Taking the plunge, new system going in
Well, I am taking the plunge and doing the audio system for my car. Been doing car audio off and on since 1994, including a few seasons of IASCA competition, just before mindless SPL dragracing took over the whole scene.
What I already have is a Rockford Fosgate Punch AUDIOphile RFA-104 10" sub, circa 1994. These were in fact the first pieces of high end car audio I ever purchased. I think they were like $150 each back then. Gosh do I feel nostalgic. Anyway, this sub is made for a small sealed box, with rubber surround and a 60-ounce magnet structure - small by today's heavyweight sub standards, but a very hefty structure considering the sub's 100 Watt rating. Came close to winning a few SQ competitions with two of these mounted in a USD Audio aperiodic membrane enclosure. As someone who once had three JL 10W6s stuffed in the truck of a Corolla, I do appreciate the concept of A Lot of Bass (tm), just not this time around.
The sub is in a $60 sealed box I bought from Circuit City.
I found a great deal on an Xtant 403a amplifier on SoundDomain.com. They are closing this out for $169.95. Xtant is like the BMW of car audio - not super exclusive, but something that most aspire to owning. The 403a is several years old but it is still a very desirable amplifier. This thing puts out 50x2 plus 100x1 at 4ohms, and doubles into 2 ohms. Of course, Xtant underrates their amplifiers just as most other high end equipment manufacturers, so real world numbers will be more "interesting". Xtant claims that the amp needs a 60-amp fuse, so draw your own conclusions. Among the host of high end features on this amp is balanced floating ground line input of up to 17V, which allows the direct connection of speaker level outputs from a OEM head unit. That means I don't even need a line level converter - just a direct hook up to the stock head unit. Not only do I save the cost of a Navone 774V, but also the cost of RCA cables.
I just ordered a pair of the off-color CDT CL-61a components from thezeb.com. They are running a 15% off anniversary special so it was only $127.31 plus shipping :O. I chose the silk dome tweeter version because I've always liked textile tweeters over metal dome tweeters, which tend to be overly bright.
So my tally so far is:
Sub - $150
Box - $60
Amp - $170
CDT - $130
I figure I'll need to spend another $100 on wires, cable, and a fuse holder. But this is going to be one of the cheapest systems I've ever built, but you'd never be able to tell from the equipment list. It's amazing what can be done for so little money when the right deals come along.
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