The writing in the following quote is an introduction, since I'm a noob, skip it if not interested.
In any case, I just wanted to introduce myself as much as is possible in a few words, now to the audio system!I say bear with me because this will be a big post, I have this unfortunate (some say fortunate) habit of writing essays on forums, I just get lost.
In any case, first an introduction and a bit of background. If you're not interested in getting to know a new member, just skip the quoted part and go to the bottom where I get into my audio ideas and questions.
I'm a Canadian, immigrated in 1990 from Slovenia, a few months before it became a country, so in fact I immigrated from Yugoslavia, strictly speaking. Born and raised in Maribor, an alpine city in the mountains, but really "grew" up, teenage years and 20s, until now, in Toronto and surrounding areas.
There is no end to my interests and hobbies, audio/music as well as film just happens to be one of them, but it's an equal passion to my love for astrophysics (studying the cosmos), chemicals and their effect on neurology and psychology (especially the illegal kind, my thesis was actually on this subject, and I was the test subject to prove my hypothesis, and it is now a theory, success!) And of course the human condition, history and politics, and all these happen to be what I have degrees in (physics/chem is a double major, and two minors in history and politics).
My real passion is the pursuit of truth, all knowledge (the tiny fraction of a percentage that is possible for any human to gather in a lifetime, but that doesn't bother me) and most importantly, liberty from all kinds of tyranny, whether from bullies, or organized criminals like governments.
I have spent the last 10 years studying, with full interest and major investment of time, the way the world works. I already understood how the physical world works since I was a child, and can tell you anything about the universe, including countless hypotheses on our future in space and any other subject involving the physical world (the universe), so in my late teens I wanted to equally understand politics and economics.
Really, I wish I did not, the price one must pay in order to learn the truth about the workings of the world, the human conditions, the way its run, is very high, it can really drive some people completely insane, but I've always had this ability to not be bothered by things which are truly beyond my control, so I am ok, but I am very careful on who I decide to share all my knowledge on this with, and explain to them the consequences of that knowledge. As you may have guessed, mainly I'm talking about the world class system, the economic system, the idea of democracy and politics in general, and what role the elite and people in power play in global events, even when they appear random or based on catch phrases such as "recession", "inflation", "terrorism", "democracy" etc.
My first car was a 1991 Trans Am GTA. I have included a diagram of the setup (hxxp://i771.photobucket.com/albums/xx359/Salvinorum/Audio/audiodiagramfortommy.jpg), but needless to say, I was, and am, a huge Fosgate fan, and of course I know Boston Acoustics makes great stuff so I had no doubts about getting my fronts from BA. I have since sold it all including the car, and have been looking for good 6.5" components that can take decent power but are of lower then 4ohm impendence, and that was proving difficult. Until I found Polk Audio, and not only is everything a perfect resistance, the reviews are all stunning, and prices reasonable! I'm not sure about the sub, I'll see what you say about that, or even the amp, but the components are a given, I think I'm sold on them.
I own a 2002 Dodge Intrepid R/T, and will for a couple years still, so putting a system in is a must, and when I decide to get my BMW, I will either move the stuff over (the sub/amp certainly) or sell if they won't fit.
In any case, here is what I'm looking at, I love the simplicity of a one amp solution, and the fact everything fits perfectly into my car. After I list it all, what I would love is your opinions on the components, and how they would work together, and whatever questions I have as I continue.
As I list the components, I will include an amazon link rather then polk audio link so that the prices are also seen so you know how much I'm willing to spend if you happen to have an alternative suggestion/idea. I won't go into much detail with every component, but after I will share my plan and why I chose this setup.
