Stone Rock Speaker Canyon
TIC TFS6CN Bluff Stone Rock Speaker Canyon is rated out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5
from They're good, but I think PE has better for less.I bought this speaker and the Parts Express house brand 8" Rock Speaker (#319-045) at the same time to do a direct comparison of the two. I was very intrigued given the similar specs of the two speakers but quite a large price difference.First, the build quality. I was impressed with the build quality of these speakers. They are a bit bigger and heavier than the PE speaker, which gives the impression that if someone bumps into them, the speaker won't fall over or move much (or at all if you use the optional TIC stake). (The speaker does NOT come with the speaker wire as shown in the picture. At least my speaker didn't.) The speaker wire terminals seems pretty solid. It's two pinch screws that are recessed a bit from the bottom so unless the speaker is sitting in a puddle of water, the connectors should remain untouched by the elements. It also uses a two connector cover where one covers the speaker terminals and the second connector clamps down on the speaker wire to create a weather resistant (but not weather proof) seal. Nothing that a little dab of silicone caulk wouldn't seal up water tight.The only complaint (if I had to have one) about the build quality is that the speaker grill/cover is pretty noticeable and almost distracting up close. The PE brand speaker seems to hide the grill a little better by giving it creases that seem more appropriate of a rock.How do they sound compared to the PE house brand? Very comparable. Depending on your preference of sound, that may make the decision easier. (Although keep in mind the price difference too.)The drivers used in this box is very similar in spec to the drivers in the PEs. The TIC's are listed as having a slightly better sensitivity @ 91db compared to the PE's 87db. When comparing the two speakers side by side at a listening distance of about 3ft, the sensitivity rating was unnoticeable at any volume.The TICs also list as having a freq response a few Hz lower- 33Hz vs 42Hz for the PEs. This part of the spec appears to be true. In running a speaker test CD on both speakers, the TIC did in fact go just a hair lower, but most people wouldn't notice. So the TICs get an ever so slight nod for their bass response. HOWEVER...it's a different story with the treble output. The TICs are definitely not as crisp. Symbols and hi-hats definitely took on a more natural sound in the PEs. Vocals did too. I also liked the crossover points better on the PEs. The separation between the tweeter and woofer was more pronounced and didn't get overly muddy in the middle. The TICs sounded a bit more muddy in the midrange, possibly due to the lack of better treble response. If you prefer treble frequencies that aren't quite as crispy and bass response that's just a wee bit better, then you'll prefer the TICs.
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5
by trainwreck3 - 11355
from TIC TFS6CN Rock SpeakersThese speakers were easy to install and sound great. They look enough like rocks that it is hard to figure where the sound is coming from. I have no complaints.
Date published: 2008-05-18