Originally Posted by Herc
Not much action in the car stereo forum. What are you fidelity heads listening too in your cars? I've got a job that's a fair commute away and I've finally committed to getting some gear. What do you guys recommend?
My 2c: Installation is as critical as the equipment. Cars are horrible acoustic environments, and each model has it's own issues. If your vehicle has an active online community, peruse the forums to get an idea of what type of installs are possible/recommended; dropping componants in the stock location is often not optimal. In my case, I found out about a manufacturer (Wicked CAS) of quality fiberglass enclosures custom made for my car that worked out really well.
For the record, in my 350Z I have an Alpine 9857 HU with the 'full-speed' iPod cable (and just added a new 16GB iPod nano the same color as my car
), a 300/4 JL Audio amp powering 2 JL Audio 6.5 XR components in Wicked CAS door pods
in the front doors and two channels bridged for a 10w1 sub in a Wicked CAS corner magic box
in back. I wired the rear speakers off the HU, but have the amps turned off since there's no need for them in a 2 seater. I'm no JL fan-boy, I was origionally looking at Focal speakers and an Alpine PDX amp, but my installer got me JL gear at such a discount that I couldn't resist. The door pods image really well, and the sub box lets me keep most of my limited trunk space and integrates nicely. I wanted a reasonably priced system that didn't add too much weight or take up too much space; I'm very happy it.