Thanks for the welcome and replies.
I have access to most sound gear brands that you guys have access to, but most common brands here are:
Pioneer (most product range, esp. HU and Speakers)
Alpine, (most product range)
Kicker (amps & subs - very popular and reasonably priced)
JL Audio (Amps & Subs)
Hertz (Very popular but expensive - speakers only)
JBL (All gear - surprised that noone recommends it locally - especially the speakers)
Rockfordfostage (Amps - some subs)
SoundMagus (Amps - never heard the brand before but they're fairly cheap)
I only have experience with pioneer speakers so far, the others are complete strangers to me.
Prices are %25-30 more expensive here most of the time.
For instance, price comparison I got from the shops for new products (no eBay prices):
These are some of the facts about my country regarding car audio. I can say that 550$-600$ local cost of gear equals
Local Price US Price
Alpine SPS-171A Comp 150.-$ 130.-$
ALPINE MRP-F300 Amp 220.-$ 180.-$
Alpine SWE-843E Sub 80.-$ 60.-$
Pioneer deh-p5200 HU 190.-$ 180.-$
400$-450$ in the US, which is also my budget range.
So, considering these what I have on mind is 6.5" comps in doors, 4 channel amp, 8" sub. I don't need high volume but clear and soft sound where I can hear every instrument. I am into Hard rock and Jazz music, dunno if this matters when choosing the items for the setup.
Yes I agree. Main problem is finding the right guy to do the setup, as the technicians I've visited recommended me different things, causing nothing but confusion. I've heard horror stories such as "your car will burn down if car audio is not setup correctly". I am not sure if this a marketing technique! or not so I decided to join this forum and request advice from you guys. Thanks for the suggestion about 2nd hand, don't you think it will be a bit risky to order electronics overseas?
Thanks again guys