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    Well i got in an accident on july 3rd. Someone was following way too close, and going too fast while a truck was infront of me. The truck suddenly stopped, so i had to stop kinda fast and these group of teenagers plowed into me going about 35mph. Their car was totalled- airbags deployed, egine on the ground leaking fluids, just totaly gone. My car (2000 honda ccord coupe) got some minor/moderate damage on the bumper so im going to use some of the insurance money to get a kick *** computer/audio setup after i fix my bumper. Might do some stuff to my engine with the left over money too. Bad thing is im going to have to drive my ford escourt while my car is in the shop getting fixed.

    So yeah, im thinking of getting this:
    I have a AMD 2.5ghz pc running on a nforce2 mobo with 512mb ram and a built in gf4mx/5.1 soundstorm that does hardware audio effects ect. But i might get a new sound car to avoid engine noise. Has a 40gig hd, and dvdrw/cdrw drives, but i think i need to buy a slim one for mounting somewhere inside the car. Im not sure what route i should go for interfacing with the computer besides touchscreen, since that can be slow. I was going to try to some how get stearing wheel buttons that interface with either the computer or headunit.

    Thinking of getting a 7in (or 10 if i can fit it somewhere) screen with touchscreen overlay.

    Headunit for radio?

    Then for speakers, im not really sure. Was thinking of getting 2 12's then mount them backwards like all the kids are doing . Throw a amp in the back on top of that, and ill be nice. But i was also thinking of going with some small Bose speakers because they sound so clean and clear plus they got a *lil* base.

    Then im going to redo my seats. I can get Louise Vitohn material for retail, and i was thinking of getting my seats redone in them. Or any other brand if i can find a good looking one soon (anything that goes with a leather brown, white or black)

    I also have a broken ps2 (broken fan and cdrom) that i was thinking about getting fixed. And if i do, there is a ps2 version of gameXcopy that formats any 50gig or bigger pc harddrive to ps2 format, and copies any ps2 game to the ps2 hd, and loads the games 70% faster. So if i ever get it fixed, ill buy a new hd and a couple of cheap tv's an throw them in the back seats. Might get a gamecube too, since they're only 70bux used.

    Think thats about everything...shouldnt cost that much i dont think:
    300watt inverter $ 60?
    slim DVD drive $ 100? (might not need this, just rip everything to hd instead)
    Screen(s) w/ touchscreen 2x cheap ones for backseat $100, TFT $200-$250
    GPS $ ?? (might not need this for awhile too)
    Radio/wiring $200
    Speakers $100-$200
    Amp $100-$200
    So im looking at about.... $680-$800

    Edit: is this monitor good? http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...908857184&rd=1 It says its 400nits, not sure if thats correct or not.

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    Scrap the inverter, and get yourself an Opus 150W. it will power that kind of spec PC OK, and you won't get any audio interference, as there will be no dc-ac-dc conversion going on (which is where noise gets introduced)

    Don't get Bose speakers, get Infinity or similar! Much better sound for the money. Plus, if you've got subs, you don't want your components doing any bass!


    Garry
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    • #3
      Think thats about everything...shouldnt cost that much i dont think:
      300watt inverter $ 60?
      slim DVD drive $ 100? (might not need this, just rip everything to hd instead)
      Screen(s) w/ touchscreen 2x cheap ones for backseat $100, TFT $200-$250
      GPS $ ?? (might not need this for awhile too)
      Radio/wiring $200
      Speakers $100-$200
      Amp $100-$200
      So im looking at about.... $680-$800

      hate to burst you bubble, but you will go waaaay, over that, once you get started,

      radio, is about 150-200, for a decent one,
      wiring, is about 100
      speaker, if you go with a decent brand will be 175-200
      subs, will be about 350-400
      amp will be, 400-600
      add that up and that is you total.
      i use to work in car audio sales, and installtion
      now you can cut that in half, if you go with like lanzer, and boss, and legacy ****, but you get what you pay for

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      • #4
        Dont forget the whistle tip Couldnt help it im sorry.
        2007 Honda Fit Sport 1.5L SOHC-VTEC

