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Well I've tried to absorb all of this in the last few hours, I haven't touched my stereo till now I've just been doing performance and appearence stuff. Right now I don't have the mach 460, just the bottom of the line sound system on my 2002. I listen to a lot of metal, never rap or dance or hip-hop. So I'm guessing you can see where I am going with this, I don't care about thumping down the street, not too worried about getting subs or anything. It would be nice if I could it a bit louder, and a nice crisp sound. So far what I've seen is that I should probably start but upgrading the stock speakers.

Components seem like too much work so I thought I would just get some better quality 6x8 speakers for the doors and the rear. Next I could replace the head unit, then finally add a quality amp to the system. Does this seem like it would be a reasonable improvement? I don't really want to spend too much on this, 17 years old with a part time job at circuit city. (yes I know I should know more about car audio lol.) Also another thing to consider is what kind of brand you woudl recomend, becasue I can get some discounts on a lot of stuff. First of all we have the straight in-store discount, I get everything at store cost. On top of that, we have direct accomodation deals with Polk audio and MTX. The direct accodmoations always make it even a better deal, so I would like to take advantage of one of these discounts I can get.

Edit: I have some more information on the discounts I get, my best bet is to go with infinity price wise...here is a sampling of what I get


Infinity
REF3002CF
3-1/2" Two-way

$23.17
Original Price: $69.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF1001T
1" Edge-driven textile-dome tweeter

$30.90
Original Price: $99.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF6402CF
4"x6" Two-way

$30.90
Original Price: $99.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF4002I
4" Two-Way

$30.90
Original Price: $99.95/Pair
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Infinity
1030W
10" Subwoofer

$34.76
Original Price: $109.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA32.5CF
3-1/2" 2-way custom fit loudspeaker pair

$38.62
Original Price: $119.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF6002SI
6-1/2" Two-way shallow mount

$38.62
Original Price: $119.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF6002I
6-1/2" Two-way

$38.62
Original Price: $119.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF5002I
5-/14" Two-way

$38.62
Original Price: $119.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF6802CF
6"x8"/5"x7" Two-way

$38.62
Original Price: $119.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF6402CFP
4"x6" Two-way plate

$38.62
Original Price: $119.95/Pair
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Infinity
1032W
10" DVC Subwoofer

$38.62
Original Price: $119.95/Each
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Infinity
1230W
12" Subwoofer

$38.62
Original Price: $119.95/Each
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Infinity
1232W
12" DVC Subwoofer

$42.49
Original Price: $129.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA 100.3SE
10" Subwoofer

$43.31
Original Price: $169.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA 100.3DVC
10" Dual-Voice-Coil Subwoofer

$43.31
Original Price: $169.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA42.5I
4" 2-way multielement loudspeaker pair

$46.35
Original Price: $139.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF9602I
6" x 9" Two-way

$46.35
Original Price: $139.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA10.5T
1" edge-driven C.M.M.D. loudspeaker pair

$46.35
Original Price: $169.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA 120.3SE
12" Subwoofer

$51.19
Original Price: $229.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA 120.3DVC
12" Dual-Voice-Coil Subwoofer

$51.19
Original Price: $229.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA652.5I
165mm Two-Way Loudspeaker

$57.94

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Infinity
KAPPA462.5CFP
4 x 6 plate 2-way custom fit loudspeaker pair

$57.94
Original Price: $169.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA62.5I
6-1/2" 2-way multielement loudspeaker pair

$57.94
Original Price: $169.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA572.5CF
5 x 7 2-way custom fit loudspeaker pair

$57.94
Original Price: $169.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA52.5I
5-1/4" 2 way multielement speaker pair

$57.94
Original Price: $169.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF9603I
6" x 9" Three-way

$57.94
Original Price: $169.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA 62M
6-1/2" 2-Way Marine Loudspeaker

$57.94
Original Price: $199.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA PERFECT10.1D
10" Dual Voice Coil Subwoofer

$59.06

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Infinity
KAPPA PERFECT10.1
10" Die-Cast High-Output Subwoofer

