Hmm.. even if it is a POS.. don't decorate your car with those fancy alpine stickers, or MTX Rocks.. all it takes is one guy (or (ex)friend) to borrow your system. Get receipts for everything, find out how much replacement is, and let your insurance company know you are installing all this stuff. (This is a great warning for anyone by the way!-Take pictures, lots to show where everything was installed, and how solid it is.)
Now, what kind of car.. will it hold a pair of 10's hanging off the rear deck? Wonderful things 12,'s and 10's. Too bad there are so many people who believe a stereo should only be thump pump te dump...
I'm happy to see you want to spend a couple of grand on a decent stereo. Here, let me introduce you to how all these great sounds will be best to you.
Fronts, always min, 61/2 speakers. Do you like hard highs, or soft? Do you like to hear TSTT, or SSTT. MB Quart are excellent speakers, or Boston Acoustic, any high end, low profile are great. It is fantastic if no one has heard of them before!
For the bad news.. You need to give us an indication of what kind of car, is the eqmt new, you won't be able to install it yourself to keep a warranty. (Faulty wiring, or installation)
You can probably get a good installer, (one that has all the tools without borrowing someone else’s) and ask him to do you a weekend installation, usually by the job, (take pictures during install, at your house or his, with him in it, with his vehicle, baby, g/f or dog in car) is a flat rate, or per hour basis. Do Not Get In The Way. Let him/her do the work, don't drink beer, your job will never get done, and if it's a hot day, organize shade or plenty of water for her/him. And in case you have issues with install, and they try to blow you off. Your pictures will help convince him to honour his commitment to you. ** NOT ALL INSTALLERS ARE DICKS** Man am I long winded or what!!
I have one Phoenix Gold M275 amp, on a Celestion 12 (rated for 1000 watts true- in a box, tunneled into the rear deck of my girlfriends Chrysler Dynasty. (POS!!) (Front-Rear doors) equipped with one pair of MB Quart, 6.5's separates (tweeters and woofers separate with crossovers) the JL Audio A4300 Amplifier powers the front and rear door MB Quart's, separates. I hooked up a mute controller for the front and rear tweeters, to increase decrease the *noise.*
Now I like soft dome (#6) tweeters the sound is more subtle. The entire vehicle has been done like (#7)
The rear amps slide under the box, hidden, the radio an old Nakamichi, the MP3 player? Creative Zen player, hooked through the auxiliary input on the deck, the extra 5 disc changer? Encorporated into the center console, the Zen is on dash, with Velcro, and a plug. My rear 8's are for pump, 12 is for rumble. for more highish sounds cuz she was complaining. I used my old Canton HC 100's. 4 inch with tweeters, enclosed in a metal case. $250 a pair in 1986. Still have them still using them.
What I am trying to say, it doesn't matter what you put into the car. You have to get it designed for your car. Once you like what you have, work on the prices. Then get it when you are totally satisfied. Ask what you can do to help with the installation, clean your car, remove your change, if you smoke, clean out the ashtray, don't have all your friends over the day of install, it's your $$ as the chats to your friends.
Above all, once you hear what you like, allow for the budget, buy the *BEST* you can afford, and what makes sense, and stay to that item, nothing works as good as -------- so don't buy something a hundred cheaper, because your POS will sound that way...
Here is the secret to stereo's.
Front Speakers: for vocals, and a little punch, a pair or two
Rear Speakers: for punch, (8's) Midrange(pr 6x9(eww))
Subs: 10's for thump, (mounted on wood and carpeted) 12's for lows, 15's too much.. eww..)
Amps, Front and rears, Min 40 watts, no not pyramid, or sparkomatic, a buddies old one, stolen one, or Wallmart special.
*Take precaution to deaden your car from rattles, and squeaks... I buy the crack filler for homes) Fill in the cracks *After* you run all the wires..
(#8) You can buy eqmt from places, and have them as a sponsor. You get the eqmt for cheaper, but you have to get to all the shows.. and demo your car for them. Or you can buy their product, and they will support your install. (#9)
Remember to think of the following:
Radio, CD Changer, mp3 player, with aux input... and an EQ.. not passive, unless you are one amping your entire stereo. ((Orion HCCA-D600 <- the best amp)) #10)
Or with three amps try the Kenwood KGC-6042A (#11)
Write me if you need more info, or another novel or add me and we can talk car audio for an entire night.
Good luck with everything
I like these guys websites.. good head start for you: http://oov.uni.cc/cc/
Hope this helps. If it didn’t hurt…. Sorry…