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Steelcore
03-24-2012, 08:50 PM
Hey guys,

Alright so I've never messed with car audio in my life. I just bought this beast of an SUV and the factory speakers are actually decent...but I've never had a system and I'm wanting to delve into that world a bit. Essentially, I have no clue what I'm looking for and I'm hoping to get some ideas from people who are more familiar with the equipment.

My first upgrade is going to be speakers. No clue what to get, but I know that speakers are going to be the biggest part of increased sound quality. After that, planning on getting the receiver, then the subs/amp/etc.

I'm wanting to go with a double-din receiver with bluetooth capability for audio/hands free calling. Those are the only things I specifically want. Anything else, I don't really know what's good or bad.

Space is obviously not a factor. I was pretty much planning on turning the entire storage area behind the third row seats into a cabinet.

So any ideas on specifics, brands, etc? I'm open to any and all ideas. I'd like to start the process within the next month or so...I just don't wanna end up buying junk.

CHRIS 323
03-24-2012, 08:56 PM
what are you looking for sound quality or loud bass or both ??

Steelcore
03-24-2012, 09:00 PM
what are you looking for sound quality or loud bass or both ??

Both. This is going to be my "fun vehicle".

CHRIS 323
03-24-2012, 10:01 PM
for subs you may wanna look into FI audio & ascendent audio & DC audio & sundown audio for amps DC audio sundown audio crescendo audio rockford fosgate kicker hifonics for components jl audio rockford fosgate focal boston acoustics & herts for processors audiocontrol do research and just go with what ever you like but the brands i told you those are the ones you see here and for rcas try kicker & rockford fosgate and for 0 gauge too and do forget your budget this hobbie is expensive

Steelcore
03-24-2012, 10:09 PM
this hobbie is expensive

I'm a bachelor. That helps to increase my available budget for things that I want instead of clothes and shoes and jewelry.

CHRIS 323
03-24-2012, 10:44 PM
kool well i like FI for SUBS and rockford fosgate for amps and kicker for wires meaning 0 gauge RCAs and speaker wire rockford fosgate is good too batteries XS POWER & KINETIK are good and DC POWER for ALTERNATOR is the best and for processors audiocontrol those brands are american made and high end stuff anything else you wanna know??

i used to be in clothes and shoes and jewelry. but decided to spend my money im car audio now lol

---------- Post added at 07:44 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:43 PM ----------

kool well i like FI for SUBS and rockford fosgate for amps and kicker for wires meaning 0 gauge RCAs and speaker wire rockford fosgate is good too batteries XS POWER & KINETIK are good and DC POWER for ALTERNATOR is the best and for processors audiocontrol those brands are american made and high end stuff anything else you wanna know??

i used to be in clothes and shoes and jewelry. but decided to spend my money im car audio now lol

CHRIS 323
03-24-2012, 10:51 PM
i see ypu have a trailblazer if it was me ill do for BASS 2 FI BTL N2 18s custom made subs to your specs and a 13 cubic feet box ported tuned at 32Hz or so and 2 rockford fosgate t2500 bdcp then some focal or jl audio components and the rockford fosgate t1000.4 adcp and a audiocontrol processor and 3 xs power d3100 batteries and 2 runs of 0 gauge positive and negative and a DC POWER ALTERNATOR got **** thats going to BUMP LOUD lol

Joseph7195
03-24-2012, 10:59 PM
I just want to say Welcome! Lots of people on here love build logs, and i happen to be one of them. You live in Ohio, and there are plenty of Audio related shows and competitions being held close to you a couple of times a year. Before I would buy anything, I would recommend you listen to some of the other successful audio enthusiasts and see what sounds best to you and go from there. i would never recommend putting equipment into a vehicle you haven't heard of personally.

Check out, MECA and USACI and see if you have any shows coming up, and go check out some other people's equipment. You would be surprised how one thing sounds good to one person, and it sounds horrible to another. I hope i helped you some!

CHRIS 323
03-24-2012, 11:03 PM
so you saying i feeding him BS ????

Joseph7195
03-25-2012, 08:11 AM
so you saying i feeding him BS ????

WTF? I've won World Championships, if I say the sky's red, it's red. But I didn't. I suggested he take a listen to equipment before he spent money on something and find out later he doesn't like it. Have you added up the amount of money of the equipment you told him to buy? Thousands of thousands of dollars. You have no other reason for suggesting the equipment you did because it's some brands you know. Audio is much more than nutt-huggin brands.

But in actuality, you didn't really suggest crappy equipment, but I don't see why you would suggest those. There are a lot of hours spent measuring, planning and remeasuring, and some of the equipment might not turn out to be something that will work (depending on many factors).

I think you can be an asset to this forum, but you need to ask more questions, be more specific. He has the potential to have a system he can be proud of. Help him out, and maybe make a friend in the meantime too.

