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ACCSlvCivic
12-14-2001, 05:01 PM
Ok, for those of you who are wise.. tell us how good the: head unit, subs, speakers, and amps are for each of these companies. this is for newbies and for people who are just not sure.

Panasonic
Visonik
Lanzar
Rockwood
Kenwood
Profile
Pioneer
Jensen
Pyle
Mobile Authority
Crunch
Legacy
Power Acoustik
Cerwin Vega
Boss Audio
Audiobahn
JVC
JBL
JL
Ultimate Audio
American Pro
Rockford Fosgate
Lightning Audio

That's all i can think of right now

i have Pioneer Head unit, ultimate components all around, an autotek 200w amp and 2x 10" JL w0s and i'm sounding prety good
i'm trying to decide what amp to grab.. i've seen some killer deals on Power Acoustik so i wonder if they are anygood or if they are another Legacy type...

Thanks for any replys (btw.. this would make a great sticky post if and only if people reply.)

LjasonL
12-14-2001, 05:11 PM
okay heres what i know from my experience.
panasonic=good
kenwood=alright
sony head units=alright
sony speakers/amps=suck
bazooka=suck
power acoustic=very good
clarion=very good
infinity high range speaker=very good
infinity subs=decent
jl anything=very good
ma=very good
mtx=alright
jensen=crap including jensen sub-brands like phase linear
rockford speakers=good
rockford amps=very good
pioneer head units=good but seem to overheat if not well ventilated, your cd comes out all hot, experienced this in several pioneers, one even caught fire in my dash!

i definately reccomend power acoustic amps best amp for the money i say

ACCSlvCivic
12-14-2001, 05:28 PM
Originally posted by ldelaysionl
okay heres what i know from my experience.
panasonic=good
kenwood=alright
sony head units=alright
sony speakers/amps=suck
bazooka=suck
power acoustic=very good
clarion=very good
infinity high range speaker=very good
infinity subs=decent
jl anything=very good
ma=very good
mtx=alright
jensen=crap including jensen sub-brands like phase linear
rockford speakers=good
rockford amps=very good
pioneer head units=good but seem to overheat if not well ventilated, your cd comes out all hot, experienced this in several pioneers, one even caught fire in my dash!

i definately reccomend power acoustic amps best amp for the money i say

Ok, on the Power Acustic.. is there a knockoff brand called power acoustik? because if not i'm going to buy this amp right now.. 4APC960.. it's a 4 channel 960 watt max for 130$!!! omg!
let me know if you think that's a good deal?

How good are power acoustik subs?

Also, someone give a quick rundown on THD.. what good and bad numbers are. OHMs.. what good OHM numbers are to run at.. (ex 4x80w @4 (RMS) ohms vs. 4x100w @ 2 Ohms (RMS) etc..)

Also maybe explain RMS vs. Max output?

i would explain it all but i am still learning a lot.. i have a long way to go..

thanks for replys

LjasonL
12-14-2001, 05:34 PM
shit my bad its power acoustik as far as i know there is no "power acoustic" yeah buy it sounds like a good deal! the power acoustiks are basically bulletproof as long as u donr bridge them down below their recommended ohm load, i blew up 2 1500 watt power acoustiks in one week doing that the shop i bought it from said im the only person they know who ever blew up even one. but they put out a good deal of power, and arent very "power hungry" which is good cuz nobody likes a dead battery!
as far as i know the power acoustik subs arent very good though, but maybe ive just never heard them in the right box, but id spend a little more money and get a diff brand sub, may i reccomend jl audio?

ACCSlvCivic
12-14-2001, 05:39 PM
Originally posted by ldelaysionl

as far as i know the power acoustik subs arent very good though, but maybe ive just never heard them in the right box, but id spend a little more money and get a diff brand sub, may i reccomend jl audio? [/B]

JL or audiobahn are the only way i'll go with subs.. they own! :)

LjasonL
12-14-2001, 05:51 PM
boston acoustics are great, but u better have a rich daddy or something. but in the real world where i have to pay for all my system ill stick with jl. i want the new 12w7...

