Hi Everyone (please be patient, this one will be lengthy)
I'm still working on putting something together for my Jeep. In my past vehicles I always leaned toward an SQ setup, but since I now have a Jeep, SQ and imaging and that sort of thing are pretty futile... although I'd still like some degree of clarity. For that reason I've decided to stay away from components and just get regular pairs of 2-way and/or 3-way speakers. I'm going to go with either Infinity KAPPA 6.5" 3-ways for the overhead soundbar and matching KAPPA 5.25" 2-ways for the floor pods OR Rockford 6.5" 2-ways and 5.25" 2-ways. Both options would have just about the same RMS handling (75 watts for the 6.5's and 55-60 for the 5.25's) BUT according to the specs, the Rockfords have a wider frequency range (35-24K as opposed to the Infinities' 45-22K). It's my understanding that Infinity is generally an SQ company anyway so I'll probably shy away from them and go with the Rockfords.
The amp I've been looking at is the Alpine MRV-F450. It's a 5-channel, 50x4 + 200x1 RMS. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO USE JUST ONE AMP FOR MY SETUP. I thought this one would be perfect for all four speakers up front AND whatever sub I decide to go with. I'm not looking to spend a fortune and I'm not looking to compete. I just want something that would sound great in my Jeep when the top is down, even on the highway... this factory stuff blows.
NOW FOR MY MAIN CONCERN... which sub should I go with??? I want to have just one 12". I was considering the Infinity PERFECT, JL W6, or an ED O or K. The 200Watts from the Alpine amp would probably be perfect for the PERFECT since I hear they are fragile... but the PERFECT is actually last on my list for that very reason AND because I've read that they don't get too loud and are, once again, strickly SQ oriented. I realize that a W6 and the ED subs can handle alot more than 200 Watts RMS, but could I get one of those and still make them sound decent in a Jeep with a halftop?
I'll explain the halftop.... I've taken the rear bench out of my Jeep and installed a halftop, which is a deck from the rear of the Jeep to the back of the front seats... the window then shoots directely upward behind the front seats and then forward over the front passengers to create a half"roof"... in essence, my Jeep is a 2-seater.
The single 12" sub will be sitting in the center-rear of the free space behind the front seats (where the rear bench used to be and directly underneath the deck). PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE ON WHICH SUB TO PURCHASE. The ED subs seem very attractive. I've read that they are very clear AND loud. Any other suggestions besides the subs I have listed??
MANY MANY THANX IN ADVANCE