$59.06
Original Price: $329.95/Each
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Infinity
REF5000CS
5-1/4" Two-way component system

$69.52
Original Price: $209.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA 692M
6" x 9" 2-Way Marine Loudspeaker

$69.52
Original Price: $249.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA PERFECT12.1D
12" Die-Cast High-Output Subwoofer

$70.87

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Infinity
KAPPA PERFECT12.1
12" Die-Cast High-Output Subwoofer

$70.87
Original Price: $349.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA692.5I
6 x 9 2-way multielement loudspeaker pair

$77.25
Original Price: $219.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA63.5I
6-1/2" 3-way multielement loudspeaker pair

$77.25
Original Price: $219.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF6000CS
6-1/2" Two-way component system

$77.25
Original Price: $229.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF6800CS
6"x8"/5"x7" Two-way component system

$77.25
Original Price: $229.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF7520A
260 Watt 2-channel power amplifier

$84.97
Original Price: $229.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA693.5I
6 x 9 3-way multielement loudspeaker pair

$96.56
Original Price: $249.95/Pair
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Infinity
KAPPA PERFECT10DVQ
10" Die-cast subwoofer

$98.44
Original Price: $394.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA50.5CS
5-1/4" 2-way loudspeaker components

$108.15

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Infinity
KAPPA PERFECT12DVQ
12" Die-cast subwoofer

$110.25
Original Price: $444.95/Each
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Infinity
2100M
125 Watt x 2 Stereo Marine Amplifier

$115.50
Original Price: $354.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA60.5CS
6-1/2" 2-way loudspeaker components

$115.87

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Infinity
KAPPAPERFECT10VQC
10" Die-cast subwoofer

$115.87
Original Price: $374.95/Each
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Infinity
REF7540A
520 Watt 4-channel amplifier

$127.46
Original Price: $374.95/Each
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Infinity
REF310A
300 Watt Subwoofer Amplifier

$127.46
Original Price: $374.95/Each
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Infinity
BASSLINK
Self-Amplified Subwoofer System

$135.19
Original Price: $424.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPAPERFECT12VQC
12" Die-cast subwoofer

$135.19
Original Price: $424.95/Each
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Infinity
REF610A
600 Watt Class D Subwoofer Amplifier

$148.69
Original Price: $424.95/Each
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Infinity
KAPPA PERFECT5.1
5-1/4" Component System

$154.50

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Infinity
BASSLINK X
Self-Amplified Subwoofer System

$154.50

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Infinity
KAPPA PERFECT6.1
6-1/2" Component System

$154.50
Original Price: $549.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF5760A
560 Watt 6-Channel Power Amplifier

$169.95
Original Price: $474.95/Each
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Infinity
BASSLINK T
Low-profile powered subwoofer system

$193.12
Original Price: $574.95/Each
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Infinity
REF1210A
1200 Watt Class D Subwoofer Amplifier

$212.44
Original Price: $574.95/Each
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Infinity
6000M
Wakeboard Tower Speakers including multi-mount bracket system.

$247.50
Original Price: $699.95/Pair
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Infinity
6100M
Wakeboard tower speaker and amplifier system with talkback microphone

$412.50
Original Price: $1,099.95/System
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Christ thats some cool stuff for a good price.

Just get Infinities 5x7 Speakers for the front and rear.

Get you a Alpine head unit since Circuit City carries these (Alpine is the best imo)

Then get you a 50x4 Infinity Amp

See this:
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Infinity
REF6800CS
6"x8"/5"x7" Two-way component system

$77.25
Original Price: $229.95/Pair
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Infinity
REF7540A
520 Watt 4-channel amplifier

$127.46
Original Price: $374.95/Each
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Brent said:
Buy a Alpine Cd Player. Get the one with Media Xpander. Cheapest one with Media Xpander will be fine.

That will improve your sound tremendously
 

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Thanks for the info, the ones you quoted were components. Bear with me casue im stupid but that means there is gonna be a tweeter seaprate from the speakers right? Where would i mount that? I was looking at these

Infinity
KAPPA572.5CF
5 x 7 2-way custom fit loudspeaker pair

$57.94
Original Price: $169.95/Pair
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the ones that he quoted arent components like yorue thinking of them as. They have the tweeter mounted directly on top of the woofer part hence theyre called components... its weird. They will fit though.
 