kicker1_solo
12-14-2001, 06:27 PM
I had 4 12" JL Audio W6s in my prelude when I had it. I would recommend those to anyone.
I had 5 MTX amps, I would also recommend those to anyone.
And I had 2 12" Kicker solo barics, those are some awesome subs.
Now I have 2 12" kicker gold series subs, they're alright.
And I have 2 15" Pyle subs, they're better than my kickers, but they're not as good as jl's or the solo barics.
I used to have an eclipse head unit, I love it.
Now I have a kenwood head unit, I love it too.

spy54
12-14-2001, 10:19 PM
i recommend audiobahn amps and subs and alpine head units

i had 2 audiobahn subs in a sealed box 1200 watts and an audiobahn sub it hit hard my mom yelled at me alot when i would drive up b/c it was to loud and it had it at not even half power

alpine head unit was sweet all i gotta say

Self
12-15-2001, 12:18 AM
Panasonic - good heads and dvd player, that's all
Visonik - don't know
Lanzar - Great amps, ok mobile tv's
Rockwood - don't know
Kenwood - Good heads, tv's, dvd's
Profile - don't know
Pioneer - good heads, OK speakers
Jensen - OK inexpensive heads
Pyle - no good at all
Mobile Authority - good mobile entertainment stuff
Crunch - no good at all
Legacy - no good at all
Power Acoustik - pretty darn good for the price
Cerwin Vega - Good amps, great subs, good component sets
Boss Audio - don't know
Audiobahn - GREAT subs, GREAT amps, ok speakers
JVC - just ok
JBL - pretty nice amps, don't know much about the rest
JL - Good subs, GREAT amps
Ultimate Audio - don't know
American Pro - entry level stuff only, but better than some
Rockford Fosgate - Good amps, ok subs
Lightning Audio - ok

cowgod
12-19-2001, 08:36 PM
I am rolling with my 89 Accord Lx with
twin 10" kickers 480WaTT
solo 12" Jensen Competition Sub ...

I know what all of you are thinking ... Why JennY ?
2 reasons
1 :... the prices ... ( just to test it out ... 59.99 $$ Canadian )
2: ... the sub is really re-inforced very well ... looks like it'll punn out ...

so ... it's been 2 weeks now with the added 12" 525 Watt in my trunk ...
It's a great sub ... Jensen really fixed up a sub that can stand reggae, hiphop and R&B low/mid and high bass demands ...

The sub looks like any other ... but the way it is re-inforced is very impressive ... the sound is "Pioneer" quality but the bass wave is stunning ... They made a good sub for a change ... still pumping loud ...
check the sub's out if you want ... It's worth the look ... check your local
WALMART ... that's where I scored mine ... or check this link ...
http://www.jensen.com/mobile/subwoofers/xs1212.htm 12 INCH
http://www.jensen.com/mobile/subwoofers/xs1010.htm 10 INCH

you cannot judge these unless you wire them ... trust me ...
I was stunned ... big surprise ... little price ... 1 year warranty ... :-)

CoWgOd

sparq
12-19-2001, 09:52 PM
Originally posted by cowgod
I am rolling with my 89 Accord Lx with
twin 10" kickers 480WaTT
solo 12" Jensen Competition Sub ...

I know what all of you are thinking ... Why JennY ?
2 reasons
1 :... the prices ... ( just to test it out ... 59.99 $$ Canadian )
2: ... the sub is really re-inforced very well ... looks like it'll punn out ...

so ... it's been 2 weeks now with the added 12" 525 Watt in my trunk ...
It's a great sub ... Jensen really fixed up a sub that can stand reggae, hiphop and R&B low/mid and high bass demands ...

The sub looks like any other ... but the way it is re-inforced is very impressive ... the sound is "Pioneer" quality but the bass wave is stunning ... They made a good sub for a change ... still pumping loud ...
check the sub's out if you want ... It's worth the look ... check your local
WALMART ... that's where I scored mine ... or check this link ...
http://www.jensen.com/mobile/subwoofers/xs1212.htm 12 INCH
http://www.jensen.com/mobile/subwoofers/xs1010.htm 10 INCH

you cannot judge these unless you wire them ... trust me ...
I was stunned ... big surprise ... little price ... 1 year warranty ... :-)

CoWgOd

OMG, you praised Jensen... would you like a job? :D

Sorry but anyone that says Jensen is crap, has NEVER used anything within the last minimum like 2 years. Just because they dont have 2000 watt class D amps and 1000 watt RMS subwoofers doesnt mean its garbage. Jensen is an awesome company, with very reliable products. Ive had a pair of their 6x9's and zapped em with 500 watts to the pair, and they ran that way all day every day for like 2.5 weeks while I waited for my sub-box to come in... and they ran perfectly!

