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Old 10-09-2001, 08:12 PM   #1
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Default Boomin system............

This question goes out to anyone who has installed a new sound system in their 2000+ Legacy. I'm looking to upgrade all my original speakers and add 2-10's (sealed box) and amp. I currently have the OE 6-disc changer under the factory head unit plus the sub under the seat. The sound is ok but I need more!!!!!!
I intend to keep my factory head unit and 6-disc changer but I'm not sure if my plans will allow it. Does our head unit come with a pre-amp? If so, I don't see any problems. I guess I'll have to lose the amp under the seat but who cares, I'm getting 2-10's for the trunk.
Anything I should know or look out for before I invest time and money????
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Old 10-09-2001, 10:51 PM   #2
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Save your money and spend it on something that matters.IMO
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Old 10-09-2001, 11:31 PM   #3
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Default thanks for the answer Dad.........

just kidding. I only asked the question because the factory sound system is average at best. There are only 4 real speakers for god's sake, the tweeters do not count IMO. Absolutely NO sound comes from the rear because of the lack of 6x9's. The sub under the seat just vibates things. For a $26k car I at least expect 6 speakers. What other cars come without rear mounted speakers in this class? None.
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Old 10-10-2001, 01:26 AM   #4
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There is no pre amp output from our stock system, unfortunatly.
I upgraded my system with speakers, 6 Channel amp and a small subwoofer, but kept the stock deck and changer.

I ran couple of those line converters to get the fading, but you could get one to save cost. Be sure to pick the best quality ones on the market since it will be vitally to overall sound quality.

I have KEF 6.5" speakers F&R, Polk 4 pcs of 6X9 sub (very old) and a Soundstream Continium amp.

I can't say the sound is super good, since I am used to my NHTs at home. It could be best described as Bose AM series compare to NHTs. Not good for vocal music, but great for pop/rock music.
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Old 10-10-2001, 01:27 AM   #5
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http://www.i-club.com/forums/forumdi...?s=&forumid=25

You should just buy a new headunit, IMHO.

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Old 10-11-2001, 12:08 AM   #6
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Upgrading a Car's audio is the first thing you Do! (if you have a clue!)

96 GT with:

JVC KD-SH99 Head Unit... rotating Faceplate, plays MP3 cdroms... any
questions?!?!

Fronts: Polk 2-way 120Watt speakers
Rear: Sony 3-way 100 Watt speakrs
Trunk: MTX 10", Blue Thunder enclosure

Amps: Sony 4-channel, 100w/chan, with crossover
Amp2: Sony 2chan, 40watt rms('95, but quite good!)

Assorted: street wires, monster cable, Power Noise filters, antenna noise filter, etc.

Notes: Running RCA cables from HU to Amps in back is a bitch. Have to take rear seat completely out. One amp mounted under rear deck, other mounted on bowl, in center of spare!(dont laugh, it works great!).
Oh, and get used to ripping the dash out, to "twiddle" with the HU. it happens a lot.... removing door trim for front speaks is a breeze.

good luck!

what HU you doing?
and speakers ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT PART btw!!!

JurgyMan!
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Old 10-11-2001, 09:05 AM   #7
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Old 10-11-2001, 10:06 AM   #8
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hiho,


Your constructive and useful comments illustrate your years of experience on the subject matter. We all can only aspire to be as objectively and thoughtfully helpful as you so graciously exhibit.

Your perceived anonymity is a lie that the Moderators are now well aware of.
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Old 10-11-2001, 12:55 PM   #9
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JurgyMan - It looks like you put a lot of thought, time, and money into a better sounding system. I really never wanted to change the stock head unit and CD player just because it fits so nice. BUT, if I have to in order to really complete the project I might. We'll see.
All I know is that I WILL replace all the factory speakers and add a rear sub, maybe two 10's. I want loud, tight bass, not boomy.

HIHO - Everyone knows what they like and don't like. Let it be.

