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    New system setup. How did I do?

    First, I'm completely new to car audio. I'm 21, just got my first own car and before this never installed a single speaker. I did a little research before purchasing everything and think I did okay (for an okay budget system).

    I repeat budget system:

    $76 Back speakers, Soundstream SST6.9
    $90 For the front speakers and tweeters I got Infinity Reference 5030cs

    2x 12" Kicker Impulse Subwoofers
    in what I think is a pretty nice enclosure (not sure of wattage. they were my sisters, they're a few years old. but they were free.)
    Lightning Audio Amp - The Fast & The Furious - Powered by a crappy 2 channel amp - - 50w x2 RMS
    • How did I do on selection of speakers as far as price to performance?
    • What do you recommend I upgrade next? I was thinking getting a better amp.
    • Should I get different subs?
    • If I didn't upgrade the subs, what amp do you recommend?


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    Re: New system setup. How did I do?

    dump the woofers and get better ,also we need to know how much power that you wanna run and a budget




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    Re: New system setup. How did I do?

    Budget I would say < $250 for both sub and amp. So $150 on the subs and $100 on the amp.
    I was looking at MTX Terminators on Amazon for $130 shipped. They're in the enclosure and are rated at 400 rms.

    I'm looking for the best sound I can get for under $450 total. I'm not too picky and just looking for decent sound. (for reference, I think my dad's Bose 8 speaker system in his cadillac sounds pretty good, when you guys would probably say it sounds like ****)

    $450
    - $90
    - $75
    - $25 in adapters and parts
    = about $250 left
    • Mostly I'm concerned about the speakers right now. How did I do as far as brands/price/overall?
    • When I get a new amp I'm looking to hook up two subs and the two rear speakers. How many channels?
    • Should I go with the MTX Terminators? If yea, what amp should I get with them?




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    Re: New system setup. How did I do?

    get 1 nice amp for the subs and put that other amp on your front speakers and get everything tuned well may even need some sound deadener.



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    Re: New system setup. How did I do?

    Hifonics subs are decent for the price




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    Re: New system setup. How did I do?

    Thanks for the replies. Would I need an extra battery in the back to power two amps?




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    Re: New system setup. How did I do?

    go to vminnovations.com and order you stuff its a good website that has a variety of car audio with everything free shipping and also use promo code facebook for 5%off or (caraudiofan) i forget what this one does but hope you get your setup to sound the way you want and good luck.




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    Re: New system setup. How did I do?

    Quote Originally Posted by jragusa View Post
    Thanks for the replies. Would I need an extra battery in the back to power two amps?
    Nope. I wouldn't be worried about a battery until you're well over 1kW.
    I'd definitely get rid of those Kickers, but hey it's better than nothing (maybe)? I wouldn't be too interested in the MTX subs either. If you're looking to save money I'd look into used equipment on this forum. You can usually find MUCH better quality equipment in your price-range. Also, I'd look at the Obsidian Audio 12" subwoofer if you insist on buying new.



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    Re: New system setup. How did I do?

    I have an Alpine MRP-M500 500 watt rms mono sub amp, I just replaced it with an MRP-M1000 amp, I bought it new a couple years ago from crutchfied, used it to power a single 12" IDQ, did a great job. 100 shipped if interested.




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