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    Registered User ed1981's Avatar
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    Component speakers?


    I wanted advice on some head units that I want to pick up this weekend. I am deciding between the Pioneer AVH 3200, AVIC U310BT, or something around $400.

    I am going to replace the front speakers too. If I pick up components for the front, will I also need to get an amp to power it or will the HU be sufficient. If not, then I will just get co-axial speakers.

    I don't really listen to music super loud, so I really don't want to spend on a amp.

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    The hu will be pleanty loud... just upgrade the speakers inside the cabin and I suggest getting a small amp like 500 watts and get a 10 inch dual coiled sub just to even everything out and it will sound sweet...
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    As far as 400 for a HU that's pretty steep. Depending on what bells and whistles you want, but as far as audio clarity and quality you could go with a $150-200 HU and spend the difference on a good amp and speakers.
    Crutchfield has a good sale on a Kicker 35x4 RMS (which is a very conservative rating -intentionally) and is likely more like 45w RMS x4 for $99.
    Dynamat your doors, get some components up front and coaxials for the back. Later you can get a sub as already suggested.

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    Unless you get bottom tier components the HU alone won't be enough to properly power them. They will play, but you won't be getting the most out of them. Plus the output from a HU is going to have much more distortion than if you were running the speakers from an amp.

    Just look at the RMS power rating for the components you want, and remember most head units only put out 12 watts RMS per channel at a very high THD level compared to most amps.

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