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    $850 budget options

    I have pulled one of these from another thread, with the original poster's name provided

    Both of these are for active use. Please feel free to add in anything you can put together.

    Best if we can keep this beyond one time deals, but on used items that is hard to do.

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    Assuming factory head unit with flat signal - no need for eq before amps.

    x2 kenwood x4r - $380
    Peerless SLS - 6.5" or 8" (depending on what you can fit) - $100
    TB Bamboo 3" - $50
    OR
    Peerless 830970 - $35
    x2 AE IB15 - $300

    Should give you ~150w @ 8ohm for mids, 75 @4 ohm or ~35 @ 8ohm for full range, and 300w for subs.

    Full time alignment, EQ, processing through amps.

    IB on subs.

    Alternatively you can swap out a multitude of subwoofers and use the ~300w @ 4ohm for a single 10 or 12 sealed or ported in the $100 range and have a killer ~$650 system...


    EDIT:
    Inexpensive head unit of your choice - ~$150-175
    x2 kenwood x4r - $380
    Peerless SLS - 6.5" or 8" (depending on what you can fit) - $100
    TB Bamboo 3" - $50
    OR
    Peerless 830970 - $35
    Dayton HO 10 - $125
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    I built a system consisting of new and used items for my wife's vehicle last year:

    Clarion DXZ785USB: $139
    Custom Servo Unit: $260
    Orion HCCA 225: $100
    Memphis 15-MS124d sub: $ 50
    Genesis comps: $165
    RF Power $351s $90

    I don't remember what I paid for the wiring kit, but it was somewhere in the neighborhood of $45 to $50. Regardless, I either came in right at your budget or a few dollars over. :p

    Then again, I did buy wood to build the .625 cubic foot sealed enclosure, so I am slightly over your budget.
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    No HU or processing but this comes in at $730.00. With different amps can free plenty of money to get a nice new HU with processing.

    Power 4 x 50 and 1 x 600 for sub.

    Zapco i450-$250.00
    Zapco i600-$225.00
    Tidal Audio (same as ID12) TM12.4-$79.99
    Peerless 830883 6-1/2" Nomex Cone HDS Woofer-$125.00
    VIFA NE19VTS-04 SILK DOME NEODYMIUM TWEETERS-$50.00

    Other amp options:
    Boston Acoustics GT-5750-$469.99 4 x 70, 375 x 1
    ID i5800-$419.00 4 x 65, 400 x 1
    MB QUART ONX4.80/500-$349.00 4 x 80, 500 x 1
    Hifonics ZXi60.4+1K-$359.95 4 x 60. 750 x 1
    BOSTON ACOUSTICS GTA-1005-$339.99 4 x 50, 400 x 1
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    I like everything about the first post. I'm a fan of the X4R and if you can deal with reaching in your amp rack to adjust the sound (say with a helper), then go for it. If used within their range of abilities, they are fantastic amps imo.

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    Used 880/800prs-$250 used and in good shape.
    Pair of JBL GTO amps from the JBL store-$300ish
    Dayton RS180-$80
    Tang 2" widebanders-$40
    Inexpensive 12" sub-$70
    Wiring and other supplies-$80
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    That's a grand total of $820 with a little wiggle room to spare.

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    $250 - used PRS800 (just sold mine for this amount)
    $200 - Clarion APX4361 4-channel
    $150 - used Clarion DPX2251 bridged @4 ohms
    $16 - Dayton ND20F tweeter
    $60 - Silver Flute 6.5" mid
    $160 - Dayton HO 15

    $836 - Total

    But then there's always wires & sound treatments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el_chupo_ View Post
    Assuming factory head unit with flat signal - no need for eq before amps.
    OK, but what kind of signal? Speaker level? Balanced? Common-ground? You are gonna have to either budget for converting balanced or speaker to common-ground in an effective and non-FR-ruining fashion, or you are going to have to budget amps that have balanced inputs that will work (JL, some old xtant, Zapco, some Arc, some Tru, etc.)

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    A fair question - as you know, in my car it is not really an issue.

    What do you suggest as a cost effective solution to convert it down to common-ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by el_chupo_ View Post
    A fair question - as you know, in my car it is not really an issue.

    What do you suggest as a cost effective solution to convert it down to common-ground?
    Cost effective? Or, high quality? Unfortunately, what has become my preferred method isn't cheap, and I'm one cheap S.O.B. That Arc (Ubuy) line driver/LOC looks like a promising unit, but is still over $100.00. VP would have to chime in on that one. I haven't used one, so I don't know how user friendly it is.

    I'm going to be posting a tutorial soon of how to design a passive system, with minimal out of pocket expense, utilizing all free software. The only expenses would be measuring equipment, which, frankly, we should all have anyway. That should go right in line with this thread on keeping expenses down.

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    Pretty much NONE of the passive LOCs on the market do a good job of having close to flat frequency response. There were some Soundgates that I liked well enough for some purposes, but not good enough for us (and Soundgate is defunct now anyway).

    As MVM pointed out, Jensen Transformers are not cheap. The lowest cost route is an active device or amp front end that accepts a balanced signal AND the voltage you are talking about. I haven't tried the Arc, nor the Rockford BLD, nor the Cache.

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    Question $850 budget options

    Budget active 3-way with t/a on mids/tweets, midbass, and sub, not much for eq though.
    HU: Kenwood KDC- X794 $175 (TA, 5 band p.eq, ipod)
    Crossover: Jbl gtx47 $79 (4 way front section: low pass, 2 band pass, and high pass. 3way rear section: 2 band pass, and a high pass)
    Tweeter: Dayton ND20FA-6 $8 each
    Mid: Fountek FR88EX $23 each
    Mid bass: (depending on size) Peerless 835004 6.5" $10 each or Peerless 830586 8" $24 each
    Sub: (depending on size) 15"MB Quart rwe-352 $110 shipped or 10"Dayton RSS265HO-4 $127
    Amps: x2 MB Quart dsc 480 $110 each
    Total $667 - $712 + wiring

    MatchingEQ (if 5 band p.eq isnt enough) Jbl gte422 $75

    Any opinions ?

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