So I have been reading countless posts about every conceivable piece of equipment out there. There are a myriad of different manufactures for each. Not all are available to demo / hear prior to purchase. What are the characteristics in a spec sheet to look for that would suggest one set over another. I thought I had narrowed my choices down but the more I read the more indecisive I become.
I am waiting for some money to free up in the next few months, so I am in no hurry but here is my situation:
I want a quality system - not super limited budget level and not competition level.
I want 2-way or 3-way component for front stage powered by a multi-channel amplifier. No rear fill speakers (just disconnect them from rear doors). I want a ported 12" sub in a custom box to fit under the rear seat of my '13 Silverado Crew Cab (as I need to keep functionality) powered by a mono amplifier.
Prior to stumbling upon this site, I considered JL to be quality components. I know that their is disdain for the mass-marketed stuff but it is easy to demo and considering the other readily-available manufactures it is better than most IMO.
For my components I have now considered PHD, Hertz, Morel, and JBL. I have looked at the $300 sets and the $1,500 sets and most in between.
For the amplifiers, I have considered Zed, Zuki, Audison. I am sure I am leaving out some, but I want something new. No way to truly protect myself from buying something that may have been abused.
For the subs I have no real idea - as this is going to be determined by the mounting depth and cubic space in the enclosure. I feel a 12" will work. I think I may only get between 5.5" - 6" of mounting space. My goal would be the best of both worlds - good, solid thumb as well as crisp musical reproduction.
With that all said, I understand the components will only be as good as the install and I am researching that as well, I am not opposed to spending money on quality components. But I also believe that just because it is expensive doesn't mean its is always better.
I want depth and clarity with the front stage but also ability to get loud, clean efficient power from the amps and good, solid thumb as well as crisp musical reproduction from the subs.
I would be willing to spend up to $1200 for speakers, $1300 for amps, and $1000 for sub-woofer and enclosure.
I know sound is subjective. My only point of reference is JL speakers and I felt the ZR's reproduced well but I never heard them get loud.
What are some solid, available choices for these needs. I would prefer to go new so I can maintain some level of warranty if needed.
This is not a hobby, it's a sickness. Once you get the bug it's insatiable! Look forward to the suggestions.