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        • #5
          Originally posted by faiz 23
          hate to burst you bubble, but you will go waaaay, over that, once you get started,

          radio, is about 150-200, for a decent one,
          wiring, is about 100
          speaker, if you go with a decent brand will be 175-200
          subs, will be about 350-400
          amp will be, 400-600
          add that up and that is you total.
          i use to work in car audio sales, and installtion
          now you can cut that in half, if you go with like lanzer, and boss, and legacy ****, but you get what you pay for
          Its okay, you havent bursted anyones bubble yet. Ive already did research on the equipment that im going to buy, and your figures are WAY off.

          wiring for the radio is about 60 bux and i can have my radio work with my cpc ( http://www.installer.com/acc/honaux.html )

          ive found 2 12" speakers for about 80 bux, and they sound great. Plus i already have polkaudio 6'9's in my car so i wont need speakers ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=3059315658 ) Im still going to need a box for the speakers tho....maybe ill have get a custom one made, or just throw in some 2 speakers enclosure.

          Found a 1300 watt amp for about 100 bux ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=5700206135 )

          So yeah, im not sure what store you worked at, but you were either REALLY OVER CHARGING, or you used prosumer equipment. Either way, i know what im getting, and its not going to be anywhere close to costing as much as you think.

          Edit: So that would be about... $300 w/ shipping

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          • #6
            ...you get what you pay for

            (id recommend spending your insurance money on quality Not quantity)
            Danny.

            "If today was perfect, there would be no need for tomorrow."
            My Car Project® ‹== !10.4" Allbrite, touchscreen, epia, 150opus, gps, wireless, sony remote [old] 128x64 Crystalfontz +double din [new]

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sh0cker
              ...you get what you pay for

              (id recommend spending your insurance money on quality Not quantity)
              Who says? Im driving a honda, they make one of the cheapest cars around, and they are the most reliable. Look at my car for instance, someone hit me going about 35mph, their car is totalled, my car needs a new bumper. If youre going to make a comment like that, you gotta back it up dude. And in electronics, "you get what you pay for" is totally incorrect. If you find something that works great, cheap, and available, why not buy it?

              But yeah i almost forgot about the tv's that im going to put in. Now im not sure about the two in the headrest, but ive found a couple 400nit touchscreen lilliputs that i was thinking about puttin in the dash. Those go for about 280 w/shipping, but again, im not sure if im going to get one because i havent done as much research on them as i shouldve.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bubbrubb
                Who says? Im driving a honda, they make one of the cheapest cars around, and they are the most reliable. Look at my car for instance, someone hit me going about 35mph, their car is totalled, my car needs a new bumper. If youre going to make a comment like that, you gotta back it up dude. And in electronics, "you get what you pay for" is totally incorrect. If you find something that works great, cheap, and available, why not buy it?

                But yeah i almost forgot about the tv's that im going to put in. Now im not sure about the two in the headrest, but ive found a couple 400nit touchscreen lilliputs that i was thinking about puttin in the dash. Those go for about 280 w/shipping, but again, im not sure if im going to get one because i havent done as much research on them as i shouldve.
                For starters, He said that, so why ask.
                Yup, honda has a good rep. Certainly not the only brand in that category.
                If you are so certain about your quality and facts why did you post and basicly ask for comments?

                BTW a 35 mph rear end accident.... you should sell the car and never look back.
                TruckinMP3
                D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TruckinMP3
                  For starters, He said that, so why ask.
                  Yup, honda has a good rep. Certainly not the only brand in that category.
                  If you are so certain about your quality and facts why did you post and basicly ask for comments?

                  BTW a 35 mph rear end accident.... you should sell the car and never look back.
                  Are you talkin about the way i responded to dude? Reason i did is because he came in proclaiming he was some car audio sales guru, and his figures were totally wrong. They were 2-3x's the prices i found them for. And im not going to sell my car because someone rear ended me. That makes no sense. If i can get it fixed back to stock and *hopefully* theres no frame damage, then i see no reason to get rid of my car.

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                  • #10
                    people learn on their mistakes...
                    Having inverter for powering is no good ; over 1000W amp for 100 doesnt sound good either, but you'll realize that one day.

                    I didnt mean to offend you, just state the truth.
                    You wanted to know others opinions, then here you have; its your money- buy whatever you want, I just agree what faiz_23 said, thats all

                    [And yes, i once had inverter too...]
                    Danny.

