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Old 03-16-2010, 03:12 AM
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97 Caddy DeVille...ideas?

Hey guys I'm pretty new to this. I have a 97 Caddy DeVille, tons of trunk space, thinking about keeping it simple with just two subs. Do you guys prefer 10 inch subs or 12 inch subs? Also, is it absolutely necessary to buy new speakers?

Any ideas or tips would be awesome...hope I don't sound like too much of a noob..
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:21 AM
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Oh and would a touch screen work with my 97? And my budget is under $1500 for everything.
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:32 PM
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With a trunk that size a pair of 12" subs is where I would head to. I have some great deals on equipment right now in order to help you maximize your budget. I would eliminate the touch screen for now, get a good solid head unit that has ipod and bluetooth abilities. You do not have to buy new speakers at all but they are as old as the vehicle is, you might want to consider replacing them. I can work up some options for you on a system.
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Old 03-16-2010, 06:39 PM
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Go for two 12's at least. Caddy's tend to be more sound proofed, so you need more boom. I had a pair of low end JBL 12's in my old 86 Deville, and they shook my car great. I also replaced the speakers with low end JBL's as well, and they sounded great, but the stock system was pretty much pooched on my car.

I'd recommend upgrading your stock speakers, purely for the fact that with subs, you're going to want to make your speakers louder to match them, and amping stock speakers generally sound like , and bose speakers that typically come in Cadillac's tend to sound like anyways, IMO (older models, at least). Plus, old speakers, and old speaker wires run the risk of not working properly, and/or providing shitty sound.

I'd offer to sell you my JBL's, if you weren't on the other side of the country. I agree with MR2NR, stick with an affordable single din, no need to go double if you're on a budget.

And for the record, I'm not by any means repping JBL, but I wasn't disappointed by their equipment. For what it was, it worked great Definitely looking at a dcon or xcon for my altima though

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Old 03-17-2010, 03:06 AM
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Two 12's is what I was thinking at first, but then I talked to my manager at work who knows a lot about car audio and he said he prefers 10's because they're quicker. He said they were crisp and like boom boom boom boom boom instead of booooom booooooom booooom...thats the best i can describe it haha.

MR2NR i'd love to talk some setups with you.

Bauglir, thanks for the advice...you make some great points. I think i'll probably end up getting new speakers and wiring.

Another question I had was if I wanted to sell my car, how difficult would it be to take out the system and make the audio stock again?
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10's aren't quicker than 12's - comon, how does +2" of very very light material (in the decimal/grams total per cone paper weight, nevermind +2") equal to faster response? It's about motor force, power, install, tuning, cone stiffness and cone weight. If you have a lot of x-max and don't have the power to make it move than it'll be slow, is that correct? The only reason 10's generally sound better is because they lack deep low end output, making them seem like they only respond to the faster/higher frequencies, better.
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Hmm alright. What's x-max and how do i get the power to make it move?
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:26 PM
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First off, sorry I was not available all day yesterday and did not have a chance to respond. I am now back in Whistler sitting in my comfy leather chair at the Hilton and people watching for the next 12 hours, then up to the top of Whistler Creekside for 5 hours to ensure the bottom of the downhill course stays intact (and chase coyotes..hehehe can't tell you how though).

Bass response is all about the careful match of sub to amp to box to install. Screw up on any 1 part of that equation and the best sub in the world is going to sound like bat barf. Music does not care about what size speaker it is played through. On a equal and level playing field, a 10" sub can produce the same deep bass note as a 15" can, it just cannot do it with the same degree of output.

PM me your phone number and a time to call and we can discuss things much easier. Normally I would use MSN but it is blocked here at the Paralympic site. I am thankful that Bell has allowed me to use their system during the Paralympics as the hotel wants to charge me about $300 to use their wireless system (pirates when their rooms start at $499 a night.....).
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