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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-29-2002, 07:14 PM
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I'm on a $500 limit to replace my stock gm system. What head unit, front, and rear speakers should I get?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-29-2002, 08:12 PM
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i went with the pioneer DEH-6400,it plays mini movies (like an indy car racing on a track) its got a remote, subwoofer control, 2 sets of pre-outs, and a 50x4 watt output. cost me $270, and i love it, not one problem with it.

Speaker wise, dont put another set of 4x6's in. just get some 6" rounds and make some plywood plates in. (i also did this)

But name brand wise: get something reasonably well known. Look for good rubber surrounds, sturdy cones, plastic or better, cardboard ones suck.

just look at guys signatures, and that can influence your brand
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-29-2002, 09:57 PM
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I personal like the alpine 7995
alpine on ebay

and for speakers

some bostons or mb quarts
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-30-2002, 07:17 AM
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I'd spend ~$200 on a head unit, nothing spectacular, but something that'll get the job done. 40(or 50)x4 and at least 2 sets of preouts (4V prefered)

I'd get some GOOD components for the front. Spend the other $300 on this. Adire is coming out with a set that is suppose to rival Focal which are GREAT speakers. http://www.adireaudio.com/car_audio/...components.htm

I have the Infinity perfect 6" components and there great. Just under $300

Just leave the stock rears and turn them down, or disconnect them now, you'll get better response and sound from the front without them.

Just in case your interested, I have a set of Boston Pro 4" components taking up space now. Mounted in the stock speaker housings with a small mounting plate. $175 you pay shipping [img]smile.gif[/img] That'd give you great sounding fronts, and $ left for some decent 6x9 rears [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-01-2002, 07:17 AM
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I got my Pioneer headunit (DEH-P77DH? something like that, anyway) for about $210 at cameraclub.com and Infinity 6x9 2 ways (rear) and 6" 3 ways (front) plus 40 feet of high quality speaker cable (speakers and cable at sounddomain.com) all for a little under $500, after shipping and taxes. I did the install myself. I think it's about as good as I could have done for the money. All of the above was purchased last Fall, so prices may have changed.

I like the Pioneer deck because it makes decent power, the cd player is quite good and it has three sets of preouts if I ever decide to install amps and/or subwoofers. The downside to the Pioneer deck is that the buttons are too small and the equalizer is a real PIA to use. If I knew then what I know now, I would see if I could find a single din headunit with similar power and preouts and 1/2 din equalizer for close to the same money. I think I'd have been happier with that setup. But, I am pretty happy with what I've got and it's lightyears ahead of stock.
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-01-2002, 10:30 AM
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Erik, How did that head unit fit in the dash? Did you need a kit or anything?
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-01-2002, 10:32 AM
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gbelli, I think I'll go with your advice and get a head unit and some bigger good front speakers.
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-01-2002, 11:41 AM
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More room for improvement, and it'll be cheaper later when you just buy a 4channel amp and some rear 6x9s

good luck [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-01-2002, 12:10 PM
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The head unit is 1.5 din. It fit great, no problems whatsoever and no kit necessary. The only problem I ran into was that I didn't know ahead of time that you have to buy an adaptor for the antenna. The factory antenna lead has a small plug on the end. You need an adaptor to fit the jack on the back of the headunit. The adaptor is readily available and will probably be required for any aftermarket head unit. Good luck.
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-10-2002, 07:09 PM
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Check out the sig. The whole system cost a bit more than $500, but well worth it.
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