I have a major issue.
I was using an Old school Pioneer 4050ub for 2 years with Alpine SPS 600 speakers and a solid audio amp and a kenwood sub. I had a warm sound in the car and some good bass even when I had the sub switched off.
I recently wanted a source unit with bluetooth and so got an Alpine CDE 133 CBT without prior research due to the vendor who was praising it to the high heavens.
Well I guess it was because I was using Pioneer for so long but the Alpine sound both disappointed me and there were some things I liked.
Pros: Great clarity. Crisp sounds and lots of definition. Great bluetooth clarity be it on calls and great A2DP streaming of songs.
Cons: At reasonably loud volumes hurting my ears, thin sounding, as well as very, very little bass. 1 preout only of 2vt
I have read alot on pre outs and whereever I have read it says that the more the better. Be it two or three preouts then the gains can be put low on the amp and the amp would not have to work so hard so to speak resulting in crisper, cleaner sound.
Well I want to change my Alpine as firstly I dont want the ear splitting sound, more bass but not sacrificing clarity too much. Want more pre outs as I can control the sub separately and maybe I would get a deeper, better sound. Is this true? that the more pre outs you have the sound would be better?
I was looking at the Alpine 138 bt(would it satisfy what I want in a system i.e. good warm sound clear but with lots of bass?. The kenwood x996( heard it is abit hard to use) or the pioneer 80prs maybe?
The first two are expected soon in the shop.
The guy at the shop told me my source unit is perfectly fine not to think about changing it but maybe I should change my amplifier. He said a much more powerful amp would solve the sound quality issue. But from what I have read wont the problem be the same that if the gains have to be put high on my new amp due to the one preout issue the sound will not improve?
Should not I change the source unit first?
He seems to say that the source unit change will not improve the sound but the amplifier change would.
He is recc:
1. Hifonics amp.
I think what would be better would be:
1. Alpine 4 channel
2. Focals 4 channel
What do you people suggest change of source unit or amplifier or both which I am thinking of also.
In addition I wanted to install the type R Alpine speakers but the guy said that the sound difference would be nil between the sps 600s and the type Rs
Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.