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Old 05-31-2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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In A nutshell (subs,amps *&* anything else i should kno)

okay ladys and gents, i didnt grow up with anyone surrounding me wiaudio knowledge.
i dont know what an AMP,SUB is nor do i know what i need to get my car to sound good. NOT THOSE GUYS IN AN IMPALA AND THE STEREO SHAKES THE FLOOR

in a nutshell can you tell me how it works ?
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:33 PM   #2

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Someone will post with way more knowledge than me but in layman terms, it goes like this:

Your stereo sends an electrical signal via wires to a processor or "Amplifier" and from there the signal is converted and "boosted" and sent to the speakers for sound and the subwoofer for bass.

Basically all a subwoofer is, is a giant "Air mover" and that is what creates the concussive force that you interpret as bass or low level sound.

Here is a pretty good read if you're interested:

I, personally, am looking for a clean sound at a medium to loud volume with a little bit of clean bass.

I would look into replacing the factory door speakers (With a 6.5") and rear deck speakers (Which are 6"x9") with some decent quality speakers.

If you want a little bit of bass, go with a 10" sub and a good Amplifier. If you're wanting more bass, go with a 12" or (2) 10" subs or (2) 12" subs etc etc

MY plan for reference?

Front - 6.5" Polk speakers
Rear - 6x9 Polk speakers
Subwoofer - Single 10" Polk,or something similar
Amplifiers - A Mono (1) Channel amp for the subwoofer and a (4) channel amp for the other speakers.

(1) channel on the amp will power each speaker for a total of (4) speakers (2 front and 2 rear) for all intents and purposes.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:41 PM   #3
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Yea there is plenty of help here guys, I'm sure more will chime in in the am
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:52 PM   #4
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damn nutro, that helped me dude. i was on the same boat. i want a good clean sound like you. i have a very reliable shop here and i will take it to them and let them know what you said.
i want to also get some subs in the trunk with a custom box to fit the contours and have it for a show purpose with a good sound.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:21 PM   #5
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Nutro gave you some good info. If there are any other specific questions you have on your audio system, just let us know. There are a lot of very knowledgable and friendly people on here that are happy to help.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:45 PM   #6

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If you want good, clean sound... don't buy cheap speakers! Especially your interior speakers. You don't need to break the bank, but there is a huge difference between a 200 dollar set of components and a 400 dollar set. But you need to really set up a budget, and decide what you think is "good". For a lot of people, you can spend 1000-1500 and they think it sounds great to them. For me... I spent that on my front speakers alone.

Also, they might sound great in a display case, but try to listen to the speakers in a car if you can.
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:02 PM   #7
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thanks OP for posting this. i got a lot of good info and i know what direction im going in now when i go to my local audio shop.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:57 PM   #8

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if you change speakers and connect them to an Amp coming from an aftermarket radio, would you lose the onstar and the backup sensor signal?
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:04 AM   #9

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..go ask those Impalas w/ gorillas in their trunks.
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