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Old 04-19-2010, 03:51 PM
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Tell me what I need for stereo setup

Okay guys, like it says.

I don't want to pound the asphalt or shake the windows. I just want good sound quality. So tell me what I need

What size amp?
Is a Sub needed?
Gimme some ideas for replacement speakers and components.
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:08 AM
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start with a new head unit, the first question is how much you are willing to spend
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:15 AM
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I replaced the stock radio with a Pioneer D3 about 2 years ago. I'm not looking to spend big bucks on this. $300-$400 max.
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Old 04-22-2010, 12:02 PM
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if it was me and i had 3 to 4 hundred i would spend it all on a set of hertz 6.5
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Old 04-22-2010, 02:54 PM
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X2^^ no point in buying a bunch of junk. spend some cash of some good speakers, amp them if you can. then you can add a sub later if needed. if you do amp the speakers a 200 watt amp will for fine for any speakers you get. save some cash bu just getting a 2 channel amp. run the fronts off the amp and the rears off the deck.
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That's exactly the info I was looking for. How about a recommendation on an amp?
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let me know. i have a pioneer 800 watt 2 chan and a 4 chan. they are pretty nice amps.. im running 5 jl 6.5 subs in a ported box with a fosgate 300.1 with a audio control. sounds awesome. everything fit with very little cutting. im running the d3 also with pioneer door speakers.
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:57 PM
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I've been doing custom installs for years and with my own truck I went pretty mild and love it. I agree with spending a little more and having it last though. When I did my install on my 99' ext cab, I gutted it and ran all new wires, etc. However that's not something you NEED to do. I was just bored and figured why not. One component I would absolutely recommend if NOTHING else, would be the QLogic Custom Enclosure for your truck. I cringed when I hit the "Buy" button when I first got it, so know that it's going to seem pretty pricey for a box. However I can honestly say that it's the best part of my system and I'm glad I bought one.

Since mine is the Ext Cab and not the Super Cab, the box is a downfire type, sealed box that creates a nice center counsel for the rear bench. The big thing is that it's TUNED by QLogic to the type of sub that you can put in there. Sure there is a WIDE range of subs you can install in it, but the ones that will fit are going to be all designed to work with a certain air space requirement. And Qlogic went and designed the enclosure to get the most bang for your buck.

I'm running an entry level JL 10" sub and only maybe a 200w amp and when I want it to pound, it will. However for everyday use, I turn it down a bit and it compliments anything I'm listening to VERY nicely.

Now here's another little tip. I'm running Alpine 6x9's in all the doors with a Alpine headunit. I'm doing that instead of mixing and matching because they are designed and tested to work together. The same goes with JVC, Pioneer, Fosgate, etc... So I would suggest you buy all the same of one brand, whatever that may end up being, rather than winging it. Alpine for example tests and manufactures it's products in house and they are tuned and MADE to compliment each other. Where mixing Head units with drivers, you run the risk of conflicting freq's or massive power draw from a weak headunit trying to push a underpowered driver, etc.

Also another thing is get the baffles for the doors. They're made of poly-foam and keep the outside elements OUT of your speakers. Other than running to much power to them, the leading cause I've found for speakers crapping out, is that the dust and rain seeps into the empty space of your door and breaks down the speaker surrounds and clog the magnet journal. Then your left with a speaker that sounds like crap before it just dies. The baffles will cost you a whopping 5 or 6 dollars and will save you SO much headache later in life.

I've dealt with Crutchfield for years and frequently send people there, that are looking to build a system from scratch. What I do is input my vehicle and then it makes sure everything you can choose from, will indeed fit. Then once I've shopped around and found what I want, I open up a new window and start hunting. Basically having them do all the hard work of designing the system, then going elsewhere to find the speakers cheaper. Although a lot of the time I end up going back to Crutchfield to complete my order just for the info they include and their warranty alone. But at least you have that option if you can't find the components cheaper, elsewhere.

Anyway hope that helped with putting you on the right track. I did this all professionally so I'm just trying to give you a NO-BS answer. Because you go to a stereo shop and they're motivated to sell you what they have in OVERstock and not what is RIGHT for you. Anyway good luck.
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:05 PM
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Ohh just read the previous post... I see no reason to amp the door speakers if your just going for quality. If you were going to go THAT extreme, I would Bi-amp the Front and Rear speakers and run the whole system, including the sub, through an adjustable crossover. But that will have to be professionally tuned after it's all set up and I Reeeeeely don't think that your going to need to go THAT extreme. I'm running off the headunit just fine and can exceed 98db regularly. So it's all in the design and not the added brute power behind your system.
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you dont need to match speaker brand to head unit brand, you will not notice any difference. i would highly recomend NOT using 6x9's, 5x7's or any other oval size. a good set of components will sound a million times better than a set of 6x9's. i also dont like pre fab boxes. find a sub, or set of subs that you like. get a custom built box made for the subs you want. no point in buying a box and being limited to X amount of subs. figure out what you want (i would guess a good sealed SQ setup for you) find a sub that will best suit your needs and get a box built. JMO
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