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With my car hitting the road here soon one of the first things I want to tackle, save for making it legal and run right, is get the audio system running right. As best as I can remember, I've only seen the car a few times since I got it, it has the Mach 460 system in it (amps may be bypassed, I'm unsure of this). I've already picked up an Alpine head unit and harness, just gotta splice it and plug it in.

I'm looking for some recommendations for speakers. I've always leaned towards Kenwood and Alpine as they're easy to find in various sizes, for not a whole lot of money.

What do you guys run in your 99-04's, and what kind of setup do you have?
 

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First you have to decide if you are going to power your speakers off the head unit or a dedicated amplifier. If you are powering them off the head unit, just about any coaxial speak will do. If you are using an amp, choose speaker to match your amp's RMS power output or choose speakers, then an amp that will safely power them. Watts RMS is the critical number as that is the constant power output, not maximum peak output.

I am running a JL Audio Slash 300/4 amp for my door speaker and rear shelf. I have JL XR series 6x8 component woofers with crossovers and tweeters in front, and Eclipse 6.5" components for the rear. An older Alpine double din TV head unit will run the show, with a 400 watt RMS Diamond Audio mono amp for my Diamond D6-10V2 sub. I will have a 1.5 farad capacitor giving additional assistance to the sub amp when power is in high demand. Most of the stuff I am running is discontinued, but newer versions are available.

When buying a new deck, pick one with mirror link, that will run your smart phone apps directly through the head unit.
 

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Im pretty happy with my setup. Mach 460 controled by kenwood excalon hu, and a kicker cvr 102 in a sealed box powered by a kenwood excalon 300w rms amp. Thing sounds good, the sub thumps, and it was light on the wallet considering i only added a sub and replaced the hu
 

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First you have to decide if you are going to power your speakers off the head unit or a dedicated amplifier. If you are powering them off the head unit, just about any coaxial speak will do. If you are using an amp, choose speaker to match your amp's RMS power output or choose speakers, then an amp that will safely power them. Watts RMS is the critical number as that is the constant power output, not maximum peak output.

I am running a JL Audio Slash 300/4 amp for my door speaker and rear shelf. I have JL XR series 6x8 component woofers with crossovers and tweeters in front, and Eclipse 6.5" components for the rear. An older Alpine double din TV head unit will run the show, with a 400 watt RMS Diamond Audio mono amp for my Diamond D6-10V2 sub. I will have a 1.5 farad capacitor giving additional assistance to the sub amp when power is in high demand. Most of the stuff I am running is discontinued, but newer versions are available.

When buying a new deck, pick one with mirror link, that will run your smart phone apps directly through the head unit.
How do your JL's and Eclipse components sound? I know everyone's taste for sound is different. Are they full bodied, or do they push more towards the low or high end of the sound spectrum?
 

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I would say my JL components are the best speaker I have ever purchased. The 6x8 woofer provides lots of healthy mid range and the tweeter is crystal clear. The Eclipse components are good, but not as awesome as the JL.
 

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Lets us know what you decide on, I am going to be upgrading the audio in the near future so I am keeping an eye out.
 
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