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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-11-2003, 06:42 PM
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Well, after owning this beast for a year, I finally got my "upgraded" stereo system installed! Oh, and what a difference it makes!

I installed a RioCar (Empeg MkIIa) head unit, two Blaupunkt amps (2x100 and 2x75), and Pioneer 5-way 6x9's out back. No subs and no upgrades to the front speakers... yet. Budgetary concerns mostly.

The RioCar is a MP3 player with an internal 30GB hard drive and runs on Linux. They are no longer in production but are very sought after... Ebay is my friend! For the fellow geeks out there: it has an 10Base-T Ethernet port, USB port and serial port. I've already upgraded the Kernel so it supports FTP and HTTP, from which I can stream audio through my laptop. It also has a large number of "visualizations" which respond to the music. One is featured in my sig.

The Blaupunkt amps are of the new so-called "Class T" design. They run VERY cool... after driving them pretty hard for about an hour they are still cool to the touch. Also, they are quite small. The 2x100 and 2x75 are the same outside physical dimensions. I mounted them on the little flat areas in the trunk nearest the back seats... flanking the spare on each side.

As I expected, wiring was the biggest pain. I pulled the center console, and rear seat. I ran the wires over the carpet under the center console, then used my trusty fish-tape to run it under the carpet between the rear center console mount and the back seat. I didn't realize that getting into the trunk from behind the back seat was so easy! I used a razor knife, but I think I could have poked through that "insulation" with a finger!

I did have to "Dremel" the front of the center console a little to make room for all the cables but it is not visible when installed.

I ran the speaker wires and power cable along one side of the center console/hump and the RCA's on the other. No noise/interference that I can hear. The RCA cables I got have the remote wire built in (sandwiched between the audio cables).

I'm very happy with it. And I have to give my wife kudos for helping with the whole thing. And let me tell you... the look on her face was priceless when she came out of the house and saw the center console, dash, rear seat, etc. sitting next to the car!! Actually, she wanted me to upgrade the stereo before any "go" mods!

Also, just wanted to say thanks for all the help from the forum. The knowledge base here is priceless!! And a big thanks to those who answered my neophite questions directly!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-11-2003, 07:37 PM
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glad to hear everything's working good [img]smile.gif[/img]

did you say 5-way pioneer 6X9's? didn't know they made them...i knew they made a 4-way.

that's the lil plastic blaupunkt amps you got? We wanted to order some to stock at the shop but the manager didn't want to (we stock the HU's)...they look really tiny, seen a few demo installs online with them. I was reading an article about them and they said that they had to put weights in the casing so people would take them seriously since they were so light! lol they sound pretty good?

i have a class T Avionixx (AXT 800.2...200 X 2 or 800 X 1...does more like 1000W X 1 ) and the little bit i've listened to it (waiting on a new car...should have it installed this week) it sounded great. Have you heard the class T clarion's?

and good to hear you got power and signal wires on opposite sides of the car [img]smile.gif[/img] definitely reduce noise that way.

it is funny to see some people's reactions when you bring em back to the shop to show them something about the vehicle or ask em their preference on something in the install and they see their car's insides ripped out lol.

let us know if you get any pics up [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-11-2003, 08:01 PM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Elemental:
did you say 5-way pioneer 6X9's? didn't know they made them...i knew they made a 4-way.

that's the lil plastic blaupunkt amps you got?

Yep! 5-way. $149/pair at Crutchfield. They claim 25-32000 Hz. Actually, the response rolls of outside 50-20000. But with the EQ built into the Rio Car, they get pretty darn low. The highs are ultra clear.

And, yes, the "lil plastic" buggers! They work great. I was mostly impressed with how cool they stay. They fit my application very well as I didn't want to sacrafice any cargo space. They fit just perfectly on those little flat areas I spoke of. They may have indeed mounted weights in 'em though... they are a lot heavier than they look. Also, if someone needed an even smaller package, all the plastic BS comes off and just the "ugly" basic metal case remains.

As far as pics go, the only one I thought relevant (the head unit) is in my sig. If anyone wants pics of the amps in the trunk, let me know and I'll dig the camera out.
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