I went to an audio shop yesterday and I asked the shop owner what he recommended for a full system upgrade for my car, a 2003 Impala LS. After asking me a few questions about my tastes in music, and what I'm looking for he quoted a system of all Soundstream products. I'll post the estimate and I'm looking for your opinions on what was suggested to me, product-wise and if you have opinions on what other similar products I should consider. The estimate comes to a total price of around $3500 with tax, installed. I was only looking to spend around $2000. To save money, I'm not afraid to install myself, but I'll need a lot of help in that regard as well as I have no car experience whatsoever. I'm not a newb to using tools however and have no doubt that with your advice I can do this myself, but that's later down the line anyway. First I need to pick out a system!
First of all, this is what I'm looking to achieve. I'm all about sound quality, I want to be able to throw in a well recorded Jazz or classical CD and have it sound as close to a live performance as possible. I also listen to a lot of electronica/house/techno and want to be able to feel those beats. I want clean, low, high quality bass, not boomy only looking for high SPL output bass.
For my home stereo I have two Martin Logan Aeon i's and I really love the way they sound with music. They have a fantastic mid range and this is what I'd like to recreate in my car. Well, not just mids, but an overall flat response throughout the whole frequency range. I don't like harsh sounding, bright speakers, but more warm and laid back.
Do you need any more info to give me proper advice on choosing what to consider?
Here is the estimate I received (I'll leave out the labor costs):
Soundstream VIR8006T 3.6" DVD/CD/MP3 player w/TV Tuner = $400. (I did like the way this sounded in the store and I like the idea of having the tv tuner. I'm defintely open to your opinions on competing products though.)
ANT1 Tv Antenna = $40
SWIX PAC Steering Wheel Control $70 (I want to still be able to use the factory steering wheel controls.)
702003 Metra Wiring Harness $10
992003 Metra Harness $20
Metra GM radio to Aftermarket $5
Soundstream MPQ5XO Parametric EQ W/crossover $140. (I was told this is a good item not only because of the EQ controls but because it improves the output signal to the amps to 10V.)
Soundstream TRC.6N 200W Tarantula Component Set $300 x 2 sets. (He recommended that I replace the factory 6X9's in the rear with the same 6.5 component set I'm using in the front for better separation because of the located tweeters.)
Soundstream TRA1000.2 Tarantula 2 ch amp $400
Soundstream TRA 960.4 Tarantula 4 ch amp $500
Soundstream RFW12 12" subs $200 x 2
DA212C Diamond slot ported enclosure $150
Well, there you have it. How does all of this look when considering what I asked for sound wise and budget? I've looked a lot of this up online and can get it down to my $2000 budget, if I install it myself (or find a friend who can do it for me).
I really appreciate any input you can provide and I look forward to learning about car audio!