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Old 08-15-2005, 11:58 PM   #31
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I'd avoid audiobahn if i were you. They're more interested in Bling then anything...

Try to find smaller companies who put out higher end stuff. If you bought a $200 component set from a small company vs someone huge like sony, you'll be getting a product that'll outperform it by miles. The cheapest of the best stuff is always better then comparatively priced mass market stuff. CDT is an excellent example of that. The smaller companies usually have much better customer service as well.

To amp components you can do it a few ways if you really get into this.. The easiest, and the usual setup on 99% of all components is to run the output from the amp into the crossover, and then the corresponding outputs from the crossover into each driver. This is how their diagrams will show you, and how a first timer should definetly do it.

If you really get into high end setups, you can use the crossover before the amp, and then have seperate amped channels for each individual driver. This is complicated and you NEED to understand how everything works through and through.
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OK, what does each of the wires running to a speaker do??
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its called BI-amping
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Does it matter which of the two wires go where on the speaker? I am speaking of the stock red and black wires.
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Red is positive, and black is negative. They will still play reversed, but the polarity will be reversed as well. This will cause bass cancellation. Make sure all the speakers in a setup are the same.
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Does it matter which wire goes to which side as long as all speakers are wired the same? I guess I need to look at this again, I don't think I wired them all right. How can I tell which way to wire them, they are Pioneers right now, but I will be getting the CDT ones asap. Also in case you didn't notice further back, would it sound better if I had 2/3 way 6x9s or just regular 1 way 6x9s like CDT offers? I would think the 1 ways since bass tones seem to be best handled in the rear of the car and treble from the front.
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I'd get matching speakers. 1 way is not a full speaker, but probably for rear fill. It'll play midrange i bet, but not include a tweeter.

If you're using factory component speakers the wiring doesn't matter. If you're doing aftermarket ones, i would run new speaker wire from your head unit or amps, into the crossover and then follow their wiring setup.
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This is good I am learning a lot here, thanks for all the info.

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I'd get matching speakers. 1 way is not a full speaker, but probably for rear fill. It'll play midrange i bet, but not include a tweeter.
So you mean I should save the extra hundred and get the set with the tweeters too?

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If you're using factory component speakers the wiring doesn't matter. If you're doing aftermarket ones, i would run new speaker wire from your head unit or amps, into the crossover and then follow their wiring setup.
Ok, so I'm getting aftermarkets...how do I run new wires to the HU, and can I use 14 gauge to rewire? That'* what I already have. I am new to automotive electronics but I do know electronics btw, so this is not all lost on me. I am not getting the amp right away so I will need to rewire to the HU I guess...or wait to rewire till I get the amp.
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If you run new wires, You'll need to run from the radio harness to the speaker/crossovers. Probably just run it in the dash into the door.

The stock wiring follows this path, but it'* not as high quality, and it does split somewhere for the components if equipped.

I wouldn't get rear speakers with tweeters if i had an option, but that'* what I want.
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If you run new wires, You'll need to run from the radio harness to the speaker/crossovers. Probably just run it in the dash into the door.
OK, well that doesn't sound too hard. I think I might only rewire the rear speakers for now and wait to rewire the fronts when I get the amp. This'll be good to know for it I want those two channels for more speakers. 14 Gauge can be used for this right? To hook up the new wire do I just cut the current wire and crimp the new wire onto the wire from the harness?

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I wouldn't get rear speakers with tweeters if i had an option, but that'* what I want.
So I should go for just that dual 6x9 set. I misunderstood you before.
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