1.800.555.8260 We're here to help
As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
2002 Ford Focus JVC KD-A815 Sony CDX-GT410u Sony XT-100HD HD Tuner Stock speakers, no amp, no subs
Excellent thread TigerHeli!
A good general rule of thumb when selecting a HU is to keep in mind that the basic quality of each unit in a particular manufacturers line-up shares the same overall build quality from start to finish. What you are paying for as you go up in the line is essentially added features. While keeping in mind that added features generally mean added cost, make a list of the features you are want the new HU to have and then shop according to what HU’s offer those features. If price at this point is too high, then bargain with yourself as to which features you are willing to give up to bring the cost down. This keeps one from overbuying a HU with features that they do not need and keeping the price accurate to the features they are after.
First off, thank you for breaking it down for people like me who don't know too much but still would like to have a nice sounding system for a relatively low price.
I am looking to replace the HU and door speakers for my 98 Chevy Ext Cab P/U. I have an older amp that I am looking to use, a Kenwood KAC-608S, RMS is 50W I believe. I am looking at a Alpine CDE-9874 for my HU, but need some help with speakers. I don't really want to spend more than $100 and want 6 1/2"s. What is your opinion on the Alpine SPS-17C2s? It appears to me that the RMS wattage matches up. Do you have any other speakers to recommend?
Thanks in advance for the input.
Here's some recommendations that fit your truck. The Infinity's and Polk's lack some bass, so I wouldn't get them unless you were adding a subwoofer. The Alpine, Sony, and Pioneer look about equal so it would be best if you could listen to them yourself. Also, the Kenwood's are a bit less money and I don't think the extra 10W RMS will hurt them.
Hope this helps!!!
such a helpful article TigerHeli, thanks for that dose of reality. i really needed to know that.
so for my 1989 toyota camry station wagon, im gonna get a new head unit that will hopefully get rid of my fm radio problems, but when i comes to speakers im not sure.
you said budget end 6" speakers or bigger sound alright, but my car only has space for 4" in the front dash and 5 1/4" in the boot.
if i buy some low priced coaxials to fit will i have ok sound? or is it worth while creating some bigger holes to accomadate some 6x9's in the back, or even some 6's in the front as well?
it doesnt need to be fantastic, i just want to be able to turn it up with a few mates in the car without the sound becoming cringe-worthy distorted mush like it does now.
thanks for your work on this site, these forums have been so good!
There are a couple of things to consider (been a long time since I posted this and I'm not re-reading it) -
thanks for your help, ill change the HU over first to see how the stock speakers sound.
i just found out that the front actually accommodates 3 1/2" speakers. from reading around, its clear that you cant buy 3.5"s with any bass.
will it matter that there is no bass coming from the front at all? will it sound disjointed and crap? i cant really afford to install an amp or sub but am ok with putting larger speakers in the back.
the HU i am looking at is 4x50W, which for these sizes of speaker seems big enough no?
ocean:will it matter that there is no bass coming from the front at all? will it sound disjointed and crap? i cant really afford to install an amp or sub but am ok with putting larger speakers in the back.
Where are the rear speakers located? Low bass is omni-directional (you can't hear what direction it is coming from), and the 3.5's would essentially be tweeters - but I never had much luck with 3.5's on a previous car - kept blowing and I eventually just disconnected them - that was 1984 and they likely have improved, though.
4x50W Peak, probably 17W-20W RMS, but most HU's put out about the same amount of power. See how it sounds - I wouldn't run more power than that to the 3.5's, but the 5.25's could take more power, and if you go larger, they definitely could probably handle 100W RMS - but to go more powerful, you are looking at a 2-channel amp and wiring kit, so probably minimum $120 - maybe more than you want to invest.
Hope This Helps!!!
i have had great luck with running mid price range speakers from pioneer and kenwood. Both of these were run with pioneer HU's. THey sounded great and loud and full. Until i now this was great but ive always desired the pound and vibration of a sub. THe sound is much more full but not necessary for great listening enjoyment. My needs are purely out of a love for extreme bass. Also as far as head units go. I have always had great luck with pioneer. <Mod Edit: Removed price discussion. Please refer to our Code of Conduct and price discussion policy. Thanks.>
Because my name is on the business, I work hard to make sure you get the best possible shopping experience. I look forward to hearing your comments .
- Bill Crutchfield Founder and CEO
Browse our latest Discovery Book catalog online
Send me a FREE Discovery Book catalog by mail
Email me exclusive offers, deals and expert reviews
Copyright ©1996-2014, Crutchfield New Media, LLC All rights reserved. Crutchfield is a trademark of Crutchfield New Media, LLC.