Sometimes I take for granted the town I live it. About 2 weeks ago, my girlfriend almost blew my one-of-a-kind component speakers by turning the HU almost to max (its an alpine, so I have the gains set for 25, not 35 on the volume, and I rarely go above 20). Well, I was a little agitated--I knew the speakers were fine, but one had been real close to being blown, so I disconnected it--but I decided that I wanted to check out some nice new components that I could actually get replaced without making a completely new door for them.
Diamond Audio came to mind first. Check out Diamond's website, and little did I know, an authorized dealer just down the street (one of three in IL according to the owner). He showed me what they offered, printed me out some specs on them (at the time, diamond's website broke in the middle of me browsing it), and even let me listen to the HEX's he had in his jeep. They weren't as spectacular as I expected them to be, but he was using a live ACDC dvd as the source. But I chatted with the guy for a little over an hour on what I may be doing. The price quotes he gave me weren't that bad, I don't think. He was giving me "MAT" pricing, which was 33% off MSRP for all Diamond products, some prices even lower, but still under factory warrantee. And since I "seemed to know what I was doing," he said that I would be able to install the speakers myself. Overall, I had a good experience there and think that shop could do well and use some positive light and business.
But since I think all the local shops I talk to are trying to gouge me on prices, do you guys think these are decent?
D661a/D661s for $330
D971 for $499
D361i for $199 (I didn't write this down, may have been $249, hell may have been the d351i)
I think he quoted me the hex's for 899, but that is memory too
I realize that I can get these for a lot cheaper on eBay, which I may do, because I know I won't blow these puppies at all, but I wish I could get a girlfriend protection plan on them....