Alright, so i'm wanting to run front, rear, and sub.
I would like all channels to be externally amplified, since i hate headunit amps for various reasons.
Now. (prepares for gnashing of teeth.) I'm not hacking up my doors, i'm not going to mess with custom enclosures/kickpanels/whatever.
So. Here's what i've got.
CDT 4"/1" components for front. CDT 6.5" midrange ONLY in rear, and two 8" CDT subs.
I got it all on the cheap, and i'm a cheapass. Looking for a big fat double din headunit. Most of them that i like and am willing to pay for, have only two sets of preouts. Front, and rear/sub.
Proposed solutions that i've thought of:
1) Split the preouts for Front into front and rear, and then filter using the amp. Block high range to rear speakers, and roll off the lows from the front 4s.
2) Split the preouts from Rear/sub, and do the same there. Set HPF/LPF for sub, and same for rears on amp.
3) Sack up and get something with 3 sets of dedicated preouts.
Are they all viable? Or just option 3?
I found a Pioneer DEQ-99 for a decent price. Are EQs like this worth bothering with? IF so, being that the DEQ-99 has 3 sets of preouts, how would one make this work with another pioneer headunit that might only have 2 sets of preouts. Again, the goal here is to end up with all channels amped externally.
Unless i'm missing my guess here, i could use ONE set of preouts from the head unit to feed into the DEQ-99, and then the DEQ-99 will feed that through three ouputs, and i can use it to filter as i see fit. Am i on the right track? (Bonus points is that i get more dancing lights, and my inner "ricer" likes this.)
Thanks in advance for any help/input. :)