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Old 04-07-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
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Need Serious Help

Let me preface this thread with the fact that I know next to nothing about audio.

I'm looking to upgrade my car audio but don't know exactly what I need to fit what I want. Sub? Amp? New HU? New speakers? Tweeters? So I'd like someone with experience in this area to shed some light on my situation.

My car is an 06 ZX4 ST with the 6-disc HU. What I know I want for sure is to replace/add to the head unit so I have Bluetooth capabilities and an aux in and for the sound to be decent. I don't crank my music super loud, I don't need a top end $2000 system, I just want something nice and a little better than stock. What I don't know is what I need to accomplish that.

I'm assuming I'll have to replace my HU to get aux in and Bluetooth. I also know that I want to sound deaden my car all around. One because it enhances sound quality and two because I want to reduce road noise.

So my question is, for a decent upgrade costing no more than $500 what should I do? What I really want to avoid is spending a bunch of money on an amp, sub, tweeters, speakers, etc. when I can put that towards improving my engine and suspension so if I only have to spend 100 or 200 that'd be great too! My original thought was to keep the stock speakers, add tweaters, a sub, and an amp because I read that sticky about the stock speakers not being too bad. But I don't know if I really need all that...when I have Bluetooth I'll stream music from my phone but right now I just listen to the radio mostly. Like I said I don't crank my music up, I'm not an audiophile, I just want a halfway decent system for the least amount of money possible. So what upgrades will yield me a decent system without going too far for my use?


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Most aftermarket hu's come with USB, Bluetooth, and RCA inputs for amps. I would stick to Pioneer personally just because that's what I've always gone with and what I like. I have all aftermarket speakers that are amped seperately from 2 12" subs. Just depends on what you want, as most anything will be better than stock.

A hu with bluetooth usually comes with the microphone it needs and the USB extension so you can wire it to plug in your ipod or phone wherever you desire.
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I have a pioneer unit you could buy! 60$ plus shipping. It works great, has usb input, aux input, Bluetooth (though you'd have to buy a mic if you wanted wireless calling. Can also include the steering wheel control adapter for another 30$) Its not in perfect condition has a couple scratches but otherwise no problems with it. I'd use it in my car but I'm going a different route.

The model is FH-P8000BT.

You would still need to buy wire harness so you don't cut up the rear of the car. (I can inlcude the one I have but it might not work as it was for an 03' focus) PM me if you have any questions
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with a $100-200.00 budget, Craigslist is your only option.
Pretty much.

As freemind said, your budget is pretty darn low for what you're asking for. Any decent bluetooth capable head unit is going to run you $100 minimum. You'll need another ~$20 in parts. All the estimates quoted are online prices. If you buy locally, it'll be more. Also, no labor included. You'll be doing all the work yourself.

Any remotely decent subwoofer, box and amplifier is going to run you ~$250. Plus another ~$35 for a wiring kit. That puts you around $400 total if you buy online and do all the work yourself.

But with that equipment, any Pioneer around that price point will have a high-pass filter (HPF) built in. You can use this to filter out deep bass from your door speakers, since they really can't reproduce that anyway. This will help clean them up and allow them to play cleaner at higher volumes and last longer. Meanwhile, your new subwoofer is giving you more deep bass than 8 of those door speakers could anyway.

Post up what you end up buying and we'll give you a hand dialing it all in.
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Hey thanks for the replies guys. I guess I should further my question a little bit, I was a little confusing. What I need to know is what upgrades do I really need? Do I need a sub? Do I need an amp? Do I need tweeters? For instance, could I put in a new headunit, add a sub, and use my stock speakers to play the mids and highs? Could I skip the amp then? Like I said I don't know much about car audio, so what I'm really asking is what kind of upgrades do I actually HAVE to do to get just a semi decent sounding system. My music choice is a lot of contemporary Christian stuff along with rock music like metallica, nickelback, aerosmith, etc. I don't really care for rap a whole lot, so my music is far from bass heavy. And I don't need anything super crazy, I just want to be able to stream my music from my phone (new headunit) and have it sound fairly nice. And if I need to I can adjust my budget and buy things in pieces, I just don't want to dump a bunch of money into a sound system that I'm not going to use at its full potential or truly appreciate because I'm not much of an audio enthusiast, I just like my music!
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You need a separate amp to power a subwoofer. Buying the subwoofer is your call. Do you think your speakers currently give you enough bass? Likely not. On top of that, as I said, you can filter bass out of your door speakers to help clean them up and allow a subwoofer to handle the low end.

Sounds like you're still very undecided. I suggest just getting the head unit to start with. Get it installed. See what you think. Tell us what you'd like to change. Maybe add a sub after that. Or maybe not. Maybe add a larger amp for the door speakers? Get the head unit squared away and then we'll talk.
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Okay I think that's a good idea. I know there are threads galore on different kinds of head units and the pros and cons, but will any head unit filter the lows to a sub like the pioneer does?
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Just depends on the model you get really. There are lots of headunits that do that.
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Not all of them, but just about any decent one. The feature we're discussing here is called "high-pass filter" often abbreviated HPF. As for current model Pioneers, they all do. Even the cheapy non-bluetooth 150MP. lol
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