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Sounds like a nice setup, you will get some good clarity with the items you are interested in... good luck with the install and I hope you are happy with whatever you decide to pick up... I also listen to a lot of metal... I also listen to rap, house, techno, 70's rock... etc etc etc... You will like having an amp and subs installed, even if you dont plan to crank it up enough to piss off the community you live in. Just helps livin up your music... Even with metal, the sound of a double kick drum sounds really nice coming through a set of 12's. :)
 

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THe only difference I see between the two is MP3 playback, everything else looks identical... I don't know if mp3 playback is worth the extra 60 bucks since I have xm radio anyways
 

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Once you factor in the shipping I can get the same unit for jsut as cheap as not cheaper with the employee discount. I mean if you think about it circuit city is just marking up these items more than the people on ebay, but the people on ebay are still MAKING money off the deal. If I get the item without the circuit city markup odds are I'll pay less than the ebay retailers. (unless they caught some off the back of a truck)
 

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usefulidiot127 said:
THe only difference I see between the two is MP3 playback, everything else looks identical... I don't know if mp3 playback is worth the extra 60 bucks since I have xm radio anyways
Media Expander man The one your looking at doesnt have it. Trust me you want it.

And dont buy Pioneer buy Alpine ;)
 

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the cheaper one does have media expander actually! Straight form the alpine site...


• 50W MAX x 4 High Power Amplifier
• Bass Engine®
- Subwoofer Level Control with Phase Control
- Bass Center Frequency Control
- Bass Band Width Adjustment
- Treble Center Frequency Control
- Bass Type Control
• MediaXpander™
• XM Satellite Radio Ready
• CD-R/RW Playback
• Quick Search Function
Keys
• Versatile-Link™ Ready
• MaxTune Tuner
• Regulated 1Bit DAC
• 3 PreOuts (4 V PreOut)
• MM Driver (Hard Disc Drive) Ready
• MobileHub™ Ready
 

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usefulidiot127 said:
the cheaper one does have media expander actually! Straight form the alpine site...


• 50W MAX x 4 High Power Amplifier
• Bass Engine®
- Subwoofer Level Control with Phase Control
- Bass Center Frequency Control
- Bass Band Width Adjustment
- Treble Center Frequency Control
- Bass Type Control
• MediaXpander™
• XM Satellite Radio Ready
• CD-R/RW Playback
• Quick Search Function
Keys
• Versatile-Link™ Ready
• MaxTune Tuner
• Regulated 1Bit DAC
• 3 PreOuts (4 V PreOut)
• MM Driver (Hard Disc Drive) Ready
• MobileHub™ Ready
muhahaha brent got owned, btw just listen to zimstang brent is biased
 

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i used to like sonys too, but they are not that great, sony has had their share of problems in the car audio department
 

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From my experience in car audio, Panasonic is junk... I would go with the Alpine, you will be happy with it. It mainly depends what your budget is and what options you want on the radio... Some people like having the MP3 playback feature, as for me, I never use it in my own car anymore. When I first got my radio, ofcourse I was making MP3 cd's all the time, then I got burnt out on figuring out all the songs I wanted on the cd, then fumbling through the directories on the cd to find a certain song I wanted to hear at the moment was a pain. Good Luck finding the setup that is right for you
 

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Falcon said:
muhahaha brent got owned, btw just listen to zimstang brent is biased
Don't think so Derek ;)

Alpine1.com said:
The CDA-9825 has Bass Engine features like MediaXpander which let you tune the music exactly to your taste. You can control a CD changer and operation is easy with Quick Search keys and a rotary encoder. Great flexibility with three 4-volt preouts and Alpine's functional Versatile Link. The CDA-9825 is even compatible with XM Satellite Radio- Simply add the TUA-T020XM tuner box and you will be enjoying coast-to-coast digital quality XM radio (XM service subscription fee required).
 
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