"My friend just got two fifteens for his car and it booms! I just got the same ones he bought but I bought the new gigawatt amplifier I saw in the magazines. I also bought a new head unit but I want to keep my factory speakers because I don't want to spend too much money."
Everything sounds OK until you realize that he drives a Mazda Miata and barely has enough trunk space for a bag of groceries let alone the six cubic feet those two fifteens require. Oh, and he also has a premium sound system that requires an $80 adapter to interface with the factory amplified speakers. Too bad he already opened the boxes and now they're not returnable.
So what could have prevented this? Planning. You need to know four things.
- What you want
- What you have
- What you're willing to give up to get what you want
- What you're not willing to give up
- I want a stereo system that sounds clean and can be heard for three blocks.
- A Honda Prelude with a factory sound system
- Trunk space for my golf clubs
- Get the best set of component speakers you can afford and drive them
with 75-150 watts of clean amplifier power. Install a high powered
- Remove the factory sound system and replace it with the CD head unit
of your choice making sure it has at least two sets of pre-amp outputs
to allow fading between the front speakers and the subwoofers.
- Expect to pay $350+ for the component set. $200+ for the head unit.
An amplifier for the component set will run $200 and up. Small box
subwoofers will be $500+ per pair. Add another $100 for a custom
enclosure. A high powered amp for the subs will be about $400+ with a
built in crossover and one ohm stability. And don't forget $100 for
wiring. Expect an installed cost of $2,000+.
- You'll need to get a subwoofer system that can fit in an enclosure small enough to allow room for your golf clubs. I'd recommend subwoofers built for small enclosures. You could get a pair of twelve inch woofers that would only require 1.5-2.0 cubic feet of space total. Maybe even a fiberglass enclosure that could be form fit to the car to really maximize available space. You'll want a large amplifier to run these woofers at high volume levels. I'd also recommend installing some sound deadening material to your car to keep the vehicle from sounding like a tin can when the system is turned up.
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