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Old January 15th, 2006, 04:26 PM   #1
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Want to ugrade the sound system

Hey how's everyone doing?

Well I was thinking that I might want to update my sound system. Thing is, like many of 7gen accord owners, I don't want to change the HU. So I was wondering if it was possible to get an AMP or anything to still get good sound quality from my HU?

Also, I have another question. I am a complete newb when it comes to this but what exactley will I have to upgrade? I have about 900.00 1000.00 to spend on all of this. Do you guys think I could pull off a good sound system with this amount of money?

What exactley will I need? A Sub? I did not really want to take up all the trunk space... but as long as it sounds better I'm fine with it. What about the door speakers? Back speakers? And so on.


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Hey how's everyone doing?

Well I was thinking that I might want to update my sound system. Thing is, like many of 7gen accord owners, I don't want to change the HU. So I was wondering if it was possible to get an AMP or anything to still get good sound quality from my HU?

Also, I have another question. I am a complete newb when it comes to this but what exactley will I have to upgrade? I have about 900.00 1000.00 to spend on all of this. Do you guys think I could pull off a good sound system with this amount of money?

What exactley will I need? A Sub? I did not really want to take up all the trunk space... but as long as it sounds better I'm fine with it. What about the door speakers? Back speakers? And so on.


Thanks.
It really depends on how picky you are with sound quality. Being an audiophile, I personally don't think that if I initially have a budget of 1g that I'll buy everything, ex. speaker components, amps, sub, processor, etc. to fit 1g. Because you'll have an assortment of low-end, average components that don't add up to a good system.

So the way I go about it is in various stages. For example:

Stage 1:
Spend 800-900 on two front coaxial speakers (Infinity Kappas, Diamond Audio, Focal's, etc) and a good 4 ch. amp (the new Alpine amps, JL audio amps, etc.)

Work, make your money and onto Stage 2:
Spend 800-900 on a sub (JL's 12w3v2, Alpine's Type R).

Hustle, pimp, rob a jewlery store (and tell em make me a grill) and onto Stage 3:
Spend 300 on a cleansweep.

In the end, after 2-3 years you'll have high end components rather than low-end-average stuff.

G'luck!
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Old January 15th, 2006, 09:34 PM   #3
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Well to be honest with you, I am not really an audiophile. I just want a decent sound system. The one in the accord now sounds too ... hmm muffled.

But my main concern was do you think I could run everything off my oem hu?
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Well to be honest with you, I am not really an audiophile. I just want a decent sound system. The one in the accord now sounds too ... hmm muffled.

But my main concern was do you think I could run everything off my oem hu?
Im with ya on this one. I would love to do an upgrade to my factory HU. To me, living in Phoenix, an aftermarket system only screams "STEAL ME". I think the Accord factory system lacks oomph, and would benefit from a 10" sub and decent replacement speakers. Keep in mind that factory speakers are below even average aftermarket systems....so a simple speaker swap to factory locations and a decent sub would make a world of difference to most people.

Has anyone used the infinity sub that is plug and play? I forget the name...
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It really depends on how picky you are with sound quality. Being an audiophile, I personally don't think that if I initially have a budget of 1g that I'll buy everything, ex. speaker components, amps, sub, processor, etc. to fit 1g. Because you'll have an assortment of low-end, average components that don't add up to a good system.

So the way I go about it is in various stages. For example:

Stage 1:
Spend 800-900 on two front coaxial speakers (Infinity Kappas, Diamond Audio, Focal's, etc) and a good 4 ch. amp (the new Alpine amps, JL audio amps, etc.)

Work, make your money and onto Stage 2:
Spend 800-900 on a sub (JL's 12w3v2, Alpine's Type R).

Hustle, pimp, rob a jewlery store (and tell em make me a grill) and onto Stage 3:
Spend 300 on a cleansweep.

In the end, after 2-3 years you'll have high end components rather than low-end-average stuff.

G'luck!
800-900 on a sub? JL 12w3's only cost like 130-150 bucks.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #6
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neelio, what size wheels do u got?
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800-900 on a sub? JL 12w3's only cost like 130-150 bucks.
Sorry, I meant to say a sub and a good mono ch. amp. My bad.

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To answer the HU question ... Yes! I replaced all four speakers with Polk Momos and went with the matching Polk 4 ch amp. Spent around 1K and I think it sounds great.
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Old January 16th, 2006, 10:29 AM   #9
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I have a pretty powerful system and still have the factory head unit. Take it from me, the factory head unit is plenty for me. I'm not really an audiophile, but I did a dB drag and got 136.8 dB out of the factory head unit. The say if I had an aftermarket unit, id be over 143 dB but whatever, I mean who the F wants that much power anyways!
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Old January 16th, 2006, 10:46 AM   #10
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I see. So that's good that I could run it from the OEM head unit.

So do you guys have any advice or anything on which ones to go for and exactley what I need? Thanks
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Old January 16th, 2006, 11:21 PM   #11
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I spent way more than $1K for mine...MBQuartz all around, JLAudio 10w6 custom sub, 2 Alpine amps, JLAudio CleanSweep. I consider myself an audiophile and I like my sound clean. I made a brief sound clip inside my car. Check it out here (hope you have good computer speakers).

www.salominojr.neptune.com

password: comptechvid

click on the "playas only" vid.

