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**NEED ADVICE FOR NEW/UPGRADE SETUP** - I have $500-$750 to spend

Old 04-23-2007, 04:11 PM
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Exclamation **NEED ADVICE FOR NEW/UPGRADE SETUP** - I have $500-$750 to spend

Hey guyz. I have been in car audio for like 3-4 years now but nothing hardcore professional stuff. My current setup is :
- Sony CD/MP3 head unit.
- AKAI ACA-2104 multichannel 1200watt amp.(I know, its not REAL 1200watt!)
- Pair of Pioneer 6x9.
- 12" AudioBahn woofer.
I have this installed in Buick Wagon 92 model in a box. It is one box devided from inside so the sub is in middle and speakers are on either sides. SQ is OK, but I want more. I feel like something is missing or not correct.

So........... I need advice from you guyz. I have 500-750 to spend. I can arrange used stuff as well.
- What head unit should I use ?
- What AMP ... how many .. Multi/Mono ?
- Should I change the battery ? What kind of wiring ?
- Should I also get a CAP.
- What Sub and Speakers ??

Just tell me what COMBO will best work in 500-750 budget. A professional advice from you guyz will be highly appreciated !!! Thanks !!!
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:09 PM
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Honestly, the install is going to make the biggest difference if you only want to spend 500 - 700 to improve your system.

Here is what I would do:

1. Scrap the 6 x 9's, build kick panels and buy some decent speakers. If you only have 6 x 9's and nothing up front (i.e. kicks) that might explain why something is missing or incorrect. Doing this change alone would make a world of difference in your vehicle.

The rest is really whatever you can get for the best price... since you only have 500-700 to work with, most of that would be eaten up from buying a decent set of speakers/good install. There are a lot of good products you could give a try.. but way too many to name here since it's quite relative and depends on how much you want to spend for each component of your system.
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Old 04-23-2007, 06:50 PM
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well what you looking for more bumping?...aka SPL? first thing i would do is asfar as changing anything never buy some sony and audiobahn again both compagnie i dont trust and most people here would say the same sony really cheap and audiobahns going downhill... if you looking for more bass change the sub for a DD or something if u just want better sound quality listen to the guy that posted before me... change speakers... as for your deck i do not know much but i know that changing the deck to a better one will make a diffrence in the sound of speakers...
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Yes, I am looking for more BASS, SPL. I have not much complaints about SQ, but the BASS defiantely needs improvment. Bass is OK in the car but it is not HEAR-ABLE far. Here is what I am considering :
1. Get a Mono Subwoofer Amp (MTX, Kicker, Rockford etc) arnd 500rms at 4ohm
2. Get a decent Subwoofer.
3. Change the box and make it only for Sub.
4. Get a 0.5-1 Farad Cap.
5. Properly do the wiring.
6. Change the battery (optional, as I notice many times the dimming lights when bass hits).

Let me know guyz !!!
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Ne professional adivce guyz ?
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:18 PM
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no cap
keep sub and amp

get a set of components and an amp to push them + sound deaden
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Increase budget or shop for used equipment. No need for a cap.
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by MR2NR
Increase budget or shop for used equipment. No need for a cap.
Ok ... No cap it is !!!

However, why do i notice the dimming lights then ? Do I need to get a bigger battery or something. Cause I have the regular one installed right now, not the sprecial ones that I see on Car Audio websites.

Wud the regular car battery be able to provide 500-600watt RMS to an amp constantly ?

Your advice is really helping !!
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:46 PM
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Do the big 3, if you don't know what it is use the search feature which is in the top center of this site. If you already have it done, and are still noticing dimming, then either get a larger alternator, battery, or a cap. Whichever is the weakest link in your system. If you aren't sure which is the weakest, after doing some installs and reading some posts, maybe car audio isn't for you. Hehe, by that I mean read the posts on this site that go back into the months, you will learn everything you could ever need to know.
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Originally Posted by Creamedweasel
Do the big 3, if you don't know what it is use the search feature which is in the top center of this site. If you already have it done, and are still noticing dimming, then either get a larger alternator, battery, or a cap. Whichever is the weakest link in your system. If you aren't sure which is the weakest, after doing some installs and reading some posts, maybe car audio isn't for you. Hehe, by that I mean read the posts on this site that go back into the months, you will learn everything you could ever need to know.
Thanks man ... will do the search !!!
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