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shimmyz
09-27-2008, 10:36 PM
Hello, I am just getting back into car audio after 10 years. I have a 03 Tahoe I'm slowly putting a system in. What a pain in the *** these new cars are. Long gone are the days of power, ground, and a memory wire and your good to go.

I am running some of my old equipment. A Earthquake 4300txo 4ch. amp running the stock bose speakers. A Soundstream Reference 700s Running a 12" Earthquake Magma. I was running this off the stock HU but it didn't sound as good as I expected though.

Today I just installed a new HU, a Kenwood DDX-6019. The sound quality is much better now. Components are next on my list.

I think the bug has bit me once again as it did years ago. All I think about is what I want to buy next! Just wanted to say hi. This is a nice place to find alot of good info. I wish I had this site back in the day.

TurdFergueson2
09-27-2008, 10:39 PM
Welcome Brah. You have a decent ride to do a build in. You plan on tearing it all down one day or just using what you have?

PhatTonyDeMarco
09-27-2008, 10:39 PM
Maybe we can get together for some coffee? PM me

mcsoul
09-27-2008, 10:41 PM
I'm with you man, I'm back after a 15yr hiatus.
Welcome back to the hobbie.

Harry Wild
09-27-2008, 10:41 PM
In most cases; especially in electronics - it gets cheaper and better as the years goes on!

Have fun!

TurdFergueson2
09-27-2008, 10:41 PM
A guy on here has some Boston Pros that you may want to check out. Do a search for them. Seller's name is Denalilvr. BNIB too.

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 10:49 PM
Welcome Brah. You have a decent ride to do a build in. You plan on tearing it all down one day or just using what you have?

I would like to have a nice sounding system with some bump. thinking maybe 1-18 or 2-15s. I don't want to loose my cargo area for good. So the box must be removable. My amps will stay under the rear seat. I'm using all the old stuff now because I've had it for years just sitting around (didn't cost a dime to get back in the game).

I'm willing to update/upgrade equipment. But from what I see of new amps I think mine are hard to beat. Unless I need more power for some big subs. I will probably collect stuff through the winter and upgrade in the spring. I am already pretty happy with how my system sounds now.

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 10:51 PM
Maybe we can get together for some coffee? PM me

I think Florida is a little to far for coffee. :)

NewAgeKing
09-27-2008, 10:52 PM
Welcome man. Nice equipment btw ;) I used to own a few magma's back when.

revrider1
09-27-2008, 10:54 PM
I have been in 15yrs, never left...

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 10:59 PM
In most cases; especially in electronics - it gets cheaper and better as the years goes on!

Have fun!

I hope thats the case. I can see things got cheaper. I hope quality hasn't dropped as much as the prices have. Back in the day it cost around $1 per watt if you wanted quality power

Louisiana_CRX
09-27-2008, 11:03 PM
I'm suprised the BOSE can handle the 4300

Louisiana_CRX
09-27-2008, 11:04 PM
I hope thats the case. I can see things got cheaper. I hope quality hasn't dropped as much as the prices have. Back in the day it cost around $1 per watt if you wanted quality power

a lot of people prefer older car audio over new...

revrider1
09-27-2008, 11:06 PM
a lot of people prefer older car audio over new...I do

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 11:06 PM
Welcome man. Nice equipment btw ;) I used to own a few magma's back when.

Yeah the Magma still holds its own. It seems most subs today wouldn't be around if it weren't for the magma paving the way. A freind has 2 RE se 12s getting about 1300 watts. My 1 magma with about 900watts sounds alot more musical. not quite as loud but better SQ.

Korn4Life
09-27-2008, 11:07 PM
a lot of people prefer older car audio over new...

I agree.. I would take a PPI A1200 Over any amp out right now

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 11:10 PM
I'm suprised the BOSE can handle the 4300

They can handle it with the gains maybe 1/5 of the way up (2 volt input) and crossed over at 100Hz. I need new speakers so the amp can really shine.

sue bee
09-27-2008, 11:10 PM
Now it's like 10-15 cents a watt.

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 11:13 PM
Now it's like 10-15 cents a watt.

That has to be for low grade stuff? Right?

