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    Hey Ive read a lot of conflicting info regarding this and figured that I will ask the pros. So I have a 03 Hyundai Sonata with stock speakers. One speaker doesnt even work. I want to install a new set of speakers and a head unit.

    For the head unit I am considering the Sony dsx-s100 or the dsx-s200x, I like the tune tray idea. And for the speakers I am considering the Sony as well the XS-GT1627A for the front and the XS-GT6937A for the rear.

    I know this is a real basic system, but right now this is all I can afford and I dont listen to it very loudly either. So my question is... how important is having an amp?

    I have read up a bit and some say its ok to run the speakers without an amp and that it will just not be as good, but still better than what I have now. Others say that I can damage the speakers because the speakers are like 35 and 40 RMS and the head unit only puts out 17 RMS.

    If I will see a big difference I will hold out and wait to buy an amp specially if it is bad for the speakers. But if you think that I dont need it then I will just go with the setup I am considering.

    Please let me know what you think?? also any input regarding changes to my system are most welcome!

    Thanks guys







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    Re: New head unit and speaker install

    Well,question is how do you like to hear your music?? Loud and distorted,or loud and clear with almost no distortion?? Loud distortion is what damages speakers more than anything..you know stock radio n speakers turned all way up!! What do you hear??? Chopped up words static screetching sounds rubbery bass sounds--Distortion!!!Damaging the speakers.An amp cleans the distortion up and also gives you a boost of power loudness to bring speakers to life and hear the difference in the music/instruments/ voice ect,also seperates the sound stage effect from highs mids and lows.I recommend an amp, a decent 4ch,you can prob pic one up on the bay for 100.oo or less for like an alpine 3550 duo-b is a nice clean amp,and 12v supply.My opinion though.Others may think different?????You can run the speakers until you get an amp,just try not to trash your speakers till then..Keep the bass turned down you know?????




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    Re: New head unit and speaker install

    Thanks for the reply guys. My budget is less than 300 and I would prefer it to be around 200. I know this is low but since I get good employee discounts I get good deals. I do not listen to real loud music (probably will be below 50% max volume 90% of the time) and neither do I need a lot of bass. I want to replace my factory audio system so that I get better quality audio. Like I would like to hear crisp and clear audio, like if you listed to jazz. So I definitely don't want a sub in there. Also this is my first install so I don't want to spend too much money on it. Here is a list of parts I am considering.

    Head Unit

    Kenwood
    KDC-BT948HD (not sure if i want the HD radio, still debating about that)
    KDC-BT848U

    Sony
    DSX-S100
    DSX-S200X (love the tune tray idea but since most pros say sony ***** i might stay away)

    Pioneer as well, havent had a look at the deals yet.

    Front Speakers, 6.5"

    Kenwood
    KFC-P709PS
    KFC-1693PS
    KFC-1662S

    Sony
    XS-GT1627A

    Kicker
    11DS65
    11DS652
    11KS65
    11KS652

    Polk Audio
    DXi6500
    DXi650

    Infinity
    KAPPA62.9I
    KAPPA63.9I
    REF6032CF
    REF6032SI
    KAPPA60.9CS
    REF6030CS (these are a bit expensive, unless someone says i really need it I will not go for this)

    JBL
    GTO628
    GTO638
    P662
    P662S
    GTO608C (again, real expensive)
    P660C (expensive as well, would like to stay away)

    Rear Speakers 6x9"

    Kenwood
    KFC-6993PS
    KFC-6983PS

    Sony
    XS-GT6937A

    Kicker
    11DS693
    11KS69
    11KS693

    Polk Audio
    DXi690

    Infinity
    KAPPA692.9I
    KAPPA693.9I
    REF9632CF

    JBL
    GTO928
    GTO938

    I would really like to not put an amplifier in unless you think its really necessary for my application. Main reason behind this is with most of the items I listed above I can achieve my budget, but adding an amplifier will completely blow it because they are so expensive in comparison. Also I am looking to leave in the original wiring, but if I add an amplifier its best to install a heavier gauge wire, and also the install gets more complicated. However if its absolutely necessary I will consider it.

    I know its a long reply, but if any of you have used any of these and think they are good please let me know.

    Thanks again!!




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    Re: New head unit and speaker install

    I have never had any issues with sony head units??I run one today as a matter of fact.Speakers you have chosen are pretty good selection foryour budget.I have always enjoyed Infinity... Kappas are really some great sounding quality speakers..Polk would be my second choice from your list,then jbl,then kickers.I would recommend running new speaker wire when you add the amp.I have a jbl gtq 200 that may interest you for 75 shipped that would be very nice on all your speakers.message me on it,it will push 4 kicker c10 few scratches but still presentable and has clean power.One on ebay rt now.Nice choices on the speaker selections as well.for a beginner.Very nice man.




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