$1200 Budget on sub/speakers

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  1. Chris Tsutsui

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    I have roughly $1000-1200 to work with for a relative's car audio system. The auto is a 2003 Chevy Silverado HD Crew Cab. The only place I saw room for a sub was in the limited space under the rear seats that flip forward.

    I'm looking for suggestions on subwoofer driver and amps.
    Here's what I had in mind:

    Dual Dayton Titanic 10" MKIII in separate 1.5CF or 2CF sealed box. $140ea
    Powered by dual 200W MTX class D amps. $89ea
    Koda 6.5" component car audio speakers from Adire Audio $350
    Powered by 2ch MTX amp $120.
    1 farad cap $70
    $100-200 for wires, fuse, ICs, distr. block etc.

    I know I'm getting expensive speakers with inexpensive amps. I found that I just go over my budget if I choose amps by like Phoenix Gold. I'd prefer to get everything from one place like partsexpress. I'm pretty sure the amps will need to be the same brand for cosmetics.

    There's an existing DVD receiver with LCD and that stuff already installed, I'm just doing the sound. The speakers will go in the door, and I'll remove the factory rear speakers since 4x6" speakers will probably not go well with a high quality component set in the front.

    Whatever the speaker route is, it has to be component so the tweeters are separate. (For looks) I suppose the Q-form enclosure for the front speakers could be an option but it will add $150.

    The audio requirements are from an 18 year old boy.. I assume he wants Loud and clear, with rock music/hip hop etc + DVD movies and bloated bass... etc. Do you think higher quality amps with lesser quality speakers will be better?

    Oh, and I'll be making the install look real nice with 3/4" custom MDF enclosure, scribed in, carpeted, with in-set amps and hidden wires, you know... the works. I suppose I could model the Dayton drivers and see what I get with ported, or perhaps 1 sub is all I'll need.

    I don't know if I'm allowed to install sound dampening materials or bass shakers yet. [​IMG]

    Any advice?
     
  2. Aaron Howell

    Aaron Howell Stunt Coordinator

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    You may want to check out monitor 1 amps here:
    http://www.infinitecaraudio.com

    A mk2.120 for the mains, and mk4.70 for the subs. They are on clearance and come up to only $25 more than the mtx for a lot better quality.

    Also, koda's are on sale for $300 currently, so pick them up now and save the cash.

    You may want to wait on the capacitor and see what happens. For one you don't have a lot of power, so the stock electrical system should be fine. If you notice the headlights flicker get a better alternator rather than a cap.

    As far as subs check out edesignaudio.com. Their new inexpensive Kx line seems to do good for such little $. 12.5mm one-way xmax, with the 10" being $75, and the 12" being $85. If I remember corretly they fit in smaller boxes than the titanic's to.
     
  3. Juan Castillo

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    parts express has some stuff I'm interested in too, for a Silverado extended cab.
    Did you check out the MA audio line they carry now?

    I have heard some good, some bad stuff about this line, but its PE you are buying from so, its not like you have to worry about reputable service.

    They carry a 10" MA audio sub for 49.00 each, and various amps to go with,
    also have 1 farad caps for lik 68 (not the Monster Brand)
    and a MA audio component set with 6 1/2 and 1" tweeter for 100.00. The 4x6's don't have to come out, just disconnect from the speaker if you don't want. Its not like you are gonna hear em anyway, I'd leave em. Just need a box for the subs, and I don't think you will find anything pre-fab for em, so you are gonna have to build, or have built.

    and they also have Lanzar parametric or passive EQ's and 3 way crossovers, both under 70 bucks each.
    two subs 100
    component set w/ crossovers 100
    1 farad cap 70
    Amp.. something like 119 for 100x2
    and 200 for 100x4
    eq and crossover, 140
    custom box ?

    730 for all this, leave alot for a set of better 4x6's and a custom box. And its all mostly the same brands if that matters?

    what do you all think?

    Links
    Subs
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...D=166875&DID=7

    Components
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...D=166669&DID=7


    Sub Amp
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...D=166675&DID=7

    Component Amp
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...D=166676&DID=7

    Cap
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd..._ID=7129&DID=7

    EQ
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...D=166733&DID=7

    Crossover
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...D=166735&DID=7
     
  4. Sean^M

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    ehhh MA Audio is very poorly made, chrome plated junk for the most part.
    I really owuldn't waste money on that stuff.
    just my opinion of course.
     
  5. Juan Castillo

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    None of the stuff (amps aside) on Parts express has any chrome. You sure you're not confused with Audiobahn?
    The drivers and specs for the drivers don't look all that bad. Did you check the links, or just post an opinion?
     
  6. JimmyJK

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    Audiophile level without the prices
    subwoofer you need to get a elemental designs 12A and a good 1000watt amp like the jbl 1200.1 mono d

    for your fronts get DEI studios froms oundomain on sale from 550 down to 150 right now and a good 2 ch amp pushing them each about 150-200 rms.

    http://www.edesignaudio.com/
     
  7. JimmyJK

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    ps only thing that compares to a E12a is the 12W7 from JL which costs around 500-600
     
  8. Mark gas

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    How about this setup...

    CDT CL-61a Audio Classic Series 6.5" Components
    (1) $150.00(@ www.thezeb.com)

    Elemental Designs e12K.44
    (2) $135 each (@ www.edesignaudio.com)

    Avionixx AXA 400.2
    RMS Power @ 4ohm,
     
  10. Mark gas

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    no need for a cap.
     

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