Need help with Audio selection
Not being terribly knowledgable when it comes to audio equipment, I thought I'd ask here if anyone can offer me any suggestions. I have just bought a smart Roadster which includes the "sound upgrade pack" which basically is crap! I want to eventually remove the HU and replace it with a Mac Mini but I need to prep the audio system first. What I want to do initially, is buy an amp, sub and new speakers and run my ipod as the input until I get the PC installed.
The problem with the Roadster is that it is "very" restrictive on install space. I am going to buy a Clarion SRV303 integrated sub to mount behind the seat (not much else will fit there).
Basically I need ideas on where to go from there. The Roadster has door speakers and also tweeters and other speakers in Bass bins under the dash. I was looking at the MB Quarts as replacements.
What sort of amp should I buy? I would like a bit of power but more importantly it needs to be as compact as possible. I want an amp which will drive the other speakers from the speaker jack on the Mac mini (via a splitter) as well as have some sort of pass-through for the sub. I am willing to budget for something of reasonably good quality so feel free to recommend brands/models.
I was originally looking at using an external soundcard to drive the amp but unless it has an optical input and I can use an M-Audio Transit, I cant spare the space.
Any feedback/recommendations/criticisms greatfully recieved.