This is my first post on this forum. I recently got back into car audio after a 7 year hiatus and found it to be very different.
A lot of new innovations since then. I just spent 3G's on a system including installation etc. Please let me know what you think of the items I purchased as well as the mix of components and if they will sound good.
I drive a 2003 4-door Ford Explorer XLT. These are the components that will be installed this Friday morning by Canal Audio in Manhattan. They are Authorized dealers for Focal, Zapco and Eclipse in this specific application.
Tell me what you think.
Head Unit........Eclipse 8053 (top of the line)
Front Stage......Focal Utopia 165W (200MAX 100RMS)
Rear Fill........Focal Access 165ca (120MAX 60RMS)
Amplifier........Zapco Reference 1000.4 (150RMS X4)
Door Deadner.....Dynaxorb sheets
Possible addition to Eclipse 8053 unit is the voice command/MP3 adapter option.
ALREADY EXISTING TO MY ORIGINAL STOCK SYSTEM FOR BASS IS an Alpine M350 mono amp running 1-10" Rockford Fosgate HE in a single enclosed box. Might need to upgrade this to be up to par with my new system.
I thought the bass from the RF 10" was enough and booming enough, but I'll wait till after the install in order to see how much more bass to add. I have my Alpine amp set half power to the RF. HAD TO KEEP THE FRONT STAGE IN THE STOCK LOCATION IN THE DOORS BECAUSE NOBODY MAKES KICK PANELS FOR THE 2003 EXPLORER? WEIRD. DONT WANT TO SPEND MONEY ON CUSTOMS.
I did tons of research and decided onthis all. The subs I'll take care of later if need be. I love SQ and tight bass, so no need for bandpass boxes and all that. Sealed enclosures give me that tight quick hit bass that I like, not that kiddy bass.
DO YOU GUYS THINK THIS SYSTEM IN MY EXPLORER WILL BE WHAT I THINK? PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR OPINIONS, GOOD OR BAD.
PS--- A big question for me was the Focal 165w3 or 165w's! The 2ways or the 3ways drove me nuts and I decided on the two ways (165W) because they sold for $360 less than the 3ways (165w3). People told me that there wasnt much difference in sound but plenty in price? Is that true?
Also I wanted MP3 capabiities head unit and didnt because a lot of people tole me mp3's sound 20% less in quality, so Eclipse didnt want to scar there best models name in the 8053 and let it have the mp3s in it so if someone hears the bad sound they dont think it's their best model, 8053 singing it! Proof is all the models UNDER the 8053 HAVE mp3 availability. I know the piece I may buy, the adapter has the mp3's in it, but the main unit doesnt. The Zapco I heard is better off going 150RMS to Focals 100RMS. They say thats a perfect mix cause Focals are power starved.
PLEASE POST BACK WITH YOUR OPINIONS GUYS...THANX!