hey, don't get me wrong, I'm not mr. moneybags either, I use ebay ALOT to build my systems. I would rather buy a used ppi art series amp from a reputable seller than FOR THE SAME MONEY getting a new crap amp. My horns were $1,199 list when new, but I paid around $300 for them on ebay. The door speakers are $699 new, i paid $350 on ebay, My mcintosh mc4000m(awsome piece) was well over $4,000 new, I paid a guy in jersey $1,400 for it & then spent $190 to refurbish it by mcintosh. The point is not that you have to spend a fourtune, I can build a $8,000 system for around $3,500 with the help of ebay.
I did by my alpine d300 & h700 new because they just came out, but almost all other stuff except power delivery/signal delivery was ebay stuff, don't get me wrong I still spent a small fortune in some eyes, but I do try to econimize if I can
guavo is very correct in stating that there is apoint that major modifications are necissary to get further, & this goes to what I said about the install being at least as important as the equiptment. had I just thrown this equiptment in my truck I would have had medoicre results. It became necissary to totally gut the truck & dynamat top to bottom & up the firewall,(well over $1,500 in dampening products) all in all I did close to $10,000 LABOR, no this isn't a misprint or exageration, this is the degree of excellence I wanted to achieve, but my goals aren't necissarily your goals, sure you can say I'm crazy, but I know that I am just happy....to each his own & whatever floats your boat........I like my tunes dude!!!!!