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i can chime in here (once again) about car audio since
that's the one thing that's really super duper kick ass
about my current !audi car.
first of all, markup on speakers is totally outrageous,
sometimes several hundred percent. markup from factory
to dealer, that is. and many many "high end" car audio
companies have their speakers manufactured (to their
specs, of course) by a handful of factories around the
if you are willing to put a little effort into it, you can
really get incredible shit at a fraction of the cost.
the speakers in my car are all made by vifa - somewhere
in scandanavia, methinks. i ordered this stuff thru
madisound, in madison, wisconsin. they are really helpful
on the fone and via email and did a bang-up job of specing
and making the crossovers i needed. they are pretty big,
though, but they fit.
i have a single 12" sub in the trunk with a too-small
box that gives really, really tight and hard bass. not
for the jazz/classical crowd, but i tend to go for the
thump of drum & bass or 4ad stuff when i drive. the
180 watts to the sub makes for some thump. rear-mounted
at the top corners by the hatchback hinges are a pair
of 2" titanium tweeters, with a stereo l-pad in the dash
to control the level (if they are on when i have rear
passengers it's unbearable for them). these really bring
the sound forward from the front of the car when balanced
up front i have some 6" vifa's in the door and another
set of 2" tweets - these are in the vents in the front
of the dash. well hidden, all of it is invisible. my
head unit is an old sony and the amp, yum, it's a
soundstrem 2,3,4 i think - the usa line, not the highest
end but it's huge, 360 watts. 180 to the sub, 180 to
the front, the rear tweet fills run off the head unit.
the car rocks and all the speakers (with crossovers)
were easily around $300 and they easily outperform the
nicer imilar stuff from boston acoustics and the like -
for a fraction of the cost. if anyone wants more info
on the exact specs of my junk drop a line, i'll look
it up for ya.
madisound can be reched at http://www.itis.com/madisound/
i am pretty sure.
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