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What do you think of this system for my new truck?

I'm thinking of doing something I have never done before and staying with one manufacturer for everything but the head unit. Since I have had such good luck with JL in the past they are my #1 choice.

This is what I'm thinking:

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JL Audio 500/1v2 for the subs
*I haven't decided on components yet so suggestions are welcome*
JL Audio 450/4v2 for the components
*I also haven't decided on a head unit yet either. So what is the most popular these days*

Suggestions and ideas are welcome. Like if the amps will be overkill (even though I don't think you can ever have to much amp) I'm just brainstorming and have been out of the stereo game for quite a while.

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If you don't have any product yet, look at the HD900/5.
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Just the man I was looking to hear from.

I don't have anything yet. Keeping it simple with a single 5 channel amp would be nice. I trust your opinion...so you think that amp would be able to power 2 -12's and 2 sets of components with enough authority?

Also whats your take on components and a head unit?

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Head unit does not have enough power to drive components (or anything else for that matter).
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I have heard those new HD amps are top notch.
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What headunit are you using. The one I gave you, or are you going to get a new one. if you do I cant say enough great things about the Alpine 9887.
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EW, yeah I know they don't have the power to do much of anything. I wasn't planning on running any speakers from it. I'm just wondering what was the most popular and what you would recommend in the full screen multi media arena.

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BJ, The current head unit I have will stay with the car. I'm gonna get a new one probably looking more in the multi media arena.

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EW, yeah I know they don't have the power to do much of anything. I wasn't planning on running any speakers from it. I'm just wondering what was the most popular and what you would recommend in the full screen multi media arena.
What year, make, model of truck?
I like the JL Audio components. They start at around $149/set and go to about $850/set retail. If on a budget, I would run no rear speakers or some basic rear speakers and spend more money up front where it will matter more. So if you wanted two set of speakers, and had $500, I would spend $350-400 front and $100-150 rear. I would also use some Dynamat on the door and door panel.

For video, I have always been an Alpine fan but Kenwood has a great 2009 lineup as well.
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Thanks for the info. My truck is a 09 Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

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Thanks for the info. My truck is a 09 Ram 1500 Quad Cab.
Have you thought about what features you want the video unit to do? With Kenwood, it is cheaper/better to buy the unit with everything (nav, bluetooth, etc) built in rather than try to piece it together. With Alpine, you have to piece it together. For ease of operation, audio performance, and available audio upgrades (like IMPRINT) I like the Alpine. Kenwood's bluetooth seems to work better and so far, their partnership with Garmin has been smart since Garmin supports their nav units with regular software updates and annual map upgrades ($79-100). Alpine's new NVE-M300 nav seems to work well and have lots of data plus a gyroscope for more accurate location while driving but it remains to be seen how they will support it as far as software and maps goes.
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I'm liking the IVA-W505. I have always had good luck with Alpine. The Kenwoods are nice because of all the features but I dont really need all that, plus I think they look cheap. Bluetooth would be cool but I dont need it. I don't need navi because the wife already has a Garmin. Sirius would be nice and I definatly like the IMPRINT option. Don't you have a progam at your shop where you will set up a few IMPRINT options for people? I think you did this for Beej a while back.

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I have done a lot of reading an the old Focal 165v2s are supposed to be some nice component speakers. Lots of people really liked the polyglass speakers.

Also, read something saying if you can delay your left speakers by .2-.6 seconds, it will sound much better due to the soundwaves hitting both ears at the time at the same part of the wave. The guy that said it builds speakers for a living and went into huge details about picking components speakers for midbass. He also recommended the Focals.

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The W505 is a great unit. You can always add nav with the Blackbird, which docks inside the head unit. If you do that, you'll get Bluetooth at the same time, including the ability to dial, answer, hang up, see your call lists, phone book, etc all from the touch screen on the head unit. Pretty sweet, and it actually works really well. As EW mentioned, you'd have to add everything else separately, like HD radio, Sirius, Imprint, or the H701 processor (awesome piece), but I really believe going that route leads to superior results over anything else out there.

I also use the HD amps and JL components, and I'm probably biased, but I think they sound incredible.
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What does the HD900/5 run?




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The HD900/5 looks to run in the 900 range. But it is very comparable if you were to purchase the 450/4 and 500/1. Besides, its freaking tiny in comparison (10.74 in. x 8.29 in. x 1.93 in).

Jerrod, what is the H701 you pointed out? I couldn't find it on alpines website?

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Jerrod, what is the H701 you pointed out? I couldn't find it on alpines website?
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The HD900/5 looks to run in the 900 range. But it is very comparable if you were to purchase the 450/4 and 500/1. Besides, its freaking tiny in comparison (10.74 in. x 8.29 in. x 1.93 in).

Jerrod, what is the H701 you pointed out? I couldn't find it on alpines website?
It's a separate processor that you can control from the 505. 8 channels, optical input, and a ton of eq control. It's a sweet unit that will make a big difference in a serious system.
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New M300 nav>blackbird
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New M300 nav>blackbird
Alpine has no love for the w205?

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Alpine has no love for the w205?

The M300 will work with the W205, according to Alpine's website.
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New M300 nav>blackbird
Eh, I'd rather have the Blackbird.

That unit has some neat bells and whistles, but I like the fact that I can pop my Blackbird out of the head unit and use it in a second vehicle, especially since it comes with a separate dock and power cord. I did just that in CO a few weeks ago, putting it in the windshield of the Jeep we rented while up there. I could have then thrown it in my pocket and hiked in to the wilderness with it just as easily.

Does the M300 do Bluetooth for your phone like the Blackbird, or do you still have to add a separate module?
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Eh, I'd rather have the Blackbird.

That unit has some neat bells and whistles, but I like the fact that I can pop my Blackbird out of the head unit and use it in a second vehicle, especially since it comes with a separate dock and power cord. I did just that in CO a few weeks ago, putting it in the windshield of the Jeep we rented while up there. I could have then thrown it in my pocket and hiked in to the wilderness with it just as easily.

Does the M300 do Bluetooth for your phone like the Blackbird, or do you still have to add a separate module?
separate

M300 will not work with the 203.
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separate

M300 will not work with the 203.

What about the 205?
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What about the 205?
Yes, it will work with the 205 but you said you like the Blackbird.
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Yes, it will work with the 205 but you said you like the Blackbird.
I lerv the Blackbird.
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I lerv the Blackbird.
Are they still making them?

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Are they still making them?
Heck if I know. I've had mine since they first came out. If not, that's lame.
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Are they still making them?
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