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Old 13 Jun 2009, 01:46 pm
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Default Acura RSX Speakers/Subwoofer Installation?

I am 17 and just got my first car - silver acura rsx 2002 (not type s). I love listening to music in my car and am a big fan of drum n bass. The stock speakers in the car are not very good, so i was looking into replacing them. I am completely new to this and do not know about cars so... I was wondering if it would be hard to install new speakers in the doors / new subwoofer in the back. Should I pay a bunch more and get bestbuy to install them for me? Or should I do it myself? Where would I be able to buy some nice speakers that will fit this car model and will work with it (wattage, etc)? Any info / past experience would be appreciated.Thanks,-Matt
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Old 13 Jun 2009, 02:01 pm
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i got my first car recently too and i just went through the whole installing new speakers thing like 2 weeks ago. i looked all over for a good brand and was thinking about going with alpine but ended up going with infinity speakers in the inside with an alpine headunit. i havent gotten and amp or sub yet (still in the process). i would really recommend the infinity speakers, they are in style right now and honestly they sound really really good. As far as a sub i cant tell u from experience because i havent gotten mine yet but my friends have JL audio subs and they sound great. have in mind that u are going to need amps tho to be able to have all this power, even just for the inside speakers without the sub an amp would be really good. i thought about going with best buy but i didnt, i would tell u not to either because its really a rip off, they charge way too much for something thats easy. u could do it urself but if ur really new at this like u say u might want to have it installed atleast for ur first time. i dont know around where u live, becasue i live in houston, but if u want u can email me at slvrcvc@yahoo. and i can recommend the places i kno that will give u a good price. i might know of some close to u.
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Matt, installing electrical components is fairly easy as long as you pay "STRICT" attention to the wiring schematics. Having a mechanical apptitude helps but isn't an absolute necessity. My recommendation would be to evaluate the situation carefully. If you know you're not very mechanically inclined and don't know a screw driver from a turnip seed then find a friend who's done this before (experienced) and have him do it for you for a better price or free? Anyway, you'll never get as good a sound with subs mounted in the cars interior panels as you would by just using a sub woofer box, even if you need to get a custom made one to fit the car. I suggest you get a "dual channel amp" with crossover so you can fine tune the sound to your liking and speakers rated for the power that'll pushing the sound. You don't want to blow the speakers. Also, you can adjust the Gain at the amp so it WON"T over power your speakers too. You have a fairly small car so getting the largest amp/speakers isn't necessary. You could get an amp with only 350 watts and it would soung really nice with the right speakers. try to get a quality amp that has a good CONTINUOUS amp rating not just one with a high peak level. Your best bet is to "READ" forums/reviews and educate yourself about stereo components and features. Yes, it'll take some time but you'll be better prepared to make a wise decision that could save you lots of hassles later on. Good luck.
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Matt, installing electrical components is fairly easy as long as you pay "STRICT" attention to the wiring schematics. Having a mechanical apptitude helps but isn't an absolute necessity. My recommendation would be to evaluate the situation carefully. If you know you're not very mechanically inclined and don't know a screw driver from a turnip seed then find a friend who's done this before (experienced) and have him do it for you for a better price or free? Anyway, you'll never get as good a sound with subs mounted in the cars interior panels as you would by just using a sub woofer box, even if you need to get a custom made one to fit the car. I suggest you get a "dual channel amp" with crossover so you can fine tune the sound to your liking and speakers rated for the power that'll pushing the sound. You don't want to blow the speakers. Also, you can adjust the Gain at the amp so it WON"T over power your speakers too. You have a fairly small car so getting the largest amp/speakers isn't necessary. You could get an amp with only 350 watts and it would soung really nice with the right speakers. try to get a quality amp that has a good CONTINUOUS amp rating not just one with a high peak level. Your best bet is to "READ" forums/reviews and educate yourself about stereo components and features. Yes, it'll take some time but you'll be better prepared to make a wise decision that could save you lots of hassles later on. Good luck.
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Go to crutchfield.com and follow their advice and recommendations.
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