|07-15-2011 12:07 PM|
|07-14-2011 11:12 AM|
Peter, check in on this thread if you haven't already http://www.wranglerforum.com/f40/rep...me-102494.html
Sounds similar to what you are looking to do...
|07-13-2011 02:18 PM|
|buster01||I gottcha...no offence intended or implied!!! I do belive I am on topic. The guy wants to put a new sound system in his jeep on the cheap. No head unit is cheaper.|
|07-13-2011 01:54 PM|
|desertgoose||I wasn't really busting your chops per say. I was commenting on a side topic in JK forum and an admin told me to stick to the topic of the thread. Just having a little fun before he pops his head in here and tells us to quit discussing high end stuff.|
|07-13-2011 12:48 PM|
My point was not to suggest Zapco amps or focal speakers but rather that if you have a Ipod or other device (Iphone, DroidX etc) you can save space by not having a head unit. Jeeps are stingy when it comes to space to put your electronic goodies. If you eliminate the head unit and mount your amp in that location under the dash then you can spend the money you have available on the other items you need to produce a good sounding, loud system. Other than an acctual CD, Iphone's etc do everything the head unit does and more and many people already have them so, why not use them to there fullest? No head unit means $200-$300 or more in the budget for an amp and/or speakers and nothing tempting a thief to get into your jeep to steel!! My suggestion is just that....a suggestion to answer the question that was asked.
This one even comes with a water resistant cap and mounts to your dash.
If you want to run more than 2 channels then just use these.
|07-13-2011 12:34 PM|
[lame] In my area, the only thing in HD radio is news and Jazz. [/lame]
|07-13-2011 12:11 PM|
Start with the deck first. Save some money and try to get decent speakers for stock locations when you blow the stock ones or are ready to upgrade. Those $40 sets will sound ok,(loud) but a better quality speaker goes a long way. I don't know what year your Wrangler is, but check out what size speakers fit currently and what size you could upgrade to with minimal modifications. The larger the speaker the better the "bass" will be and less distortion when the bass is playing.
If you own an Ipod, I suggest that above the HD radio. My deck is HD ready, but never crossed my mind to do it because for me radio is more casual listening and I jam with Ipod.
In regards to an amp, I saw this neat sounding power pack. It's rated same power as the amp I took out and doesn't require all of the wiring or space. A possiblility if the deck doesn't push enough power to your speakers when you put them in. Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack Of course, only compatible with Alpine deck, not positive if it is good for all Alpine's though.
|07-13-2011 11:45 AM|
|peterc||Thank you! That did help. If I feel like splurging I might get a HD radio receiver, esspecially if I don't need an amp. Would you suggest that I get an amp? And if I should could you suggest an amp that would be good for me? Thanks! P.S. Thanks for keeping us on cheap and loud!|
|07-13-2011 03:17 AM|
Alpine CDA-105 CD receiver at Crutchfield Signature
Amazon.com: Pioneer DEH-6300UB CD Receiver with iPod/iPhone Control, Pandora player and MultiColor LCD: Car Electronics
Might be less expensive for CD player on crutchfield if they give you the mounting stuff with it.
Kenwood KDC-248U CD receiver at Crutchfield.com
Amazon.com: Kenwood KDC248U In-Dash Head Unit Car Stereo: Car Electronics
Speakers seem a bit less expensive on Amazon.
Amazon.com: 4 brands Car Speakers & Subwoofers
Hope this helps, goodnight.
|07-12-2011 09:17 PM|
|buster01||A local stereo shop owner has this setup in his Jetta and it sounds bad ass!! He's runnung Hertz speakers and Zappco amps. NO HEAD UNIT!!!|
|07-12-2011 09:12 PM|
|07-12-2011 09:10 PM|
|07-12-2011 07:04 PM|
|buster01||The only down side to my plan is the R/F amp. The old Walkmans were OK for there time but are junk compared to todays equipment. I am considering using a ARC amp instead of the R/F.|
|07-12-2011 07:03 PM|
|TJDrillSergeant||have you surfed craigslist? you can find some steals on there. just have the seller prove it works first|
|07-12-2011 06:38 PM|
|07-12-2011 05:56 PM|
|Cons_Table||I just checked out millionbuy...boy has their stock gone down. Last time I ordered from them, they were supplying lots of brands, not looking that way any more. As far as head units go, it looks like millionbuy is sellin stuff you could pick up at walmart|
|07-12-2011 05:53 PM|
I have had good luck with a site called millionbuy (been a while since I have ordered so Im not sure what they are like now). They seem to be fair priced, but their stuff tends to be last years model or older. So if you arent worried about having the NEWEST stuff...this may be a route to go...You can pick up some quality stuff for a lower price. Never had an issue with them.
