I've been reading up on CP for almost a year now (both home and car audio), and I really value the contributions from the members on this site. With that said, I have questions with an install I plan on doing and I would really appreciate some advice.
I purchased sr5250's and was just going to run passive with the supplied crossovers for ease of install, but the crossovers are huge and I can't find anyplace where they will fit in my doors. (Previous install was done at a local shop and I was hoping to plug and play using current crossover location)
Then I thought, ok, I'll just mount crossovers in trunk. Then that led to... if I'm running extra wire from the trunk anyway, why not just use my four channel amp to run active? I was previously running my amp bridged to components up front, with HU power to stock speakers in rear-(faded forward except for when I had rear seat passengers and wanted to balance volume for everyone in the car).
I don't want to lose the front/rear fade, but if I use rear rca from head unit to channel B on my amp then I'm pretty sure I just lost that option.
I was thinking maybe split the signal from front RCA's before the amp, but then I lose HU control of separate tweet/mid settings & TA (I think).
I don't really want to buy anymore equipment at this time, and I'm thinking my best option to run active is to just leave rear speakers unplugged and then plug them in when I know I'll have rear passengers. (bad idea?)
What I'm working with:
2010 Corolla, HU- KDC-X993, 4 chan amp- KAC-X541, sub amp- KDC-X811D, comps- SR5250, sub- T7512-04, stock rear speakers running off HU
I plan on placing comps in stock locations (tweets in pillars, drivers in doors)
My first question then: Is there a way to run active with my current gear and have front/rear fade option yet still keep rear stock speakers hooked up to HU but turned down for daily driving?
2nd ?: Does everyone recomend just dumping rear speakers altogether-(even with rear passengers?)
3rd ?: With my HU and amp, do you folks recommend just running passive with the sr5250 crossovers?
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to give as much info as I could to recieve the best advice.
I've never installed before (other than just replacing speakers), and I'll be learning as I go so any advice is welcome!
Thanks in advance!!