                    "If today was perfect, there would be no need for tomorrow."
                    My Car Project® ‹== !10.4" Allbrite, touchscreen, epia, 150opus, gps, wireless, sony remote [old] 128x64 Crystalfontz +double din [new]

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bubbrubb
                      Are you talkin about the way i responded to dude? Reason i did is because he came in proclaiming he was some car audio sales guru, and his figures were totally wrong. They were 2-3x's the prices i found them for. And im not going to sell my car because someone rear ended me. That makes no sense. If i can get it fixed back to stock and *hopefully* theres no frame damage, then i see no reason to get rid of my car.
                      Justify whatever you want, I do not think it is a good practice to ask for comments. Then jump someone for telling you something you did not what to hear.

                      My experiance tells me when a car is hit that hard it will not be the same, you do not agree. Good luck and take a chill pill.
                      TruckinMP3
                      D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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                      • #12
                        you can do what ever you like, we are here to help, you don't have to listen to us.

                        Its okay, you havent bursted anyones bubble yet. Ive already did research on the equipment that im going to buy, and your figures are WAY off.

                        wiring for the radio is about 60 bux and i can have my radio work with my cpc ( http://www.installer.com/acc/honaux.html )

                        ive found 2 12" speakers for about 80 bux, and they sound great. Plus i already have polkaudio 6'9's in my car so i wont need speakers ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...item=3059315658 ) Im still going to need a box for the speakers tho....maybe ill have get a custom one made, or just throw in some 2 speakers enclosure.

                        Found a 1300 watt amp for about 100 bux ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...item=5700206135 )

                        So yeah, im not sure what store you worked at, but you were either REALLY OVER CHARGING, or you used prosumer equipment. Either way, i know what im getting, and its not going to be anywhere close to costing as much as you think.

                        Edit: So that would be about... $300 w/ shipping

                        but, audiobahn, is only for spl, they are **** when it comes to sq, also you need alot of power to push them.

                        also, if you can make that amp push 1300 watt, well, go for it, but that amp is a piece of ****, i will push maybe 300-400 watts rms, but that depends on efficency, and also how you wire it up

                        if you are going to do it right, then save you money, get on the internet and read, learn about car audio, and do it right the first time.

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                        • #13
                          man i need to goto anger mangagement, my bad peoples. Just felt like everyone was shuting me down, and i guess that wasnt that case. But anyways, yeah, the subs hit hard. When i heard them, i thought they sounded good enough for the level of sound im trying to get. Im not gonna goto a competition with this or anything i just want some dump, and the owner before me threw some nice speakers in my car already. Just trying to get that updated a lil bit, yuh know? Im not sure what kinda amp they were running on either....what kinda amp should i get to power those two speakers?

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                          • #14
                            A few comments if you want me two cents.

                            -Having a budget is good but as others have said, you'll probably go over. There will always be little stuff that will be needed. Cables and wires, wood and/or fiberglass, etc.

                            -I'd go with the OPUS. Yeah it's a good bit of money but it'll work better than the invertor (with startup and shutdown, voltage control, and interferrence).

                            -That 1000watt amp is probably 1000watts X 1 @ 2ohms. Wattage isn't everything. Quality is better. My Pioneer GM-5000T puts out 480x2 and my subs hit really hard. It was less than $100 new on Ebay. Subs are Pioneer 12s shallow mount which take up very little run and only need .6 to .8 cubic feet of airspace. I've also got a Pioneer GM-6000F which is 780x4 that drive my Pionner 6x8 3-ways in the front and 4-ways in the back. System gets plenty loud.

                            Oh well, I'm done typing for the time being. Good luck.

                            Derek
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                            • #15
                              for a good deal, look for jbl 1200.1, since you need 400 watts a piece for those audio bahns, that is the amp you want, it is an awesome amp, and since it is like 2-3 years, old you can get one for about 200, i seriously doubt, the audiobahn, can handle 400 watts a piece all day long, i was going to buy an audiobahn, but sound quality sucks, it will bump the **** out of you, but it will sound like ***, so if you want to impress other, go with audiobahn, if you want to impress your self, go with jl audio, infinity, idq, or even rf, which isn't that great for quality, mb quartz is nice

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