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Old 02-04-2009, 05:49 AM
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Need help selecting a system .

Hey guys its been long since i came to CCA , seems like alot of people have joined the site .

So my friend is buying a 2002 Jetta 1.8 , he wants to spend about 500-600 on amp + sub / subs + HU .

I wanted to know what u guys would recommend... He wants to beat his brothers 10" type R in which is getting 400 RMS in a small ported bassworx box .

He wants something which is reliable and of good quality , if anyone on the site can give me a good deal or a complete package let me know

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:51 AM
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I suggest keeping an eye out under the classified section here and see if you can find a deal. Jetta have the ability to get loud, so you can easily do it with 500rms and a 12" woofer
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:01 AM
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http://www.canadiancaraudio.com/online/selective-sound/150960-jan-feb-winter-clearance-sale.html (Link) $170

Check out the second head-unit down. Kenwood KDC-x592. This is the same unit my fiancee and I decided to buy for her car. But we paid $220 for this unit, and that was $30 off the store's ticketed price of $249.99. You're not going to see a better deal than that for what the deck offers, unless he decides to pick up something used. 3 sets of 4V pre-outs - so if he ever decides to upgrade and amplify his front speakers he'll have a deck capable of that. Excelon has a 2yr warranty, too.

Amp: http://www.pioneerelectronics.ca/POCEN/Products/Car+Audio+Video/Amplifiers/GM+Series/GM-D8400M?tab=B (Link) $375, maybe?
With a $400 CDN MSRP, he should be able to find it for a little less. 600W x 1 @ 2ohm. So he'll have 50% more power then his brother's setup. Respectable.

There's also this amp...
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&sku_id=0665000FS10 113240&catid=&test_cookie=1

Apparently is stable down to 1 ohm, with a 1000W RMS output. I tried looking at the product manual on the Exile audio website, but they don't have one available for this amp. Futureshop sells this amp for $300. Is this amplifier "reliable and of good quality", I couldn't tell you. But 1000W for $300 is unbeatable, price wise.

The problem then is, does he decide to run it at 1 or 2 ohms? It'll be impossible to stay within his budget if he wants a sub that can handle 1000WRMS. I suggest he buy a sub to run at 2 ohm (500WRMS). Then, down the road, if he wants to add a second sub, he can do so and have another 500W.

So he has $130 left over to buy a sub...

You guys have to keep in mind the extra cost of the wiring harness for the head-unit, set of RCA's, and all pertinent wiring. Install?

He has a lot of options. But if his criteria for piecing his system together is to outperform his brother's system, that he's most likely going to have to increase he limit...
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:23 PM
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used gear only. with a $600 budet all the taxes on new gear will kill you. dont forget you will also need power wire, etc.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:48 PM
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Yuli's right. I'd still check out that Kenwood deck though. It's a great little unit.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:10 PM
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Future Shop is not going to carry the Exile line anymore from what I hear. They were blowing out those amplifiers to clear them off all inventory. Nonetheless, it was a good deal (but I had the upper end model with more power at the same price.....muwahaha). I will look at a package for you that will allow the user to expand on it as well.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:15 PM
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I can hit the $600 mark (+ gst and shipping) with a pair of 12" subs, class D mono sub amp and a head unit with USB and IPOD cables included. You would need to build your own box or pick up a prefab locally (build your own to guarantee performance). Two ways to go about this, a 4 channel amp to power the front and one sub or a mono amp to power 1 or 2 subs. Either way is going to be expandable for the buyer. If he wants bass and wants it now, go the mono amp and 2 subs route. Used vs. new at this close of a price difference is a no brainer. I need the postal code to calculate shipping for you.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:39 PM
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ya i heard that rumor too. they are saying that they will carry alpine and jbl just like BB are holding
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:21 AM
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How about audiobahn or kenwood amps i know there not that good but in his price range they go well. He just wants something that would last and he's a person who wouldnt keep it on max all day
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:37 AM
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Audiobahn = chrome plated turd and the company is long out of business... hit me up on msn if you like.
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