NEED HELP FINDING SPEAKERS FOR MY TRUCK!

Marktoloba

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Well I built my own pc... that makes me smart right? WRONG... I dont know beans about car audio. All i know is I'd like some bass and clear sound and be able to be heard when I pull in the driveway. I have a 96 Chevy S10 2Door. I have no idea what I am looking for because I don't know how it works. Speakers, woofers, amps, synthesizers AHHHH

Anyways from what I know I can fit:

Front Speakers
Size: 6 1/2" Location: FRONT DOORS

Rear Speakers
Size: 4 X 6"Location: DASH

I'm not sure about behind the seats b/c like i said. I don't even know what half the equipment does. Can anybody give me a quick runthrough of terms and quality and what each equipment does? Also anybody have any ideas for some good quality sound and thump for less than $100 and where i can get it?

Thanks for any help, i thank you
 

Aquila76

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Crutchfield will tell you exactly what fits and give you what you're looking for (install sheets, wiring, etc.). These pop out at me as being acceptable, because I've installed them for friends:

Pioneer 6.5" ($49)
Boston Acoustics 4x6" ($79)

That's all the speakers in your car, according to Crutchfield (nothing behind seats). They also state that the 4x6's are in your dash, not the side panels. Honestly, quality speakers for your car are probably gonna cost you about $100 a pair, not total.
 

Marktoloba

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thanks for your help and links. Well the info i got wasnt official, its just what I kinda know. All i know is the factory system i have sucks. Any other help from anybody else would be great, suggestions are welcome

thanks again
 

Aquila76

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Now for your audio vocab lesson:

Speaker: Delivers the sound to your ear. Usually refers to a full range (all sound frequenies are transmitted).
Woofer: Delivers low-mid range frequency sound (vocals and instruments) only.
Tweeter: Delivers high frequency sound (high pitched singing - think Mariah Carey, 'screechy' intruments or synthesized sound beyond ear's capability for hearing) only.
Subwoofer: Delivers low-ultralow frequency sound (usually can't hear it, just feel it).
Amp(lifier): Processes the audio signal (all frequencies) and enlarges it (makes it louder - 'amplifies' it).
Equalizer: Processes the audio signal by boosting or reducing various frequencies. Let's you shape the sound to your preferences / car requirements.
^ I think that's what you meant by synthesizer. A synthesizer actually creates various frequencies, usually in a studio.
 

Marktoloba

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haha yeah... I hear some of the good brands are pioneer, infinity. I definetly wants something that contributes some thumpage aka bass.
 

Howard

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Head unit - that thing in the dash that plays cassettes or CDs. Includes amplification (the signal from the CD player isn't strong enough to drive the speakers directly, so the amplifier amplifies the signal).
 

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They might be ok, but you need to hit the local car stereo places and listen to some speakers and see what you like. One thing that people do (and you weren't! Congrats!) that is very odd to me is they buy different brands of speakers for the front and back. You want the same tweeters, if possible, in all 4 speakers. It makes a HUGE difference!

After you find a couple you like, check them out on the net, and since you don't know anything about this stuff, I would either look up a local installer and have them do it, or call Crutchfield and buy the stuff from them. They will walk you through it, no matter how clueless you might be.

Listen to several different CDs and also listen to voices on them too. Don't get the "zingiest" ones you hear, these can get very tiring over time and you will want to get rid of them.
 

Marktoloba

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Thanks for the input. I was hopin they'd be a little better than just ok. Afterall my factory ones are pretty shot. If I turn it up I cant hear the words :p

What would you recommend to be better than "ok"
 

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Originally posted by: Marktoloba
Thanks for the input. I was hopin they'd be a little better than just ok. Afterall my factory ones are pretty shot. If I turn it up I cant hear the words :p

What would you recommend to be better than "ok"
You need to pony up some more cash if you want better than just ok.

