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Old 10-09-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Im finally starting my mini system build, i have an old hifonics zxi8008 5 ch amp, 110 watts x 4 x 300 for the sub. Im looking to get some good components for the front doors and most likely not touching the rears, so i will bridge the amp and have 220x2. I dont think ill use this amp to push a sub since im a hip hop guy. I want to get a JL 12w6 and like a 500/1 amp dedicated to the sub itself only.

Give me a few options, i dont really have a budget, something reasonable and not too cheap.

Dynamat or some kind of sound deadening will be added to the doors as well to help with SQ and road noise.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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And i know the said amp isn't the greatest but its been sitting in my closet for a while now. I just want to use it already. Unless you guys think its that bad and wont power anything decent up front then ill consider replacing it.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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get some nice 6.5 rockford fosgate components. Like T1's. their like 170 bux on sonic electronix. Thats my vote anyways.
Type R's sound pretty good too.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:02 PM   #4
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get some nice 6.5 rockford fosgate components. Like T1's. their like 170 bux on sonic electronix. Thats my vote anyways.
Type R's sound pretty good too.
RF and Alpine are Best Buy garbage...

Eric, If you're looking for real car stereo, look at Morel, Focal, Seas, MB Quart... companies that actually make their own component speakers, instead of just outsourcing manufacturing to the highest bidder and slapping their name on it.

I wouldn't trade my Morel Hybrid Ovation 6's for the world...

You could also do better than JL for bass. I mean, they're fine, but JL is the most heavily marketed, overpriced car stereo company on earth. I actually have a Focal sub (A company most people don't look to for subs) which isn't terribly powerful, but provides accurate, delay-free sound.

Take it from someone who's been hooking up his car for more than 12 years.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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Further to the above...

The best strategy is to LISTEN. Get into those car stereo shops, and listen to as many products as you humanly can. Every speaker is different, and more importantly, every ear is different. Go with what you think sounds the best, and you'll be happy.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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companies that actually make their own component speakers, instead of just outsourcing manufacturing to the highest bidder and slapping their name on it
sadly, there's no easy guide for determining which companies do this.

but its questionable if it matters, as many even 'high end' companies don't own their own manufacturing facilities and co-locate in China with similar companies, even the 'best buy' brands.

Pyle for example used to have their own dedicated manufacturing partner in the 80s, and now are nothing but an empty IP.

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Old 10-09-2012, 09:17 PM   #7
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sadly, there's no easy guide for determining which companies do this.

but its questionable if it matters, as many even 'high end' companies don't own their own manufacturing facilities and co-locate in China with similar companies, even the 'best buy' brands.
I largely don't disagree with you. So much has changed in the past two decades when it comes to the manufacturing of... well... anything really. I just think you're more likely to get a quality product if you can at least trace the people who actually made your speaker.

Just like people who have a Saab 9.2x know they really have a Subaru .

You still gotta listen. I remember walking in the door for Focal seven years ago, and walked out the door with Morel. They still work .
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:03 AM   #9
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ive heard great things about MB quartz, and Focal...not to many good shops in my area, just the little rinky dink hood spots. I plan on just ordering online. Which specific model would you guys recommend to go along with the amp i posted above.

And as far as JL i know its over priced a bit, but Bass is something im really looking forward too since I mainly listen to Hip Hop so I need something pretty good.
Any recommendations
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Old 10-10-2012, 08:43 AM   #10
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I have been into audio for a while and have had many different brands of equipment. Some of these guys are serious audiophiles and will argue all day that one thing isn't good. I mean morel is awesome gear, but $1600 for a pair of components is way more than I could ever justify.

I have had success with base MBs and various JL and diamond audio subs. Just go to crutch field and read reviews of stuff you like. Then go to onlinecarstereo.com and buy it for 30% less.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:38 AM   #11
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You're a hip hop guy, buy what fits budget and don't worry about the rest...
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I agree with everything Jason06iwagon said, literally everything.
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I went to Car Toys yesterday and listed to as many different configurations as I could. The Focal component speakers sounded the best (to me) by far so I chose the mid-priced models ($300) since the higher end were $500+ each.

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JL is the most heavily marketed, overpriced car stereo company on earth
I don't have cable nor do I listen to the radio so I wouldn't know about their marketing. What I can say is that of all the subs I listened to yesterday, JL sounded the best. It was deeper, richer, and was able to reproduce bass the fastest which is important to me because I listen to metal. JL also has a new 3 channel amp that will push the two component speakers up front and subs in the back all by itself. I like the idea of only having one small amp taking up space.

To the OP. Definitely go to a place that has products you can listen to, even if the only choice is best buy or whatever. Hearing it in person yesterday helped me decide on an entire system in under 3 hours.
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