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Old 07-11-2010, 02:13 PM   #1
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Question Sound system setup

I have a 98 TJ without the soundbar option and a pair of Polk speakers in the front that aren't cutting it by themselves. So it's time to expand. I'm thinking my setup will be something like this: leave the 2 front speakers, throw in quadratec's tweeters in the front, soundbar, and then a 12" sub in the rear in a stealth box. Now any of this is subject to change, so here's where you guys come in. I'm looking for good, powerful sound, and I want to know as much as I can to have it. First things first, I'm trying to decide on the soundbar.

For those of you with the VDP 6-speaker bar, how is the sound? And if not so good, are the speakers replaceable? If the 6-speaker proves to have a very full sound, I will go with that. Otherwise I'll probably go with the VDP 2-speaker Supreme with the 300W peak, and just deal with my high-range frequencies with some external tweeters and what not.

On a similar note, if the soundbar can throw out enough low-range power, then I might not have to deal with a sub. I've done the "shake-neighbors-car" power before and I don't think that's what I want to do this time, especially since I don't have a whole lot of space this time to do it in lol. Also, how does the center console subwoofer work for balancing out the low-end sound? I see it's a pretty small woofer, so I wasn't sure. I also have an Alpine 4-channel amp that works great to balance the power to the speakers, but I'm not quite sure I know the best way to incorporate it with this system...power just the soundbar?

This was a lot of writing with a lot of questions, but I would really appreciate some responses! Thanks

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first off, the peek power rating for any audio equipment is not what rating you should look at. the RMS power rating is what you look at. you could have a speaker with 500watt peek, but only have 25watt rms. peek power is measured by sending the most power possible to a speaker for 1 second without the speaker blowing.

second, vdp is not a good company, its over priced and is at the same level as sony car audio(just an expensive paper weight)


third, what is your spending limit? this makes a major change in advice on what to get to have a "full" stereo system.

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Old 07-11-2010, 09:47 PM   #3
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If you like the sound bar, then you should stick with it. There are packages avalable out there where you can get the sound bar with no speakers. I would recommend this. I agree with Jma20a that there speakers blow litterally. If you are going to do any type of 4 wheeling where water is involved then I would suggest looking at the marine line of products. Protect your investment. Also the RMS power is what is important like Jma said. A 12" sub will be a tough fit in a jeep unless you plan on taking out the back seat or go with a shallow stlye sub. The stealth box is a great option because it will help keep your sub protected. Lets face it these things arent designed to accomidate to many audio options.
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Look here for what you want. Only bad thing about marine is the limited sizes of speakers.

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Old 07-12-2010, 03:19 AM   #5
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To Jma20a, I know you're right about the RMS. I've installed my own system on my other car and I know that the "50 x 4 Watts" peak power rating for the head unit meant nothing when I had the separate 4-channel amp distributing a more even load to the speakers.

I did check out marine audio briefly before, but I don't think I plan on doing too much swimming, not other than the usual rain that might catch me with the top down.

As of now I haven't really set a budget. I guess I really don't want to go into show-quality system pricing, but I would say $1500-2000, not including head unit, might be a realistic range. I would just end up doing it in steps, like speakers/soundbar first, then head unit upgrade, subs, etc..

Thanks for the input guys!
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