I'm currently in the decision making process with my first serious system. (more than just a sub, head unit, and speakers) I want to have excellent sound quality even when cranked up, have the ability to open the rear cargo area to hear music outside my car, and to not break the $800 mark.
As a frame of reference, this is the vehicle I'm working with:
Since this, the Buick Rainier, is the "Luxury Trailblazer," it is already equipped with a dynamat-like rubber sealant on all doors, the rear cargo hatch, and the rear quarterpanels. I'm not sure about the headliner, since I haven't removed that yet.
As of right now, I have a JVC KD730BT head unit, a pair of the newest Alpine Type-R Components running off a cheap Boss 2-Channel amp with crossover set at 70Hz (~200w total), stock Bose 3-1/2" tweeters in the dash and 8" subs in the doors running off the stock Bose amp, and an Alpine Type-S sub wired at 4 ohms to another cheap Boss amp with crossover set at 100Hz (~400w).
I like the sound of it right now, but it's just not enough in the mids and accents in the highs. They seem quite dull, even with tuning it the best I can to compensate.
My plan is to gut the Bose crap in the front doors and dash and run Infinity REF-3002cfx 3-1/2" speakers in the dash, Alpine Type-R 6-1/4" SPR-60 coaxials in the front doors. In the rear, I want to go with 5-1/4" Infinity Kappas, and in the cargo area, my Type-R Components I already have along with my Type-S subwoofer in a sealed box.
The amps will be all Hifonics ZRX Series and each speaker will have it's own dedicated channel.
Now, I set this up based on RMS ratings, my needs/wants, my experience with Alpine products, and my Infinity Home Theatre system I have. I'm not very knowledgeable as far as audio components go, but I do know what good sound is and I won't settle for a mediocre bass blaster.
Having said all this, I was wondering what you guys would personally recommend based on my current setup, my wants/needs, and my budget. I want to be able to turn it up loud at a bike spot (I ride BMX) so I can hear my music clearly, but also have a nice sound quality build that I can use for my daily driver, since I drive about 2 hours a day.
Skooter - The new guy.