I want better sound, that's all.
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Old 10-11-2001, 12:59 PM   #10
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Old 10-11-2001, 06:08 PM   #11
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What I meant was, the most rewarding STEREO-RELATED mod/upgrade one can do is to upgrade the cheap, tinny factory speakers. IMHO.
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Old 10-11-2001, 06:38 PM   #12
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Default WHOS GOTTA BOOMIN SYSTEM???

MekoNY

I did my sound system in stages, because of funds!!!

1. I replaced all speakers:

FRONT: a/d/s A5 is
REAR: a/d/s A5im

2. Add a 4 ch. amplifier:

Precision Power PC4400

3. Add a Sealed Subwoofer Enclosure:

JL Audio ProWedge 2 x 10" W3

4. Add a 2 ch. amplifier:

Precision Power PC2300 & a 1 Farad Capacitor

5. Add sound insulation:

Dynamated front doors, trunk, lid and spoiler

6. Add a Headunit:

Premier Pioneer DEH-P930 CD Changer Control Receiver (XM Ready)

7. Tuned system:

Crossover points, dB gain, EQ and Signal Processors

8. GET A DAMN GOOD ALARM SYSTEM!!! TO PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENTS!!!
...which I am saving up for, as I am writing this email!!!



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Old 10-11-2001, 06:45 PM   #13
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Ok, i'm tempted to close this thread, but if we can have a reasonable discussion, i won't.

HIHO: Calling someone names because they upgrade audio before getting wheels, intake or exhaust first is...stupid. Tint and stereo were the first things i did to my car. Life without CD and at least some bass is not life!

So...please keep on the subject
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Old 10-11-2001, 07:19 PM   #14
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Crazy Ken - You stated that you did your upgrade in stages.
Step 6 you added your Pioneer head unit, what kind of a difference did that make compared to your OE head unit??

I'm just wondering because I will probably end up doing what you did until I have enough money or win the Lotto.

What I really want NOW is aftermarket speakers in the original locations plus sub & amp.

Thanks

BTW-(Crazy Ken) Where did you get your STi badge for your trunk? I asked you this question in another thread but you never responded. L8r.
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Old 10-11-2001, 10:57 PM   #15
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Upgrading a Car's audio is the first thing you Do! (if you have a clue!)
I find that offensive! Are you going to remove that too it really hurts my feelings.

I have a CD player I don't have tinted windows or a need to let everyone within a 100 yards hear what kind of music I listen to. Go ahead waste your money. I'm down wit it yo.
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Old 10-12-2001, 08:36 AM   #16
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My system is pretty simple...


2 JBL 6.5" rear speakers
Infiniti Components in the front.... Thos tweeters make a big a difference man
6" door speakers
Pioneer 7200 Cd player/a1 disc pioneer changer
2 12 inch JBL subs in box
1 500 watt JBL amp


I am trying to sell the cd player... if anybody is interested PM me
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Old 10-12-2001, 11:44 AM   #17
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Step 6 you added your Pioneer head unit, what kind of a difference did that make compared to your OE head unit??
Night & Day difference... I got a 13-band Electronic EQ, Signal Processor and a lot of other tune-able features built-in one unit it is AWESOME...WELL WORTH IT!!!



Premier Pioneer DEH-P930

CLEAN...CLEAN...Crisp...Clear...Distortion FREE...LOUDER!!! The damn user manual is a 1/4" thick...BOY can this headunit do a lot of $h!t!!!

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BTW-(Crazy Ken) Where did you get your STi badge for your trunk? I asked you this question in another thread but you never responded. L8r.
Call Trey @ Cobb Tuning...if he doesn't have it, you can definetly get it from Teague's Auto

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Old 10-12-2001, 03:41 PM   #18
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The stock speakers actually aren't that bad, they're just incredibly underpowered.

A new head unit, with some powere, and a decent subwoofer will be a night and day difference.

Personally, I went with one of the Pioneer Mosfett heads, to drive the door speakers, and a self-powered Infinity BassLink subwoofer. Huge difference, for around $400, and I'm really picky about sound quality.
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