Audio ISNT about the products, 10% of it is product... 90% of it is in the install ~ I challenge anyone that says Jensen is crap to take TWO 10" subwoofers w/ ONLY 500 watts max ~ and hit 141.2dB or higher... Ive scored that in my old 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SL... so dont try and tell me Jensen is crap!

ExExGuy
12-20-2001, 04:17 AM
And our dear friends at Phoenix Gold didn't make the cut. Or my personal enemies over at WildCat... lol... I blew two 10" WildCat subs in a week and a half, running a QX series 180watt amp to each... (they did have a two year no-fault warranty so it cost me nothing but time... even still...)... Phoenix Gold XS series is DEFINITELY a good buy though...

sparq
12-20-2001, 05:46 AM
Originally posted by ExExGuy
And our dear friends at Phoenix Gold didn't make the cut. Or my personal enemies over at WildCat... lol... I blew two 10" WildCat subs in a week and a half, running a QX series 180watt amp to each... (they did have a two year no-fault warranty so it cost me nothing but time... even still...)... Phoenix Gold XS series is DEFINITELY a good buy though...

WildCat? Sounds like a local brand :bloated:

Of course I didnt see Arc Audio or Rainbow on there, or Crystal Mobile Sound, CDT Audio, I could go on for days... :)

ACCSlvCivic
12-20-2001, 09:44 AM
I haven't been in car audio that long, so if you notice brands that i didn't list go ahead and make a comment abuot thier quality. It's nice for people who are new to car audio or still starting to learn to have a nice reference.

The people up at Circuit City always push Alpine everything (headunits especialy), MTX amps, and inifinty mids and his. I'm on board with the inifinity deal, but the other two i don't know as much about? lights anyone?

How about Polk components.. haven't heard much about them in my young car audio age, but i've been told they were pretty good?

cowgod
12-20-2001, 08:59 PM
I love it ... I pump so hard with it right now ...
for the price ... you can pump jenny's real loud ... !!
I love them ... but you can find better sub quality ... but never for that price ... you can pump lanzars for that price ...

BTW ... the new Jenny subs ... Better then the older models ... bigtime re-inforcement ... !!

CoWgOd

AirbagsOnDaHonda
12-21-2001, 12:16 AM
First off, Legacy sucks ass. NO ONE should EVER buy it. I blew all my Legacy crap. 2 subs and a so called 800 watt amp. Everything blew together. You get what you pay for, so newbies, keep that in mind. If you see a 100 watt amp for $150, dont buy it. I isnt REALLY 1000 watts. If it really was, these cheap amps would put Rockford Fostgate and the others out of business. Think about it.

RMS is like the average wattage or power that a sub, speaker, or amp pushes out. MAX is like the maximum wattage or power that it is able to put out.

The best amps I know of are Memphis amps, Rockford amps, and JBL (the new ones). JBL's new 1200 watt amp just lowed in price several hundred dollars. You can pick one up for about $400 or less. They will push ANYTHING!!!!!

Polk has some nice subs and speakers. MOMO is the best. Its their top of the line model. Be prepared to shell out a few bills for MOMO stuff. My friend had 4 MOMO 12's and 2 MOMO components sets, WOW!!!! He hit!! The Strokers are supposed to be really good too.

AirbagsOnDaHonda
12-21-2001, 12:18 AM
In my first paragraph, I meant to say 1000 watt amp for $150, NOT 100 watt amp for $150. Sorry. I feel stupid.

EileenNA
12-21-2001, 11:05 AM
Jensen has some great stuff out on the market. I compete in the IASCA pro-ultimate 601+ class with the following equipment:


IC8010 Intellicar Head Unit
6.5" LCD Screen fiberglassed into dash
5 " LCD Screens in each head rest
Playstation in ceiling
Controller ports in console
Panasonic DVD player under passenger's seat
Phoenix Gold Titanium DEQ Digital Processor (Programmed through Laptop)
(4) Jensen ATS100 amps to power subs
(3) Jensen ATS50 amps to power component sets
Jensen 6.5" ATS components mounted in custom door panels
Jensen 6.5" ATS components mounted in custom floor pods
Jensen 6.5" ATS coaxial set mounted in rear factory location for rear fill
Jensen Intellicar Wireless headphones
Jensen Intellicar Wireless RF system remote
Jensen Intellicar A/V switcher
(4) Jensen Titanium 10" DVC subs in custom fiberglass enclosure
(3) 1farad monster caps
250 of Phoenix Gold Reference series blue sapphire 12-gauge speaker wire
40 of GSI blue 4-gauge power wire (dual runs from battery)
Optima Yellow top battery
Custom Battery cover with Jensen logo
Laptop connection in glove box with AC outlet
Laptop connection under back bumper with AC outlet
GSI Twisted pair interconnect cables
78 Square Feet of Dynamat
Remote door locks
Remote trunk release
Remote window up / down
Remote interior neon

xivera
12-21-2001, 02:37 PM
I can only speak of what I know...

Focal speakers are... Grrreat!
Pioneer (and/or Premier) have good heads.
MTX amps are good.
Rockford Fosgate subs suck.
Infinity speakers/subs are great.
Ample Audio speakers are great... very clear.
Blaupunkt are aight.

94hatchsi
12-22-2001, 12:36 PM
well from my experiences with these brands for my subwoofers
cerwin vega
audio bahn 1200x
infinity perfect
jl audio w3

the w3s by far were my fav. but if i had to choose which one had the best bang for the buck the audio bahns would take that. but the quality of their speakers i had recieved was far below my standards. so the only thing i have to say is you get what you pay for and if i were you i would save and get the better product whatever that may be.

phat1
01-11-2002, 05:30 PM
kenwood range not bad- coaxes trashy db subs ok
power acsutiks- well fair
pro audio 4 2 ch for subs ok
the rest are fine
pyle only herd of inthe states
the rest ok too much to list

sparq
01-11-2002, 06:03 PM
Originally posted by EileenNA
Jensen has some great stuff out on the market. I compete in the IASCA pro-ultimate 601+ class with the following equipment:


IC8010 Intellicar Head Unit
6.5" LCD Screen fiberglassed into dash
5 " LCD Screens in each head rest
Playstation in ceiling
Controller ports in console
Panasonic DVD player under passenger's seat
Phoenix Gold Titanium DEQ Digital Processor (Programmed through Laptop)
(4) Jensen ATS100 amps to power subs
(3) Jensen ATS50 amps to power component sets
Jensen 6.5" ATS components mounted in custom door panels
Jensen 6.5" ATS components mounted in custom floor pods
Jensen 6.5" ATS coaxial set mounted in rear factory location for rear fill
Jensen Intellicar Wireless headphones
Jensen Intellicar Wireless RF system remote
Jensen Intellicar A/V switcher
(4) Jensen Titanium 10" DVC subs in custom fiberglass enclosure
(3) 1farad monster caps
250 of Phoenix Gold Reference series blue sapphire 12-gauge speaker wire
40 of GSI blue 4-gauge power wire (dual runs from battery)
Optima Yellow top battery
Custom Battery cover with Jensen logo
Laptop connection in glove box with AC outlet
Laptop connection under back bumper with AC outlet
GSI Twisted pair interconnect cables
78 Square Feet of Dynamat
Remote door locks
Remote trunk release
Remote window up / down
Remote interior neon
OMG whats your name... I think ive seen your car someplace before, just cant remember where! I live up in Syracuse, NY ~ I would love to come by and check it out. You got anything planned for the new season???

