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Re: Upgrading sound in 4000/5000

Last fall, I upgraded my 5000's sound system.  The stock tape deck
had failed to play tapes.  So, I went shopping!  I had a friend who had
a pair of 10" subs connected to a 75watt Harmon-Kardon amp and crossovers
from the amp to the other speakers.  So, I varied the theme in my car.

I have a Sony XR-U660 removable face head unit which contains a tape deck
and CD changer controls.  It drives the front door/dash speakers.  The
line outs (rear) feed a 50 watt Proton amp which drives a pair of
Rockford/Fosgate 10" woofers.  I let the woofers roll off (no crossover).
I put crossovers on the stock speakers in the rear deck and rear
doors.  I cut holes in the rear deck for the woofers.  And (although it
pained me much), replaced the rear parcel shelf with some foam and carpet.
It actually looks nice, but I can't put parcels on (now, a future project is
to make a nice shelf with some masonite).  Since I had cut two 10" holes in
the deck, I thought I'd re-enforce it.  I found a piece of oak flooring laying
in my parents' garage, so I screwed it to the bottom of the deck.  The
piece of oak was about 2"x.75" and as wide as the deck.  This was also a
good place to hang a CD changer, which I did.  I have the Sony CD-U330.

I must say, that I have not finished, but it sounds pretty good and gets
fairly loud.  It is loud enough that I turn it down in the summer when the
windows are down and I am around the city.  I don't want to seem the idiot
by blaring my music all over creation!  In the future, I want to put some
small enclosures over the stock rear speakers, so that the woofers will
not use them as passive radiators.  BTW, I also covered all those 1" holes
in the rear deck with pieces of plywood and silicone sealant.  At some point,
I might also replace some of the factory drivers with something better.

Sorry this wasn't about the 4000, but us 5000 drivers need somthing to talk
about too!


David A. Kavanagh       kavanagh@ssd.kodak.com                  AMIGA!
The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great,       '67 human
and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely  '79 VW Scirocco
in order that the human mind shall never be lacking         '81 VW Scirocco
in refreshment. - Johannes Kepler                           '87 Audi 5000CSTQ