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    what are the specs on the soundstream amp? At the moment I would keep the monsoon amp and add a mono amp for a sub till we figure out what to do about the 8 speaker setup.

    To replace the monsoon amp, you need to find 4 passive crossovers (and the correct crossover frequencies). It shouldn't be too hard, I just haven't had the urge to sit down and figure it out yet. MCM Electronics has a wide selection of passive crossovers to help get you started. Their website is rather annoying, so you should request their full catalog to look at. http://www.mcmelectronics.com They also sell other useful carputer -automotive stereo items and more.


    Do you plan to install a carputer to replace the HU, or will you be using a an aftermarket headunit too? If you are installing a new headunit, I highly suggest you listen to the monsoon amp with a high-end aftermarket headunit first before you cut the cabling and remove it.

    I originally was going to go your route, and changed my mind after hearing my new HU and the monsoon amp. It's very clear and loud!!

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    i have a 2000 monsoon
    ran new speaker wire to all the speakers and put a new amp in for my computer

    the speakers werent that hard to run, just getting the wire from the door sill to the speakers in the doors

    ive done mine so many times, i could probably run the whole setup again in under an hour


    id be happy to give you some pointers if thats the track you wanna do
    oh and if you remove the monsoon amp
    the headunit wont work with anything else

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    I actually wont have a head unit anymore. Just the computer...

    Where does the wiring to? does it just slide through ez? some pictures of how to install new speakers and wiring would be awesome!
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    X, I am still voting against the 5.1 Soundstream. Get a nice Rockford Fosgate mono and a 4-way/multi-chan amp, and you will be good to go. I am not sure why you are hung up on 5.1, this is a car not a computer
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    hes got a good point, but if he puts a computer in hes gotta change his amp

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    I would rather get one nice amp that will do everything in one... I am trying to have the smallest footprint so i can mount it all un the ceiling of my trunk.

    Also I have been told soundstream is one of the best out there...

    For now I am going to try and use my existing speakers to save money. Once I have everything setup I will replace my mids and tweaters on the doors. Then I will get 2 x 10" and make custom boxes to go just behind my rear wheel wells. I will probobly make the boxes out of 1/2" acrylic
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    Also does anyone have any pictures and/or ideas on how I can mount my computer where my amp/black box is?

    I want my computer (2U server Case) and Amp mounded out of the way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoraXP
    i have a 2000 monsoon
    ran new speaker wire to all the speakers and put a new amp in for my computer

    the speakers werent that hard to run, just getting the wire from the door sill to the speakers in the doors

    ive done mine so many times, i could probably run the whole setup again in under an hour


    id be happy to give you some pointers if thats the track you wanna do
    oh and if you remove the monsoon amp
    the headunit wont work with anything else

    Actually, you can run a different amp with the stock monsoon HU. I have done it in friends car. Although, soon after we replaced the HU with a aftermarket one.

    The limiting factor in the monsoon system is the stock HU, the amp and speakers sound great.

    Although, for your carputer setup w/o the headunit that leaves you having to have to remove the monsoon amp. The other way around that is to drive the monsoon amp input with speaker level outputs from a carputer soundcard.... I have tried that, and it seemed to work fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoraXP
    i have a 2000 monsoon
    ran new speaker wire to all the speakers and put a new amp in for my computer

    the speakers werent that hard to run, just getting the wire from the door sill to the speakers in the doors

    Just curious, by running new wires, how did that solve the issue of a crossover between the tweeker and woofer components?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonsp6
    Just curious, by running new wires, how did that solve the issue of a crossover between the tweeker and woofer components?
    I am planning on getting new speakers also, the tweater and 6.5" mid are bundled together and I am pretty sure the tweater connects to the other speaker and the 6.5" goes to the amp...

    If you dont want new speakers one of my friend talked about just limiting how much power gets to the speaker w/ using resistors or something... not 100% sure
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