Go Back   Team-BHP > Under the Hood > In-Car Entertainment


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11th May 2010, 20:18   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
maddy42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Coorg
Posts: 1,846
Thanked: 491 Times
Red face ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood

I have an esteem at home which is a 1996 model and has not seen any ICE upgrade at all in its life span of 14 years. It currently has a Kenwood casette player which basically is used to listen to radio as i had to chuck the discman which i used to ask my passenger to hold to listen to music from the CD.

So all in all served my purpose until i came on this dilemma which i am facing today. Well as i wanted to i came to the US for my studies and as the summer break is approaching i so wanted to get home and thus booked my tickets for India.

On the slight idea given by my brother i thus decided on purchasing a mp3 player for the car as its going to remain at home for a while. Thus began my search and i just happened to pop into a BESTBUY outlet and on impulse purchased a head unit and a set of speakers. Please give me your opinion and if i need to do anything else.

I bought a Kenwood MP342U headunit which according to crutchfield has been discontinued but i didnt do my homework. So please tell me your opinions as its greatly valued.

Kenwood KDC-MP342U CD receiver at Crutchfield.com

I bought the Kenwood KFC 1693PS speakers too. The reason i got both of them together are as i was getting a good deal. The price i paid is $172
Kenwood KFC-1693PS 6-1/2" 3-way car speakers — also fit 6-3/4" openings at Crutchfield.com

I still got a weeks time. I have a limitation on budget and cannot around more than what i spent. Should i get anything else like the wires or so. This is my second ICE buy after buying a pioneer head unit for my bolero so i am an amateur novice in this field. give your opinion.
maddy42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2010, 21:46   #2
BHPian
 
stefanm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Goa
Posts: 212
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

The kit looks ok, assuming you're not fixing an amp or subs, you'll need some fabrication, ie spacers for your speakers if you want to fix them in the door pads(or anywhere else) shouldn't be any problem though.
stefanm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2010, 21:52   #3
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sam Kapasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mumbai (but wat
Posts: 6,989
Thanked: 1,452 Times
Default

No you did fine, no mistake. The gear is all fine and good quality. Prices are not much higher in India for similar equipment but that doesn't mean you made a mistake.

Bring it home and enjoy it.
Sam Kapasi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2010, 22:01   #4
Senior - BHPian
 
maddy42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Coorg
Posts: 1,846
Thanked: 491 Times
Default

Thanks for the reply. It felt good after a day in confusion!!

1 more query. Should i fix the speakers in the rear or the front? Most probably this work is going to be a DIY by me and my friend as he has all the tools for this work!

Thank you again and more suggestions or comments are welcome
maddy42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2010, 23:21   #5
BHPian
 
stefanm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Goa
Posts: 212
Thanked: 2 Times
Default

Please fix them in the front, if you can stretch to buy some damping in your front doors, you'll do good, they'll sound pretty descent too.

Cheers,

Stefan
stefanm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2010, 23:50   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
blueraven316's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,109
Thanked: 14 Times
Default

to install the 6.5" speakers there is some severe fabrication required, so you can probably come and change that to a 4" speaker.
The player is all right, but will do really good with an amp.
blueraven316 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th May 2010, 08:02   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
maddy42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Coorg
Posts: 1,846
Thanked: 491 Times
Default

The reason i am not investing in an amp is as my Dad will be driving this majority of the while.

Sorry for the naive query but would i need to change the existing wiring for this install or its just a plug and play?
maddy42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th May 2010, 08:55   #8
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sam Kapasi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mumbai (but wat
Posts: 6,989
Thanked: 1,452 Times
Default

Don't install it yourself, unless you know what you;re doing.

Don't install the 6.5" in the front door. Install them on the rear parcel shelf. And also buy a pair of 4" speakers for the front when you're in India.
Sam Kapasi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th May 2010, 09:12   #9
Senior - BHPian
 
maddy42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Coorg
Posts: 1,846
Thanked: 491 Times
Default

Thanks for the advice. The speaker is mostly going on the rear parcel tray.

Will update the thread once i get the install.

@sam advice taken: We wont install the speakers by ourself and we will try only the HU install. My friend is good at that so all precautions will be taken.
maddy42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th August 2010, 23:39   #10
Senior - BHPian
 
maddy42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Coorg
Posts: 1,846
Thanked: 491 Times
Default Pictures of my install

Well this was simple as in no high techs no expensive headunit. Just budget install
Here are some pics
ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010001.jpg

The donald duck was a awesome member of my car. Always jiggly jaggly and was fun on drives.
ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010002.jpg

Took everyones advice and got the install done by a proffesional near my house. He did a good job.
ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010003.jpg

ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010004.jpg

ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010005.jpg

ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010006.jpg

ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010007.jpg

ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010008.jpg

We had to used spacers for the new speakers as the prev ones were really small!! Shocked that i used them for so long.
ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010009.jpg

In the end of it when someone asks me was it worth it i feel to say "You Betcha" I am having fun with this system

ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010010.jpg

Last edited by maddy42 : 12th August 2010 at 23:56. Reason: words
maddy42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th August 2010, 23:45   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
maddy42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Phoenix, Coorg
Posts: 1,846
Thanked: 491 Times
Default

well some more pictures. Will write something about my experience
My First set of speakers!! Served me for 15 years and was all soft and looked as though required a change for a while
ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010011.jpg

My old system without HU. Was a casette player and i remember the time i used to buy those just to listen to something different. Had to borrow cash from dad and after some convincing he used to let me have one new cassette
ICE Gurus Please help: Did i do a mistake with this purchase: Kenwood-01062010.jpg

Last edited by maddy42 : 12th August 2010 at 23:48.
maddy42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mistake by me, but big Mistake by a Traffic COP dre@ms Street Experiences 72 8th April 2011 00:08
ICE upgrade for OHC VTEC. Gurus please help. vishnuvijay In-Car Entertainment 47 30th September 2010 12:15
Alternator whine, gurus help please! Akshay1234 In-Car Entertainment 2 18th June 2010 14:57
Ice Setup Zen Ė Audio Gurus plz help nicejits In-Car Entertainment 14 20th September 2007 15:45
Need help ICE GURUs :- HU forgets the settings with every restart simply_sunny001 In-Car Entertainment 13 23rd August 2007 12:13


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 22:29.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks