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I'm an old school bass head that is somewhat trying to reform (married with kids now). I've been reading a lot of car audio forums lately because I was bitten by the bug again. I decided to run all Rockford Fosgate Power Series because this car and audio is like a dream system for me. I went with RF Power Series because I'm not interested in perfect accuracy and like my audio to be "colored" a bit to my liking.
I have a crazy history with car audio. My memory on everything isn't perfect, but here goes:
1993 - I started off with 2 x Legacy 12's and a Pyramid Blue Series 300 watt amp. I was driving a 1985 Chevy Celebrity with a Kenwood tape deck. Everything was second hand, except my box. I built my box out of PLYWOOD. Yeah, seriously. Plywood. I had a friend that was well-to-do and a big car audio buff and he was astounded when he heard it. He said I must have been lucky and created a perfect box for those subs. They moved soo much air that in the back seat, it would blow out a cigarette lighter (it did not have folding seats). I added an electronic crossover to it later and it pounded even harder.
Second system was basically the same subs and amp (Legacy/Pyramid) but I added my first CD player - a super sweet Toshiba with detachable face! This super awesome system was hooked up in a 1991 Isuzu Rodeo. Rodeo came from factory with no radio - so when my dad bought it, he had the dealership install a stereo. They had a Kenwood tape deck, Fultron 4" speakers up front, and Audiovox 6.5's in the tailgate. I replaced the deck, disconnected the 6.5's and added some pyramid 6x9's along with my subs and amp. This was my car from 1994-1995 when I totaled it for the second time.
After selling the Rodeo for parts in 1995, I bought a 1984 S-10 standard cab from a friend. He left in the A/D/S 4 x 6 components he had in the dash and a set of Pioneer 10's in a custom built box behind the bench seat. I had an Alpine 3554 powering it all. I really miss those A/D/S 4x6's. They were incredible.
Next up in 1998 - I purchased a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo. I love Rodeos. Cut the 10" holes out to 12" in the truck box and put 2 x Pioneer 12's in it. LOL at air space requirements. I got an Alpine 3566 (still have this) to power everything. Started off with a Pioneer Head.
This system constantly evolved as I got a job working for a PAWN SHOP doing car stereo installs. Yeah, a pawn shop that did car stereo installs. I had made a name for myself locally by making crap equipment sound ok, so they brought me in to fix electronics and install / sell car stereo. I was putting myself through school and working 4 jobs (yes, 4). Through the pawn shop, I ended up with 2 x SoundStream SPL-15's, a US Amps VLX-25, an Eclipse 5303R, Alpine 3527S, and a Clarion 920EQ. That system was pretty darn awesome for the time. After doing installs for about a year, 1 of the 2 local audio shops tried to hire me on full-time as an installer for them. They had seen my work and seemed to like what I was doing. Either that, or they were trying to take out some of the competition. After finishing school, I quit all those jobs and got a job as a cable TV installer.
Not much room in a cable truck for car stereo, so I stored the 15's, 3527S, and US Amp away and got my Alpine 3566 back out and hooked it up to a Jensen 10" single bandpass. I blew 2 of those subs while doing cable work.
In 2002, I traded in that old 1994 Rodeo on a 2002 Rodeo. I built a new down-firing box for the 15's and everything went into the Rodeo. I bought a new Pioneer Premier DEH-840MP CD player to replace the Eclipse (I wanted MP3's). This system was pretty awesome. I ended up selling the Rodeo when my wife got pregnant because I was worried that it might break down on her with it's high mileage (1.5K miles....). That was really stupid in hindsight. That was a great vehicle. The couple I sold it to was buying it for their 16 year old. It was a pretty nice Rodeo - Black, grey interior, limited edition Chrome package (18" chrome wheels, step bars, tail light bezels). When they told me they were buying it for their 16 year old, I decided to give them the entire stereo system for free. I just thought to myself how awesome it would have been to have something like that when I was 16. I think I miss the 920EQ the most.
So now, after years of dealing with the BOSE system in my 2004 Avalanche (replaced stock BOSE amp with upgraded Cadillac Escalade BOSE amp), I got a 2010 Camaro. I started off by throwing in the 3527S and bought the T1D215, T1000-1bdCP, and SubThump 15" box. Sadly, I yearned for more. So now I'm deep in it - again.
So TL;DR - Hi Everyone!