I originally wanted to upgrade my head unit and add an amp and a sub to my car and eveutally I would upgrade the stock speakers and possibly add an amp to them later on.
Well, I have completely switched my concept and now I'm going to only focus on the speaker setup in the car; not worrying about a subwoofer in the trunk until sometime down the road. I don't even care right now.
Anyway, I drive a 96' Honda Civic Coupe and just last Friday I installed the Alpine CDA-9833 (I hope this was a good choice, feel free to input). I originally wanted to say within the budget of $1000 dollars, and I spent $300 on the HU which might have been a bit overboard. However, I'm not planning on buying some expensive crossover and I'm hoping this HU has enough capability.
I have been looking into an ADS amp that was suggested by someone here on the boards. It runs 6 channels, 75 x 6 @ 4 ohms or another more powerful setting running @ 2 ohms. (I believe like 110 x 4 + 150 x 2). The cost of this amp is approximately $280 shipped on eBay from Ikesound. (refurbished)
This leaves me with roughly $400 dollars (I'm not including sound deadener or wiring or any other special materials) to spend on 6 different speakers. I would like a decent component set as well as another pair of decent mid-bass speakers. I would like something that is fully capable when playing all sorts of music. (Jam Bands, Reggae, Rap, R&B, Rock, etc etc).
My plan is to build a custom fiberglass kick-panel or buy a set of Q-panels (I really don't want to spend $180 on these) for a mid-bass driver and then I will also replace the factory speaker in the door as well as the factory tweeter that resides in the window.
My goal is to have a system with a complete feel to it, with power as well, I'm hoping 75 watts x 6 channels would get the job done. All of this without having a subwoofer in the trunk.
At the same time I realize $400 for 6 different speakers isn't much. So let's bump up that up to $600. In coming up with ideas I've changed my thoughts quite a bit, so if this is not even realistic. Feel free to let me know.
Thanks again for all the info and help,