Originally Posted by Sarath01
As you read above , I'm thinking of upgrading my stock speakers to good components and coaxials as first stage of my upgrade. Please guide me on few of my queries. FYI
I'm retaining my stock head unit and will NOT change for better HU anytime soon. Fellow city owners and Audio gurus shed some light on the following:
*Does my Stock HU(SV) support amps and subs by default?
*Good componets for front at 4k (less is good).
*Saw a good deal on Blaupunkt amp for 3k will buy it if no pioneer amps suit my installation.
*As a first stage , shall I install just components and a 4 channel amp ( pioneer)? Or just Add components and coaxials [later add sub and amp combo?]
*I very much like stock look so don't want to get into metal cutting and changing the speaker door pads i.e speaker should fit exactly inside the stock speaker grills.
*How about Infinity components and JBL sub powered by Pioneer 4 channel amp while rear JBL coaxials powered by HU [After completion of last stage]
*I need Good SQ as well as SPL but neither should trouble my Co passengers inside the car . Definitely need a crispy thumping BASS(outside too !!) Whatever it may I could be able to tune it accordingly .
*I listen to Hollywood, Bollywood and Tamil songs mostly.Can't explain the genre as I'm a newbie.
*Budget installation so any product reference to shops and online stores welcome. I'm a newbie in ICE so kindly bear with me. I'm happy with anything better than my stock for now.
Nice decision of sticking to the stock HU and upgrading speakers first.
1. Not by default. But you can add amplifier by using "Speaker level input" (provided your amp has this) or add a "Hi Lo Converter" which would cost around 2000 bucks for JBL.
2. Look for entry level JBL, Pioneer or Blaupunkt components. 4k is a tight budget for components and you'll be better off sticking to Pioneer for bass heavy sound. JBLs would be better for vocals.
3. Blaupunkt EMA 255 is underpowered and not sufficient for your needs, as amplifying a subwoofer only in a sedan will not give sufficient bass in the cabin. Go for 455 or other 4 channel amps. Pioneer GM series or JBL GXA644SI would be the best bet.
4. Upgrade components and coaxials at first stage. If you are still not satisfied with loudness and clarity, add an amp. If still not satisfied with bass, add a subwoofer and run the coaxials off the HU.
5. Adding a speaker would require wooden spacers for perfect fit, as aftermarket speakers are made for universal fit unlike OEM
speakers. Spacers would not require any cutting of car body or part and are pretty cheap, i.e. around 500-1000 bucks.
6. Great. Infinity is high on quality. Also look for Hertz components, paired with Pioneer or JBL 4 channel. JBL 6x9 are perfectly fine. JBL subwoofer might be a weak link here if you're looking for bass heavy system. Put a Pioneer Champion series in a ported box, much better than JBL in sealed.
7. For full tuning options, get a 4 channel amplifier only. Power the comps through front 2 channels and subwoofer through the rear 2. Thumping bass would be definitely there after amplifying the coaxials and components also (let alone a sub). Infinity and Hertz are better for SQ as well as some SPL than bass heavy Pioneers and treble heavy JBLs.
8. Just tell us what you like in songs. Tight, hard hitting bass or low mind numbing bass lines? Sharp vocals or slightly muffled vocals? Loudness or clarity? Which volume do you mostly maintain?
9. Go for Snapdeal only, avoid ebay.in or other stores as products might be fake also. Carefully look out for fakes while purchasing offline also, avoid anything that has unusual "high power" "full power" "blast" "boom" etc. primted on it.