I need advice: I recently purchased a ’03 Ford E-150 hi-top conversion van. I am a high level quadriplegic. The middle row seats have been removed and this is where I sit in my chair – left of center and slightly in front of the rear bench. Even with the hi-top my head is 1.5” to 2” below the roof lining. This is where I would like the sweet spot.
I plan to replace the existing system and would like to go with PolkAudio speakers. I’ve had Polk’s in my home since the early ‘90’s and love them. Since I have no visibility to speak of I want a nice sound system.
Here’s the existing system setup:
A double din CD/cassette stereo.
There are 2 front door speakers, which seem to be the only ones run by the stereo.
There is an overhead 23” video monitor, approximately 30” in front of me with speakers on either side driven by the rear DVD player. There is also a small speaker about 16” from by left ear and one in the right side door which also seem to be driven by the DVD player.
Furthermore there are 2 rear door speakers and I’m not sure what’s driving them, if anything.
Speaker holes: front door – none, rear door 8” x 5” oval, either side of the monitor 7.5” x 3.5” at the middle and 2” wide at the top and bottom (this is a glossy walnut panel I’d rather not cut)
I did run the Polk Car Fit Guide.
Here’s the plan outline and my questions:
An Alpine, Pioneer Premier, or Kenwood (I’ve also Eclipse are good, but not familiar w/them.) CD stereo, iPod ready, possibly touchscreen. I have read Ford’s double din slot can be a smidge smaller than aftermarket stereos. Anyone know if this is true for a ’03 E-150?
For speakers I’m thinking the SR5250’s, MM5251’s or MM571. Can/should I use a mix of them? Should I also install an amp? If so, any recommendations?
Replace the front door speakers, they are behind the door panel. Will any Polk’s even fit or will the panel need to be cut?
Replace the speakers on either side of the monitor. Nix the speaker next to my left ear and side door speaker.
Do something with the rear. Either replace the rear door or change the location, possibly hang them from the rear cabinet or from the side wall. My concern here is first, I don’t care to put nice speakers in a door and second I’d be driving nice speaker into a bench seat. Any thoughts on the best solution? Could I hang the RM8’s in the rear?
I would then have and audio/video switcher to switch the speakers between the stereo and DVD player.
As an aside I am thinking about placing a video camera on the dash and running it to the monitor since I have no visibility.
Sorry for the length, but I figure the more info, the better the advice. :D