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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-11-2002, 04:40 PM
andrew9C1
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Hey guys,

A friend of mine has recently put a system in his Grand Prix that just sounds awesome, and I've been bitten by the bug again. Only thing I've added to my '93 9C1 so far is an Eclipse 5342R head unit, so it's time for some upgrades. Here's what I was thinking..

1. Boston Acoustics ProSeries 6.53: a 6.5" woofer, 4" midrange and a 1" tweeter.

2. Two Image Dynamics IDQ10 subs in a sealed box. Or hopefully two individual boxes flanking the full-size spare, but who knows if that's even possible.

3. PPI PowerClass amps, but I don't know about many other amps as far as quality is concerned.

So I have a few questions. First, Boston Acoustics' website says MSRP is $750/pair for those speakers. If that includes all six speakers and the crossover, I'll buy it. But if I have to buy two of those, please suggest another line. Second, on the subs, they're DVC models available in 2ohm or 4ohm. Any suggestions of which way to go? They are 250W RMS and 500W Program, which I assume means "max." What kind of power should I put behind those? 500W mono? Finally, on the amps as a whole. I have no idea what sort of power to put behind all of this. I don't want an SPL vehicle, more SQ. Any other suggestions will be appreciated.

What I was thinking of doing was using the Scott Williams door speaker template and putting tweets and 6.5" in the doors, and replacing the 6x9s with 8" woofers. Then just have the two tens in the trunk. Would that be an unbalanced low vs high setup? From looking at the door template page, I checked out the RC620 instead, and that includes all four speakers. So I'm going to assume I'd have to spend $1500 for the ProSeries 6.53 above. Forget that. Assuming an RC620 set, would an 8" woofer (manufacturer unknown) be overkill? Would 8" even fit in the back deck with a sub box (or two ) in the trunk?

Again, I appreciate any suggestions. Since I sold my SS, I'm ready to go shopping, and am going to check out a recommended shop later today or (probably) Monday. If it adds up too quickly, I'll start with the door speakers, then add other parts later.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-11-2002, 10:36 PM
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good choice with the bostons, I have the 6.5 and love them,I don't have an opinion on the subs,(I only use kicker) and PPI has fell off a litte unless you can get the ART SERIES amps. good luck!
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-12-2002, 08:52 PM
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i think that with those components you will have enough midrange up front. that rear deck area kinda kills sound, so i think you would be better off cutting out some of the metal or even that sounded deadener thats back there. i pulled mine out the otherday just as ed said to do it. and i was done and back in the house in 5 mins. i'm putting my box in the rear deck, so its going to be a little complicated. you could fit 2 boxes for 10" woofers right under the rear deck and fire them up through the 6x9 holes and i think you would be happy with that. you could put a box on either side of the spare and have lots of room for the box i think. and as far as the 6x9's i'd just leave them out. i took mine out maybe a month or 2 ago and i don't miss them at all. if you get the bostons you might want another amp too. there is alot of manufacters out there, its hard to pick just 1. good luck
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-12-2002, 09:06 PM
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Andrew9C1,
Take a look at Focal separates. I'm running the 165K2 model in my SS. I used Hack's template and it turned out great. After the install, I have a great front stage. You can't tell there's a 12 in the trunk now. Bought mine off ebay for about $350 for the set.
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2002, 09:04 AM
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Sorry for not getting back; I built a second PC and have been trying (unsucessfully) for two days to get the Linksys router I bought to work with even one of them.
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catdaddy: Thanks for letting me know about PPI. Are the 'art series' an older model? I haven't heard of that one.

camel: Good ideas about the back deck. If I were to build those boxes (.25-.5 ft^3) would there be any problem clearing the tension bars running across between the trunk hinges? That's sort of what I've been worried about.

AggieSS: Woah, thanks for reminding me about Focal! I'd heard they're excellent speakers, but after seeing the MSRP I stopped looking. Just a brief Google search has shown prices alost half of MSRP! I'll definitely keep looking now.

Gonna head to the install shop soon. S&K Car Stereo, recommended by Lori Michaels (http://www.dreamy.com). Keep the comments coming though! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2002, 11:43 AM
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andrew9C1
yes the art series are older,probably from the mid 90's. it also depends on how they will be used, it just a matter of preference I guess.
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2002, 01:05 PM
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andrew i think you will have enough room for 2 .75ft boxes. that ledge at the back of the trunk is about 8.5 inches high to the metal deck, 10 inches deep that little platform behind the seat, and its about 45" wide. i think thats plenty of room even with the spare tire in the middle. your boxes won't need to be big, and you can stuff them and aim them through the 6x9 holes. i think you'll be set.
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2002, 01:25 PM
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camel - Sweet, thanks! I always thought it'd be cool to have the subs firing into the trunk (magnets at the seatback) so the face would be visible, but if this makes them fit better, then I don't care.
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-13-2002, 01:59 PM
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it would be nice to face them back, but i think you would get louder and better sound coming out of the subs if you face them up. it might be alright facing them to the rear, usually that picks up 3 db's. as long as the sound can shoot into the cabin your going to be ok. they wouldn't take up uch space up there, thats why i liek that idea.
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-14-2002, 12:01 AM
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Yeah, that's what I'll suggest to the installer. Didn't make it up to the shop today, got distracted with the new PC. Thanks again!
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