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    New to car audio stuff... where to start? Tips?

    Hey guys,

    I have a 2003 cavalier (4-door sedan, stock everything, no power anything). It is basically the most plain car that I've ever seen, but I at least want to be able to enjoy some good music in it. Stock, it comes with some 4x6's up in front and 6x9's in the back. I have read numerous other posts relating to a number of topics and am now as informed on the topic as I have ever been. It sounds like I'll probably end up with a new head unit, some 6.5 comps up front (I'll have to drill holes for the tweeters) and some sort of sub in the back. I really don't know much about car audio, but I figure that if I take it one step at a time (and with the help of all of you generous people online) I will be able to get some nice sound up in there.

    And here comes the question... If I want to upgrade my car in such a stepwise manner, should my first step be to replace the head unit? I've heard that a good hu can improve the sound that comes from the factory speakers, although my factory speakers seem particularly useless.
    I am on a budget here and was looking at the Pioneer DEH-1300MP for $60 on amazon. It has a built-in amp (4 x 50W) and one 2V RCA preout. Do those numbers look alright? I found some Hifonics ZXi 6.5C comps for $70 at onlinecarstereo dot com. Would these run just fine off the head unit, or would I need an amp?... or a better hu?

    One problem is that the cavalier's stock head unit is a big old double din, and to get to it you basically have to take apart the whole dash. But I really don't want to buy a double din hu. There is a universal din pocket that I found on crutchfield dot com. Is the fix really that easy?

    And lastly, aside from the actual head unit, the din pocket, and a simple harness, is there anything that I'll need to put in a head unit?

    Thanks so much. I really don't mind putting the time into my car; I just don't have the knowledge or skill to do it alone. You can comment on any one of my inquiries.... I'll take all the help that you have to offer!







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    Re: New to car audio stuff... where to start? Tips?

    I would first buy a pioneer headunit, then buy some components. I would buy the stuff from an authorized dealer though.





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    Re: New to car audio stuff... where to start? Tips?

    I buy straight from the dealer or Crutchfield, not the most thrifty option, until something goes wrong.
    I've yet to buy anything from Sonic Electronix other than a 0/1 cable stripper that I lost already.




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    Re: New to car audio stuff... where to start? Tips?

    Check here for a head unit

    Car Audio Stereo - Car Subwoofers - Car Amplifiers and Speakers

    Most head units there come with free shipping and free install accessories (dash kit + wire harness). Can find something good for around $100. You will want to get a head unit with at least 2 sets of pre amp outputs if you decide you wanna put an amp to your speakers.



    Headunit - Pioneer DEH-P8300UB
    Subs - None
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    Front Stage - Polk Audio db651 Coaxial
    Front Amp - None

    Quote Originally Posted by zako View Post
    Most properly done 15 inch subwoofers are not suited for car audio use simply due to box size requirements.

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