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  • Xplod vs. Audiobahn

    For my car I want to put in a big sound system, and Ive noticed that amps subwoofers etc. by Sony Xplod, are far cheaper than others. Are they bad quality, or just cheap? I like the look of Audiobahn amps and subwoofers, and they seem good quality, but their stuff is expensive. Are they worth the extra money?
    One more thing. I saw some Audiobahn Immortal subwoofers advertised in Import Racer magazine for $550 (10"), and then I saw the same ones for $80 at onlinecarstereo.com. Whats with this?

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    don't double post.
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    • #3
      damn double posting noobs!!

      and i duno why they say it timed out on me and i pressed refresh after the upgrade.... dosnt happen to me :-)

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      • #4
        I hope this won't become a triple post...
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        • #5
          they are both decent if you arent competing. They arent considered worthy by most people though who spend the time comparing actual specs. and performance. If low on cash then sure get them and if it sounds good to you thats all that matters.

          But also look into some other amps like JL audio, audison, zapco...these are however high dollar.

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          • #6
            I'd get the Audiobahn between the two...
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            • #7
              Haha, "they (audiobahn) seem good quality."

              Sony Xploids and Audiobahn are BOTH at the bottom of the barrell. They both make cheap crappy subs and amps. Sanbas doesn't know what he's talking about if he thinks those are 'decent'.

              What is your price range and what kind of setup are you looking for? SPL, SQL, strictly SQ? Also, what kind of space do you have to work with?

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              • #8
                My budget is about $1700 for the whole system, but really $1400, cause Im getting a $300 panasonic headunit. Id like 2 12" subs and 4 speakers, and however many amps needed to make it very loud (one 4 channel, and 2 monos maybe)
                what does sql, sq, and spl mean?

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                • #9
                  are you going to get a carpc or not? if so, why the panasonic HU??? 300 for a headunit is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much imho... you can get 2 lilli VGAs and forget about the crappy iCONs.... if you rent putting a carpc, then whatever, just use the adivec you can from here, but it might be some useless stuff, since miost ppl here are focused on carpc and their versatility
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                  • #10
                    I guess your right. The only reason I was going to get a new head unit was because it looked nicer than the old one, had mp3/wma, and would be fairly straight forward in setting upan audio system. Do most car pcs let you listen to music without logging in or booting up or what ever? I might just get a pretty cheap head unit for the display, but use a pc for listening to music. Is the SoundBlaster Audigy card worth the money?, cause I dont want to buy it if I dont need it.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sir Posts A Lot
                      My budget is about $1700 for the whole system, but really $1400, cause Im getting a $300 panasonic headunit. Id like 2 12" subs and 4 speakers, and however many amps needed to make it very loud (one 4 channel, and 2 monos maybe)
                      what does sql, sq, and spl mean?
                      ****, with that kinda money you can have a kickass system! When I get off of work I will post some links of speakers/amps your should take a look at.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sir Posts A Lot
                        My budget is about $1700 for the whole system, but really $1400, cause Im getting a $300 panasonic headunit. Id like 2 12" subs and 4 speakers, and however many amps needed to make it very loud (one 4 channel, and 2 monos maybe)
                        what does sql, sq, and spl mean?
                        I'm new to the carpc world, but hopefully i can help with some car audio stuff

                        If you want to do some research, www.caraudio.com is a good place to start. Sony Xplod is crap, unless you can get your hands on thier old ES line. That stuff was around in the late 90's (98-00 i think) and was some of the best line of amps around.

                        If you go new, look at www.reaudio.com and check out their RE line of subwoofers. They are relatively inexpensive (~$100 for a single 12") and perform very well. Innovative Rides here in Houston, TX (www.innovativerides.com) benched RE12.1 amps at 1450watts at 1ohm, and that would be plenty of power to run four of the RE12's if you wanted. There are cheaper solutions if you wanted to go with a different brand. If you are open to suggestions, then let us know. I'm sure someone on this forum can help

                        SPL = sound pressure levels aka how loud you can get at peak frequency.
                        SQ = sound quality
                        SQL = a compromise between the two

                        What car do you have? I'll help you with the car audio part if you can help me with the carpc stuff. I am trying to do a search, but I'm having a hard time understanding what search words to use
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                        • #13
                          This is what I would do:

                          You don't need rear speakers if you have a nice front end setup, especially if you have subs. Rear speakers can actually mess up your sound stage. I suggest you take the money that you would be spending on rear speakers and get a kickass front stage.

                          Amps:
                          NINe.1 (1200wrms @ 1 ohm) $350
                          NINe.4 (150wrms x 2 @ 4 ohms) $235

                          Speakers:
                          CDT HD-62 $350
                          (2) 12" RE SE $370

                          So that leaves around $200 for installation and sound deadning.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by XxAndyxX
                            This is what I would do:

                            You don't need rear speakers if you have a nice front end setup, especially if you have subs. Rear speakers can actually mess up your sound stage. I suggest you take the money that you would be spending on rear speakers and get a kickass front stage.

                            Amps:
                            NINe.1 (1200wrms @ 1 ohm) $350
                            NINe.4 (150wrms x 2 @ 4 ohms) $235

                            Speakers:
                            CDT HD-62 $350
                            (2) 12" RE SE $370

                            So that leaves around $200 for installation and sound deadning.


                            that setup >>>>>> xplod/audiobahn

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by XxAndyxX
                              Haha, "they (audiobahn) seem good quality."

                              Sony Xploids and Audiobahn are BOTH at the bottom of the barrell. They both make cheap crappy subs and amps. Sanbas doesn't know what he's talking about if he thinks those are 'decent'.

                              What is your price range and what kind of setup are you looking for? SPL, SQL, strictly SQ? Also, what kind of space do you have to work with?
                              Wrong... Audiobahn makes great amplifiers depending on the one you choose, i have 2 of them and yes, i did my research...


                              Originally posted by XxAndyxX
                              This is what I would do:

                              You don't need rear speakers if you have a nice front end setup, especially if you have subs. Rear speakers can actually mess up your sound stage. I suggest you take the money that you would be spending on rear speakers and get a kickass front stage.
                              Right... a good front speaker system is all you really need... with some good tweeters to hit your highs, some good mids to hit your midrange, and with one or two good subs... not good as in big or loud, but clear and tight... you will fill the low bass range... im running Focals top of the line 2-way components in the front with 2 10" image dynamic subs and couldnt be happier... an equilizer wouldnt be a bad idea either if you know how to tune them, otherwise, just use the headunit....
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