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Car Audio

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by i like tictacs, Nov 28, 2004.

  1. Is this really worth it? I mean, I could use better sound in my car. It's a 2001 ranger and to be honest the sound isn't that bad, I hear the bass, I hear all the cymbals and I hear whatever else I need to hear. Will a "huge improvement" in sound quality come out of investng in a 300 dollar system? Do I need an amp or can I just get replacement speakers? I really have no idea of anything in this area. Anyone who wants to chime in...would be helpful.

  2. You could get a good full system for under 500 if you watch what you spend.

    300 bucks isn't going to get you that much.

    A friend is doing my car, new speakers, new head unit, 12" RE sub in the trunk, 5 channel amp. Some other stuff.
  3. Scott French

    Scott French Dude

    May 12, 2004
    Grass Valley, CA
    I think stock speakers are usually pretty decent for listening to music. People get crazy with stereos and I don't really get it. The car I bought a few months ago has 5 10" subs in the rear, 6.5s all around and tweeters in the doors. Past 25% volume you aren't even listening to the music anymore, just feeling it. I was just as happy with the stock stereo in my old car.
  4. Eh, screw it. I could get something better and more useful for 300.

    Like an iPod or something cool.

    Or more bass stuff.

  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Good thinking. I also do not understand the people who drop tons of cash into their car stereo. I try not to define who I am by the volume of my car stereo.

  6. I've spent around $800 AU on my car stereo and it has definitely been worth it. In saying that, my car is 12 years old and only had an old tape deck and 12 year old 4" speakers. If you've got a new car with decent quality audio to start off with and you don't want a stereo to use at exceptionally loud volumes, then I wouldn't bother. I like my music very loud - I like to feel as though I'm sitting front row at a gig.

    If you do decide that you want to get a decent stereo, buy a good quality head unit first. I made the mistake of getting an average HU to replace my stock tape deck as soon as I could. Now I have a really good splits, sub and amp but I'm limited by my HU. You can replace speakers as you go but if you haven't got a decent HU, no matter how good the speakers are, the sound won't improve. Not to mention that with a more expensive HU you have better control of EQ and output, if you add amps.

    My friend and my brother have the exact same set up - except my brother has a less expensive head unit and more expensive sub and amp. Because my friend used his money on an expensive HU, his sound system is so much better, yet they spent approximately the same money overall. But my system is better than both! :D

  7. When I'm home I've got lots of things to be doing, when I'm in my car I don't have a lot of things to be doing, and that's when I like to listen to stuff, so most of my music listening is done in the car. I replaced the speakers in my car with Infinity Kappa series speakers and replaced the stock AM/FM/CD with an Alpine in-dash 3 disc changer. I have had trouble with the changer (that's probably why they no longer make them) and I had the stock deck in for a while. The stock deck was nowhere near as loud as the Alpine, however, it was pretty much distortion free until the very end of it's volume range. The Alpine has a volume from 0-35 and it's LOUD and distortion free until it reaches 20-25, depending on the CD. I'm assuming this is the point at which the speakers are breaking up, and not the amplifier distorting, as the stock deck isn't anywhere near as loud and "kickin.'"

    So I guess my experience is that better speakers will allow you to use what your amplifier is able to put out.

    Of course, nothing short of replacement will help if your amplifier is distorting a quarter of the way through it's range...
  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA

    That doesn't sound too extreme. I was referring to the dudes who turn their backseats into speaker cabinets, and have to add batteries and alternators to power everything.

  9. Ooooh, the cars that go 'Boom.' :p

    I remember around 15 years ago, a rusted up Ford Escort pulls up to a stoplight where I'm walking, must've had super subs in it. Anyway, kickin' the boom-boom NWA/Easy E stuff and the rusted muffler came right down on the ground. Tail pipe and muffler just clunked right down onto the ground. :p
  10. Some companies have car model speaker setups. Made to fit the stock interior w/ their components. Friend of mine has a JBL setup for his 2000 dodge ram. Sub is hidden in the front console, speakers aren't tacky, and sounds very okay.
  11. Cars That Go Boom
    by L'Trimm

    Album :

    How many kinds, where can we start?
    Yeah, we like them dumb and we like them smart.
    I like the ones with the pretty eyes,
    Well i like all kinds of guys.
    Stop. What happened, how about the ones we especially like?
    Which ones?
    You know the ones with the cars that go..
    I hear you..
    Hit it!

    It was me and the possy with Bunny (G)
    We were cruising in the Jag or the Lambourgini,
    When low and behold there appeared a mirage,
    He was hooking up a car in his daddy's garage.
    We stopped short, did a double take,
    He was looking so fly, I thought I wasn't awake.
    He was obviously hooking up bass, I asume,
    But then he turned a little button and the car went boom.

    We like the cars, the cars that go boom,
    We're Tigre and Bunny and we like the boom.
    We like the cars, the cars that go boom.
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    We like them one, and we like them all.
    They're always adding speakers when they find the room,
    Coz they know we like the guys with the cars that go boom.
    And see my boyfriend really knows where it's at,
    He's got 50 inch woofers all along the back.
    He makes a comment on going to my room,
    But I'd rather stay out with his car that goes boom.

    We like the cars, the cars that go boom,
    We're Tigre and Bunny and we like the boom.
    We like the cars, the cars that go boom.
    We're Tigre and Bunny and we like the boom.

    Now if your car ain't got it, go out and get it,
    We like the boom and don't you forget it.
    So turn down the treble, and flaunt your bass,
    So your car can be heard almost any place.
    Coz when you're in the street you can't go far,
    Without hearing the boom pouring out your car.
    So if your speaker's weak, then please turn it off,
    Coz we like the cars that sound so tough.

    We like the cars, the cars that go boom,
    We're Tigre and Bunny and we like the boom.
    We like the cars, the cars that go boom.
    We're Tigre and Bunny and we like the boom.

    Everybody just beep your horn
    Everybody just beep your horn if you hear us,
    Now clap!
    Hit it!
    Beep, beep beep beep beep!
    Come on everybody!
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    Beep, beep beep beep beep!
  12. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    speaking of car audio, there needs to be federal legislation for 1/8" input jacks for all car audio systems for my MP3 player.....aw hell, go ahead and add 1/4" jack so i can plug in my bass as well!

  13. smitcat


    Aug 5, 2003
    Ithaca, NY
    Ive got a 98 chevy s10 fully customized, and i put a stereo in it as well, but nothing too shocking. other than the cd player, i put in new door speakers, and 2 8" subs. Nothing to big, but it is a big improvement. if you are looking for overall quality of sound, upgrading the speakers will help, as far as clarity, etc... Plus if your truck is a regular cab, then you aren't going to have a lot of room if you put subs in. With the two 8's i have in, i have no room behind my seat.
  14. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I dropped quite a bit into my car stereo. I spend a lot of time there. My job has me in my car a few times a day. I also do most of my listening in the car, so I think it's worth it.

    I drive a Blazer. I have an Alpine AM/FM/CD/XM Radio receiver. I don't have a separate power amp as the 40 watts per channel X 4 is plenty for my needs. I have Alpine 2-ways in the rear doors and Boston Acoustic 2-ways with a crossover in the front doors and dash. I do have a separate power amp (250 watts) for my JL Audio 12" sub in the back.

    I am not one of those cars you hear going boom boom down the road. I do, however, like the added bass I get at LOWER volumes with the sub.