EileenNA
01-11-2002, 06:33 PM
Cool! My name is Eileen, and my husband is Ken. (Last name Allwine) We were at the IASCA final in NC, as well as at Carlisle several times this past summer. As far as future plans, we are focusing on the exterior and performance of the car. (Winter project) We also have a lot of tweaking and tuning to do. By the way, what kind of car do you have? (Ours is a 1993 Silver Ford Probe GT) There is a good chance that we may have seen it before. If not, it is likely that we will see it this up and coming season. :)

sparq
01-11-2002, 06:40 PM
Originally posted by EileenNA
Cool! My name is Eileen, and my husband is Ken. (Last name Allwine) We were at the IASCA final in NC, as well as at Carlisle several times this past summer. As far as future plans, we are focusing on the exterior and performance of the car. (Winter project) We also have a lot of tweaking and tuning to do. By the way, what kind of car do you have? (Ours is a 1993 Silver Ford Probe GT) There is a good chance that we may have seen it before. If not, it is likely that we will see it this up and coming season. :)
OMG I KNEW IT !

Ok, its all coming back to me now... very very very clean car! Do you and your hubby do all your own work or do you outsourse? IASCA is killer... takes a ton of time! I absolutely love to see IASCA cars in the flesh, pictures and discriptions are just not enough. Anyone who is looking to get into competitions should DEFINATELY take a look at the top players to see what it takes. Its not always about $$$$... but creativity :)

EileenNA
01-11-2002, 06:40 PM
Oh, you have a Civic. Sorry about my previous question. "What kind of car do you have?" Oh well. I guess I should have asked you to send me a pic. EileenNA@msn.com

P.S.- You can view a pic of my car from finals at http://www.naughtyandniceracing.com/members/nice.html

EileenNA
01-11-2002, 06:44 PM
Thanks! We are sponsored by Jensen, however, my husband and I did all of the work.

LjasonL
01-11-2002, 07:14 PM
anyone here used the bazooka bass tubes? my advice, DONT. unless of course youre gonna use them for home use, they sound great in my room, wonderful home speakers! but in my car, BAD BAD BAD! my newest sub, eclipse 15, best sub i ever owned, and got a hell of a deal on it, brand new for $135!

phayzfaustyn
01-25-2002, 04:46 PM
I just bought some Pyramid 6.5"s and are those any good? Got them for a great deal at around $30 and put out 150 watts max each.

megadragoon
01-26-2002, 08:20 PM
I have Boss audio stuff. I got a 625 watt amp with two 10's...They hit really hard, but I'm getting rid of them for 12's(I like the deepness).

LX98Civic
01-28-2002, 10:03 AM
I've owned and been happy with the following:

Pioneer
Rockford Fosgate
JL Audio
Audio Control

Swonder67
01-28-2002, 01:46 PM
I really like my Kenwood head unit

2 JL audio 12" subs, which I also loved

MTX Blue thunder 10" sub, which I liked

and an Alpine V12 Amp which I LOVED!!!!!!

SPLThunder
01-13-2003, 04:04 PM
I have a sony head unit which isnt to bad but i dont like the 2v preouts.
it was on sale
I Own 2 power acoustik 12" 2000w woofers and they are powered by a 1800W power acoustik amp. All of it is the farenheit models. They sounded real nice in a sealed box but i blew the seals open. I am almost done with a new ported box with more reinforcements than necessary. I dont know if it will win competitions but it will blow everyone on my block away. I really want a 12" MOFO but i have no room for it
It looks as if the gothic series amp is what they replaced my farenheit with. and they didnt have class d amps when i bought my stuff.

Gusto222
01-24-2003, 03:09 AM
Originally posted by ACCSlvCivic
Ok, for those of you who are wise.. tell us how good the: head unit, subs, speakers, and amps are for each of these companies. this is for newbies and for people who are just not sure.


whats up w/ tha enclosure in yoru sig-- taht some off tha hook equipment--- ORION - Eclipse -- Great COMBO!!

AudioHead
02-24-2003, 11:52 AM
Dam out of all your posts no mention of ALPINE!!!


Good stuff


Also Try this new Co. called Memphis Their Amps or DOPE!!


oh and of course Kicker's new solobarics

GSteg
02-24-2003, 07:46 PM
Originally posted by AudioHead
[B
Also Try this new Co. called Memphis Their Amps or DOPE!!

[/B]


Memphis isn't exactly a new company
;)

AudioHead
02-25-2003, 06:26 AM
yeah yeah true...but when you've been out of the buisness for 4 years they're new. ;)

eag36
05-07-2003, 01:40 PM
Originally posted by ACCSlvCivic


Also, someone give a quick rundown on THD.. what good and bad numbers are. OHMs.. what good OHM numbers are to run at.. (ex 4x80w @4 (RMS) ohms vs. 4x100w @ 2 Ohms (RMS) etc..)