AMP: I came accross this amp today while searching around for a 5 channel amp, I don't know what came over me, I always assumed I will go with the tried and true mono sub amp and a 2/4 channel mid/high amp, but I did. And I found this: Polk Audio PA 1100.5 -= hxxp://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-Pa1100-5-5-Channel-Amplifier/dp/tech-data/B0016LY6MA/ref=de_a_smtd =-
I've researched many 5 channel amps since, and nothing comes even close to this one as far as my needs and power/price ratio, not to mention its a D class amp all around, wow. It is rated around 75W per the 4 channels into 4ohm, and 125W into 2ohm, and about 200W for the sub channel at 4ohm, but importantly a nice 600W at 1ohm (which is what I run my subs at of course). Now this has always bothered me because most speakers are rated 4ohm so that means that you get only half of the amps potential unless you run two 4ohm speakers on the same channel in parallel, but that gets pricey and you have no control over the individual speakers that way. But as you are about to see with the component set I chose, this is not a problem!
Speakers (two parts, two choices, need major input from you experts here):
COMPONENTS: While I have found 2ohm components from Orion, they are extremely expensive, no doubt amazing, but that is pretty much the extent of my luck. So you can imagine my amazement when I saw Polk components are rated at 2.7ohms, a pretty much perfect rating, not useless like 4ohm but not quite 2ohm so that the amp has some breathing room, amazing. In any case, they are: Polk Audio MM6501 6.5" midrange speakers with a 1" tweater (6.5 are my favorite size, although I also love 5.25" components, but my car fits 6.5", I may add 5.25s on floor panels in the future, but will probably not even think about that once I'm done). hxxp://www.amazon.com/Polk-Audio-AA6514-6-5-Inch-Speaker/dp/B001C3K7I4/ref=pd_cp_e_1
REARS: For some reason, my car has two 6x9s in the rear, not on the doors, but on the back behind the seats under the rear window on top of the trunk. Now, my original thought and plan was to just take them out and leave them out of the system all together. But Polk Audio happens to have the exact ones of high quality, although I'm not sure what purpose they would have. Since my two subs will be right below them in the trunk (I had 4x10" before, I'm leaning towards 2x12" this time just for some difference, but I loved the 4 10s, I hope the 12s kick like that too but just add a bit more depth and rumble when needed). In any case, even if I was to put the two 6x9s into the holes, I would run a filter for midbase only, I would not want any highs to come out of them to ruin my stage. But then this may interfere with the sub frequencies that would be coming about 12 inches underneath. If the speakers were in the rear doors, this would be a given, I would run them mid-base, even tho they are full range speakers, it's a sacrifice I would make.
So, this brings up a problem. If I can't find a use for the two rear channels on the amp, then really I may as well have a 4ohm component set for the front stage and bridge the channels, but in order to find 250W 6.5" components takes time and lots of money. Right now those 6.5s would be getting approx 110W, which is 90% of their rated RMS power, which is absolutely perfect.
Another solution is to get a good 5.25" pair for the floor panels and run those from the rear channels, but I don't have the money for that right now, not even close.
So, should I just leave the two rear channels empty for now? Connect them to the stock 6x9s in the back and just lower the gain by a lot? There is no equivalent 3 channel amp that Polk makes, but I wouldn't want that anyway.
Does any of this make sense?
SUBS: This is the area where I'm not sure if I am going with Polk. If the amp puts out 600W into 1ohm, I want 2 DVC (4ohm per coil) subs in parallel, and I was thinking of the Fosgate 12" 4ohm DVC's, P3 series, they are each rated for 500W RMS, so 600W for the both of them would be nice, even tho like I said, I prefer to run everything at 75% capability, so 750W would be perfect. I don't know much about Polk subs, but it seems two MM1240-DVC would actually be perfect, as they would together handle 850W RMS, which is actually perfect for the above mentioned amp.
I'm bored of typing, I'm sure I missed something, but please lets get this thread going with as much info as you're willing to share so I can make my decision. Remember, I'm new to Polk, so I don't mind ideas outside of Polk, and please share any ideas for my car, if you think I'm making a mistake anywhere.
And lastly, does anyone know the true tested power of the PA 1100.5 at 14.4V in a car? I don't know about Polk, but I know Fosgate rates theirs at 12V, so the power output in the car is usually way higher then what is written on the box.