not to sound like an a-hole... but just do it right. those big speakers have to take up a lot of room and you have enough to purchase an amp?. your best bet is to keep your stock head unit, get some good door speakers (polk db's) a moderate subwoofer and a 4 chan amp (two chans for the door speakers and bridge the other two for a small sub.Hey all,
My name is Garrett and i'm a newbie to this forum just as I am to the world of car audio.
First off, if this is the inappropriate sub-forum for this topic thread, i apologize and would greatly appreciate it if a moderator could move the thread to the correct sub-forum.
Background/The Meat: I own a 1979 Ford F-250 single cab truck. For a long time I was without music because my speakers in the doors were mostly degraded into nothingness. I recently replaced my speakers with cheap ones and I am now able to listen to music, though the experience is very limited because of the old system in my truck. Since replacing my speakers, I have been craving a bit more than what I currently have, so the other day I decided to put the stereo and speakers from my room (hooked up to a 400w inverter) into my car to see how they would sound. I was completely and totally satisfied, especially with the bass produced as it was enough to make me happy without shaking my old truck to the ground. I understand that home speakers are generally rated at 8 ohms, and I gather from my reading that the resistance should not be harmful.
Picture of what I put into my truck:
As you can see from the picture, its nothing special but it satisfies my needs, especially in the rather confined spaces of my single cab truck.
Questions: The main questions I have are just as novice as I am. I have read multiple threads on the different topics I need covered, but my questions were not answered as fully as I needed or I simply could not wrap my head around certain concepts.
My truck has just two door speakers and that's it. Each of the speaker boxes from my stereo has a single smaller sized woofer, what I gather is a mid range speaker, and what I think is a higher range speaker.
1. How would I be able to wire all of these in with my door speakers? The mid and higher range speakers from the home system are wired in tandem with one another.
2.Would each sub-woofer take up a pre-amp output or could I wire them in tandem to utilize just one preamp or a sub-preamp output if I got a stereo with one? (The hookup contacts for the subs each have an extra metal contact that I think is designed for wiring two on the same channel?)
3. Based purely on generally positive product reviews, I have determined that this Sony unit may be a suitable relatively low-priced head-unit. Am I completely wrong in this? Would I be better off with something else? Any recommendations or tips on what I should be looking for? Do I need to fork up some extra cash to meet my output requirements?
4. Specific to my situation, what should I look for when purchasing an Amp? How many channels do I need (wattage, etc.?) Do I have to have my door speakers hooked up to the amp or should they just be wired into the head unit?
5. Should run-of-the-mill speaker wire be adequate for my speaker wiring needs? I understand that a lower gauge wire will have lower resistance. Would that provide better flow of power that would result in better sound? If so, what gauge wire is generally desirable?
For all intents and purposes, I'm trying to replace that big fat old home stereo receiver with the truck's receiver (and door speakers too!) I'm not looking to spend a fortune as I'm very easy to please.
If there are any more pictures or any information I can provide to better assist you in understanding what i'm trying to do/what i'm working with, I would be more than happy to provide it.
I am sorry if it seems I am asking to be front-loaded, but I admit that electronics was not my strongest point when I took high school physics. The more technical jargon tends to get lost on me.
I am willing to learn, and I look forward to any responses I might get.
Thanks in advance,