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Old 03-04-2010, 06:56 PM
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Need help with this setup... I'm a rookie!

Hello,

I'm a rookie to car audio and have been searching the internet to get some help and can't find anything useful enough... Can someone help me!

This is what I'm looking at... (please feel free to tell me if this stuff sucks)

These are the speakers I'm looking to put in my truck:

JL AUDIO C2-650X 6 3/4" 2-WAY CAR SPEAKERS (door speakers)
JL AUDIO C2 400X 4X6 CAR STEREO C2400X SPEAKERS (pilar speakers)

and the head unit is:

CLARION NZ500 7" DVD CD MP3 NAVIGATION BLUETOOTH 2 DIN

I don't really know a lot, I don't know if I need an amp, I know two of the speakers are 50w and the other two are 100w. The head unit is 50w x 4. Do I need new wiring... or is the existing good enough...

I need help, from step 1 on...

I appreciate any help!
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Old 03-04-2010, 07:44 PM
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If you want your speakers to play well then you will want to find a decent 4 channel amp to power your in-car speakers... anything that will do 50-100 rms per channel should suffice... your head unit will only give you 12 - 18 rms per channel... Does your head unit have built in crossovers? Seeing as you are new to this check out a few other sites: BCAE1.com and the12volt.com
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It looks like a great starting point.....

For now, you can just wire the harness with all the speaker wires and listen to it that way. Obviously you will need more hardware to get loud, but what you have will work fine.

Don't worry about crossovers for now, run the 4 corners full-range.....keep your ears open for distortion at higher volume levels, the amp in the head unit will only go so far and you don't want to damage the speakers before you have a chance to put an amp on them and hear what they're really capable of.

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Old 03-04-2010, 10:44 PM
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jl makes some of the best sound speakers out there , id go with a single ten for the truck aswell
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:00 PM
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Dave I can go through lots of options for you and as a site vendor have many items available for you to choose from. On top of that we can discuss the options in detail to ensure that they are the right ones for you. By the looks of your first post you have a Sonoma. We need to figure out what the rest of the system will be in the future, the future goals of the system etc. I am a little difficult to get ahold of right now, due to being in Whistler as part of the Security Contingent (headed to Harrison Hot Springs with my woman tomorrow though, have not seen her in almost a month) but I will be bringing my work with me. Feel free to send me a PM or add me to msn, forbidden at telus dot net or I will be happy to call you as well.
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I'll go with a 4 channel amp. running on full range. That will make your system run louder. You can add another amp, sub and x-over for future upgrade.
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