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Old 05-22-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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any suggestions on a nice system for my 2002, never has the top on so i would want amp and subs. got a estimate from a local electronic shop and they wanted like 1500 dollars, gotta believe i can get something more resonable, ideas???

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Old 05-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #2
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What was the estimate for? What head unit, speakers, amp? Was it a custom built box or premade?

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Old 05-22-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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Honestly you dont need an amp unless you get a really weak head unit, I blare my music all the time with the top off and can hear just fine. Just invest in a good set of speakers to go with your new head unit and you'll be golden
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:14 PM   #4
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If u know what you are looking for and can test before you buy, craigslist can be your friend. You can find nice receivers with aux and usb for $50. You can find Rockford fosgate,jl audio and alpine amps for $100-150 each. Then find you a good downward firing box and sub. I would purchase my 6 1/2 and 5 1/4 from shop, unless you can find new ones cheap on Craigslist.
I could build a very nice system off craigslist for cheap, about half of what you were quoted and all my stuff would be nice. If you are not very familiar with car audio, it might be best to buy cheap from crutchfield and keep it easy on yourself. Crutchfield will include all adaptors and harness with your purchase and should be cheaper than you were quoted.
Retail stores are high but the good thing about retail stores is the fact that you can listen to different speakers hooked up to different receivers with and without amps. That gives you an idea as to what you are working with. You dont have to buy from them but at least you will know what you want.
Everyone will have different opinions as to what they think you should get but in the end, you need to just build the best you can afford. Thers is a few guys on here with nice setups, the search function should hook you up well. Good luck
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:17 PM   #5
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You will need an amp if running a sub, class d would b best. An amp would not b needed with a good receiver for your soundbar or dash speakers.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:21 PM   #6
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yeah i am very novice to systems, just want a clean loud system no matter what music im in mood for. the system was a custom box with two 10in subs, amp and deck, can retrive particulars if needed but really that is it and yes down firing subs
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #7
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Two 10's would b a ton of boom. I run one 10 jl audio w3 and it is way more than enough. I never have a top on either
You don't have to spend the big bucks on a great sub either. My mtx and Rockford fosgate p2 both sound great and don't cost $300 each. I have the Rockford and mtx as backups because I got a good deal on them. Paid $50 for a new p2 on Craigslist
Do not buy a cheap amp, make sure you get a good one!!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:43 PM   #8
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nice thats what i am looking for thank for the start and direction
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:58 PM   #9
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Buy all the materials and get a quote for a shop to install for you. An install comprising stripping numerous wires and contorting my 6'2" self under the dash is not worth my time. $250 was gladly paid.

You can look in my profile for what I have, I listed all the products, it sounds great with everything dialed in. Loud, clear, and with good bass. Expect to spend around 1k for what I have but you're getting much better quality stuff off amazon for cheaper than any shop.
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n00g is right about paying to install but not because of having to get in crazy positions but due to the fact you have never installed a system before. It's pretty easy to do but without running a tonneau, you will have to run your amp under the dash to be as safe as possible. It would be a tough install for a newb.
He is also right about Amazon but I would save a few hundred by buying a nice receiver off craigslist. No reason to pay $300 for a decent receiver when u can get the same one for $50.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:07 PM   #11
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I was able to pick up a really nice pioneer head unit, 4 new polk db521s, baffles, rf 300x4 amp, 300x1 class d amp, kicker 6.5sub to replace console sub, all wiring for less than $700. (Amazon & crutchfield) Took 2-3hrs tops to install everything. I was amazed how easy it was to access everything. I run with top off 90% time and never have to go over 53% volume.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:23 PM   #12
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I ran 165w speakers and my amp (which is underrated from the factory) pushes 4x65 into 4ohms. Many 4ohm speakers are actually less to account for the small (e.g., 24/22ga) factory wire. My speakers are I think 2.X ohms and my amp is 2ohms stable... so I ran 14ga to all corners and pulled the factory sub/console and stashed my 4 chan amp inside the console. Mono amp is installed on the side of the sub box which is fastened down in the back to the loops(?) in the bed.

If I had a JK I would do the same exact thing except put 6 1/2" speakers all around and run a 600W 4-chan to account for the fact that the 6 1/2 handle a lot more power.

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