Originally Posted by hammondc
Yep. It is a company car so I cannot hack and fit very much. Like I said, I have been out of the loop on car audio for years. Back when I was in it, MTX/RF were both making very solid gear. Now it looks like quality has slipped. Even Alpine seems to have dropped their standards to get into Worst Buy etc.
Some of the newer names in mobile audio I have heard of are Fi, Audioque, Elemental Designs (the HT stuff is pretty good) and RE. I am sort of leaning towards the brands that have been a round a while like RF, Alpine, JL, Memphis because of proven performance.
I too drive a company vehicle as well! So I know what you are talking about regarding the hacking and cutting.
Issue 1: If utilizing the factory system, be forewarned that there may be a factory applied EQ. I am referring to the louder you turn it up the more the bass is attenuated. This is very common now. Also why cleansweeps reeq's H650/H660, 360's and MS-8's are increasing. They allow factory head units to be kept but remove the factory eq'd signal and supply a flat signal to your amps. My experience is with Toyota and GM. Added a sub to factory Suburban (my wife's ride) and was completely underwhelmed. Bass was nice when volume was low. When turned up bass level was just almost non-existent. Just my heads up to you.
I saw that Amazon has the Alpine R series for about 130 bucks shipped. decent price for a 12. pretty efficient and when coupled to a ported enclosure, sounds pretty dang good. Tune~30 for effect. you could tune higher but it gives you a large bump that tends to overwhelm everything else.
If you want to throw people for a loop, get a single Sundown audio SA-8. 1 cubic foot box ported tuned to 35. It will absolutely blow you away.
Amplifiers... I have had such good results with Sundown Audio that I always recommend them. The saz1000D is about 300 bucks shipped. Is very efficient. great warranty, solid company, in fact often you can contact the owner (Jacob Fuller). it does rated+ power, is small and well just rocks! (I use the SAZ1500D, I installed the SAZ1000D in my brothers truck. My son HAD a SAE1000D in his car. I put the SAZ2000 in my Wife's Suburban before we sold it to get her Toyota.)
If that cost makes you flinch there are many other brands. Look up the ebay store Harman audio. It is their store that they sell the factory refurbed equipment. Full warranty all parts etc... JBL, Infinity and so on are sold there. I got my son 3k watts for like 350 bucks shipped. It should be fairly easy to get 300-600 watts for under a 100 bucks.
Knukonceptz.com has decent wiring kits. CCA is cheaper than OFC but has less current capacity, more resistance and tends to oxidize a lot faster. BUT Knu, sells oversized CCA to help maintain current capacity. They also sell OFC. Stay away from Capacitors. Pretty much a waste of money.
Anything else I can help with let me know.