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I just finished putting all new speakers in the caprice. Stock head unit, blaupunkt 6" 2ways in the doors and Pioneer 6x9 3 ways in the rear deck. the sound seems to get distorted when turning up the volume and I am wondering if its the speaker enclosures (or lack of them) or if the head unit cannot provide enough power to get good sound. Any advice would be really appreciated along with product suggestions. Thanks, NAES
 
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What is the head rated at(watts)?

What brand of head you running?

How far do you have to turn the volume up before you notice the distortion (i.e. 1/4 1/2 3/4.....)?

Did you replace the head and speakers at the same time?
 
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Check the polarity of your speaker wires. Reverse the wires on ONE side and see if it sounds better. If it does, your speakers were wired out of phase.
 
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You dont NEED and amp however if you want it lowder with less distortion. Then you NEED the amp. Your head unit is working hard to power the speakers especailly if its powering all four.The stock head unit isnt high power. There is a night and day difference if you GET THE AMP. or at least run deck power to the front then get the amp for the 6x9s.
 
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You will get a lot more sound out of your speakers with an amp, and if you like your car loud then you will want that extra speaker volume.
 
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With those speakers, you will want to do an amp. You might want to go ahead & drop the $$ on a good head unit & matching amp at the same time. As stated before, you don't NEED an amp as you're getting music now. BUT, what kind of music . . .
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hey Boom:
With those speakers, you will want to do an amp. You might want to go ahead & drop the $$ on a good head unit & matching amp at the same time. As stated before, you don't NEED an amp as you're getting music now. BUT, what kind of music . . .<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


I totally agree. Get an amp. It appears you have recognized that your good speakers sound better in some respects than your previous stock speakers like cleaner, less congested, open, and airy. However, they probably lack some of the punch and snap that you had from your stock speakers. Overall maybe it is a bit less musical, even though you upgraded the speakers.

The best thing here would be for you to hold-off a bit, and wait untill you can get both a head unit and a good quality 4-channel amp at the same time.
 
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get the amp and headunit. I just got an amp to power my four speakers and I thought it was alright. Then i got a new headunit. I wish i did the headunit at the same time as the amp. Because you are really missing out if you don't do both.
 
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If money is short, get a good quality head unit with RCA outputs. For the time being, you can run your new speakers off the new deck and later down the road upgrade to a amp and sub. Todays quality head units have great output and are very reasonably priced. The stock deck power output is less than good, but also make sure you don't have the bass turned all the way up on the deck. It doesnt like that. Another point of interest is to verify your speakers are installed tight. If you have any movememt in the speakers, it will sound like crap.

The ideal way is to get a good head unit, amps and subs, but for some that might be a little too much.

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as far as using the stock head unit, I'm almost sure that the impedence that the stock unit uses is most likely different from the aftermarket speakers you are using,hopefully your fronts are the same ohms rating as the rear,if not later down the road ,when you do decide to install an amp one set of speaks are going to be much louder than the other.Most after market speakers are of the 4-8 ohms range,the stock head unit may be higher up to 16 ohms
 
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