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Old 09-13-2007, 03:03 PM
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new audio setup


so almost a total noob needs help hehe

i recently got a new car (2004 lancer sportback) and i want a new audio system, new deck, components, and a sub
i decided to go with clarion for pretty much everything (i might get a bit of a hookup and money is somewhat of an issue)

so heres the break down

deck: clarion DXZ675USB

components: clarion SRR1686
Clarion Canada | SRR1686

amp: clarion APX1300
Clarion Canada | APX1300

sub: clarion PXW1052
Clarion Canada | PXW1052

and now for questions, really really dumb questions :P hehe

1) The deck is rated at 19w RMS per channel, speakers are rated at 250w peak (cant find rms). I dont want to run the speakers through the amp (its a bit too complicated and too expensive for me). Will the sound quality be good with those or should i look into a set of speakers that is rated at lower wattage?

2) sub + amp combo seen to match pretty well if i run then sub at 2ohm (parallel?). But then again i dont know anything so should i go with this set or
something different? different amp? single coil sub instead of dual? (single coil would be a bit cheaper but am i sacrificing sound quality and volume be that?)

3) is it ok to mount the amp on the sub enclosure?

i had more questions but cant think of anything right now hehe

thank you for your help

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Old 09-13-2007, 04:21 PM
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1) unamplified doesnt sound that great, but it will sound okay, seems a waste of speaker to way underpower them to me.

2) this combo should work fine, but 19x2 watts to the front with 300 behind you is a little weird to me.

3)I dont like to mount electronics to sub boxes, but many people do it with no problems at all.
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Old 09-13-2007, 04:53 PM
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1. those co-axials can take about 80-90 watts rms, so do yourself a favour and amp them!

2. get the dual 4 ohm sub, wire it to 2 ohm and give it 400 watts. If you stay with this configuration.

3. you can, but it's not recommended unless the box is custom designed to mount an amp to it. Constant vibrations are not a good thing for circuit boards...and amps get enough just being in a car. Find a nice spot on the side somewhere.

If it was me, this is what I'd do. I'm assuming you're only using 2 speakers up front and a sub..right? If so then get an apx-4360 instead, 4x90 or 2x90 + 1x300 bridged. Then you can get a 4 ohm sub, give it 300 watts, and power your front speaks with 90 watts will sound great and cost you a few hundred dollars more for the amp and installation.
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Old 09-13-2007, 05:58 PM
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hmmmm thats a good idea

so wiring the front speakers then......., use the front preout on the deck and run the wires from the amp to the speakers?
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Old 09-13-2007, 06:06 PM
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Consider other options as well, like a 4 channel amp to power the front speakers and a single 4 ohm sub on the bridged back half of that amp. Then down the road add the mono amp for the sub and a second sub if you like, using the 4 channel to then power the front and rear speakers. This is probably a better way for you to go in the long term.
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