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Old 04-17-2015, 11:28 AM
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First time car audio help pls

The system will be in a 2001 Honda Civic LX. I'd like to keep it as cheap as possible, preferably around $400 max. I'm mainly looking for all around good sounding music. I prefer to not use too much trunk space as I am currently attending college and need the space for hauling stuff back and forth from home. I listen to all kinds of music, but more punk rock than anything.

I received a pair of speakers for the rear deck, an amp, and a sub for free, so I'd prefer not to buy anything here but if anything is inadequate please let me know. I'll list links to them here..
Here are the rear deck speakers: TS-G1344R - 5" 2-Way Speaker | Pioneer Electronics USA
Here is the amp:
Amazon.com : Sony XM-554zr 4-channel 600 Watt Car Amplifier : Vehicle Multi Channel Amplifiers : Car Electronics Amazon.com : Sony XM-554zr 4-channel 600 Watt Car Amplifier : Vehicle Multi Channel Amplifiers : Car Electronics

Here is the sub: Sony XS-L1036 (Single 10" Woofer) 10" 4-ohm Component Subwoofer at Crutchfield.com

I've picked out 3 head units I liked, but would be great to get some feedback on what you think of them or recommendations for similar head units.

Pioneer AVH-X2600BT DVD receiver at Crutchfield.com

JVC KW-V11 DVD receiver at Crutchfield.com

Jensen VX3020 DVD receiver at Crutchfield.com



I've been looking into component speakers for the front doors. I just randomly picked 4 sets based on the price, any feedback or recommendations on these would be appreciated as well.

Infinity Primus PR6500cs 6-1/2" component speaker system — also fits 6-3/4" openings at Crutchfield.com

Rockford Fosgate Prime R165-S 6-1/2" component speaker system at Crutchfield.com

MTX Terminator65 Terminator Series 6-1/2" component speaker system at Crutchfield.com

JVC CS-VS608 DRVN Series 6-1/2" component speaker system at Crutchfield.com


Any help would be greatly appreciated! Wiring advice would be helpful too, like if I should only power the sub with the amp or if I'd be able to power other speakers as well or using the outputs from the head unit to get more power to the other speakers. Please respond with any feedback or thoughts. Thanks for reading my post!

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Old 04-17-2015, 11:59 AM
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Sounds to me like you are just looking for a lil bump thats sounds decent. The equipment you have, paired with the Pioneer or JVC unit will be fine. Keep it simple. Most guys on here a pretty hardcore about their sound and it doesn't seem to me that you fall in that category. Fosgate Primes you listed are a great budget friendly set. You will however require a small Monoblock amp for your sub if you want to optimize it's worth. If you are not familiar with wiring up even a small system, my advice is to have it done professionally. You will save a ton of time and headache as well as money in the long run in case you screw something up or break it. Hope that helps a bit.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:52 PM
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Get a good amp if anything.
Well priced for sound and *****.
Gladen class A/B. 4CH
Well priced 5CH
Kenwood XR900-5 if you want to run rears or flood the fronts with power, bi amp, or run active.
Stupid low and decent power
Clarion XC1/2 series


G Pounder is right when he says get pro help. Sometimes saving money also cuts corners on your install devaluing the products you bought even further.
Do it once, do it right, enjoy and laugh at everyone else's DIY failures.
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