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PostSubject: sound system noob needs help   sound system noob needs help EmptySat May 22, 2010 11:10 pm

Im going to put 2 12 inch subs in my trunk... what kinda of speakers should i get and what size will 6 or 6.5's fit in my door? and what are some good 6x9's i dont want the best just something good quality with good sound
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PostSubject: Re: sound system noob needs help   sound system noob needs help EmptySun May 23, 2010 1:41 pm


Subwoofer choice depends on what you are trying to do. If you want to pound through the neighborhood, a couple of 12"s might be needed. If not, there are some 8" subs that can do what the average 12"s did a few years ago. So consider smaller subs, if you just want loud bass inside the car, a pair of 8"s or a single 10" might work fine. Good brands are JL, RF, DD, RR, Infinity. There are lots of good brands out there. A good sub does not cost $69 on eBay. It will probably be at least $200 per driver for a good one.

If you want to make lots of dB bass, you'll need lots of subs and lots of power. The brand doesn't really matter, but the subs need to be able to take the power, so pick subs that have a high RMS power rating. Power them in sealed boxes. Use Class-D amplifiers to get the most power per amp from your charging system. Buy a new battery if you'll be playing the the system with the engine off.

For the fronts, 5 1/4" is the size. Personally, I'd use a 50 x 2 amp up here, and spend a good portion of your budget on the front doors if you really want to enjoy the music. The OEM head unit (or any head, really) just doesn't have enough power to keep up with a big subwoofer system. My rule is to use at least 1/3 of the power in the entire system for the front speakers. So if you've got 400 watts for the subs, send 100 x 2 to the front pair - and buy a pair that can take that kind of power. If you only want to make bass, obviously it doesn't matter what you do up front, but you should at least use a 50 x 2 watt amp minimum.

6x9"s don't matter too much to me. I don't even run them at all. I say go with whatever 2-way coaxial that you can afford. Some people like to stick with the same brand as they use up front, so the sound matches somewhat. I wouldn't send much power to the rear of the car, unless you want to listen to the sound from behind you. Good luck.

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PostSubject: Re: sound system noob needs help   sound system noob needs help EmptySun May 23, 2010 4:24 pm

For your reference, this is what I have....

Alpine Head Unit,
Alpine Type S 5-1/4" in the doors,
Alpine Type S 6x9's in the rear,
2 JL Audio 12" subs,
Orion D1200 Class D Mono Block Amp.

It pounds, it sounds good, it was near $1000 for all
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