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Old 11th October 2008, 22:19   #1
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Finally got ICE for my Alto today ... I am verrry pleased. Here are the details:
Car: 2003 Maruti Alto Celebration LX
Objectives:

1. To have a basic audo setup delivering clear sound.
2. The system should support USB and AUX input.
3. It may not be top-of-the-line but should be from a respectable brandname.
4. Price range ~ Rs 10,000/-

What I bought:

1. Head unit:Sony CDX-GT470U

This was one of the cheapest units in the market offering USB and AUX in the front panel. No need of lead. Per salesman this unit doesnt read home burned CD-R/RWs so well after 6 months while JVC was fine. Still went ahead with Sony becasue of popularity in the market and better brand.

I primarily will use a USB drive to store and play all music.

I rejected another model CDX-GT670US because it was a flip down unit which I find clumsy. It also costs more by around 1500 bucks.
2. Front speakers: 2 x JBL GT5-402 4 in

3. Rear speakers:2 x JBL GTO 938

Compared with Sony speakers but the quality was out and out in favour of JBL. Equivalent Sony setup would have been cheaper by around 1900 rupees.

Price:

5500 (unit) + 1200 (front) + 3700 (rear) + 300 (rear speaker boxes)= Rs 10,700/- with bill and warranty

Where:

S.K. Motors Sector-28 Chandigarh because of genuine equipment and signed warranty cards. This dealer has a good reputation in Chandigarh even though price is slightly higher compared to the neighbourhood.

Hope this is useful to others who are looking to buy!

Feel free to give me any suggestions!
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Old 12th October 2008, 09:58   #2
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You coud have even gone for the pioneer 3050/4050 as they are in the same price bracket.Both have USb/Aux.
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Good choice of speakers. Sony is not a popular brand here, many better options for the same price.
But if you're happy with your setup, its all that matters.

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Hi,

Finally got ICE for my Alto today ... I am verrry pleased. Here are the details:
Car: 2003 Maruti Alto Celebration LX
Objectives:

1. To have a basic audo setup delivering clear sound.
2. The system should support USB and AUX input.
3. It may not be top-of-the-line but should be from a respectable brandname.
4. Price range ~ Rs 10,000/-

What I bought:

1. Head unit:Sony CDX-GT470U

This was one of the cheapest units in the market offering USB and AUX in the front panel. No need of lead. Per salesman this unit doesnt read home burned CD-R/RWs so well after 6 months while JVC was fine. Still went ahead with Sony becasue of popularity in the market and better brand.

I primarily will use a USB drive to store and play all music.

I rejected another model CDX-GT670US because it was a flip down unit which I find clumsy. It also costs more by around 1500 bucks.
2. Front speakers: 2 x JBL GT5-402 4 in

3. Rear speakers:2 x JBL GTO 938

Compared with Sony speakers but the quality was out and out in favour of JBL. Equivalent Sony setup would have been cheaper by around 1900 rupees.

Price:

5500 (unit) + 1200 (front) + 3700 (rear) + 300 (rear speaker boxes)= Rs 10,700/- with bill and warranty

Where:

S.K. Motors Sector-28 Chandigarh because of genuine equipment and signed warranty cards. This dealer has a good reputation in Chandigarh even though price is slightly higher compared to the neighbourhood.

Hope this is useful to others who are looking to buy!

Feel free to give me any suggestions!
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Hello Aditya,

Indeed a simple and straightforward review and one that will be useful to many readers.

I am sure it sounds very good. I am glad you didn't get those Sony Speakers though because they are frankly, quite awful. Good luck and enjoy your music!!
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In my opinion too the sony speakers are worse than most brands i've heard.

Thanks for the review.
My cousin was looking for a simple setup for his alto and will tell him about this thread.

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Thanks guys.

Regarding the installation of speakers at the rear, I had a choice of a tray or two boxes each housing one speaker at the sides. Since Alto lacks a factory fitted tray, they can construct one using wood and carpet material.

I rejected a tray based installation because it was not practical:

1. Tray is prone to rattle.
2. The luggage space is limited .... which is as it is precious in Alto.
3. Tray is easier to steal along with the speakers! While boxes are screwed to the car.

The boxes leave enough space to lift the stepney cover.

The dealer was cooperative enough to let me try both sony and JBL in the car before purchasing. If you get the same chance then select one song and play in both systems to compare. I recommend Bourne Identity theme for all testing

Websites for my setup is:

CDX-GT470U : Xplodô CD Receiver : In-Car Entertainment : Sony India
India JBL
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the thick MDF trays rattle a lot less than the plastic trays that come as OE on most cars! but then again, there isnt any tray in the alto at all, so forget about it
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Looks nice, though could have saved some space but does look neat . Congrats
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Th coaxials are mounted in sealed boxes looks like. How will this affect SQ especially lower frequency.

I am asking as I have a similar setup and find that the bass resonates at some frequency ranges resulting in distortion.
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put boxs instead of parcel tray
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