Well I don't have a whole lot to lay down on my stero either (hence the driving of a Civic) but I would really suggest that if SQ is important to you to take a good listen to the JL line. I find that my JL 10w6 (which is ancient at 5 years old) REALLY does a good job of representing *ANY* type of music with authority. Rock, Techno, Classic, Rap, you name it. I know that there is at least one set of JL on the classified ads that you can pick up pretty cheap. Again the box construction has as much or more to do with the sound then anything else.
I cannot stress this fact enough though. Take a real critical listen to the equipment that you plan to throw into your car. Take music that you really know and listen for effortless reproduction and what sounds good to YOU! You are the one that is going to be spending a whole lota time with this sound, especially if you are buying on a budget, so you had better get a lot of bang for your buck.
One other thing, and I truly beleive this to be a true statement.
***"...everything we buy must have a place in the finished system. By that I mean never buy something because of price and plan on replacing it with something better down the road." ***
Source = http://www.decware.com/secrets.htm
I have made some costly mistakes in my experience of buying car audio. My Kenwood 6.5's would be one of them. I looked at what i could afford, got excited, did an impulse buy and have had mostly regret ever since. Since then I have *really* been critical about my shopping and haven't changed very many parts because I don't want to waste money or efforts on crap. Anyway check out the decware link there is a LOT of very down to earth info to be had at this site. Stuff I wished I had known before starting down this fun and expensive habit! ~k
HU = Rockford RFX9300 (MP3s+Great SQ+3x 5 volt outputs = Heaven!)
Fronts = Kenwood Execelon 167db+ Coaxials (not recommend for SQ, gonna replace these soon.)
Front amp = PPI Sedona 50x2 (real) watts. (Great SQ in a small pakcage!)
Rear deck = factory 6x9 but not used
Sub = Single JL 10w6 (Gotta love JL)
Sub amp = Planet Audio 4x100 bridged to 275 watts. (Decent amp for the money paid but not the best)
Car = 1998 Honda Civic 4-door
Looking to build custom kick panels to really enhance the front soundstage. As it is the soundstage is wide but dosen't have as much centrer imaging as I would want.