Re: I need some help buying my first car stereo system
If your buddie knows Car audio, Your best bet would be browsing your local Craigslist ads and havin him go with you to test the equip. You can test pretty much anything off of a car battery and use an ipod as input, and a lil mid to test outs on headunits if you want to go that far.
If i were you, I would start with a nice used Alpine 9885 or 9886 ($120ish), A new set of Pheonix gold RSD componets [$75ish?], And a decent 75x2Wrms amp. [$75? possibly lower.]
Use a little of this budget for the forum boner of the week sound deadner,
Then figure out what you have left, And decide on your "Sub stage".
Beings its a truck, You really only need 1 set of "Front" stage speakers [Unless you do some research and step into 3-way set-up's.]. Do away with Dash speakers [If they are there.] And run your mid's in either door's, or kick pod's, And mount your tweets in A pillar's, Sail panel, or door panel.
What kind of room do you have to dedicate to a sub box? Where will be your "Stealthiest" option? You will need to know these things when shopping for sub(s), Then you will worry about D2 / D4 ohm voice coil's, Depending on your set-up. The D4 / D2 will determine what your final ohm load from your speakers will be, And you'll have to find an amp that can handle the load. [Some MONO Block amp's are stable down to 1 ohm, While some are only stable to 2 ohm. Depending on number of subs, You can chage the final load of the subs.]
P.S. Stay away from Sony, And pretty much everything from Walmart! Except maybe the Install DVD [/joke.]
Same goes for Bestbuy as well.
84 Chevy Fullsize Single cab: optima red top, 1/0 threwout, Panasonic HU, ID CTX65CS tweets / X-overs, ID OEM 6.5's,(2) Oldschool Orion XTR3 PRO 8's, Orion 1200D and 4002 soon to go in.
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