The biggest problem I found was the "loudness" (which used to be a button WAYYYYY back in the day but is now built in) function. It works like this, from what I can gather, when your factory deck is at low volume, the bass is automatically higher, and when you start to turn the volume up, the bass is reduced relative to the mids and highs. This keeps the factory speakers from distorting at higher volumes. So if you tap into your factory system to add a sub, you will almost certainly wind up with a system that has WAY to fuking much bass at low listening levels, and not enough at high listening levels. You will be forver messing with the "bass" control and it will drive you insane. That is the ONE AND ONLY reason I always change out the factory head unit when I get a new car. My God its annoying, I dont know why the manufacturers of these head units cant make that stupid function disable-able (sp?) and give us at least one friggin low level output at the rear of the radio...
better tuning. more sub control. HPF and LPF capable of hooking a 4ch and a mono. ipod capability, sat radio ready and usb mp3's on most decks.
shitty sound, not loud enough. only hav fader, balance, bass and treble to work with, no preouts, no ipod, no usb, no sat radios on most of the cars, and that shitty built in bass control thing.
$150 for the Deck
$200 for an amp
$150 for the sub
If you buy at all the same place, you should definitely be able to negotiate a deal to have it all installed for less.
You should be able to do that for under $600
. . . when I first read the thread title, I thought you were considering running the subs off of the amp built into the Head Unit . . . I'm glad to see that's not what you were considering.
Last edited by maltesechicken; 01-09-2009 at 03:45 PM.