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I'll be buying an SVT in the next week or two. One question is do I save the $600 for the Audiophile system and go aftermarket. Or do I buy the audiophile system and just upgrade over the next 2 or 3 years. If I go aftermarket what should be my priorities (head unit, speakers, sub, amp) and how much should I spend on each, assuming $600 is my cap?
 

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The 6 disc they give u is cool but Aftermarket I would put atleast 1k into it get some nice mephis 12's new speakers a head unit and a good amp you could proly do that for 1k
 

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I have it, and I'm satisfied with it. Only had it full blast to see how loud it would go and what the quality is. I think there could have been a better choice for speakers though. It's geared a little too much towards the bass side for a headbanger like me. Although it sounds great with some Linkin Park in there.
 

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$600 wont get you much if your shopping top brand names. I have the audiophile. I think it is one of the better OEM attempts at a high fidelity sound system.

The front speakers are components: A 4" Midrange and a tweeter. Absolutely no midbass, but midrange and highs are decent.

The other place it lacks a little is in the sub bass. I find it needs a little more. Like most factory systems, it will automatically decrease the bass level in proportion to the volume, in an attempt to keep you from over-driving the speakers.

If I were to upgrade the system a step at a time, I would start with the front speakers, a new sub and amp for the sub. A pair of decent 6x8 speakers will get you some sort of midbass up front. Next would be the head unit and a 4 channel amp for the fronts and rears. Replacing the rear speakers would be last on my list.

Satellite radio is simply the best thing to happen to car audio. Im partial to Sirius myself. Don't go with an FM modulated solution. Instead, get a head unit which is satellite ready. Why take a pure digital signal and modulate it into a nice noisy analog signal?
 

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$600 is a tight budget but it can be done if you have the skills and tools to do the install yourself. if you do and you can make your own subwoofer box and do your own wiring then listen to this.

pioneer DEH-P3500 ( http://thezeb.com/caraudio/pioneer_stereo_receivers.html )
- $138 shipped

elemental designs 10k.14 ( http://www.edesignaudio.com/ep2/10k.htm )
- $145 shipped

soundstream 4160 amp ( http://www.millionbuy.com/souega4160.html )
~ $148 shipped

cdt cl61a componet speakers from ( http://thezeb.com/caraudio/specials_speakers.html )
- $150 shipped

cdt cl-6x's full range speakers for rear ( http://thezeb.com/caraudio/CDT_Audio_FullRange.html )
- $45 shipped

4 gauge 4 channel amp kit (walmart) or ( www.knukonceptz.com for an extra $15 for a little better kit)
- $24 out of store

stuff to order from www.partsexpress.com:
wiring harness for radio
antenna adapter
metra installation kit adapter
~ $25 shipped

home depot stuff:
8' 3/4" mdf ($18)
1 3/4" drywall screws
100% silocone sealant or wood glue or liquid nails
~ $22

total is $697 which is slighty overbudget, but if you wanted to keep it under $600 or close to it you can get rid of the rear speakers and/or downgrade the sub to the kx series which is like half the price, if you did both of those options you'd be at $602, another thing to consider that isn't in the price though is the time spent, it is probably (depending on exprience in this stuff) anywhere form 2-5 days of all day work. use the amp for the fronts and the sub, leave the rears unamp'd, for more midbass you can get some fatmat deadener ( www.fatmat.com ) for about $50 to cover both doors good. make adapter plates for the 4 speakers with that mdf using a jigsaw or something. to make the boz a table saw is good to have but it's possible to do with a jigsaw if that's all you have. the results would be alot better than an audiophile system. hope that helps.

- Scott
 

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I have listened to a lot of factory systems and have never heard one that rivaled a good aftermarket system. If I could I would buy all my cars without any sound system then install my own.

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Thanks for your help. Pickings are getting slim around here so it looks like I lost my choice, everything seems to have audiophile. So I'll be upgrading over time, starting with the fronts. I have to agree after listening to it that it lacks mid-bass.
 
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