Howdy all ... I know jack and crap about car audio stuff. I have a 2001 Toyota Rav4 with just the factory stereo and speakers. I always wanted something a bit more as far as sound and quality, and I noticed the other day that the front right speaker keeps going out. I figure this might be my time to **** it up and pick up a new system. (or rather - have one installed)
I went into one of the better advertised car stereo businesses in the town near me and asked them to price a system. I told them I didn't want anything crazy, but I didn't want it to sound like crap either. I don't need it to rattle my windows. I don't listen to rap really ... mostly music like Korn, The Offspring, etc.
The guy seemed helpful and put together the following system. He said the overall price is 1270$. That includes the installation fee of 220$. I figured I'd throw up a post on here incase there were some car audio guru's on here that felt like telling me if this is an ok deal and worth getting?
Sorry for not having all the pieces linked ... I'll try to link them as I find reviews of the items.
Alpine CDE-9881 CD/MP3/WMA/AAC Receiver: 178$
Amazon has it listed as 155, but they priced me 178:
Front Speakers (i think):
JL audio TR650CSI 6.5" component .5" Neo Tweeter: 157$
Back Speakers (i think):
JL audio TR600CXI 6" w/ Dome Tweeter: 100$
Clarion PX2105P Dual 10" Ported Enclosure: 245$ (I think they are Clarion ... invoice had as Clar but it had the amp as Clarion)
Clarion APX1300 Mono Amp w/ Crossover 400Wx1 @ 2ohms: 153$
Cable to allow stereo to interface w/ Ipod:
Alpine KCE422I Ipod Cable Full Speed Connection: 40$
Thanks for taking a look. He suggested 10" woofers instead of bigger ones. He said they tend to be better for faster music and the bigger ones tend to be better for slower bass like rap. I didn't know what to get as far as woofers go, so I told him 2 subwoofers. He said some people go crazy and get like 6 ... but that in the smaller SUV I have that 2 would sound good and he didn't recommend going for more. (not that I know the difference between having 2 or 6 at the moment)
As far as stereo's go, they had all kinds of crazy ones. I told him that the fancy displays didn't really appeal to me. I didn't need a small tv in my car. I told him I don't use cd's much ... mostly I hook my ipod up through the tape deck attachment. I want to get away from using the crappy tape deck attachment, so he priced me the above stereo because it had a decent, but basic display and it could interface with the Ipod. I guess I will be able to control the ipod through the stereo's interface.
I'll also go through and look in your reviews sections to see if any of these parts are in there.