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Old 5th December 2010, 13:26   #1
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I am in the US currently and got myself a Honda Accord. The stock system sounds pathetic, so I am looking for an upgrade. My budget is $500-700.

Car can accomodate 6.5 inch components in the front and 6x9's in the rear. Not planning for amp and sub.

Headunit: Looking at Alpine ida-x305s for $230. Is this a good choice or is there something better? I will be playing 320kbps from iPhone or iPod. My most recent car had Pioneer DEH-4200SD and Infinity reference components. I was pretty much happy with the sound. The Alpine is expensive, but swaying towards it for the 24bit burr brown DAC. Does this make sense?

Components: Alpine Type-X SPX-17REF for $200. I am planning to run these WITHOUT an amp. Any issues? Or is the Type-R SPR-17S for $125 good enough?

Rear: Infinity 693.9i ($100). These are from the Kappa range. Any other suggestions here?

Another big issue here is installation. I will need to to the installation myself. This is the biggest reason rewiring and amp installation is out of scope. I have never done this stuff myself, but after seeing installations being done in my other 2 cars in India, am confident I can pull this off. Would really appreciate if there are any tips on the installation challenges.

PS: Apologies for posting the prices in $.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 5th December 2010, 16:29   #2
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HU: Better is subjective, for me the ida-x305 is good enough. Another option is kenwood kdc-x794, similar features, great sound and a bit cheaper.

Comps: You'll definitely need an amp to power these. Type r comps are good but the type x are even better. If you have the budget, go for type x. can't go wrong with these. If you can audition these somewhere, please do and let your ears decide.

Rear: Infinity is good. So are the coaxials from alpine. Go in for whatever sounds better to your ears.

Damping: If you are investing in good comps, don't forget damping to get the best out of those speakers. Dynamat, Noisekill, Accumat, these are a few options available to you.

This upgrade can very much be done at home. There is enough info available on this site for you to attempt a DIY, shouldn't be a problem.

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Here is one option with breakup-

Amp: mrp-f300 140$
HU: ida-x305s 230$
Front: spx-17ref/ spr-17s 190/125$
Rear: spr-69c 90$
Damping: dynamat 8 sqft 80$
Wiring: rockford RFK8 40$

TOTAL: 770/705$

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Here is one option with breakup-

Amp: mrp-f300 140$
HU: ida-x305s 230$
Front: spx-17ref/ spr-17s 190/125$
Rear: spr-69c 90$
Damping: dynamat 8 sqft 80$
Wiring: rockford RFK8 40$

TOTAL: 770/705$
Astleviz thanks. As much I would love to have an amplifier, I cant. Its too much of a risk for me to run wires all around the car with NO prior exp in doing somthing as simple as installing a HU. If I was to get it professionally installed, the labor would cost as much as the products.

So my question really is:

Will the SXP-17REF sound good with 18 rms per channel?
What is a good 6x9 to pair with the components?
Is there any other HU which sounds as good in that price range with full featured pass through ipod/iphone and TA features?
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