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'07 System Upgrade - How Does This Look?

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Old 10-22-2010, 01:21 PM
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I recently purchased an '07 Accord EX-L V6 sedan (no nav, dual climate control). I'm going to be upgrading the sound system in two stages - fronts, then rear. I'm looking for generally good quality, not turn everyone's heads at the stoplight loudness. Here is what I have picked thus far:

Stage 1

Alpine Type R SPR-17S Components - http://www.crutchfield.com/s_500SPR1...search=spr-17s

Alpine MRP-F300 - http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500MRPF...00.html?tp=115

PAC Line Out Converter - http://www.amazon.com/98-07-ADD-AMP-...7770802&sr=8-1

Amp Kit - http://www.amazon.com/PK4Z-Gauge-Pow...7770867&sr=1-1

Dynamat Door Kit - http://www.amazon.com/Dynamat-10435-...7770908&sr=1-2

Stage 2

Alpine Type R 10" Sub - http://www.crutchfield.com/s_500SWR1...wr-1043d&avf=N

Alpine MRP-M500 - http://www.crutchfield.com/p_500MRPM...earch=mrp-m500

Based on the above, I have a couple of questions (*Note, I'm not brand loyal to Alpine - it just worked out that way):

1. How does a 10" sub sound in an Accord? As I said before, I don't want super boom, but I do want it to sound nice. I also would like to keep as much trunk space as possible (I will be doing my own fabrication of the sub box and door housings based on keeping_hope_alive's excellent guide).

2. Is Dynamat on the doors necessary? I'm not (and don't plan to) pushing a big system and am not sure if it would be worth the time/money to install.

3. Has anyone had experience with these parts? If so, would you recommend them?

4. Am I missing anything obvious?

Thanks in advance for the help.
 
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:10 PM
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1. a single 10" sub can sound great in any vehicle, as long as the enclosure and location are correct.

2. sound deadening (Dynamat, Raammat, Second Skin) is recommended around speakers to help lower the resonant frequency of the sheet metal. Untreated, the speakers will easily excite the metal resulting in audible resonance.

3. yes, i've work with and installed everything you've listed. I like Alpine for a system on a budget - it's decent quality stuff, compared to others in that price point.

i recommend buying from Crutchfield as you will get all the necessary adapters, mounts, harnesses, clips, and detailed instructions with great customer service. course, a local shop may be able to offer the same deal with some additional convenience and can help you build a good relationship that will yield great benefits down the road.

what do you have for connectors and tools? it takes a decent selection of hardware in order to properly install a sound system. i also recommend running new speaker wire, you may or may not need more than what comes with the Alpine component speakers, and you'll want good 12AWG for the sub.
 
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:35 PM
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Thanks for the information. I have all of the basic tools (sockets, wrenches, saws, etc.) and I will be picking up a set of panel poppers to help out on the inside. For connections, I will be soldering and running new speaker wire throughout the car. I'm also looking to pick up a factory service manual (electronically through eBay) before starting on the project.
 
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:39 PM
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Good thread you 2 have going here..good information...
 
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