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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Help a Old School'er into the New Skool.

Been out of the Car Audio game for 25 plus years. Many brands have come and go, and many brands that were EPIC back in the day are either gone, or are complete garbage.
What are literally some of the best brands? I'm not talking opinions here but brands that are pretty much prosumer, not consumer.
Like I said , have been out of the game for a while but am I somewhat on the right track with these brands:
Rainbow
Focal
Diamond

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Been out of the Car Audio game for 25 plus years. Many brands have come and go, and many brands that were EPIC back in the day are either gone, or are complete garbage.
What are literally some of the best brands? I'm not talking opinions here but brands that are pretty much prosumer, not consumer.
Like I said , have been out of the game for a while but am I somewhat on the right track with these brands:
Rainbow
Focal
Diamond

Thx
hybrid audio technologies is real nice, aswell as hertz.

DC Audio, Fi audio, Digital Designs, Sundown Audio, SSA, RE Audio, Ascendant audio, im sure i'm missing some but here is a few companies you can look into.
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i 2nd Diamond Audio. I've had my in my 96 SS for about 8 years now.

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2652506[/URL]]hybrid audio technologies is real nice, aswell as hertz.

DC Audio, Fi audio, Digital Designs, Sundown Audio, SSA, RE Audio, Ascendant audio, im sure i'm missing some but here is a few companies you can look into.
I like the Hertz too they got a really clean sound.
It also depends on which ones you get. Entry level or premium level. I've used MB Quarts entry level and then switched to there Q series and its a big difference in sound and price.


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I was never a big Audiophile myself but I've always been happy with Pioneer stereo's and then just upgrade my Speakers with something like Polk or Infinity. Also not a big fan of loosing my trunk to amps woofers and such. I like my Rock loud, but the stock power of a 50W per channel system has been more than enough for me. I still act like a kid when a good Zep or Skynyrd song comes on.

I unlike most of the people with mirrors vibrating off the car from the loud Bass of their woofers, would still like to be able to hear when I'm old and gray....or at least older There are a lot of offerings out there now and it can get confusing. I would recommend you get in touch with Crutchfield as well....www.crutchfield.com They offer a wide variety of brands and their tech support can help you find what best fits your needs, wants and budget. They also offer nice instructions to install along with cheap/fast shipping and a load of freebies to make your install go smooth.

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I have been out of car audio professionally for a abut 4 1/2 years now. And even in that amount of time there have been big changes. Eclipse who was a very good company, I started watching fall before I left the shop, and is now gone totally(fujitsu ten company), diamond audio was a great product, but the owner(s) ran it into the ground, we were sending in amps for warranty work and just getting credit on our account for them because they owed so much to vendors that they couldn't get the parts to repair, I believe diamond is still around now maybe they pulled back out of it or changed hands, I'm not sure.

I have been using Memphis car audio or a while now and have great success with them, I have never blown a sub or amp, I still have product from before leaving that is still going strong.

Jl audio is still a great product

Hertz and audison seem to be great as well.

Rockford went down hill a lot.

As far as head units, it's a totally different game now with so much factory deck options and higher quality in them, my old shop is doing a lot of factory deck integration. There are a lot of very high end processors for integration out like the jl clean sweep, audison bit one, and audio control pieces. I had a 2011 Kia sportage which had factory Bluetooth, mp3, USB, aux in, Sirius and steering wheel controls, so I used a Memphis 6ix and kept the deck, first time I have ever kept a factory deck in my vehicle. So with all this being said, there aren't a lot of decent head unit companies left, pioneer, Kenwood and jvc seem to be your best choices, we had a lot of success with jvc in the last few years I was at the shop(years before I would have shot ya for suggesting jvc to me, but times change) there are a lot of low end brands out there still, dual, boss, Jensen etc... But even in a time where decks are a lot cheaper and have tons more features than they used to, you still get what you pay for.



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