CL1CKCLACK
03-25-2012, 08:33 AM
so you saying i feeding him BS ????

respect your elders '12er douche

dirtyunclerandy
03-25-2012, 11:27 AM
My first recommendation is always 2 18's and a 13 cube box

CHRIS 323
03-25-2012, 03:22 PM
so i over spend then i thought rockford fosgate and audiocontrol and fi audio were good brands maybe i should get my money back

Joseph7195
03-25-2012, 03:45 PM
I rock some of the same stuff, we all do. Some products do meet the needs better than others though. I wonder what type of music the OP listens to. I wonder what type of engine in the Trailblazer(the 350 vortec can support more electrical components and the upgraded alternator costs less to buy than the smaller V8's or V6. I wonder what types of expectations he has with his audio ambitions. When I was younger, I loved a totally different sound than I do now. I honestly don't think I could reproduce the sound I like now with the equipment I used to rock.

But all in all, I wouldn't get my money back, you have the equipment you need for your ride, and it probably sounds really good CHRIS323.

CHRIS 323
03-25-2012, 04:01 PM
yes it does sound really good the audiocontrol DQXS is by far the best digital eq / crossover in the market the features it has are wonderful but i think the new fosgate 3sixty.3 is going to beat it lol i need to set the gain correctly with no distortion my DQXS got messed up but audiocontrol is going to replace the circuitry board at no cost and the customer service i got with audiocontrol is the best ever really great people they go the extra mile to help you out so im glad i bought audiocontrol

CHRIS 323
03-25-2012, 04:08 PM
oh i forgot i didn't mean no disrespect and congratulations on the win i hope one day i win a sound quality and spl thats the reason im spending money besides the love i have for music lol

Joseph7195
03-25-2012, 05:24 PM
Cool! It's good to see someone else appreciate the sport also. Music is the reason I do it too. I may ask some questions on some of the audiocontrol equipment you are running. I need some first hand experience to help me out. BTW, I am cluttering up this mans Build Log, so i will probably just PM you.

CHRIS 323
03-25-2012, 07:09 PM
yes sure feel free to ask me im not a expert but ill do my best

Steelcore
03-27-2012, 01:04 AM
I wonder what type of music the OP listens to. I wonder what type of engine in the Trailblazer(the 350 vortec can support more electrical components and the upgraded alternator costs less to buy than the smaller V8's or V6. I wonder what types of expectations he has with his audio ambitions.

I listen to a lot of different stuff...mostly rock/metal, but I love some good thumping bass grooves thrown into the mix. And some country. I'm really eclectic...there's not a whole lot that I DON'T listen to, in all honesty.

And it's a Vortec 4200 inline 6.

I do know for a definite fact that the stock HU can put out WAY more power than the stock speakers can handle at roughly 1/3 volume. I was doing a sound check today and succesfully killed every speaker except for the 2 drivers door speakers (which are still somehow perfectly functional). Decided to go ahead and pick up a set of JL C2650 components from a local shop today. I figure I can salvage the stock driver's door speakers for now (the guys at the shop were actually moderately surprised at the sound coming out of them), throw the 6.5's in the rear doors and then put the tweeters in the dash.

Got a friend who knows his **** coming over this weekend to help me out with the install (since I've never attempted anything like this before). Basically, I just want to get SOMETHING in there for now to improve sound quality, and also learn a bit and get more comfortable with it all. Once I get a feel for how things are done, and how to work with the different components, then I'll start working my way up into bigger and better things. As of right now, my next purchase is going to be either a Pioneer AVH-P3200BH or AVH-P2400BT for my HU. Definitely want a double din (touchscreen+bluetooth/handsfree calling+back-up cam are all things I want). Any input on the HU is appreciated. Keep in mind, I'm not going to have an external amp for a few months...but that will be coming after the HU.

Pearson
03-27-2012, 02:26 AM
Get the 3200. I've seen a lot of people with them and no one has a complaint. They are amazing hu's and you won't be disappointed.

If you don't mind me asking, why'd you go with jl speakers?

Steelcore
03-27-2012, 02:38 AM
Get the 3200. I've seen a lot of people with them and no one has a complaint. They are amazing hu's and you won't be disappointed.

If you don't mind me asking, why'd you go with jl speakers?

Yeah, I was reading a lot of good things about the 3200.

The reason I got the JL's was because I don't know enough to make an informed decision on speakers yet...so I just pulled the trigger and bought something to at least test the waters. It's going to be a giant leap from my stock speakers, which is at least a step in the right direction.

pinoy2o9
03-27-2012, 03:43 AM
welcome to the club. i have a 2002 gmc envoy SLE. not the 3rd row seat version u have tho.
easy car to work around. but its a bYtch to run that 1/0awg.

GavinVoy
03-27-2012, 03:45 AM
you should take out the third row cause there isnt much room

Steelcore
03-28-2012, 12:32 AM
I'm going to leave the third row in for now, due solely to the fact that I don't anticipate going balls to the wall with subs for quite a while...at least not until I'm comfortable enough with all the other components of the system. Probably going to start off with a stealth box so I can get an idea. This initial build is probably going to be pretty unconventional and mildly retarded until I actually understand what I'm doing.

Basically, I'd rather **** up low-end equipment instead of expensive stuff. ;)