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    Default Need you guys help

    I'm writing a paper on "How to set up a competition SQ system"
    Obviously this topic can never be fully covered, nor does my teacher know anything about car audio...which is the main reason why I picked it. I can never run out of material and my teacher cant say its wrong because she knows nothing about it. w00t

    Anyway, this is just an outline, wanted to run it by you guys to see what you thought as far as the order its in, anything major i left out, that kind of stuff.

    Here it is:

    I. Before You Begin
    A. Set a budget
    B. Select an organization and class to compete in
    C. Familiarize yourself with your car

    II. Selecting Components For Your Car
    A. Head unit/Processors
    B. Door Speakers
    C. Subwoofers
    D. Amplifiers
    E. Sound deadening
    F. Wiring

    III. Installation and Enclosures
    A. Tweeter placement
    B. Midrange/midbass placement
    C. Enclosures for midrange/midbass speakers
    D. Enclosures for subwoofers
    E. Routing wires
    F. Making it work together

    IV. Competing
    A. Getting involved in the organization
    B. Getting judged


    -Cody
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    As far as an outline goes, it looks pretty solid. Dont forget a "tuning" section. This is the most important. Make sure you cover things like path length differences, phase and polarity, EQ's and various processors.

    Also, you may want to include exactly what the judges are looking for. Stage placement, tonallity, and such.
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    tuning will be under "F. Making it work together" staging and imaging will be under speaker placement, and what judges look for otherwise will be in judging
    -Cody
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    anyone know where the article is on scott buwalda making his entire system out of stuff he bought off ebay?
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    make sure you post the paper when it's done... or before, for peer review...
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    Keep it simple...............buy a Ford with a stock unit and enter USACi.

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    its due next thursday, and its going to be a long paper, i forgot what minimum length is supposed to be, but i remember long...but then again a page report is long to me...
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    me too buddy i hated doing damn papers

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    well then you better post it, cause if you consider one page tough, i hate to see what page six is gonna look like :p
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    I feel the same way, Cody. I hate writing. I'm currently working on a 5-page paper for english, and that's too long for me! lol Last semester I did an 8-page paper, and I was fairly pleased with it, but I never wanna do anything that long again.
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    well, in the actual assignment instructions, it doesnt list a specific number of pages it has to be...i guess enough to just fully cover the subject. I had a couple of car audio books lying around the house and now i can only find the car stereo cookbook...i dont know what happened to my other one...sucks because i have to have at least 2 sources and i dont think the libraries around here have books on car stereo...
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    don't we count? :p
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    *gasp*

    Can you use internet sources?!

    *envisions audiobliss being quoted in a paper*

    :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    Simple question. If you had a cool million bucks, what would you do with it?
    Wonder WTF happened to the rest of my money.
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    Sony ST-S500ES
    Denon DP-7F
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    Klipsch RF-35


    [In Storage]
    Yamaha CDR-HD1300
    ASL Wave 20 monoblocks
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    [Car System]
    Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP
    Memphis 16-MCA3004
    Boston Acoustic RC520

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    well, you could probably say, 'this is what worked for this guy, but this worked for this guy, so clearly audio is not a science'... as long as he doesn't present what we say as fact, it's all good...
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    Why? We're all smart, factual, knowledgeable, respected, honored, etc.

    :D


    Well, ok...maybe I see your point...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    Simple question. If you had a cool million bucks, what would you do with it?
    Wonder WTF happened to the rest of my money.
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    Yamaha KX-W900U
    Sony ST-S500ES
    Denon DP-7F
    Parasound P/HP-850
    Parasound HCA-1000A
    Klipsch RF-35


    [In Storage]
    Yamaha CDR-HD1300
    ASL Wave 20 monoblocks
    Pro-Ject Phono Box MKII


    [Car System]
    Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP
    Memphis 16-MCA3004
    Boston Acoustic RC520

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    Don't forget to include "familiarize yourself with the org's rules of installation".

