I'm really tired of running Boston Acoustic mids full range off my HU. I want a system. I need a system.
What I've been planning for my CA system is pretty grand, I must admit. Nothing on the level of what Cody has, but certainly not skimping. I was planning on a Memphis 16-MCA3004 to biamp my components and then something making about 350watts my Memphis for a sub. I was also planning on a MM2104 installed in a DIY enclosure in the side of the back of my Cherokee, which would be perfect for practicality AND performance.
Now, all that's changed. I just can't afford what I 'want'; I just want to get what I 'need'. So, here's what the audio store suggested.
Alpine V-Power series amps. Of course I winced at the mention of that, 'cause I want better! Not ragging on the amps, they're certainly solid and dependable. But I've reconciled myself with the fact that I'm going to HAVE to get less than what I want. So, anyhoo...
Alpine MRP-F250 for components, MRP-M450 for sub for $200 each. However, they pretty strongly recommend going with the MRP-F450 and MRP-M650 for $300 each, since they're more powerful, for not THAT much more dough.
But today when I went in, we came up with a different amp combo that would be as good/better, for less money. At least I hope. Here it is...
I asked him about how Alpine and Memphis compare, and he suggested that maybe I go with Memphis' 16-MCA2004. He said that though it's rated at 50x4 as opposed to the MRP-F450's 70x4, it's rated at a lower THD, so it's probably closer to the Alpine's output. Plus, the real reason is that the Memphis will fit under the driver's seat, leaving room for the sub amp to go under the back seat.
Then for the sub amp he recommended a JL e2150 (they've now gone to a2150, I believe...I'd be getting the new one from him, I think) for about $220. He said it'll bridge to close to 200watts into 4ohms.
Now, for the sub. They have a room of used gear, and he has a JL 10W0 (or maybe one of the early w1's when they were black) in a carpeted box for $100. That's what I'm banking on for the low end.
That adds up to $590 for both amps and the sub/enclosure. They no longer do installations themselves, but a former employee has set up shop right down the road (within a rock's throw), and they send their customers to him. So, I went down there to get an estimate. They also do a lot of detailing, and the audio guy was out to lunch, but the guy at the desk called him and got an estimate over the phone. For installing both amps and 'fabricating' a way to mount my tweeters and all the material he made a 'wild guesstimate' as he called it of $220. How does that sound? Too much? He did say it was a 'wild guesstimate' and that it may end up being less depending on how much wire was needed and so forth.
Man, that's $810, and it's not even the system I *want*!! What do you guys think?