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04-09-2017 07:09 PM
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08-04-2008 04:29 AM
kanwisch
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If you can afford to buy a 3 foot wide roll of Dynamat Original or Extreme to have around, it is a good idea IMO, so when you have an interior panel off, you can try to clean the sheet metal, heat it and the Dynamat up, and slap some on that interior compartment for sound deadening. I just put some in the rear portion of my extended cab full size Chevy truck (I was replacing the rear speakers with some Rockford Fosgates, bought on eBay).

To heat the Dynamat, I am using a waterbed mattress heater, which works excellent for that.
It cost me $50 to do the trunk and the doors to manu spec. I couldn't do a single door with that stuff. Like I said, the trade-off of cost and performance is something everyone has to make the call on themselves.

That said, as soon as I get a new car, I'm going to try to put some matting in instead since it will be a long-distance vehicle and I've read the lack of engine, road, and wind noise will make it much less exhausting to drive for long periods.
08-04-2008 04:27 AM
kanwisch Thanks.

The only part about Alpine I'm convinced of is that their iPod menus and connectivity are the best available. Beyond that things are up for grabs.
08-01-2008 05:22 PM
VTS357
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VTS, post up about the Alpine sub, I'd be interested in how that works out.

I like it better than the fosgate I had before it, but I don't really have much to compare it to. It sounds great to me. It's quite capable of making the mirrors in my truck useless if I turn the volume up enough.

As for the other stuff, I'm definitely open to suggestions, all I really know about car audio at this point is that alpine is generally good, and that Crutchfield has really good instructions
08-01-2008 08:55 AM
fuster If you can afford to buy a 3 foot wide roll of Dynamat Original or Extreme to have around, it is a good idea IMO, so when you have an interior panel off, you can try to clean the sheet metal, heat it and the Dynamat up, and slap some on that interior compartment for sound deadening. I just put some in the rear portion of my extended cab full size Chevy truck (I was replacing the rear speakers with some Rockford Fosgates, bought on eBay).

To heat the Dynamat, I am using a waterbed mattress heater, which works excellent for that.
08-01-2008 04:41 AM
kanwisch
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Crutchfield started out as a small company back in the 70's that advertised in small ads in the back of magazines like Cycle World. They were very DIY and consumer oriented back then and they still are.
Didn't know that, cool.

I'd purchased more than a few things at Crutchfield to get a feel for what I was in for and don't regret that. The other reason, as noted in this thread, was my belief you needed an Authorized Dealer for warranty reasons.

Now that I've messed with stuff I'll be more widely searching. As with fuster I picked up my CDT speakers, on ZX's advice, from woofers etc. on Ebay at a discount since they were being discontinued. Install will be wrapped up tonight.

As fuster points out, this stuff really is limited by your budget and extent of interest which varies so widely its hard to say there's a right and wrong in selection. For instance, ZX was pushing the mats for sound deadening but my budeget wouldn't allow it. I ended up with a sludge and its worked well enough in the trunk. The doors are the next testing ground.

MB Quarts have gotten pretty good reviews on the car forum I visit. The Alpine 9883 is one I have in a car and I like it for giving me somewhat decent iPod menus, though the iDA's can't be beat for that. Haven't pulled my Alpine amp out for use yet so no thoughts there. Alpine speakers haven't gotten the best reviews from folks who've put them in f body cars, though I haven't seen specifics of what they don't like about them.

VTS, post up about the Alpine sub, I'd be interested in how that works out.
07-31-2008 10:36 PM
fuster Crutchfield started out as a small company back in the 70's that advertised in small ads in the back of magazines like Cycle World. They were very DIY and consumer oriented back then and they still are. They have become bigger as a result of success. I have bought many car and home audio items from them. Their support is excellent.

I like buying on eBay for car audio these days because there is more available there and the pricing is very competitive. I have been buying mostly old school amplifiers and some spare head units for ones I have in some of my cars, just for spare parts. Sometimes you can pick up NOS items that are very high quality, for a great price, because someone bought a bunch of the stuff before it went off the market. Some of the used high end amplifiers can be had for a good price if you are careful on how you bid.

There is a seller on eBay who makes some excellent instructional videos on car audio, including some great fabrication DVDs. You might be interested in his stuff if you are going to be doing kick panel or other interior panel fabrication yourself. If you are interested I can probably find his information.

I have had Infinity Kappa speakers. I like a real high end prescence and their tweeters are more a smooth sound that does not have enough high end for my ears. Depends on what you like to hear. My preference is for something different (MB Quart), but that does not mean what you have is any lesser quality.
07-31-2008 07:47 PM
VTS357 Hey, figured I’d post my truck, and its weak system compared to the other stuff in this thread, lol. It’s a 93 Toyota pickup 4wd with extended cab. This got started about two years ago, I’d had this truck for about a year already and was getting tired of the broken speakers in the back, so I took it to a place and talked myself out of too much money and got a new set of speakers and a 10” subwoofer, but foolishly didn’t get a new headunit at the time because the truck already had an aftermarket one from a previous owner. I got 4” low end Alpine speakers in the front, 6½” low end Kenwood speakers in the back, a Pioneer GM-5300T amp hooked to a Rockford Fosgate P2 10” and a crappy headunit.

A few months later I replaced the headunit with an Alpine CDA-9883 which make a world of difference, and a few months after that I replaced the sub with an Alpine SWR 10” 2-ohm DVC when I figured out I was pushing 380W into a sub rated for 250W. Go install place! I also put in a capacitor when the headlights started to dim during big bass hits, but that problem turned out to be a bad battery as I figured out about two weeks later when the truck wouldn’t start.

What I’d like to do now is put in a different amp that can put out the 500W the sub is rated for, and put in some high end stuff for the surrounds. I’m looking at Infinity Kappa 60.9cs all the way around, probably have to put in aftermarket kick panels or mod the hell out of the dash to get them in the front Mod the door maybe, but I don't think the door would be deep enough. Put in an Alpine MRP-F300 to push the surrounds and an Alpine MRP-M500 for the sub.

Just for reference, I ordered most of my stuff from Crutchfield, and that’s where I sourced all these things. Thoughts?
07-09-2008 11:37 AM
ZX6R1033
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What happened to those power blocks/cells you could add to the trunk space inline from the battery supply wire? The ones that would have a 12v charge and make sure your amps and trunk shit always had constant power? Are they still used? I used to have one back in 1997.


Capacitors are still used, but generally frowned upon. They are a poor band aid for a bad install. Audio shops used to push them insanely hard, and they had a really good sounding sales pitch for anyone who didn't actually have an understanding of 12v systems. As people started using the internet more and more, and relying on the audio shops less and less, the sales of caps dropped off rather violently. I still see them from time to time, though.
07-09-2008 11:33 AM
ZX6R1033
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I am not sure you understand how you come across with how you said that about high end car audio. I understand what quality audio is.

Car audio installation I do not know.


The two go hand in hand.

I know how I came across. It was said as it was meant, and if you are inferring, then there is really nothing I can say to make you feel any better.


and just to let you know... you cannot tell people that they don't know you and to not assume anything, then go on to rant and rave about what you assume they are thinking. It makes you a hypocrite.


And just for your information, nearly every car audio person out there would NEVER class SPL products as "high end". the term high end is reserved for SQ components and VERY clean installs. 90% of the time, these installs are 100% hidden from the eye and you'd never know they were there until you turned them on.

But then, you obviously are just not into listening to any advice, so go back to the shop that sells your high end components and let them overcharge you for stuff they tell you you need. I don't feel like playing with people who ask for answers and then argue to the very end.


Hope it works out for you, though. If you are happy, that's all that counts.
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