I have a 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R SpecV with the "mid" level stock stereo system. It has 6.5" "mids" and ~1" tweets in the A pillars, and in the rear there are 6.5 coaxials and an amplified 6.5" sub. (This is the NON-Rockford Fosgate upgrade.) I plan to upgrade my system in peices, because I have just gotten to the point where my stock system really leaves me feeling unfulfilled. I listen to a lot of radio (sorry, I am old) including talk radio, but my musical taste is mostly rock and alternative (think all the way from John Mayer/Jason Mraz through Nine Inch Nails/Linkin Park).
Anyway, I want to do the upgrade one thing at a time. I want to do a small sub first (have an SAS Bazooka already- just need to install) and to add new front speakers and a new HU. The rears don't have to ever change out, really. If I do coaxials in the front and then upgrade to am amp and components, the coaxials can move to the rear. I may upgrade to a dedicated sub and amp later, but I need my trunk space, and with a new baby I don't want to have a huge sub box and tons of bass. I just want clean, rounded-out sound.
I will be disconnecting the stock sub, and want something up front that will sound okay and will (hopefully) fit in the stock locations. I would prefer some efficient components that can use the stock locations, but will settle for some coaxials. (If I do coaxials, should I keep the stock tweeters hooked up?) Stock locations in the doors have limited mounting depth. 2.5" is about all that I have to work with.
I would like front speakers that provide good sound for the money- I don't need the best- just what sounds good off of HU power and is reasonably priced.
For a head unit, I think that I have decided on a Pioneer Premier DEH-P580MP (http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pn...093650,00.html) due to its features (like the eL display and red illumination) and my past experience with Pioneer (2 headunits each lasting 3 years or more under heavy use). I also like the large display and the fact that the radio display still has the tuner preset buttons on the face (some high-end units do not). The warranty and power output are also pretty impressive. If there is a huge problem with this selection, please let me know. I found it for $157 from an authorized retailer, so that is my go-to, as of now.
I have looked into efficient components, and don't know if I can run ANY components off of simple HU power. I know that coaxials will sound okay, but I was HOPING on an inexpensive setup that can still utilize the stock tweeter mounts to keep the soundstage up high. Am I best to just stick to coaxials while on HU power? If so, what are some suggestions for runnning off of the HU?
I have looked into the Pioneer Revs, which look like they meet my needs, at least on paper. They seem to be held in high regard on here, as well. Any other suggestions?
Quick notes: I used to be BIG into car audio, back in the glory days of the RF Punch amps/subs and all MB Quart highs/mids (1994-99). During that time, I had lots of big systems. I have moved on and just fell out of touch with who makes good gear, who makes crap, and who has good bang for the buck. I want something that keeps all but the tiniest fraction of my trunk, and I want to limit the use of amplifiers due to space constraints. I actually HAVE some old amps, but just don't want to have wires running everywhere. That is my MAIN reason for wanting to use HU power. I MAY get bitten by the bug again, but for now, I am starting small. Like I said, I want solid, basic sound.