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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2006, 08:09 AM
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Decided that I wanted to do a little upgrade to my 95 SS stero system, so I did a search and the only conclusion I rearched is that the stock spearkers aren't very good and need to be replaced. Also that I should install alot of sound deading insulation. Other than that I got lost.

Is audio equipment like computers, new product hits the market so fast after a couple of years you are obsolete?

Just want to enhanse my driving experiance.
Want to keep the factory head unit w/ CD that I already have.
Will install alot of sound deading insulation

If I upgrade the speakers will I need to install some kind of amp setup to properly drive the speakers?

If I need an amp will it wire directly to the factory head unit or will I need another device, if so what device?

Any help would be great!!!!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2006, 09:27 AM
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Ok, several questions


Yes, new audio equipment comes on the market all the time but it doesn't mean you need to upgrade. A lot of the stuff is small but still packs an impact.


But again, no, its definitely not obsolete. I know guys that have had the same equipment in their car for 3 or 4 years now and it still bumps hard as hell and will compete with cars that have newer equipment. Stereo doesn't necessarily become useless, but you can get better stuff if you know what I mean.


Now, you do NOT need sound deadening. That is optional. I am pushing est. 1800 total watts and don't have it. Now, I do get rattles and shakes in the cabin however, all my bass is in the cabin through a port so although I have some fixable rattles on the inside, I get no rattle whatsoever on the outside. The rattles on the inside are pretty much door panels that have been taken off so many times that they just hang from the top [img]graemlins/.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/.gif[/img]

But, if you want to go with the sound deadening, it will enhance the sound a bit and depending on where you put it and how much, it can make your road noise minimal as well.


Here's kind of a two-parter. You do not have to get an amp to push the speakers and make it sound better. Hell, anything sounds better than the paper cone stocks. BUT if you want to get more full potential out of the speakers, get an amp. The stereo, as all stereos, can push out a certain amount of watts before there is distortion. Even if you can't hear the distortion, its there. An amp will take over the power and feed the speakers what they need to sound more at their potential

Here's the 2nd part: The amp will not just bolt up. You need to either get a new head unit OR get an adapter that will hook up from you stock radio to the amp. Sorry, I don't know the direct name of that adapter. I know someone on here will


Other than that, I think that covers it. LMK if you have any other questions
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2006, 10:55 AM
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To run an AMP off the factory headunit. you will need 2 line out converters. That take a high input (Speaker wire from the headunit) and converts them into RCA connections. Then for the AMP you will need RCA cable,remote turn lead, power and ground wires, but you can usually buy a AMP install kit that includes everything execpt the line converters.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-30-2006, 11:39 AM
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I suggest getting to line out converters for the RCA wires. One of which will be for your mids and one of which will be for your subs. I have a 06 impala as well (my girl's toy) and she wanted more sound out of hers so I just ran to line outs for RCA's and amplified her speaker and powered the subs. I kept the factory ones in because on the new impalas they can hold more whats than the head unit gives out and the head unit decreases power after a certain yield to a point where turning the radio up is almost turning it down. With this setup you can configure your amplifiers to your need and get maximum boost from factory head unit.
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