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    Speaker Distortion

    Hey guys, I just replaced my factory HU with an Alpine HD149BT, and I'm hearing speaker distortion and severe loss of clarity (the proverbial "blaring speaker" sound).

    So my questions is:
    Is this distortion due to low quality factory speakers, or the surprisingly lousy 18w RMS of the top-of-the-line Alpine deck?

    I really didn't want to install a separate amp for my door/back speakers! Hoping I could get away with getting some higher sensitivity speakers
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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    If you can't fix the blaring annoying aspects with the equalizer and it gets worse as you turn the volume up then you need to get an amp. Some day we'll have more power inside our head units, but for now that 18W per channel runs out of gas pretty fast.




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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    Ahhh.. Not sure I even have room for an amp..
    Would there be any improvement in getting some speakers that have high sensitivity?




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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    What vehicle?




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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    2002 Dodge Stratus SE




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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    There are so many good small amplifiers.




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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    this would work for you too, not much bigger than a CD Disc and has great power, u can prob put this just under your passenger or driver seat

    Rockford Fosgate PBR300X4

    u may be able to get it cheaper on ebay Rockford Fosgate PBR300X4 on eBay



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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    Quote Originally Posted by clanderson View Post
    The Clarion XC1410 is better and I stock it.




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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    Quote Originally Posted by trumpet View Post
    The Clarion XC1410 is better and I stock it.
    Why do you say the Clarion is better? Looks about the same to me, except the Alpine has an easier plug and play system




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    Re: Speaker Distortion

    Quote Originally Posted by clanderson View Post
    Why do you say the Clarion is better? Looks about the same to me, except the Alpine has an easier plug and play system
    The Alpine is plug-and-play for Alpine head units. That's all. The Clarion runs cooler, makes more power at 1/10th the distortion, it has ground loop isolation, and it's cheaper. They took their time bringing this to market.




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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpet View Post
    The Alpine is plug-and-play for Alpine head units. That's all. The Clarion runs cooler, makes more power at 1/10th the distortion, it has ground loop isolation, and it's cheaper. They took their time bringing this to market.
    Cheaper? I can get the Alpine for 100 bucks, where can I get the Clarion for cheaper...? And you're right, only for Alpine head units - and I have the HD149BT.
    But hey, I'm still open to persuasion! Just really liked the plug and play deal the alpine has. No need to go through splicing wires again...




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    Quote Originally Posted by clanderson View Post
    Cheaper? I can get the Alpine for 100 bucks, where can I get the Clarion for cheaper...? And you're right, only for Alpine head units - and I have the HD149BT
    Cheaper from authorized dealers. Once product gets out through gray market channels and the price cutting begins that changes things.




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