You don't mention that you are replacing the headunit, so you want to make sure the speakers you buy have the same impedance as the speakers you are replacing. You also want a speaker with a high sensitivity rating, because you will be able to get more sound that way.
 

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Kicker (to me anyway) is in the same realm as Blaupunkt - budget line. Back in the day, they were THE name in subs, but they've fallen from grace. You definitely get what you pay for.

I think before we can start suggesting what you should buy, you need to decide exactly how much you're prepared to spend - I would highly recommend more than $100 (prob. closer to $200-300) if you want more than just 'OK' sound. Also, are you looking to replace it all (radio, speakers, maybe an amp?) or just the speakers? The type of music you listen to also can affect what speakers you would want: Kenwood's do average all-around, Pioneer's handle the lower-mid range better, and Infinity can give you extremely accurate high-range sound.

Like hemiram said, you may want to just hit up your local shops and listen to some speakers with samples from your music collection. Just make sure the power of the shop's head unit is not being sent to an external amp, and that it has similar power output to the one in your truck.
 

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PPI DCX800.5 Amplifier These guys have awesome prices on their amps and equipment, but a very limited selection. I have purchased several items from them and they have a 1 year warranty on most parts.

BA S75 4x6

BA S65RC 6.5

Rockford Stage 2 12" Subwoofer w/Enclosure

I'm a firm believer in quality amplifiers, so that's my reason for the PPI amp. It'll have plenty of power for the Bostons (which I'm a huge fan of) and 200W (the recommended rating for the Rockford) which will get you moving in your truck. The box is ported so your R&B and rap will sound awesome and will get very loud. The box is pretty nice looking, too, so that's an added bonus.

I'd personally recommend any Alpine head unit as I've had great luck with them and have done the majority of my installs using Alpine HUs.

For a budget system, I don't think it can get much better than that.

Good luck and be sure to keep that volume knob at a sensible level! :D
 

Marktoloba

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jamesbond u think that sub would fit behind the seat of a regular cab s10? lol

Also doing my research and reading reviews, I found polk gets better ups.
 

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Originally posted by: Marktoloba
OK well this is what I am at currently, I've researched and these seem to be it.

4X6

6 1/2

Subwoofer (If it will sit behind my seat, I'm gonna go to circuit city to check)

Amp is to be decided but I'd like one. Tell me what you think? I listen to rap, hip hop, r & b, and rock occasionally. You think this would be a good setup? Also what amp would you recommend?

Polk's are good, and should hadle pretty much whatever music you throw at them. If that size sub box fits, I'd recommend this amp. You can hook both the front and rears up (parallel L&R) to the first outputs and hook the sub up bridged across the second. I would also keep the sub the same brand so the frequencies will be reproduced in the same manner as your main speakers. I'd get this sub and this box.
Are you planning on doing this yourself or have a store install it?

Edit: I like jamesbonds speakers and amp, too, but no f'ing way will that sub fit! Crutchfield does have custom amplified subs that fit your truck, but the cheapest is ~$400. The sub box I recommended should fit back there just fine, my cousin had one in his B-1200 standard cab.
 

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One thing I forgot to mention last night: If you're buying a subwoofer, you absolutely need to have an amp. You can't just connect a sub to a radio; it will not give it anywhere near enough power. Also, the radio will send all the frequencies (low, mid, and high) to it. That is extemely destructive to a sub. With the amp, you can pass just the lows to the sub and everything else to the main speakers.
 

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Originally posted by: Marktoloba
jamesbond u think that sub would fit behind the seat of a regular cab s10? lol

Also doing my research and reading reviews, I found polk gets better ups.


Haha, good point. ;) I've only ever done car installs; never on a truck, my bad! Find something that fits the truck and your budget, but I think that the amp is a steal! PPI makes awesome amps that have insane circutry, kinda like the Soundstream Reference amps in the late 90s.
 

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Uhh, ok, whatever you say. You can have all the Bose you want, just don't make me listen to them..ok?