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    Amp recomendations

    Hey i am putting a system in my car to run my car computer through. I have everything picked out except for the amp and equalizer. First off all i am going to be running a Pioneer 4400 head unit (btw i havent bought this yet so if anyone has anyother recomendations on a head unit i appreciate any other recomendations) and two infinity 6.5 speakers for the front and 2 6x9 infinty for the back. I want a four channel amp that is under $150 (can go $200 but would like to keep it as cheap as possible). The Us Acousttics USX4065 and the Profile CL440 are the ones that fit my price range best. Can anyone recomend or not recomend these amps? Also what are some amps that are comparable in price and performance? I havent really done much research on equalizers besides talking to my friend and his dad who are fairly knolegde able on car stuff and they told me that equalizers are important but that a $20 one would be fine for what i am trying to do. What are your opinions on equalizers? Lastly the most important thing for me is to keep this whole thing relatively inexpensive.

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    Here is place for some cheap amps http://www.sounddomain.com/shop/list...tart=1&show=33

    here is place for some Equalizers http://www.sounddomain.com/shop/list...izers&x=7&y=10
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    Yeah i have been looking at sounddomain. I know were to get what i want but i am just looking for some input to make sure i am getting ok stuff.

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    www.sounddomain.com/id/2000mp3ranger

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    Be weary of cheap amps...

    Cheap amps that pump out lots of power usually burn up real fast. A decent/good 4 channel amp for around 150 bucks will proabably be about 40w per channel. If you are looking at amps that are putting out 100w per channel, they arent gonna last you long or are just gonna sound real bad.

    My advice is to go to a gheto car stereo store and find something used. I used to trade in all my old amps for more powerfull stuff. Most people buy a decent amp adn then keep upgrading when new stuff comes out. All the old stuff is still good, but they want the new stuff. The car stereo place I used to work at and still do occasionally has TONS of old amps. If ya live in the Detroit area, I can get ya a pretty good amp and real cheap.

    I dont know what series those infinity speakers are, but most infinities sound good with 5 watts or 200watts. Get something good and they'll drive real nice. Pioneer, JBL, and Kicker are just a few that I know sell amps around 150-200 new. Name brand is always good, because getting a small company to replace a fried amp is hard to do.

    Pioneer head unit looks good. For about 200 bucks its a good unit. Pioneer amps work real well with pioneer head units. Same goes for kenwood. Both company's are pretty much the big sellers of car stereo technology.

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    EQ's always induct noize.....

    To my opinion an eq. always inducts noise into your system.
    Think of it.. just another thing the signal needs to go through, and just another thing which can go wrong.

    Get some good speakers, and use them what they are made for.
    Don't try to get some bass out of 4' or 6' speakers..
    use these only for high-bass, mid and high.
    Use a sub for the low and mid bass, and tweeters for ultra high.

    When you set it up that the lower frequencies don't reach the small speakers.. (ie passive or active x-overs) they will sound much cleaner.

    I have some friends who put in like 3 amps.. speakers.. and everything, but they don't know how sound works..
    I only use my headunit to drive mid's and high's (with passive x-over) to make sure they don't get any low frequencies. and only a 150w RTO amp to drive my 400w sub.
    I have had lots of comments my system being cleaner than theirs.


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    Re: EQ's always induct noize.....

    Originally posted by Raas
    To my opinion an eq. always inducts noise into your system.
    Think of it.. just another thing the signal needs to go through, and just another thing which can go wrong.
    I get your point, but I dont agree 100%.. the little noise that a pre-amp/EQ may add can be equally outweighed by the benefits to the output sound that can be produced.

    I agree fully with your spkr reasonings...... always use crossovers when required....

    and yeah, ALOT of ppl dont know what they are doing....!!! things like 4 * 6X9's on the rear parcel shelf cause it will give better bass, 12 - 15inch subs in enclosures that would barely give enuff volume for a 10inch sub!! I have seen all this in my time from wanna-be's!!!! makes u wanna slap em silly - some ppl dont deserve car stereo equipment...!
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    Re: Amp recomendations

    Originally posted by stevens
    told me that equalizers are important but that a $20 one would be fine for what i am trying to do. What are your opinions on equalizers? Lastly the most important thing for me is to keep this whole thing relatively inexpensive.
    I used to have a cheap EQ, my advice is either save up for a quality one, or don't bother. My setup sounded alot worse with the EQ fitted.

    From what I know about infinity speakers, they're pretty sweet, try and get an amp of simular quality (your stero will only be as good as the worst part), second hand is good, check the local papers etc. Personal I'd go for Clarion, or Alpine, or simular. JL would be nice, but nobody can afford their amps
    And you say people actually pay money for M$ Windows?
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    Total re-design underway: on the whole progress is very slow as the car is taking up too much time :)

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    I was looking at the Pioneer GM-X564 480watt 4 channel amp, it's 50watts x 4 channels RMS, at 4 ohms, seems like it'd be pretty good, it's about $140, anyone have experience with it?

    birrman54

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