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Old 13th August 2009, 14:28   #1
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Hola friends!!
I have been on the forum (as a reader) for quite some time, enriching my knowledge on cars. I should say this is one forum which I will stick on to forever.
This is going to be the first consulted experience gain I am going to have; and thank all of you for that.

I am buying a new car (Spark) for my wife and in the process planning to upgrade my ICE,

Car: 2007 Cedia

I did some changes to my OEM audio set up with my intern knowledge. But in the past 2 years this forum has increased my awareness and I am begining to feel that the current set up is not doing justice. Hence I thought I will reach out to the gurus here to help me rectify my hearing problem.

Current Set up:
HU:Pioneer 6950
Front: Helix Components
Rear: Kicker 6930
Amp: JBL 4 channel
Sub: Not in today.
Wiring: No idea.
Damping: Wurth damping in all 4 doors

Expectation: Clarity in low volumes. I am feeling the absence of tighter Bass. I cannot afford to loose my boot space, since I travel long distance lot with a luggage that tells others that I am shifting planet.

Budget is around 30k.
I am planning to use the residue of equipments left (whatever it is, headunit, speakers) on my wife's new car. she is not keen on any specifics, as long as there is some meaningful noise coming consistently. (I think she is more used to me as noise in her life)

Request the ICE gurus to provide me some help in terms of specs as well as a decent location in Chennai to get this done.
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I hope the weekend will help me out
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Old 15th August 2009, 16:34   #3
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30K

HU:7K from Pio or JVC the 6950 is a good bet
4 ch amp: 6K from Blau, JBL, Pio, Kenny
speakers: 10K components + 6x9 coax from JBL, Blau Thc/THx, etc..
damping and wires: 5K

I have never heard Helix except once so cant comment on it's relative sound quality.
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Thanks Navin

I have JBL CS 60.4 amp which powers Helix Compos (which sounds tinny) in the front and Kickers 6x9 in the rear.
Head Unit is Pioneer 6050.

On top of this existing set up I can spare 30k to help me out with my hearing.

Can you please suggest me some good compos that would pair with this amp?
If the head unit is not good enough please suggest me as well.

One of the vendors in Chennai suggested to drive the compos and rear directly from the head unit and add a sub and drive that by bridging 2 channels in the amp.
He says this will reduce jarring and the sound quality will improve.

Is this a good approach?
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Hello Car&me,

Your Pioneer 6050 is quite good , you can retain the HU and the rear 6*9.
You can amplify your front components & bridge the rear ch to the sub . let your 6*9 be powered by the HU.

A new 4ch amp,
The JBL gt5-604 is an ok-ish amp. Not too powerfull . You can change to one of these.

JBL 1004 = Rs8-9k
ALPINE v-power = Rs12-13k

Front components,

JBL 608c Rs 4.5-5k
illusion electra Rs 6500

Sub,

JBL gt5-s12 - Rs3k
All prices without B/W.

There are a lot of brands, I just listed out some of the more popular ones..

I have a very similar setup, you can listen to mine sometime if you want to .

Cheers !
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Hi Car&me,

If you want to keep it simple, vibhu_f430 has suggested some very good options. Clearly, you need to upgrade your front components, change your amp and add a sub.

Also check if your RCA cables are good- they can make a lot of difference in the sound quality.

About bridging two channels to drive a sub, that's the way to go. But since your amp appears to have 4 channels, you can use the remaining two to drive the front components (components generally do better with good amplification). Your 6x9s can be powered straight off your Pioneer.

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Old 15th August 2009, 21:18   #7
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Thank you greenhorn and Vibhu.

Vibhu, I certainly would love to listen to your set up, I will PM you for a suitable time.
Where can I get some good comps in Chennai?
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