Also maybe explain RMS vs. Max output?

i would explain it all but i am still learning a lot.. i have a long way to go..

thanks for replys


Ok,

I've been away from the details of audio stuff for a while, but this is what i remember.

RMS stands for "Root Mean Squared" wich i never fully understood but it is basically the power that the amp could run at all day. It's also called continous power rating. This is the number you should be concerned with when buying an amp. The peak watts is what the amp will put out for a very brief period... like a bass "thud" without frying all of its circuit, but it will overheat if it puts out the "peak" watts for very long.

THD... Total Harmonic Distortion... is a measure of the ammount that the amp will alter the signal when it's working at it's "RMS" wattage. In other words, For a THD rating of 0.01%, if you were to measure with an oscilliscope or "draw" on a graph the audio signal going into the amp from the deck and comming out of the amp to the speakers... there would only be a 0.01% change in the two signals. Basically anything below 0.05% is inaudible. And you won't find many amps that have THD ratings higher than this.

Along the same lines as THD is the Signal to Noise Ratio. If you're ever listening to a CD and between tracks you have that backround noise... especially noticeable if the car is off. This is where the signal to noise ration comes in. It's measured in dB (decibles) and the higher it is, the better. For example... for an amp with a rating of 105 dB... you can listen to music up to 105 dB without haveing any of the backround static noise in there. This number isn't so important for everyday music listening because if your music is above 105 dB you aren't going to be able to hear the backround static noise anyway. But general rule of thumb... the higher the rating, the higher the quality of amp.

Just some other facts for amps... If you can find out what voltage the RMS and Peak power output were tested at, you will know better how it will perform in your car. Some brands such as U.S. Acoustics test their amps at 12.9 volts. Your car generally runs somewhere between 13.6 and 14.4 volts. Therefore you can assume that when you put the amp in your car you will actually be getting a little higher power ratings at the higer voltage. Kicker and Blaupunkt test at 13.8 volts. Brands such as Rockford Fosgate, MTX, Alpine, Pioneer, Profile, Sony, Visonik, Kenwood, Bazooka, Audiobahn or Jensen actually test their amps at 14.4 volts. So unless the alternator in your car is actually charging at 14.4 volts, you won't be getting the power that they say they can produce. Normally if you find that an amp is rating their amp for a lower voltage then they aren't trying to sell it based just on the power, meaning it might.... might be better quality... not necesarily.

In terms of Ohms and impedance, this is just saying what your amp can power in terms of number of speakers hooked up or how you wire them. Ohms are a measure of resistance. The higher the Ohm rating, the more resistance there is. Most car speakers are 4 ohms. You can get subs that are DVC 4 ohm and therefore you can wire them either in parallel to create a 2 ohm speaker or in series to get a 8 ohm speaker. Most amps when not bridged are 2 ohm stable, and 4 ohm stable when bridged. This means if you have a 2 channel amp that you wanted to dive a subwoofer system, you could either buy a single voice coil, 4 ohm sub and bridge the amp, or you could buy two Dual Voice Coil (DVC) subs that are 4 ohm, and wire them in parallel to make each one 2 ohms and then put each sub on it's own channel. This can get very complicated wen doing multiple sub systems especially off of one amp. If you care to know the formula for determining what the total load seen (impedance) by the amp is for multiple subs or DVC subs, here it is:

If your speakers are wired in series... all you do is add them

so for 3 - 4 ohm speakers wired in series:
4 + 4 + 4 = 12
Therefore your impedance is 12 Ohms.

For 3 - 4 ohm speakers wired in parallel:

( 1/4 ) + ( 1/4 ) + ( 1/4 ) = ( 1/X ) where X is your Impedance or total ohm load. In this case it turns out to be 1.333.

