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Old 18 Apr 2011, 12:27 pm
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Hello everyone:

I just completed (at least for now) a basic upgrade on my sound system in Lil Belle.

I went with an Alpine CDE-121 that was on sale at Best Buy, got it for about $110. that along with the dash kit, wiring harness, and antenna adapter was about $230 out the door. Less than an hour later I had it installed.

Here's a bad pic after the install.


Later on in the day yesterday I was digging through some drawers and found an old Clarion APX 2120 2 channel amp that I had lying around from a former vehicle. I was debating if I should install it or not. I took the plunge and did so.

I spent about an hour or so running the power wire, finding a good ground, etc. I then tore into the dash again. I'm running the rear speakers only off of the amp, as I wanted to maintain my front/ rear fade and the left/ right balance. I may upgrade to a 4 channel amp in the future, or even add another one, but so far for my needs it sounds pretty good, though I suspect the speakers will be upgraded fairly soon..

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Old 18 Apr 2011, 07:57 pm
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Pretty good!

Since you already bought the head unit, and had the Amp laying around, No need to evaluate that.




I would strongly 1 change, and buying 1 product. ($60 bucks)

I think k9, lowpt, and MidLife would agree that here is what you should do.


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Amp the Front Speakers instead of the rear ones.

You can still use your Fader option. You couldn't if you used a 2 channel to amp ALL 4 speakers at once.

But you WILL BE MUCH BETTER OFF amping the front speakers; and running the rear off the head unit.

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Generally, you don't want to amp any stock speakers. They are only designed to run 20RMS or so. your 2 channel is probably in the 75 RMS range.

You will Blow your speakers. Front or rear. They will blow.


I suggest; you amp the front speakers; and spend $60 on a set of speaker that will sound 100x better; and match up perfectly to the amplified RMS


Check out these

For $62 you can get Infinity Kappa 90RMS. These sound awesome! I have them

INFINITY KAPPA 652.9I 6.75"

INFINITY KAPPA 652.9I 6.75" 2-WAY IN CAR AUDIO SPEAKERS | eBay

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Alpine SPS-600 6.5" are also very good in that same price range.

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So my advise, amp the front speakers; not the back.

Use the head unit for the back; (you won't lose your fading)


Invest $60 more dollars, and get speakers that will sound better, and match the amps power; hence, not blowing your stock speakers.






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Old 18 Apr 2011, 10:07 pm
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True!


I don't know if you like bass as much as me and other.

If you do; there is on more option:


Get a 250 RMS subwoofer, and bridge both channels to power 1 subwoofer.

So you will have 5 speakers, 4 interior powered by your head unit; 1 subwoofer.


If you wanted to keep in under $100; that is what I would do.


The option above this post is also better than your original set up.


I would go with the subwoofer.


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Old 19 Apr 2011, 07:14 am
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Thanks Sarge...

I'm beginning to suspect that the previous owner upgraded the speakers in my PT. I don't know what they are as of yet, as I haven't torn into them yet. I just know that they sound too good to be stockers.

As far as amping the fronts instead of the backs I've done that in the past on previous vehicles and I just wasn't happy with the sound. I think it all comes down to personal preference. I probably wouldn't have even bothered with an amp if it wasn't just taking up space and gathering dust.

I'm only going to be driving this car about 30 miles a month once I get it out of town. I have more of a need for storage space than I do for a sub. I don't feel that I'd be in the car long enough at any given time to neccessitate a sub or the expense that it involves.

My drivers' door speaker isn't functioning, so I'm gonna take everything apart this morning, provided I have time and investigate. IF I find that it's more than just a loose wire, and I have a bad speaker I'll look into replacing the door speakers. I've always been a fan of the Pioneer speakers as they've sounded good and worked well for me in the past.... I've never tried Infinity Kappa... will have to investigate those!

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Old 19 Apr 2011, 01:33 pm
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Nice Upgrade. Looks good.
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Old 19 Apr 2011, 02:10 pm
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another really good speaker that is cheap.

Alpine Type S 6.5"

You can get a pair for 60 bucks. They are 80 RMS, and they fit.

The alpine type R's are to deep, and won't fit,

The Kappa's will fit, and so will the Alpine Type S.

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I really like the Kappa bro. The Tweeter is adjustable.

You can turn it to face up towards your head.


Not only does it turn, there is a Treble Boost Button It, so you can customize your Treble to your liking, as well as improve your sound stage by rotating the tweeter.



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Old 19 Apr 2011, 02:12 pm
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The alpine type s is another awesome speaker 80RMS or above for bout $65 a pair.

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