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    How to buy speakers

    I need to buy speakers for my 95 Honda Accord, they are going to interface with my headunit (Sony GT-820IP) and the carpc that I'm finally going to put in my car. Basically I'm looking for an affordable amp and speakers that will work with my carpc and headunit, any ideas. There are such mixed reviews about brands.
    I've looked at the AudioBhan ABC600T and I purchased a pair of pioneer TSA1672R

    Help...please..

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    dont read reviews, go listen to some speakers and identify the type of 'sound' you like. some speakers will be sharp and accurate, while some others will be warm. it's all about what you like, not what other say sounds good.
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    Soooo true about listening to spkra before you buy.

    Do you know anyone with a rad auto sound system that YOU like the sound of?
    Ask them...

    Stores such as Best Buy, Circuit City, etc typically have display spkrs mounted on some kind of panel. You switch whatever HU you want to play thru whatever spkrs. Nice theory, buy the noisy store environment, and the fact that spkrs aren't in a CAR makes it tough to judge....but bring CD's of YOUR favorite good-sounding music to play, so that you can judge better.

    I like both warm sounding speakers for their mellowness and sweet sound, but also some good tweeters for very sharp crisp highs. My philosophy is that you can seldom have too many speakers; that way you are sure to cover all bands and ranges. Some would argue...but always the bottom line is BUY WHAT SOUNDS GOOD TO YOU.



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    and you dont NEED to spend a heap of money to get something that sounds ok.

    depending on budget, try and go with component front speakers, eg separate tweeters.
    having the tweeters on the dash instead of pointing at your feet seems to make quite a difference

    personally, I like a nice clean slightly warm sound from the front, and depending on the speaker of choice and setup options at the time just a mid/bass in the back, sub optional

    not that i was once guilty of having a car sound system that was worth more than the car which i have, just thinking about it achieved again now that there is a carputer in my car, tho this current car is worth less than my old car.

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    speaker placement can make a great speaker sound like **** and a mediocre speaker sound great. tweeters that are sharp/crisp can sound harsh when aimed directly at your ears, while aiming them 30-60 degrees off axis may open you to it's sweetspot. it's best to try a bunch of different angles and locations before you commit to one spot.
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    Like Scott said, the best way to pick a set of speakers is to listen, listen, and listen. Dont just settle for a 5min demo with one song, you need to mix it up use 3-5 songs play the same songs on all speakers that you are listening to. If your at an independent shop ask if they have a car on site with the speakers that you like and ask if you can hear them in the car. Even if you are only buying $100 coax speakers really listen to the speakers. Any reputable shop should be happy to help you out as they should see it as a building block for a new relationship for the business.
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    One of the first things you will want to do is find out what size speakers fit your particular car. The easiest way I know to do that is check out crutchfield.com and put in your make and year model. You can get some suggestions from that point of what to look for if you choose to buy locally. I just bought from them, no problems.
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    Thats right, Listen.

    But like anythign you wotn know how it sounds to you until you get them in your car so make sure you are allowed to return it (WITHOUT A RESTOCKIGN FREE!! lol other wise you'd have paid to take them home to try :P ) But saying that, if they made the demo rig properly you'll get a an idea as to how they sound. Very true about using music you are going to play in your car. Make sure you choose tracks that you know how its supposed to sound. If you play Dir en grey in the car, TAKE A CD! If you listen to Lazz, take that too! Take a few different types of music.

    An example are these sony xplod speakers a friend of mine had. They sounded mint in his car but i bought a pair and installed it, it sounded like crap. I ended up paying 200 bucks for a pair of SoundStream 6x9's.

    Don't expect SUPER LOW HEAVY bass to come out of your 6x9's though, you really should be using a sub for that. Also don't expect your headdeck to be able to drive the speakers to its full potential. There just isnt enough power to drive 80W rms! or even 45W for that matter. Make sure you get an amp, and dont be stingey, buying a over powered amp will help drive its programe power. Forget about peak power ratings. Thats just a useless marketing figure.

    Don't buy a sub and then slap it in any box willy nilly. You should make sure it has enough air inside, its padded, and its ports are designed properly. Using a big *** sub with a crappy box will change the frequency response of the driver. If you want the quick way out, buy a sub thats in its own box. What i mean by that is, buy it as one unit. The box should always be designed around the speaker. If you forked out 400 bucks for the driver alone look at designing your own sub. Also buy the sub thats more efficient rather than bigger wattage. If its even just 3 db more, it will sound twice as loud.

    Also there is probably no point buying an amp for your front door speakers unless you are going to improve the accoustics of the door. This involves pullign it apart and modifying the door. In most stock situations there just isn't enough air movement in the door to provide decent bass.

    Another thing to watch out for when buying equipment are the component and Coaxial speakers. As a rule you have to try and keep the high range as close to the center of the woofer as possible. But having said that, tweeters on the dash or the door sails can sometimes improve the soundstage and make the high range come across more crisp. Always point the high range at you. There's no point otherwise in my opinion. If you rely and reflections to drive it to your ears, you are just creating more problems. Coaxials are pretty good too because not only does the high range sit center of the woofer, its also an easier install option. But like i said before tweeters on the dash etc can help improve the sound stage.

    Another thing (ok this is the last "another thing" :P ) to watch out for is the big mumbo jumbo about 4way 5 way 392587way designs. Best to keep it simple. 3 Way can be pulled off quite well by some manufacturers but in a car 2 way seems the best to me. If you throw a rock into a pool, you see the ripple. If you were to throw another rock in where you threw the last you'll see it re-enforces the previous ripples. If you were to throw 5 rocks in at one time you'll see heaps of cancellations and reenforcements... so best to keep it simple.

    So in a nut shell, like everyone has said before me. Listen to it with YOUR music. Not theres. ALso at those stands make sure the sub is off! and keep in mind you have to crossover the in car speakers and the sub. If you can get a amp which has a cross over in it, that would be really handy, but if its just a quick upgrade the headdecks crossover should be sufficient.

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    Thanks guys.. so I'm going to head back to the store.. and listen again

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