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    time to upgrade: advice appreciated

    so its come time for me to bite the bullet and upgrade my sound system once and for all.

    im currently driving a 51plate 8v club with the factory tape player.

    if im honest i'v been quite impressed by the sound quality from it, it wipes the floor with stock pug, fiat and some vag systems but alas that little tape adapter is starting to wind me up.

    so i have about £250 to spend on upgrading the sound in my car.

    the plan is to not have a SUB installed just yet, i'v got an old one sitting around my bedroom but i dont want it cluttering up the boot just yet.

    so its £250 for a headunit, new components all round and sound deadening.
    depending on the componants and head unit i figure i could also AMP the components without any problems.

    i need help deciding what components, headunit and possibly amp to get.

    so heres the list i have thrown together for discussion

    Headunit
    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...s_id/8006.html

    front speakers
    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...ts_id/508.html

    rear speakers
    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...ts_id/506.html

    steering wheel adapters
    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...s_id/6754.html
    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...s_id/7086.html

    i dont know if i would need to amp those speakers to get the best out of them. if so i'd get..
    amp
    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...s_id/8039.html

    that takes me to £190 without amp or £270 with it, and no sound deadening.
    i could scramble some more money for sound deadening if the amp is the best choice for some descent quality tunes

    any advise/comments are welcome, please make suggestions/comments or whatever, £250 isn't money i want to be throwing away on poorly chosen equipment.

    also what gauge wire would i be looking at buying/using for all the different connections?

    thanks alot.
    james
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    Those speakers would be fine without an amp, I'd even suggest they're not too suited to an amp due to their low RMS power.

    If they have them left, this HU is a little better if you ask me, has 2 RCA preouts aswell, so better suited to an amp in the future than a HU with only one like the JVC you mention:

    http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/pro...s_id/5858.html

    I have this one and am very impressed with it on upgraded non-amped speakers.

    You could stick with non-amped door speakers and then put a sub in the boot in the future for added bass, would sound pretty good and would be more than loud enough - the HU above goes to a volume with non-amped speakers in my car which is well enough to be too loud for 'nice' levels!

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    ok so no need to amp these because they dont draw enough power, cool.

    any ideas as to how well these will fit in the door cards? will i have to make some wooden mountings or should they just be a direct replacement?
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    Autoleads do a set of plastic mounts though they are, if you ask me, a bit expensive, think they are £15+ per pair - assume they do ones for front and rear, the front speakers are 6.5"/16cm and the rear doors are 13cm as far as I know.

    Unsure yet if MDF mounts are easy to make - obviously cutting the circles is fine if you have the tools, it's more that I'm unsure if the door panel is flat to mount them on - if it has any curve in then the Autoleads ones would be easier, but the MDF should give a better/more solid base for the speakers so should give better sound.

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    so mountings will be needed then... damn, i'd make wooden ones rather then buy plastic ones, like you say, wooden ones would be higher quality. its abit of a pain because time seems to be short at the moment.


    about the speakers themselves, since it seems i don't need an amp i'v got abit more money to spend on better quality speakers/HU so i was wondering what peoples opinions are on the alpine components i linked in the first post? sound quality and strength ect.

    thanks again
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    Spend more on speakers and they'll be good enough to amp...viscious circle lol!

    I'd suggest that any half-decent brand of speaker will, alongside a new HU, sound noticeably better than the OEM speakers.

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