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Ok, the wifes motor will be done in a month or so and it'll be back on the road after a little over a year. I finally decided to move up from the original 94 CD player (still works great) to something more modern.

I'm really not into all kinds of video, 10,000 watt amps or huge boxes in the trunk. I just want a nice head unit to fit in the dash, very good speakers that fit correctly, frt & rr, without hacking. And I am definately not hacking the dash. So I know I'm stuck with a single din. I say 1.5 din to people and they look at me like I'm from the 60's.

I'm open to any recommendations as to what to put in there. I just want good sound without issues.

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alpine to some 6.5's front doors, to 6x9's rear.

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depends on what kinda of cd player you want.. for instance.. mine doesn't play cd's.. it plays directly from my ipod, i have a 10 band EQ, and some color options.

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Ok, the wifes motor will be done in a month or so and it'll be back on the road after a little over a year. I finally decided to move up from the original 94 CD player (still works great) to something more modern.

I'm really not into all kinds of video, 10,000 watt amps or huge boxes in the trunk. I just want a nice head unit to fit in the dash, very good speakers that fit correctly, frt & rr, without hacking. And I am definately not hacking the dash. So I know I'm stuck with a single din. I say 1.5 din to people and they look at me like I'm from the 60's.

I'm open to any recommendations as to what to put in there. I just want good sound without issues.
Hybrid audio makes great speakers, a little expensive but definetly worth it.
If you want to stick with mainstream, Infinity perfects or kappas will sound good.
Pioneer makes anything you need H/U wise.
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Kenwood is good for head units.
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for the deck i'd recommend alpine or pioneer.. there both about the same expect 2 totally different designs..

for speakers.. if your looking for budget.. i'd say maybe some lower end rockfords or infinity kappas.. higher end maybe CDT's or rainbow or herTz.

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For speakers, are you going to run a 4 channel amp? For a lot of the speakers mentioned here, you'd definitely want a 4 channel to run them. If you don't, the Alpine Type S, Polk DXi, Pioneer A series, or even Infinity Reference speakers would be a great start. To get the most out of most speakers, you'll need an amp. For head units, as said before, Alpine or Pioneer would be a great bet. Kenwood also has some pretty nice models. I also want to throw this out there, I have or currently use everything I mentioned. I'm not just rambling things off here. I've had Alpine and Pioneer head units in my Caprice, Jeep, Jimmy, and S10. I currently have an Alpine 9855 in the Jeep and a Pioneer Premier 800PRS in the Caprice. I ran A series Pioneer speakers in the Jeep before, Type S speakers in the Caprice, Infinity Reference in the Caprice (the 4x6 plate speakers require you to hack up the factory plastic brackets to make them fit), Polks and Alpine Type S in my Jimmy (as well as 2 different Alpines and a Pioneer HU), and an Old Alpine 9807 in my S10. The wife and I ran a Kenwood Excelon 693 in her PT Cruiser until she sold the car in January. We had that in there for a couple years and it was a really nice budget HU.

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I want to have a nice looking, easy to control H/U. I'll probably fab up my own billet din plate or just stick with the regular ol' kit. As for speakers I read awhile back there was a set of infinity 6x9's that didn't require hacking the grills in the rear. But I always liked Alpine. I will have a small amp for the rear speakers. Nothing spectacular, just enough to push some noise without distortion.

My wife is a headbanger, so Megadeth, Metallica, etc is what'll be coming out of the speakers. Oh, and probably some salsa music. She's Panamanian. (Army kid).

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I'd recommend amping the fronts and rears, not just the rears. If you only amp the rears, you're going to have a stage that's overly biased towards the rear. I don't run rear speakers in either of my current vehicles. I feel they detract from the front stage. I've ran Alpines and Infinitys in the rear and never had to hack my factory grilles to make them fit. The Infinitys came close to touching though with the tweeters.

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I don't run rear speakers in either of my current vehicles. I feel they detract from the front stage.
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