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Discussion in 'ICE (In Car Entertainment)' started by 98bbe, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. 98bbe

    98bbe Guest

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    ok I just changed out my speakers.
    In the back I have the Pioneer TS A6870R, 3 way, 220w max, 4 ohm
    In the doors I put Infinity Reference 6012i, 2 way, 180w Max, 4 ohm
    They sound good, but I have been debating on my next move.
    I want to replace the head unit, but I figure a amp would be a much better first move.
    So now the questions. Is an amp a better move? What kind of amp am I looking for? How should/if I rewire the speakers?
    PEACE
    Also, if any of you ave amps that may work for my situation, I'm looking to buy.
  2. mtlhead

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    personally i would change the head unit first (unless you already have an aftermarket one)

    if you are gonna get an amp for them, i think diamond amps are pretty good and are generally underrated, you'll want to get a four channel amp and wire each speaker up to its own channel
  3. 98bbe

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    Thanks. 'preciate the response. I am still in the air about it. I've been considering changing the head unit, but at the same time, I am looking to increase the watt output to the speakers, I figure an amp could do that, why even bother with the head unit yet.
    I'll keep you updated.
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    onequikscort New Member

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    if you get a diamond dont crank the amp cause it will blow those speakers. i wouldnt trust those power numbers too much. if you are going to get a diamond or equivalent quality amp. get some better mids all around.

    chris
  5. neuspeedescort

    neuspeedescort Moderator Staff Member

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    personal opinion you wasted money in your rear fill. unless your a family car its pointless. even then my fronts are loud and clear in the rear for my kids to hear. get a nice deck. pioneer premier, eclipse, alpine then get a nice low wattage to mid size amp. that will run your front with nice power with out cranking up the gain. i have a 150 watt amp running my fronts. an a 200 running my sub. that is all i have.


    NEUMAN
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    I think I would get an amp first, to drive the speakers at the right power levels. Then I would do careful research into a head unit you like. I went for the Pioneer 7900BT.
  7. citrate

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    new head unit will make a world of difference, start there, then move on to amps.
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    You never answered the question about what head unit you have now. However, no matter what head unit you have or get, you'll never do better than a nice solid amp for those speakers. You don't need amp power levels anywhere near those speakers numbers, all you'll end up with is short lived speakers. A very solid and realistic powered amp in the 50w rms per channel range will do you very nicely. And, if you play your cards right and do more research you might find a nice 5 channel and be able to add a sub for a more rounded system.
    Like always, this is IMHO, taking everything into consideration and not hung up on brands, I'm all about quality and bang for your buck.
    Good luck, Bill.
  9. neuspeedescort

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    bang for your buck comes from shopping. but you need to have a clean signal and that comes with your better brands. gold plating and mosfet power are not just cool selling points.

    i have less then 600 into my stereo currently. im happier with it then i was with my thousands of dollar systems i had at one point.

    i bought stuff off ebay, walmart, cp.com, and friends.

    zapco ag150 - mids
    zapco ag200 - sub
    pioneer deck - not a premier model
    blaupunkted components - mids - front only no rears
    jl w6 10 - just one - built the box myself
    walmart socshe 4ga wiring kit

    the only complant i have is i should have used better RCA's.


    NEUMAN
  10. 98bbe

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    pardon the delay in response.
    I didn't think it would spark such a conversation.
    As for what I have decided to do.
    I stepped into my friends escort while I was in DC, and he had 1 10inch audiobahn in the back powered by a rockford fosgate amp. His system had exectly what mine is missing. my hi's and mids sound great (btw I got my front and back speakers of craigslist and paid a total of $60.), but I was loooking for that pumping bass I can only get from a sub. AS for my head unit, it is stock. I really want to see what I can do without replacing the head unit (no tint, trying to be low key). At the same time though, he said changing his deck bumped his sound quality up tremendously. I figured giving sending my his and mids through an amp would give it the same effect. I am also going to rewire everything with some better quality cables.
    should be done by the new year!
  11. neuspeedescort

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    let me state this one more time YOU NEED CLEAN SIGNAL! a stock deck with a hi-low convertor will not do that unless you buy an expensive one. at which point you should have just bought a new headunit! low key or stealth is easy to ubtain. you just shop around and get a basic deck. or take your faceplate off. pretty simple. need us to spoon feed you a deck install also?


    NEUMAN
  12. 98bbe

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    Fams, first off relax, I don't need anyone to spoon feed me a thing.
    If you missed my point, clean signal is good, however I am trying to go about alternate ways of obtaining "clean signal". If it's not possible or feasable for that matter, so be it. Glad I asked. If you feel as if I'm trying to get "spoon fed" directions, that's cool, don't respond. Either way, I'll look into your advice and post the results of my decision for those who care.
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    k, honestly i'm too lazy to read this thread in depth, but if you're trying to get away with starting a system using the stock hu, just stop. bottom line you NEED an aftermarket hu.

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