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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions on new audio equipment for my truck

I thinking about getting a stereo installed in my 2008 F250 crew cab. I used to know enough about car audio to do all my own work, but it has been a while. I am looking for quality sound for a good price. I am looking to:

• Replace headunit with a double-din touch screen (something like the Alpine IVA-W505?) I have no need for navigation as I use my laptop for that.
• Replace all the mids/tweets with better sounding ones
• Two 12” subs under rear seat (currently has fold-out metal rack)
• 1 or 2 amps to run speakers
• 1,000 watt power inverter hidden somewhere

What is everyone’s recommendation for headunit, speakers, subs, and amp? Like I said, I have been out of it for a while, so I don’t know who makes good stuff.

Anybody have the W505 that can comment on it?

-Mike

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 06:47 AM
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PM EW on here. He's in the car audio business and knows his shit too
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-18-2010, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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I sent him a PM right after I made the post. I just figured other people might have some input too.

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1000w power inverter? What for?
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Computer + some other stuff. I typically use smaller ones, but I just figured I would round up. Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. They aren't that expensive.


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Oh ok, gotcha, yeah that isnt a bad idea. I got a cheapo inverter that is small and plugs right in I use for long trips so I can plug my laptop in. 1000w just sounded like a lot but after looking them up the prices arent bad at all.

As far as the car audio goes, you may be able to score a good deal on a W505 since the W900 came out but like you said, you dont need the navigation. Ew may be able to give you a better breakdown on it all though.

If you do go online to get the stuff, stay the hell away from crutchfield. I have been looking at stuff and while their customer service is top notch, their prices are nuts. JL 13w7-D1.5 sub is $1200 on there, go to anyone else including local shops and its around $600 for the same thing. I would try to support the local shops before I went online though.
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I will wait for quotes from EW before I shop around and I wasn't even considering Crutchfield. While I was doing a search on here I found quote a few people mention that EW was able to come through with a good price.

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The W505 is no longer available. The W900 replacing it has nav built in for the same retail price. Buy now because Alpine is raising dealer cost by $70 on June 1st. Or, look to Kenwood for non-nav units.
Subs typically will have to go behind the seat.
Inverter is no problem.
Mids and highs are no problem. There are many component sets available and the 5x7 component sets from JL are great.
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With limited space behind the seat, what are my sub options? Would I be stuck with the JL TW5 or do i have more room to work with?

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I recently put a Boston Acoustic G110 behind my seat. The speaker only needs like 4 3/4 mounting depth. I usually run only JL Audio but I'm very glad I tried out Boston Acoustic's line of subwoofers. I have been nothing but impressed with their lower end series of subs and so has everyone else that hears it. A very clean sounding speaker in low cubic feet is exactly what I was looking for.

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I have a 505 and like it. I dock my Blackbird in it for nav, and can pop that out if I want to carry nav on me or use it in another car.

I guess Alpine has moved away from that now. Anyway, it's a good unit, and I'm sure the 900 is, as well.

Not to sound like a broken record, but EW cares more about paying customers than most other shops, with knowlegdge to go with that, and he's local, so that beats the internet. He gets all of my car audio business.
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If you're around HEB at all you can take a listen to mine to see how it sounds.
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If you're around HEB at all you can take a listen to mine to see how it sounds.
I would love to but I am in Afghanistan and don't plan on coming home for a while. That, and I want to have my truck done before I get home. Ideally I should listen to different stuff in person... but ohh well.

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Not to sound like a broken record, but EW cares more about paying customers than most other shops, with knowlegdge to go with that, and he's local, so that beats the internet. He gets all of my car audio business.
I may not have a lot of posts but I have been on the board long enough to realize this. I had his shop do the tint on both my trucks even though I moved to Sachse.

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I would love to but I am in Afghanistan and don't plan on coming home for a while. That, and I want to have my truck done before I get home. Ideally I should listen to different stuff in person... but ohh well.
Be safe out there! Just tell him what type of music you mainly listen to. If you need deep bass then maybe a center console sub would be good for you. I had all my stuff done at Autosound and wouldn't go anywhere else.

PS: Never listen to Jluv's stereo, you'll wonder why yours doesn't sound like his and it's saddening lol
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PS: Never listen to Jluv's stereo, you'll wonder why yours doesn't sound like his and it's saddening lol
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I have the W-900, and love it. I'm still not 100% comfortable with the nav in it, but that's just me being stone aged and taking a while to get used to the differences between it and the nav I was using previously.
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If you're not needing bass to do hair tricks try pioneer shallow subs. They require very little space.

Otherwise look into Re audio SL line of subs. The RE audio stuff is just as good as JL or better.
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