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Old 04-04-2008, 10:56 PM
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can someone please help a beginner with audio

Hi everyone, i am really hoping someone can help me\direct me towards setting up a nice quality system for my van. First of i have a 2006 sprinter van, i am in the van at least 4 hours a day, usually more, always listening to music from my ipod. Right now i have a system installed that i did myself a little while ago on a strict budget that was just to replace the complete utter crap that came with the van stock, but now i am looking to upgrade to something higher quality.

I am looking for high quality sound. I will admit that i am very new to the whole mobile audio scene so i need some help picking out good products.

Basically the van is set up like this, 2 spots for 4 inch speakers in the dash and thats it, i did replace those speakers and add a new head unit along with an infinity basslink sub under the passenger seat, this is a cargo van and there is absolutely no other place to put any other sub so it will have to stay, i have seen that there is a basslink 2, is that a worthwhile upgrade? either way i cannot have anything bigger than the basslink.

Now for the headunit i really want something that is of good quality and a simple design, i dont like the flashy ones with all the crappy lights, i would like something classy, simple in looks with nice sound, and it has to have a method of connecting my 160gb ipod, but i want to control the ipod myself using the ipod not an interface build into the headunit, if it works both ways that ok but i really prefer changing songs myself.

For the speakers, as you have noticed i dont have much choice for sound quality using only 2 4 inch speakers, i do not want to make custom speaker panels or whatever they are called and i will not cut holes into the doors for large speakers, there is no room, so im looking for the best 4 inch speakers i can get, as far as i can go is getting a component set, i would be able to mount tweeters in the doors, but in this case would having the speakers in the far right and left corners of the dash near the windshield and tweeters in the doors a good placement? if so i can go this way, otherwise if i can find amazing 4 inch speakers and that would be enough i would be happy.

also would i need an amp for this? right now i dont and the sound is decent, all and all im not sure about amps, crossovers, components etc... how to set them up and what would sound best

i guess what i am asking is what would you build for my van, money no issue (reasonably priced though) using two 4 inch speakers, possibility for tweeters being mounted in doors only, not speakers and the space of a basslink under the passenger seat.

i am really hoping someone will take the time to give me some help, thanks in advance!

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Old 04-05-2008, 10:20 AM
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jbl P452 coaxial 4" have titanium dome tweeters and handle 50 watts RMS. They're surprisingly punchy and clean sounding for a such a small speaker. Coupled with your basslink, and powered by a small 50x2 amp, should give you good results given your criteria. As far as the deck goes, look for one with pre amp inputs to hook your ipod into at the pre amp level. Virtually all Brands have ipod capability now, but usually it renders the ipod's controls unusable, and must be controlled from the deck. Alpines have a separate rca to ainet accessory that can be used as just an aux input. This would allow high quality preamp input with the ability to control your ipod yourself. Hope that helps.
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thank you very much for the reply, but are the jbls the best 4 inch speakers i can buy? i really want 4 inch speakers with the best quality i can get as those are the only 2 speakers in the van, i want to replace my infinity kappa 42.7i's with something better than those
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:42 AM
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well, best is a relative term. The only way to find the best for you is to go listen to as many as possible. What many consider the best, I usually don't, that's partly because I like my system to sound a certain way which others find too bright, and very concert like. I don't place great emphasis on imaging and staging, but more on tonality, clarity, and impact. Many find rear fill useless, while I can't listen to my system without it. Sound reproduction is very personal, and honestly I couldn't tell you what sounds better than what you have...those Infinitys are quite good for 4" speakers. Anyway, my advice as usual, go listen to as many as you can.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:50 AM
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you may want to check into Focal, DLS, and Morel to name a few high end companies that make 4" component systems. Another option is to go with separate components for mids and tweeters, and use and active set up. Going active will allow you to choose specific drivers and custom tune them to your liking.
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