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    thanks josh, thatll be under selecting an organization/class

    and yea, i could quote AB

    "On the topic of repairing amps, well-known postwhore on the Club Polk forum, Audiobliss, had this to say'ROFL!!

    Making useless posts is fun, though, no? '."

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    :D I see an 'A' heading your way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstas View Post
    Simple question. If you had a cool million bucks, what would you do with it?
    Wonder WTF happened to the rest of my money.
    My Saga
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    Yamaha KX-W900U
    Sony ST-S500ES
    Denon DP-7F
    Parasound P/HP-850
    Parasound HCA-1000A
    Klipsch RF-35


    [In Storage]
    Yamaha CDR-HD1300
    ASL Wave 20 monoblocks
    Pro-Ject Phono Box MKII


    [Car System]
    Pioneer Premier DEH-P860MP
    Memphis 16-MCA3004
    Boston Acoustic RC520

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    Quote Originally Posted by audiobliss
    :D I see an 'A' heading your way!
    you're cheesy.

    good luck Cody
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Gardner
    Keep it simple...............buy a Ford with a stock unit and enter USACi.
    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Now why didnt I think about that?!
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    Looks good -- I'd reorder a few things a bit though (see below).

    I. Before You Begin
    A. Set a budget
    B. Select an organization and class to compete in
    C. Familiarize yourself with your car

    II. Selecting Components For Your Car
    B. Front Stage Speakers [Changed from 'door' because it's not necessarily door speakers]
    C. Subwoofers
    A. Source Unit / Head Unit
    D. Amplifiers
    E. Sound deadening
    F. Wiring

    III. Installation and Enclosures
    B. Midrange/midbass placement
    C. Enclosures for midrange/midbass speakers
    A. Tweeter placement / mounting
    D1. Subwoofer placement and firing
    D2. Enclosures for subwoofers
    E. Routing wires
    F. Making it work together

    IV. Competing
    A. Getting involved in the organization
    B. Getting judged
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    very true, front stage is a much better term. thanks
    and while subwoofer placement and firing is needed, i dont think its as important. You can pretty much throw a sub anywhere and cross it off at 55Hz as long as you have good midbass up front
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    does anyone have any car audio books besides the car stereo cookbook? I have another somewhere but i cannot find it, nor remember what it was called. Reason im asking is that i need a couple of book sources, so if someone could find another book they have lying around and can tell me the title, author, copyright date, and publisher, you would be my new best friend.
    thanks-
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    nvm. I found it.
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    you have a draft for us (me) yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted512
    very true, front stage is a much better term. thanks
    and while subwoofer placement and firing is needed, i dont think its as important. You can pretty much throw a sub anywhere and cross it off at 55Hz as long as you have good midbass up front
    -Cody
    Eh, I wouldnt say that. It depends on the vehicle. Mine is crossed at 50 Hz and is still very easy to locate. Ive been experimenting with different time alignment setting and different EQ'ing and have been getting some pretty good results.

    Man now that Ive got my stage as good as it will get with my current speaker locations Ive since turned my attention to getting proper tonality and Ive learned something, tuning a competitive SQ system is F***ING HARD! Ive discovered that it is impossible without a big EQ with at least 13-15 bands! Neither my 7 band graphic or 5 band parametric can cut it. Ive switched from my graphic and have been using my parametric lately with better results but they just dont have the "room" necessary to get the problem areas that I have. Looks like another $300 for an Audiocontrol EQS.
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    does your radio have an optical/digital out? If so, have you thought about getting the Alpine H701?
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    It all goes back to that me being broke thing. The 701 would be a great little unit but its also $500! Plus its got a bunch of stuff I dont need. Right now all I need and want is a really good EQ and the EQS is the best choice for my budget. Im also toying with the idea of going active for my crossovers but havent decided yet. Besides, Im planning on eventually upgrading amps and theyll probably be Polk so I can just use the crossover on them.
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    Still $400 thought. I can get the EQS fully authorized from a shop for $250! Yay for me! Yes Im a cheap bastard.
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