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Old 02-09-2010, 10:37 AM
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Hello! My awesome fiancee gave the approval to reeplace the factory sound system and get a new sound system for our 2007 quadcab. I went to a local stereo store and think I decided on the Kicker speakers with JL 10inch sub. In the store, the Kicker speakers seemed to do a good job with the mid range and high notes compared to the Boston Acoustics that were more on the basey end. I figured that with the sub, the Kickers would match up well. But in the truck, may sound terrible. I was wandering if it might me a good idea to get the Bostons 6x9's in the front doors, and then the Kickers in the back doors and the 4" speakers in the dash instead of all of the same brand. Is using different brands of speakers normally frowned upon or does it give you a good blend? I know more about home theatre set ups and prefer the same series of speakers for a more seamless surround sound, but since this is inside of a truck, didnt know if it was going to be that noticeable? I was leaning towards the Excelon Din dvd player for the truck and an Alpine amp also if that plays any sort of a factor in the decision. Thanks for any advice and tips!
P.S. Even with just the 10 inch sub and system with install thatwas priced around $2000, is it going to be a night and day difference from the factory set up or will it be just a just a small upgrade? Thanks again! -- Tim
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Lol Did the guys at the stereo shop ask their wives if they could sell you the system? J/K man! I personally prefer keeping all the same speakers for mids and highs. You wouldnt put a JL sub and a Kicker Sub together would you? As far as $2000 for all this? HOLY S@#$ thats a lot of money!!!! I say do it yourself and shop around......you will save a ton of money to put towards other mods!!!! I bet you could get that all done for less then a $1000.00. IMO
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It will be a night and day difference with amplifiers. Is the Alpine amp just for the subwoofer or are you getting an amp for the door speakers as well? Excelon head units are very nice, you will enjoy it. Can be a bit tricky to learn their menus, but they have great sound quality.

Mixing and matching brands isn't as important as just listening. Your ears will tell more of a difference then your eyes. Unless you are doing a full show system where the speakers will be visible. Then your eyes can play some interesting tricks on the brain.
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The way it stands right now, the Alpine amp has 300 watts for the sub and 75 watts x 4 for the door speakers. The installer would use the 4inch dash speakers run off of the headunit's power. I stopped back down to the store and listened to the speaker options again, and am happy to go with the Kickers over the Boston Acoustics. Although my mind keeps telling me to go with the more expensive Bostons, my ears tell me to go with the Kickers, so I'm going with that. The installer said a 10 inch sub is all that will fit under the seat. It would be around $400 more if I wanted to get two seperate amps with the sub amp getting 600 watts and the four door speakers getting 100 watts X 4. Do you think the original amp would already be more than enough power or should I play it better safe than sorry and spend the more money on the two seperate amps? Thanks again... -- Tim
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The way it stands right now, the Alpine amp has 300 watts for the sub and 75 watts x 4 for the door speakers. The installer would use the 4inch dash speakers run off of the headunit's power. I stopped back down to the store and listened to the speaker options again, and am happy to go with the Kickers over the Boston Acoustics. Although my mind keeps telling me to go with the more expensive Bostons, my ears tell me to go with the Kickers, so I'm going with that. The installer said a 10 inch sub is all that will fit under the seat. It would be around $400 more if I wanted to get two seperate amps with the sub amp getting 600 watts and the four door speakers getting 100 watts X 4. Do you think the original amp would already be more than enough power or should I play it better safe than sorry and spend the more money on the two seperate amps? Thanks again... -- Tim
I think you would be fine with the first setup you described, 25w to each mid/high wont really be extremely noticeable BUT 300 more to the sub will definately be more noticeable! So it all comes down to what you want out of your system. Try it the first way and if you decide it's not enough add the other amp later. FYI I have never personally been fond of 5 channel amps.
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Hmmm sounds like the Alpine PDX-5. I would make sure they know about the noise issues plaguing PDX amps and that they do their best not to introduce interference through the RCA cables. As long as they separate the RCA cables and your power wires, all should be fine.
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Uh oh. Is the noise issue quite noticable? Or only to the die hard audiophile?
Also, what will 300 more watts to the sub do for me? Will it be louder? Deeper? Or just distort less?
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It isn't noticeable by everyone. I would say the die hard audiophile may pick up on it. But only if things aren't grounded properly.
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Changing the stock speaker will make you really happy! If your going to do subs they do make a box that fits under the rear seats. They can fit Kicker Comp VRs which pound really nice. Now for the speakers i would suggest only changing the front components. The rears dont make a difference since you will only hear the fronts being the driver. If you want a good speaker up front take a look at focals. I put focals up front and they are crystal clear. If you do not want to go that route then go with kickers. I would suggest kicker all around speakers and subs
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Ok, I just bought the 600 watt sub amp since it was the last one and on sale for $150 off. Gonna go with all Kickers as well. Now I have to decide if a 10 inch sub that fits under the back seat is going to be enough umph for me or if I should upgrade to a 12 inch sub that will have to fit between the back seat and the center console. Will there be a huge difference in the 12 inch sub vs the 10 inch?
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