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So, I purchased a beater/bop-around car last week. The audio sucks horribly, makes the Plat system in my Tundra sound amazing.

2009 Cobalt 4dr. I had been looking for something that I dgaf about to bop around, go to parking garages, Detroit, places I don't like parking my truck.

I started with a very price conscious approach, and was just going to go with a 139 Pioneer on sale, and some generic $50 each set of speakers... I keep trying to keep that in mind, but have elevated to much more than a beater needs, but the car's slow, not cool, and it might as well sound good.

I am thinking about the Alpine ILX-W650. Not like I use cd's. Nice eq, time correction, etc. Any input on that HU is appreciated.

Now, I have a JL HD900/5 sitting around. However the 500 rms just wasn't enough for my pair of SI BM MKIV's, it was fine for my single 13tw5, but the SI's would sound better with more like 750-800rms, they didn't sound bad, but there's more available with more wattage.
The 100rms x4 makes it hard to keep speakers in a reasonable realm price wise with the 900/5 too.
I almost ordered a Skar 10" sub system, but it's ported/vented, and I prefer tight bass. I figure I might as well use my SI's as they are just sitting around and the box won't fit the 17 Tundra.

I really keep thinking about getting an hd750/1 for the subs, and selling the 900/5.

Apline makes an amp that can mount to the HU, KTA-450 . It gives 50x4 rms. And is compact. It might not have the power the 900/5 does, but it's a tiny car.

Does anyone have any experience with the power pack amp from Alpine?

I'm not sure yet as to what speakers I want to go with, might go with the Pioneer D series as I have had them in the past and they sound good. Not Focal good, but again, it's a cheap beater that I only paid a grand for.

This is off-topic, so we can talk about the beater too, or whatever. Just I keep going around on what to do with it's audio. One speaker is shot, the hu sucks, can't use my ipod, no BT etc... It's stock.

Thanks.
 

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So, the HD750/1 is ordered... actually an MHD750/1, it was cheaper by a few bucks. Same amp, same specs, just marine grade.
 

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So just an update...

The Alpine HU, even though it clearly states you can control an Ipod including playlists, etc... FULLY through the HU, YOU CAN'T. Period. Even a brand new Ipod touch. Alpine tech guy was lying on the phone saying it didn't state that, when I was looking right at it on the site. What a crock.

Anywho, the kta-450 amp rocks, the HU is actually pretty nice too, great EQ, time correction, everything I wanted. I did go with the D series components front, 6x9's rear. The HD750/1 paired to the SI BM MKIV subs is amazing. I do need to construct a more trunk suited box sometime. A truck box aimed upwards isn't great at directing sound, but does the job.

Car rocks now, gets down, and just nasty!
 

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Are there any audio clips?
No, I could try but likely the mic on my phone doesn't record the frequencies and definitely not the clarity, nor the bass.
 

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i want to installed sound system in my towing service truck which one would be better?
What do you mean which one would be better?

I installed a head unit, with an amp attached to the back, so I could avoid using a 5 channel amp. I have a JLHD900/5, but the 500 rms for the sub channel was too weak, and the 100rms per each door/other channel was too strong in my opinion. SO I went with an HD750/1 for my sub channel, and 50rms x4 for the rest.

It was cheaper for me to do this to my beater car than it would be to do it to my Plat Tundra...
 

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Are there any audio clips?

So, since I am on lockdown/self quarantine of sorts, do you want audio clips still?

Anything specific? I can only run BT audio, which sucks, or XM/FM, no cd's, and no ipod, even though Alpine said the HU was able to control Ipod's.

If you have a specific song or songs or clips in mind, send them, or PM me, I'll give you my email, I can put them on a flash drive and use them. And I am getting fuggin bored. Lol.

And honestly, my $1000 beater has a rocking system. And I would like to show off the HU with the back mounted amp, as it is actually pretty damned good for something without the complexity of mounting a 5chan amp somewhere else.
 

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What do you mean which one would be better?

I installed a head unit, with an amp attached to the back, so I could avoid using a 5 channel amp. I have a JLHD900/5, but the 500 rms for the sub channel was too weak, and the 100rms per each door/other channel was too strong in my opinion. SO I went with an HD750/1 for my sub channel, and 50rms x4 for the rest.

It was cheaper for me to do this to my beater car than it would be to do it to my Plat Tundra...
I don't know much about sound system, I had never installed before that's why i'm asking you which one would be better
 

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I don't know much about sound system, I had never installed before that's why i'm asking you which one would be better

I understand car audio can get confusing, I just don't know what you mean by "which one"...

Do you mean, having the head unit but without the amp attached behind it? Or do you mean if it would be better to have used a 5 channel amp instead?

I will assume you mean what I just asked.

It would have had more power to the interior speakers if I used my JL hd900/5, and would potentially be louder as far as mids/highs. However, that amp did not have enough power to the sub channel to optimally run the subwoofers I have. I had used that amp before to power them, and albeit great sounding, they were not being utilized near their full capacity.
Interior speakers with a good efficiency rating will not have as noticeable difference powered by 50-70rms versus 100rms, but subs with 500rms to 750 rms will be much more noticeable, especially in a tiny car.

Remember, it's a Cobalt. It's not big. The rear speakers aim at the rear window, and the front speakers are right next to you, and my tweeters are in the sail panels.
 

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I understand car audio can get confusing, I just don't know what you mean by "which one"...

Do you mean, having the head unit but without the amp attached behind it? Or do you mean if it would be better to have used a 5 channel amp instead?

I will assume you mean what I just asked.

It would have had more power to the interior speakers if I used my JL hd900/5, and would potentially be louder as far as mids/highs. However, that amp did not have enough power to the sub channel to optimally run the subwoofers I have. I had used that amp before to power them, and albeit great sounding, they were not being utilized near their full capacity.
Interior speakers with a good efficiency rating will not have as noticeable difference powered by 50-70rms versus 100rms, but subs with 500rms to 750 rms will be much more noticeable, especially in a tiny car.

Remember, it's a Cobalt. It's not big. The rear speakers aim at the rear window, and the front speakers are right next to you, and my tweeters are in the sail panels.
thanks for your feedback
 
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