Newbie here, need help with component selection


Captive_8

CarAudio.com Newbie
Nov 8, 2018
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Hey guys.....I have a fairly new 2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E, and the OEM sound system is somewhat less than stellar.  I'm not very educated when it comes to things audio, but I do have excellent mechanical/electrical abilities, and was wanting to upgrade my system over some of the factory pieces for improved sound, and will likely do the upgrades/wiring myself.  I'm fairly OCD, and will take the time to do things correctly. 

Also, it's probably worth mentioning that I'm on a Ridgeline-specific forum, and others there have already upgraded their vehicles, so I will likely take a lead from some of the successes of those guys, instead of trying to "reinvent the wheel".

I'm still in the planning stages of what I want to do, and which specific components I want to buy. What I do know is that I want to retain the OEM head unit.  I'm used to it and like the features of it, and I'm kind of old and set in my ways....

Because I'm keeping the HU, I'll likely need to run some type of DSP, like maybe a JL Audio Fix86, and then an amp, or maybe an "all in one unit" like an Audiocontrol d-4.800 or d-6.1200.  At least that's what has worked well for some of the guys on the Ridge forum.

But where I'm getting hung-up is my general lack of knowledge of some of the basics. Like for instance, the wattage output of the d-4.800 or d-6.1200 is 125, either 4X125 or 6X125. But many of the speakers I'm looking at are 70 watts RMS. Isn't that an excess amount of wattage for the speakers I'm looking at or am I missing something? Is the 125 watt output rating a peak maximum or continuous?

Another area where I'm getting confused is with the selection of front door speakers. My system from the factory has tweeters mounted in the a-pillars, a single center dash speaker, a 6.5" speaker in each of the 4 doors, and a sub behind the rear seat. In addition, there are 2 speakers in the bed that switch on through the HU for tailgating.  Not sure what to do about those (if anything) yet.

So, do I buy front component speakers and mount the cones in the doors, along with the crossovers supplied, and then the tweeters into the a-pillars? Do I even need the crossovers or are they redundant if I run the Audiocontrol unit? Then just some 6.5 cones (no coaxials) in the rear doors? Was looking at some Audison Prima speakers for the rear doors, and a JL Audio 8" (CP108) sub for under the rear seat.

I realize I'm a bit lost, and some would say I should leave it to the pros, but I want to learn and tackle this project, and be smarter and wiser later for having done it myself (with a little help :).

Any help/guidance would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

 

trumpet

Barry Schanz
Jan 3, 2011
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Grafton, ND
But where I'm getting hung-up is my general lack of knowledge of some of the basics. Like for instance, the wattage output of the d-4.800 or d-6.1200 is 125, either 4X125 or 6X125. But many of the speakers I'm looking at are 70 watts RMS. Isn't that an excess amount of wattage for the speakers I'm looking at or am I missing something? Is the 125 watt output rating a peak maximum or continuous?
Hi there. I'd love to help with advice and products. To address your concern about power handling vs power rating of amplifiers I invite you to read my article:


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Captive_8

CarAudio.com Newbie
Nov 8, 2018
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Thanks for the primer, Trumpet.

Finished buying the speakers. JL Audio C2-650x for the rear doors, C2-650 component for the front doors and A-pillars, and a single CP-108 LG sub for the floor under the passenger rear seat.  Looks like it'll fit nicely under there. I'm not going to worry about the center dash speaker right now or the bed speakers. 

It looks like the Audiocontrol d-6.1200 might be a tight fit under the front pass. seat, so I'll either have to find a different place or go with a separate DSP and amp.  We'll see

 

trumpet

Barry Schanz
Jan 3, 2011
6,942
17
Grafton, ND
Thanks for the primer, Trumpet.

Finished buying the speakers. JL Audio C2-650x for the rear doors, C2-650 component for the front doors and A-pillars, and a single CP-108 LG sub for the floor under the passenger rear seat.  Looks like it'll fit nicely under there. I'm not going to worry about the center dash speaker right now or the bed speakers. 

It looks like the Audiocontrol d-6.1200 might be a tight fit under the front pass. seat, so I'll either have to find a different place or go with a separate DSP and amp.  We'll see
What do you have in mind to handle fitting the speakers to the vehicle correctly?

 

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