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Old 20th June 2008, 07:08   #1
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Default ICE components for my ALTO, bought from the US

Hey guys,

After a lot of research, I have bought the following components for the ICE of my ALTO (will buy it in JULY, after I come back to India). Please comment on the things and suggest me if anything needs to be added.

Head Unit
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JVC KD-BT1

JVC Mobile Entertainment \ CD/Bluetooth Receiver - KD-BT1 \ Specifications

Since I am sure that I WILL NOT add any amplifies in my car (for the obvious price and space constraints), I wanted the best I affordable HU I could buy. Having experienced JVC before, I wanted to stick to it. (Pioneers were good but their designs are horrible, too much show off).

This HU has 20W RMS and has 24bit Burr Brown DACs. And has Bluetooth capability.
(I own SE W950i so I can pair them together to stream music wirelessly).
The rest of the features are pretty normal.


Rear Speakers
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Polk Audio DB691
db691 Car Audio Speaker from Polk Audio

Amongst all the speakers I saw, these were the instant show stoppers, for the kind of audio fidelity they offered. The Silk dome tweeters aren't too bright and give more natural sounding vocals.

And the 2008 DB series is targeted more on being driven by the HU. (I would have bought the MOMO series, if I had any plans of getting an AMP)


Front Speakers
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Polk Audio DB401
db401 Car Audio Speaker from Polk Audio

I knew that I'd be getting tough time finding 4" speakers for the front dash of my alto. I was more critical about that.

Again, swearing by the quality of the Polk Audio, I coupled the rear speakers with the front 4" speakers of the same series.

Noise Isolation
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Dynamat Xtreme Door Kit
Door Kit

I am not sure about this thing, if its of any use. Still out of curiosity, I bought one door kit, enough to dampen the front doors of the small car, I intend to buy.


Turtle Wax - Platinum Series, Hard Wax
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Turtle Wax - Ultra Liquid & Paste Wax

Added this one as well.


I think I am good with the basic items. I am planning to put some good quality MDF tray to mount the rear speakers. The front will go under the dash.

Other than these things, do you guys suggest me anything else that is an absolute essential ???

Also can somebody suggest me a place in Chandigarh, to get these things done?
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Good to hear a Polk setup. There are not many Polk Audio fans on this forum.

My suggestion is that you also go in for an entry level amp from JBl atleast to drive DB691.

So what kind of music do you listen to and why did you choose Polk over JBLs?
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Good to hear a Polk setup. There are not many Polk Audio fans on this forum.

My suggestion is that you also go in for an entry level amp from JBl atleast to drive DB691.

So what kind of music do you listen to and why did you choose Polk over JBLs?
Even I was little when I found that people do not anything about POLK here.

I am not much into hevey bass and listen at mostly modertae volumes.

Will try to see how the speakers do with the normal HU. Will add the Amp if the current combo didn't work.

I chose Polk only for the SILK DOME tweeters. They sound mellow and more warm, as compared to the TI-Tweeters of JBLs.

I was looking more for more natural sounding thing than the boomy stuff. And on talking to a number of audiophiles here in US, I found that POLK is the way to go.
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I chose Polk only for the SILK DOME tweeters. They sound mellow and more warm, as compared to the TI-Tweeters of JBLs.

I was looking more for more natural sounding thing than the boomy stuff. And on talking to a number of audiophiles here in US, I found that POLK is the way to go.
Hey great, do post pictures in the Sound off and Show off section. We dont have any pics of a Polk install.

Polk is a familiar name in audio (along with Yamaha, Denon/Marantz, JBL/Infinity, Jamo/Klipsch, etc..) the man in the lab-trench coat runs one of the few profitable specialist companies in audio.

I assume you cpompred the Polk DB to the JBL GTO. Funny I did hear the DB691 (sold in India for 5K) and found them to be brighter than a pair of JBL GTO 937 (tweeter set to -3db) in the rear deck of an Esteem powered by Pio 6300 and a Pio HU.

The DB691 has a composite silk/polymer dome tweeter (the JBL has a Mylar-Titanium dome) but there is no rule that says silk domes are less or more bright than metal domes. As a rule though I am not very fond of composite domes they tend to embody the worst of both matierals. I can only assume that speaker companies, today, (many of them still stick to composite domes) must have found a way around the "nasties" I have heard.
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I assume you cpompred the Polk DB to the JBL GTO. Funny I did hear the DB691 (sold in India for 5K)
It's not the DB691 , its the Db690 which is sold here officially for around 5k.
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It's not the DB691 , its the Db690 which is sold here officially for around 5k.
ooops. sorry. senility strikes again.

btw does the db690 carry the same tweeter as the 691? Is the 691 just as bright as the 690?
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there is no rule that says silk domes are less or more bright than metal domes
Might be ...but I talked to a number of advisors at the crutchfield, just to confirmt that polks are NOT so bright and are way better than the infinities / GTOs / Kickers and a lot others. And I was convinced even further when three of the 5 cructchfield advisors told me that use POLKs theselves and so was a guy at the Fry's elecrtronic store.

The second thing was that I didn't want to use any AMP. The RE-ENGINEERED DB series (read db691/db401 in my case) is targetted on such audience. I would have bought MOMO series, which is still the best, otherwise.

I have even confirmed the MELLOWNESS by listening to a number of different speakers at Circuit City and Fry's Electroinics. I am convinced that I wont be screwed much by buying dbs. (There is always a risk when u buy without listening).

Haven't received the items yet. All of them are in transit. Have received only the Dynamat Xtreme.

Will post the pics when I reach India and get them fitted.

BTW, anyone knows a good installer at chandigarh ?
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ooops. sorry. senility strikes again.

btw does the db690 carry the same tweeter as the 691? Is the 691 just as bright as the 690?
I Don't really know, but think the DB691 sounded better than the 690 but not way better.

One thing I have noticed that the Polk Speaker build of the DB690 is not as good as the DB691. Even the printing on the box is very very average on the DB690 compared to the DB691.
I think after the price slash, the DB690 is a decent buy under 5k.
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I Don't really know, but think the DB691 sounded better than the 690 but not way better.

One thing I have noticed that the Polk Speaker build of the DB690 is not as good as the DB691. Even the printing on the box is very very average on the DB690 compared to the DB691.
I think after the price slash, the DB690 is a decent buy under 5k.
Any idea about the price of DB691, in India ?
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Any idea about the price of DB691, in India ?
It sells for around Rs 6000 here, MRP is around RS 7000.
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It sells for around Rs 6000 here, MRP is around RS 7000.
Then I wont be saving much on it. I am buying it for around 150USD.

Can you help me with the contact of the seller ?
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Here is what I found at my doorstep :

ICE components for my ALTO, bought from the US-kdbt1.jpg
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And this too:

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sweeet; install pics are a must!

Ilove the USB cable in JVC units.. long and can be conveniently put in the glovebox.

do let me know how well the mic picks up your voice during bt conversations.
Can you look ahead at the road and keep yapping or do have to throw your voice towards the unit?
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Here is another addition in the league.

The Polks.

Starting from the fronts.

DB401
db401 Car Audio Speaker from Polk Audio

ICE components for my ALTO, bought from the US-db401.jpg
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