I hope this made sense.

zippeay
05-07-2003, 02:19 PM
Ok anyone like Polk? Didn't see anything on them, I have 2 coaxle front speakers and 2 in the back with 2 Polk tweets. I'm not all the into stereo stuff but I know they were way too damn expensive.

eag36
05-07-2003, 02:50 PM
yeah, i like em, but i wouldn't pay for em

Ace$nyper
05-07-2003, 09:29 PM
I'm not a big audio head (only got the front 2 speakers) but i want the back i have polks up front really happy with them and a JVC mp3 player 200watt 50x4 that i just love i know it's not the best but it's good for me i was thinking 2 more polks for the rear i heard JVC dies after like a year is this true?

Audiobahn45
07-14-2003, 07:07 PM
in your guys opinion what company has the best OVERALL products?

Audiobahn45
07-14-2003, 07:10 PM
I like Audiobahns subs and amps but I like the panasonic head units.

audi&benz
07-14-2003, 09:17 PM
In my experience:

Alpine and Pioneer head units are good

PPI and JL subs are good too

Boston Acoustics component sets are good

PPI and Fosgate amps are good.

This is just what I have owned and know is good stuff. My :2cents:

Modus Operandi
07-14-2003, 11:07 PM
I've heard alot of good stuff about Eclipse but no personal experience.

Oh yeah I definitly like my Panasonic Head, but i'd like to know how the touch screen panasonic head's hold up?

mjshort18
07-29-2003, 12:41 AM
go for kicker i have had great experience with them. they have great subs great amps and great everything. kicker all the way.

AKKORDINGLY SICK
07-29-2003, 01:32 AM
alpine
phoenix gold
jl
rf
are all good
an my advice is when buying stereo shit buy them at specifc stereo shops, stay away from larger retail stores, they just want to sell shit an dont knowmuch about anything

KamiKaze Accord
07-29-2003, 10:48 AM
My friend just gave me a Kicker 500s amp. I dont know much about it, other than they stopped making it due to its high output causing the surface of the amp to get very hott if its being worked hard. I do know he was running 4 JL audio 12w0's from this one amp at 1/2 ohm.

mjshort18
07-29-2003, 01:55 PM
i would say that alpine has one of the best head units available for a reasonable price. i have heard really great things about them and that is what i am planning on getting.

GSteg
07-29-2003, 03:40 PM
Focal
Rainbow
Scan-speak
Vifa
Morel
Stereo integrity
DLS
Dayton
Adire Audio
Audio Development
CDT audio
Image Dynamics
JL audio
Elemental designs
Pioneer
USD Audio
Resonant Engineering
Treo Engineering
Digital Designs
Shocker Audio
Directed (aka DEI)
Viper
PPI (older series)
Linear Power
Arc Audio
Sinfoni
Brax
Helix
MB Quart
etc...............................

too many good brands to list..:tongue:

gonzo747
10-17-2003, 10:29 PM
OK most of the brands listed are good... well except Sony and Jensen, and Bazooka, and a few others. Well for the most part I am a JL Audio fan. They just work like a pair of Rabbid dogs on a mission. I like the R.I.P Technology (regulated power-supply), for the newbies that means the amp is capable of producing the same power at nearly any given volt between 10.4 volts to 14.4. Huh? Well that means you can use your stock alterantor and NOT draw too much of a load off it .EFFICIENT& CLEAN! Duh!
I have had my two amps for about a year now and never had a problem.

My setup is as follows:

Alpine CDA7879
XM Tuner
JL Audio 300/4 - true 75 x 4 @ 4ohms all the time
JL Audio 500/1 - true 500 Watts at 1.5 to 4ohms all the time
Focal Polyglass 165 cv - 6.5" coax with off board crossovers rear, made plates.
Focal Utopia 165W components up front (Extreamly high end, $1200.00)
JL Audio 12w6v2-d4 @ 2 ohms in a ported enclosure.
Simple and oh man it is awsome in all music except for hardcore rap since these speakers are NOT bouhgt to listen to that all day long, why would anyone want to destroy thes speakers on that anyway?
Streetwires ZN630 RCA's x 3, battery terminals, 1awg power to a distributioin block then to 2 - 4 gauge runs to each cap and then to the amps.
www.focal-america.com
www.JLAudio.com
www.Streetwires.com

HondaOz
04-20-2004, 10:04 PM
Does anybody know how I can customize my 88 acura legend? I'm trying to figure out what performance parts I can add to it or any ways I could change the interior. I'm trying to take the leather seats of the back and add new ones, and also put racing seats, but I don't think they have mounts for this model. also I'm trying to figure how I can put a better looking bodykit, cause they have very, very, very few for a model that old

PLEASE HEEEEEEELP!!!!