For $1K, I'd replace the rear 6x9's...add a sub...try to get 2 amps.

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Old January 17th, 2006, 08:12 PM   #12
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Old January 17th, 2006, 09:16 PM   #13
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i consider myself to be picky with sound, but not quite an audiophile. i spent a total of $200 on my system including all wiring, fuses, $20 line-output converter, used 65rms 4ch amp, some used 6.5 kappas, and used 80rms 6x9 kenwoods.

a new cleansweep wouldve tripled the total cost of my setup, which im already darn happy with. i just dont think it wouldve tripled the SQ, so i just went with a run of the mill LOC from best buy.

electrical noise is not noticeable to me, except at low volumes, when the car is off, and it is quiet outside.

well-amped 6x9's make enough mid-bass and bass for my ears. imo, the two amped 6x9's sound like an amped 8" sub. a 10" sub would be overkill for me (ive had one before), but tahts only for my personal tastes.

oo also: some amps have line-level (speaker-level) input, and that would void the necessity for an external LOC.
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Old January 17th, 2006, 11:35 PM   #14
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Here's some interesting reading from the Crutchfield website:

http://www.crutchfieldadvisor.com/I-...ing_guide.html
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I spent way more than $1K for mine...MBQuartz all around, JLAudio 10w6 custom sub, 2 Alpine amps, JLAudio CleanSweep. I consider myself an audiophile and I like my sound clean. I made a brief sound clip inside my car. Check it out here (hope you have good computer speakers).

www.salominojr.neptune.com

password: comptechvid

click on the "playas only" vid.

For $1K, I'd replace the rear 6x9's...add a sub...try to get 2 amps.
a black page pops up after i click "enter site" ?
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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #16
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Are you using Internet Explorer as your browser and disabled your popup blockers? I use Mozilla Firefox sometimes and Neptune will not work with this browser.

I'm here at work and it's working fine. Not sure what the problem is...

BTW...nice wheels man!
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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:25 PM   #17
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I spent way more than $1K for mine...MBQuartz all around, JLAudio 10w6 custom sub, 2 Alpine amps, JLAudio CleanSweep. I consider myself an audiophile and I like my sound clean. I made a brief sound clip inside my car. Check it out here (hope you have good computer speakers).

www.salominojr.neptune.com

password: comptechvid

click on the "playas only" vid.

For $1K, I'd replace the rear 6x9's...add a sub...try to get 2 amps.
i see lara's 40th and some other album
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It really depends on how picky you are with sound quality. Being an audiophile, I personally don't think that if I initially have a budget of 1g that I'll buy everything, ex. speaker components, amps, sub, processor, etc. to fit 1g. Because you'll have an assortment of low-end, average components that don't add up to a good system.

So the way I go about it is in various stages. For example:

Stage 1:
Spend 800-900 on two front coaxial speakers (Infinity Kappas, Diamond Audio, Focal's, etc) and a good 4 ch. amp (the new Alpine amps, JL audio amps, etc.)

Work, make your money and onto Stage 2:
Spend 800-900 on a sub (JL's 12w3v2, Alpine's Type R).

Hustle, pimp, rob a jewlery store (and tell em make me a grill) and onto Stage 3:
Spend 300 on a cleansweep.

In the end, after 2-3 years you'll have high end components rather than low-end-average stuff.

G'luck!
800-900 for front coaxials?!?!?! Thats just insane, lol. Id rather get components for that much. Nice coaxials can be bought for like 200 if not less. If anyone is gonna spend 1g for front speakers get components.
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i see lara's 40th and some other album
The vid is in the Comptech Exhaust album titled "playas only."
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800-900 for front coaxials?!?!?! Thats just insane, lol. Id rather get components for that much. Nice coaxials can be bought for like 200 if not less. If anyone is gonna spend 1g for front speakers get components.
If you read carefully I included a 4ch amp in that.
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The best way I can think of is to go with a quality brand (pioneer. etc) and look for high sensitivity and moderate power handling. That would match up well with the Accord system which is not bad at all. The 6x9 you should look at the low number in the frequency range the lower that numder the deeper the bass output. I have yet to see a 6x9 better in low output than Pioneer.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 11:09 PM   #22
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i have the Infinity basslink installed in my car with the OEM HU. It's not overpowering bass but decent gain for the money i guess. I got it new for 200 bux off ebay. I'm running it from the rear speaker wires and but i would recommend to get a converter and run RCA jacks, prolly sound a lil better
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Old January 19th, 2006, 06:01 PM   #23
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Here's my setup:

03 Coupe audio

Sounds pretty damn good if you ask me.
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Old January 19th, 2006, 07:41 PM   #24
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^^^legalese...beautiful setup man! Very clean trunk. Can you record a video clip of how it sounds inside? Did you use Dynamat or ??? Very impressive dawg!
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lmao, i dont think a simple recording would do anybody's sound system any justice.

but yea, now that nexson's glass project came up, it reminded me of how nice legalese's box is too.
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dang, legalese ur system is real clean man. where did u get those CF parts for the CD/coin holder?
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hahah i believe thats stock on the 6sp. and its not actually cf, just a look alike ;D
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