BobbyDD
09-27-2008, 11:14 PM
That has to be for low grade stuff? Right?

yes

revrider1
09-27-2008, 11:14 PM
I love the old school

Louisiana_CRX
09-27-2008, 11:15 PM
That has to be for low grade stuff? Right?

yeah your not gonna get a good 1000 watt amp for $100-$150 maybe a Pyramid or Power Acostik or some other crap amp...whats bad a lot of brands you use to know as good or basically crap these days :crap:

Louisiana_CRX
09-27-2008, 11:16 PM
I agree.. I would take a PPI A1200 Over any amp out right now

A big mint white Art Series....:omg:

NewAgeKing
09-27-2008, 11:17 PM
I love the old school

:D

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 11:21 PM
yeah your not gonna get a good 1000 watt amp for $100-$150 maybe a Pyramid or Power Acostik or some other crap amp...whats bad a lot of brands you use to know as good or basically crap these days :crap:

I know what your saying I've been looking at alot of stuff online the past few weeks. I can't believe what has happened to this industry. Even my beloved Earthquake seems to have gone down the crapper

revrider1
09-27-2008, 11:22 PM
I choose my Orion 2100HCCA over all, lmao

There is a few choice amp I wish I had never sold, mainly my US Amps collection...

snb778
09-27-2008, 11:23 PM
quality hasn't dropped... if anything its gotten better, BUT, there is a TON of crap out there now... know what im sayin... if you look hard enough, you can find better, but if you don't do your research, you can easily buy crap....

I'd say average is .50cents/watt... if it goes up from there, you either A. bought some REALLLLY good stuff, or B. Bought a prestige "brand name" like X-tant, or JL....those retail for about 1000 bucks for 1000watt amp...but may not be as good as a cliff designs, or IA amp

edit: what you mean down the crapper.. its still around (dunno if its any good)

NewAgeKing
09-27-2008, 11:23 PM
Alot has but there still is some decent stuff out there. I own all older amps myself. Although i have toyed with the idea of checking out some newer stuff, i always come back to the older gear. I know they are good, and i know what they can do.

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 11:30 PM
quality hasn't dropped... if anything its gotten better, BUT, there is a TON of crap out there now... know what im sayin... if you look hard enough, you can find better, but if you don't do your research, you can easily buy crap....

I'd say average is .50cents/watt... if it goes up from there, you either A. bought some REALLLLY good stuff, or B. Bought a prestige "brand name" like X-tant, or JL....those retail for about 1000 bucks for 1000watt amp...but may not be as good as a cliff designs, or IA amp

edit: what you mean down the crapper.. its still around (dunno if its any good)

In PA Earthquake was not well known. But was some of the best stuff you could buy. Their logo was kinda cheesy and their stuff wasn't flashy but it was of the best quality. They where on the cutting edge too. They where not affraid to try new things. Now it seems they have all but disappeared. Even their website is old. Still talking of stuff that is 10 years old

Louisiana_CRX
09-27-2008, 11:30 PM
I choose my Orion 2100HCCA over all, lmao

There is a few choice amp I wish I had never sold, mainly my US Amps collection...

I still have my US Amps collection ....I've never owned a 2100 but have always liked them...I do have a pretty big old school Orion collection now....though

revrider1
09-27-2008, 11:31 PM
Im tryin to plan my 2100 now, what to use it on....

Louisiana_CRX
09-27-2008, 11:32 PM
In PA Earthquake was not well known. But was some of the best stuff you could buy. Their logo was kinda cheesy and their stuff wasn't flashy but it was of the best quality. They where on the cutting edge too. They where not affraid to try new things. Now it seems they have all but disappeared. Even their website is old. Still talking of stuff that is 10 years old

I've always liked the Earthquake products....and still like the upper end Earthquake stuff of today....

NewAgeKing
09-27-2008, 11:34 PM
In PA Earthquake was not well known. But was some of the best stuff you could buy. Their logo was kinda cheesy and their stuff wasn't flashy but it was of the best quality. They where on the cutting edge too. They where not affraid to try new things. Now it seems they have all but disappeared. Even their website is old. Still talking of stuff that is 10 years old

Cactus sounds is still going. Although i havent heard of the quality of their newer stuff.

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 11:35 PM
I've always liked the Earthquake products....and still like the upper end Earthquake stuff of today....

Do you have a website I can check out their new stuff? Google doesn't give me much. I'd like to see specs and prices

Louisiana_CRX
09-27-2008, 11:40 PM
http://www.earthquakesound.com/

shimmyz
09-27-2008, 11:46 PM
http://www.earthquakesound.com/

Thanks, but what I meant was a place that sells earthquake

tEh koRnDog
10-08-2008, 06:07 AM
hey