GSteg
04-20-2004, 11:59 PM
for the newbies that means the amp is capable of producing the same power at nearly any given volt between 10.4 volts to 14.4. Huh? Well that means you can use your stock alterantor and NOT draw too much of a load off it .EFFICIENT& CLEAN! Duh!


Actually JL slash-series amps aren't really efficient class D amps. They are about 65% (+/-5%) efficient at full tilt. a JL 1000/1 would be able to drain the crap out of the electrical system (unless you have an alternator that puts out at least 120A, given you don't crank the system up high).

:)

unusualcivic
04-22-2004, 08:03 PM
from stuff ive used:

rockford amps= really good
rockford subs= so-so, depends on the install
rockford speakers= pretty damn good
jl anything= fuckin awesome
memphis anything= fuckin awesome
clarion head units= fantastic, as long as you get a decent mode
diamond audio subs= expensive but awesome...very very tightl
pyle= trash
legacy= waste of materials
carver= low power, but damn good quality
jensen= not bad, definitely the right prices

sofast
04-22-2004, 09:28 PM
I prefer all Alpine. I also like JL, Mb Quart, and Phoenix Gold. The only bad thing about small audio shops is the price$$$$$$$$$$. You can research before you buy from a big store and save.

RT Thunder Rider
06-08-2004, 09:38 AM
Panasonic-head units and dvds are good
Visonik-don't know
Lanzar-aight
Rockwood-cheap system, ok for starter
Kenwood-good headunit kenwood excelon is better
Profile-good amps for highs
Pioneer-aight head units for street use
Jensen-Wal-Mart brand CRAP
Pyle-aight
Mobile Authority-don't know
Crunch-ok...
Legacy- aight for the money
Power Acoustik- great highes and high end amps
Cerwin Vega- moster subs and great house systems too
Boss Audio-good amps
Audiobahn-nice subs for the money
JVC-aight head units
JBL-great amps, subs, and highes!
JL-amazing subs and highend amps
Ultimate Audio-don't know
American Pro-aight
Rockford Fosgate-was good... now going cheap.
Lightning Audio-Wal-Mart Brand CRAP nowadays

forgot a few
Kicker-killer subs and low end amps
Alpine-awesome headunits and good highes
Polk Audio-good highes for the money
MB Quart-great highes
MTX-ok... but i don't like them
Phoenix Gold-crap in subs and amps now a days, but crossovers, signal processors and line drivers still rock.
PPI-great high end amps
Clarion-awesome highes and head units are good
Infinity-great component systems, even the perfect 6.1 u just have to break them in at first.

aight thats all i can think of rite now.

ReillysRideZ
06-14-2004, 12:06 AM
I have MA Audio everything in my CRX and everything works great. We fiberglassed everything...the dash, door panels and hatch area. Check it out....I have low prices on all the MA stuff as well. Go to the site and email me....
www.reillysridez.com

CBFryman
09-12-2004, 11:13 AM
Good brands? the right price for the quality?
Digital Designs
Resonant Engineering
Crystal Audio
Tru Technoligies
Boston acoustics
HiFonics (amplifiers mostly)
Pheonix Gold (amps mostly)
USA amps
Brahma (sp?)

there are others but for hte most part that is good stuff....and your not over paying...JL is good but way over priced....OZ audio has "okay" woofers but is also over priced....

CocaColaEatsPie
09-12-2004, 08:11 PM
Panasonic Head units are awesome. I love mine.

I haven't heard anything said about pyramid... and its crap. I actually have a pyramid amp and 2 10's they work... but thats about all I can say, they don't sound good or anything, but I'm making very little money so I take what I can get.

Infinity speakers are good, but not the best.

That's stuff i have had experience with. I don't want to comment on what I don't know for myself

sr20de4evr
09-12-2004, 08:18 PM
good:
too many to list

bad:
anything sold at best buy or circuit city

pac4eva5
09-13-2004, 12:08 AM
well said.

and i like your avatar, but i still dont see a bull? im dumb though.....

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