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    Help Recommending a speaker setup.

    I'm new to this guys so if you guys can help me out with deciding which setup is best for me that would be cool. I have some questions about what speaker setup I should choose for a 96 Maxima 4 door sedan. I don’t want a big subwoofer in the trunk, so no subwoofer. I do want to have bass in the car but not the kind a subwoofer from the trunk brings. I’m not interested in hearing the car rattle. I do want to be able to hear high sounds such as the one used in classical music and I want an adequate bass for when I pump my beats.

    For the front door I was thinking about going with a component speaker system because I want clear clean sound. Would I get the same results if I used 2 3-way speakers in the front doors instead of a component system? Also do I place the woofer where the current speaker is now? Where does the crossover go?

    For the rear deck I was looking at some mid-ranges Kickers or some 3-way speakers. Can you please tell me the difference? Which one will provide clear sound and adequate bass? I assuming the mid-range have more bass but the 3-way has more quality sound, is this correct? Any other advantages of a 3-way over the mid-range?

    Also I wanted to know where I should mount the amp. I assuming for the setup I listed above I need a 4 channel amp. I know I heard an amp needs air to breath so it doesn’t get hot, so should it go in the trunk or under the seat? I assuming in the trunk.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out with helping me pick the setup.

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    What size speakers does the car have?

    Components are better than 2-way (coaxial) or 3-way (triaxial) speakers. They take more power, get louder, and sound cleaner.

    Yes, you need to keep the amp cool. In the trunk is good. You can mount it to some kind of board and put the crossovers there too.

    Music covers a wide range of frequencies, from 20 Hz to 20,000. Most main speakers (6.5" and under) will simply not play the lower octaves. Without some kind of subwoofer you will miss out on the low bass. If that's OK with you, then go for it.



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    well buddy i recommend componets. but u must think subwoofers just put out gut wrenching bass. well if u chose the right one it won't. u don't have to run a 1000 watts. maybe just like 50-100 watts. put it in a sealed box and it would sound really nice. 8" or 10" sub would work.

    u can do some adjusting and it would blend right in with ur speakers for great bass. but if its not for u then its ok. but like maylar said ur regular speakers won't be able to reproduce those nice lows.




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    I have free-air 8" subs in my rear deck, running off only about 60 watts each. No boxes. Lots of trunk space.

    They don't "pound" or wake the neighbors, but they fill in that low end that components or even my 6X9's won't reach. Gotta have subs. Gotta.



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    get a e8a or something small that takes up less than 1/2 of a cubic foot.

    should provide enough low-end for the non-bassheavy person I would think.

    get a 4 ch amp, bridge the 2 channels to a small sub and run the other 2 to your comp set up front.




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    what kind of a budget are we talking about?



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    Quote Originally Posted by ss3079
    How do you wire an amp? Now, I know you have to have a RCA from the deck to the amp, and speaker wire from the sub(the box output) to the amp. But I dunno. Someone please walk me through it in steps, from getting the amp out of the box to playing a good song!!!
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    Power wire, ground wire, RCA, remote wire, speaker wire, inline fuse holder, wire ties, wire loom, various terminals (spade, ring)

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    Re: Help Recommending a speaker setup.

    What about the Infinity Self amped sub... just put it under your chair.



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    Thanks for your recommendation guys. I think I'm going to go with components for the front. I'm going to reconsider the small sub in the trunk and take a look at the free air subs to mount on the rear deck! I have to decide what's best for me. I really don't want to miss out on the low bass like maylar and marshall said. Thanks for opening up my eyes.

    I have another question, can I run 4 speakers and a sub with a 4 channel amp?

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    The standard arrangement (like I have) is to run your front speakers (components) off 2 channels, and the sub(s) from the other 2 channels of a 4 channel amp.

    Rear speakers typically aren't amp'ed, because sound comming from behind you interferes with imaging. That's also why rear speakers are usually just coaxial or 3-ways and not expensive components. The Infinity Reference line is really good for rear fill.. they get pretty loud off just head unit power. I was originally gonna amp my 6X9's and found out I really didn't need to.



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    Quote Originally Posted by maylar
    The standard arrangement (like I have) is to run your front speakers (components) off 2 channels, and the sub(s) from the other 2 channels of a 4 channel amp.

    Rear speakers typically aren't amp'ed, because sound comming from behind you interferes with imaging. That's also why rear speakers are usually just coaxial or 3-ways and not expensive components. The Infinity Reference line is really good for rear fill.. they get pretty loud off just head unit power. I was originally gonna amp my 6X9's and found out I really didn't need to.
    Same for me. I thought 6x9's were a must in the back. Then I found out you can use other speakers too . So I got some infinity coaxials (4) and will fill with it. I also like bass so 2 K's were nice. I'm wondering why you dont want atleast 1 sub chuck? us simple ca.com folks love bass, we're addicted and can't leave, you should try it some time .

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    You guys convinced me, I'm going to get the sub. And thanks for the info on connecting 4 speakers and a Sub. I had no idea how I was going to hook it up.

    Chuck




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