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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 16th, 14, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Radio rookie: Help on improving stereo sound!

I have a model 2 retrosound stereo with 25 watt per channel output. I have just installed two Kappa 4x6 speakers 60 watt to the kick panel to get better sound than the dash speakers. I have rear sony 6x9 3 way speakers. I am NOT trying to enter any contests at all, but want better than factory sound from my stereo. I've researched and can anyone comment (or give their own advise) on the following additions:

1) getting a simple amp to increase the power to the rear speakers only giving better bass and sound while keeping the fronts only powered by the Model 2 Retrosound 25w per speaker

2) adding a powered subwoofer like Sound Ordnance B-8PTD and I guess simply attach the rear speakers to it and again leave the fronts powered by the stereo itself.

3) Get an amplifier with 4 channels and power all of the speakers, knowing that the 6x9 will give a good amount of bass if powered better.

I don't really want to get an amp (or two) AND a separate sub as I'm not interested in all the space that it will take up.
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Re: Radio rookie: Help on improving stereo sound!

For starters, the head unit kind of sucks when it comes to driving speakers, even just the 4x6's. Grab yourself a nice 4-channel amp, drive all 4 speakers off of it, then connect your sub-out to your powered sub. Should get some decent sound from there. I have those 4x6's as well, and they really should put out better quality sound for the money, but they are 4x6's after all.

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Re: Radio rookie: Help on improving stereo sound!

So will the powered sub also power the rear speakers?

What is a good 4 channel power amplifier to purchase? I again am NOT entering any contests. Would I mount it under the dash or is it best to mount in the trunk?
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Re: Radio rookie: Help on improving stereo sound!

I found that 25W/channel just isnt enough to keep up with a loud exhaust. I'm eventually going to get a 5-way amp and put it in the trunk mounted to a board which will be mounted to the "wall" between the trunk and passenger compartment. I plan on carpeting the wall and mounting a 10" sub directly to it with the cone facing forward. I'll carpet the whole thing as well.

My goal is to keep the 4x6 2-way in the front, 6x9 Sony's in the rear deck and sub in the trunk. With the right amp I should be able to balance the levels to keep the sound even throughout the cabin.

The fader just isn't cutting it for me because the front speaker doesn't have enough bass to even out the sound. When I drive it I have the kids in the back and if I turn it up enough to hear the 6x9's the kids complain. If I put in the amp and sub I should be able to turn down the 6x9's while keeping the fronts loud enough for my wife and I to hear and using the sub to fill in the lows since low frequencies travel so much better.

...then again all that might change after I dynamat the trunk this weekend. Hopefully that'll cut back the exhaust drone some.

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Re: Radio rookie: Help on improving stereo sound!

Here is my system build: an Alpine 75x4 amp under dash plus a kenwood powered sub in the trunk. it overcomes the wind noise nicely with the top down!

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showthread.php?t=232097

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Re: Radio rookie: Help on improving stereo sound!

I've used this on several 1st Gens. One with Retrosound 2

http://www.classicindustries.com/pro...ts/bsd100.html


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I'd go with option 1. You could get a 4 channel amp and bridge it to send all the power to the rears. If you're not happy with that, you could unbridge to all 4 channels. Option 1 should also allow you to use the built in faderror in your head unit. Just make sure your alternator provides enough power for whatever amp you choose.
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