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    Question If not Polk, then...

    I just got a 2008 Xterra and NEED to upgrade from the stock system. Obviously I am considering Polk, but who else should I look at. I remember liking the sound of Focal, but have not hear much else.

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    alpine type g's are pretty nice for the money, but dont know if they have hit the american market, may be euro only still
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    At their price point, it's hard to beat Polk. If you're wanting to spend a lot more though, Focal, Morel and Hertz all make good stuff too. If you're wanting to go DIY, there are a lot of options there like Seas and Scanspeak.
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    JL and Alpine have some pretty good quality speakers; however, Focal's do sound extremely good. I'd suggest finding a some type of car audio store where you can listen to everything side by side. That's the best way to figure out what sounds right to your ears.

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    Thanks for the input. I agree that Polks seem to be priced better than the others I am looking at. Now I need to find someone to do the install for a reasonable price.

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    How far away from Seattle is Olympia? I have an old MECA buddy that recently moved back out there after retiring from the army and opened up a shop. I easily recommend him. He won a SQ world champhionship (I think maybe 2) and a few install world championships so he obviously knows his way around an install bay. One of the best guys youll ever meet too.

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    Google maps shows it to be an hour drive (60 miles) from Seattle. If you dont mind the drive, he's the guy you should see.
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    Jeez, that looks like some nice quality custom work he does. The drive would be a lot, but dang. I'll think about it.

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    I found speakers made by a company named Powerbass locally, soft dome tweeters, fairly decent bass for a 6x8 and that's on deck power, price was actually fairly good.
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    MacLeod,

    What is your buddy's name for when I call?

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    Steve McIntyre. My name is Aaron Thomas from Chattanooga. Tell him I sent ya.
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    Thanks Aaron

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizelbs View Post
    I just got a 2008 Xterra and NEED to upgrade from the stock system. Obviously I am considering Polk, but who else should I look at. I remember liking the sound of Focal, but have not hear much else.

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    The polk MM 6501 are really hard to beat for their price point. However, you could obviously look into other sets. Image Dyanmics generally give you a good bang for your buck. Rainbow has a few lower priced sets, along with the previous sets mentioned by others above (hertz, morel, alpine). To me though, I really think that the MM series is a ton of speaker for the money you shell out.

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