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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-06-2003, 12:40 PM
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I need to ask for some things for Christmas and want some different stereo equiptment. I've been running stock speakers (which are blown) for soo long, I forgot what music sounds like played on a real system. It's pretty sad when my best stereo set up is with my computer system. Klipsch Promedia 5.1's sound AWESOME!

Anyhow, I am leaning tword an Alpine deck since I have had alpine ever since I could drive. I have noticed that we don't have to have all the same name brand components which is good. I need to get some opinions on everything. Head unit, amps, speakers, etc. I know they are broad questions but I only want to do this once seeing as I have had the same head unit for over 12 years. I do want the MP3 feature seeing as it's almost a standard now.

Thanks for any help!
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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-06-2003, 02:25 PM
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Hey 94... There is HUGE variability here... It all depends on how much money you want to spend...

Here are a few options, but it all bomes down to budget and how you want your car set up...

Head units: Eclipse or Alpine are good choices (so are others, but I prefer these)

Speakers: Focal, MB Quart

Amps: Rockford Fosgate, Xtant, Audiobahn

It just gets crazy... There are so many options. I am sure that many others will tag onto this thread with opinions... All I can say is to buy quality gear. You will not be sorry.

Tim
post #3 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-06-2003, 05:29 PM
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Here's the basic system in my Impala:

Alpine head unit (I think the 9813 would be the most comparable current model)

Alpine 6.5" R series component speakers in front doors

Alpine 6x9 R series coax speakers in rear deck

JL Audio 10IB4 10" Free-air subs (two) mounted in Scott Williams trunk kit Baffle board behind stock location spare tire

JL Audio 250/1 amp powering subs

Alpine F340 (4x55w) 4 channel amp powering speakers

Sounds awesome, wasn't insanely expensive, and it's crystal clear to beyond the volume that causes those inside the car physical pain [img]smile.gif[/img]

My wagon will be getting a very similar system... 9813 head unit, same speakers front and rear... the free-airs (lacking a trunk and all) will be replaced by a JL Audio 12w3 V2 12" sub powered by a 500/1 JL Audio Amp... and since I got a great deal on it the regular speakers will be powered by a JL Audio 300/4 amp.
 
post #4 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-06-2003, 10:35 PM
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I've Always Used Alpine Head Units Also! The One I Have Currently Is The Alpine CDA-D857 Full Face GM Size (Which They Dont Make Anymore). As Far As Head Units That Dont Skip If You Prefer To Have LARGE Subs In Your System That Vibrate Your Fillings Loose (Which I DONT!),The Pioneer Head Units Seem To Be The Best At This And Believe Me, Me And My Son Have Installed Nearly Every Brand In Many Cars This Year And The Pioneers (DEH-P3500,3600, 4500,4600 0R 5500 Models) Are Nearly Skip Free! Anyhow, Here's What I Have In My Caprice:
1. Alpine CDA-D857 Head Unit (GM Full Size)
2. MTX RTX-02A 3 Way Crossover
3. Infinity Kapaa 6 1/2 Components In The F-Doors
4. Infinity Kappa 4X6 Plate Speakers In 2 Custom Made Fiberglass Boxes, Located In The Corners In The Rear Deck.
5. Two Kicker "Free Air" 8" Mid Bass Speakers, In The 6X9 Rear Deck Locations (Modding To The Rear Deck Had To Be Done For These)
6. Alpine MRV-F450 5 Way Amp Powering The Whole Setup
7. 8 Gauge Wires For Power and Ground and Plenty Of Dynamat In The F-Doors And Rear Deck!

I Dont Do RAP So The 8's Are More Than Enough For The Low End Fill And As Knightshade Said, It Will Make Your Ears Bleed and It's Still "Crystal Clear". BTW, Bought All The Components From Vendors Off of E-Bay Which Is Fine If You Know Everything You Need To Do this Type Of Install But If You Dont? , Crutchfield Will Set You Up With Everything You'll Need Inc Instructions But Their Prices Are Higher! Here's The Website But I Suggest You Call Them Also and Tell Them Everything You Have Planned? Their Very Good At Setting People Up for an Install!....Mike

Crutchfield Car Audio
post #5 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-06-2003, 10:39 PM
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Pioneer deh77p head unit. perfect fit, and very flexible. 3 pre outs and direct hookup to xm. Hacks free air board, and a pair of free air pioneer 10's. Planet audio 6.5 components. Two amps, one for fronts, the other for subs. An amp for the rear 6x9's, imho is a waste. Sounds great. I have similar setups in both cars. Most of it from ebay:
New H/U: $170
subs $80/pair!
fronts $90
Amps .99 cents plus shipping. I had to replace a few transistors though! Now they rock!
Misc. $100 wires, stuff, etc.

I really like the sound of the freeairs in this car. I have one w/ JL IB4's (no longer available) and one with pioneer free airs. I think the Pioneer's are every bit of the JL's, if not better! As an added bonus, you get to keep your trunk.

As was mentioned there are a billion ways to go about this, I happen to really like my recipe though, and would reccomend it anyone.

Peter
post #6 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-07-2003, 07:51 AM
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Where did you get the amps for .99 cents?
post #7 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-07-2003, 08:21 AM
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Ebay. I bought a bunch of em, .99 was the least I paid, about 15 the most, plus the 12 shipping. These are bazooka amps that had to be fixed, usually output transistors, but some had other faults. They retail for about 250 or more new.
It was fun to fix em. I still have a few if anyone is interested.

Peter
post #8 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 11:59 AM
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Would I need a capacitor?
post #9 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 12:55 PM
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No. Just use really good wire, 4 gauge if it is a big amp, otherwise 8. Ah hell, just go 4. There is a big debate over the usefulness of capacitors, and many of the db winners do not use them. If your wire is stout enough, (this includes the ground wire!), and you have a really good ground, you should be 'grinning.

Peter
post #10 of 45 (permalink) Old 12-08-2003, 03:33 PM
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Amp-wise, I am partial to Precision Power (PPI). They have the cleanest sound around. I have two 440's, one in my Miata driving front components and rear deck 6x8's, the other about to go into my Cruiser. In the Miata, 40 watts/channel is PLENTY, since I don't have a sub or anything. The Cruiser might eventually need more oomph, but I'm not really into volume; I'll take quality over quantity.

HU-wise, I have Alpine in the Cruiser, OEM in the Miata (discourages thieves when I leave the top down).

Speakers are Pioneer 6x8s plus Boston tweeters in the Miata, and I'm about to install Pioneer tweets and Infinity 6x9s in the Cruiser.

c.
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