|07-12-2011 05:46 PM|
|buster01||I am getting ready to eliminate the head unit all together. I am going to use my Droid X as the head unit. I have a 4x300 Rockford Fozgate amp that will be driving the 2 6.5" Focal component speakers in a sound bar. The phone does FM radio, GPS, Pandora and has a 32gig card with over 500 Cd's stored on it. No more head unit to steel and a great place to mount extra switches.|
|07-12-2011 04:44 PM|
|RAINCO||I put Infiniti Kappa 3 ways in the dash of my CJ and 6x9 Kappas in the back. Powered by JBL amps. Works great.|
|07-12-2011 04:42 PM|
|07-12-2011 04:35 PM|
|TJDrillSergeant||my clarion cz500 is ipod ready via blue tooth has a usb, free HD reciever, wiring harness, mounting brackets. free shipping for $195|
|07-12-2011 04:33 PM|
|07-12-2011 04:31 PM|
Start with a deck and they all should come with at least 1 set of RCA pre-outs to add a sub in the future. I personally only listen to Ipod and radio so Ipod controls was top of my list. When you blow the speakers you have with the new deck you can look into some decent speakers on Amazon. I got mine for about $70 a set and they retailed for $200+.
Like mentioned, check Crutchfield for the deck, the free hardware goes a long way when pinching pennies.
Shop around and you can get deck and speakers that sound good for less than $300. (maybe $200 if not too picky)
|07-12-2011 04:29 PM|
|TJDrillSergeant||just gotta keep looking for deals. when i bought my polks they were buy one set get one 50% off|
|07-12-2011 04:22 PM|
|07-12-2011 04:22 PM|
|peterc||That sounds great... Yet expensive. Is anything I can do for very cheap like just getting one thing or something? I will probably save up for that, but being a teenager it might take a while to get it. So I need some loud music for as cheap as possible.|
|07-12-2011 04:11 PM|
|TJDrillSergeant||what i like about crutchfield is that they threw in a mounting kit, wiring hireness and detailed instructions for free|
|07-12-2011 03:43 PM|
1.) 10 year old Alpine deck, 5 year old 4x40watt Alpine amp, new 6.5" Infinity Reference components front and rear. Loud and clear at any speed, bass was tight for drums but lacking anything deep.
2.) Added JL Audio 8w3v2d2 (8" mid/high level sub) and ran 2 rear channels bridged to sub, and soundbar off deck. Sub severely underpowered but sounded good with certain music. Lost about 1/2 bass when I put hardtop back on??? Soundbar got louder but a little less clarity off the deck.
3.) Removed 4 channel amp, added 300w Alpine monoblock(also about 10 years old). Ran all mids/highs off deck. Bass is much better, highs pretty much same volume as when amped but not as clean. Still sounds great, and sticking with this until I have money to blow on a 5 channel amp. Have not had top off since amp change, but need to put something between box and metal tub since it vibrates with the higher power going to sub.
|07-12-2011 03:41 PM|
|TJDrillSergeant||im running a clarion cz500 deck and i love it|
|07-12-2011 03:27 PM|
It is to a certain point yes, but as an enthusist and a professional Alpine has always been overrated and underperformed in the last 15 years. In the last 10 years everyones radios went to crap in the 350 and less category. A customer brought in a 200 dollar Alpine last week for us to install and it only had 1 rear preout...and it wasnt even a subout. Give me a break, even the jensons have more than that these days.
Just bustin' your chops man. Good stuff, my memory is great with the wrong things.
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