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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2012, 10:30:36 AM »
I have a 1999 Buick Lesabra Custom. Crutchfeild only listed 6 units that will fit it. I still think letting a professional take care of it is my best bet. They will know how to adapt any unit I choose to my car. I was just wondering about brand names these days.

He shot me an estimate of $225 for the unit I put the link up to. That included installation. From what I have been reading the factory speakers should work fine they will just distort sooner if I crank the thing up.
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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2012, 10:50:41 AM »
Seems bizarre to me that only six would fit.  Especially since both single DIN and double DIN units will fit.

If you had your heart set on doing it yourself, I'd say to call them and ask why a certain unit does not fit.  I checked the details on several and they all come up with the same chassis size for the unit, regardless of whether it "fits" or does not.

But, if you prefer to go with an installer I won't argue against you.  If you're not comfortable with tearing the dash apart, that's perfectly reasonable.
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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2012, 06:12:06 AM »

In the pro audio world, we have a saying...

No highs, no lows
The sound blows
Must be Bose

Yup, same goes in the home audio world...

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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2012, 09:36:21 AM »
Good speakers make all the difference with car audio.  I put new speakers in my Passat and left the original stereo and it made a TON of difference in sound quality.

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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #19 on: June 28, 2012, 12:36:59 PM »
Good speakers make all the difference with car audio.  I put new speakers in my Passat and left the original stereo and it made a TON of difference in sound quality.

I just bought a new Tucson with the factory stereo and speakers.  Had to turn down the Bass to -4, and mid-range to -6 to get it to remove the bass distortion and make it sound somewhat balanced.  When I went through the advanced controls, I found a "power bass" option you can turn on to give it even more distortion - WHOOPEE!

But I really couldn't be bothered to spend money on aftermarket car audio.  Been there, done that, I'd rather put my money into quality home gear.

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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2012, 01:00:51 PM »
A home system doesn't do me any good when spending 6 hours on the highway.
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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #21 on: June 28, 2012, 01:07:11 PM »
A home system doesn't do me any good when spending 6 hours on the highway.

Unless you are Steven Wright and take your house for a drive.   ;D

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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2012, 03:12:09 PM »
A home system doesn't do me any good when spending 6 hours on the highway.

Ok, I'd maybe consider putting a bit of money into it, but a moving vehicle is hardly the ideal conditions for good audio.

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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2012, 03:17:20 PM »
I was never looking for good audio. Just more choice than a radio alone affords.
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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2012, 05:48:36 PM »
Guess I misunderstood your use of the word "afficianados."

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Re: Any car stereo afficianados here?
« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2012, 07:40:41 AM »
I was just wanting to know if I was buying a good brand. As it turns out the one I bought is quite upgradable which is nice. It has RCA jacks so I can add an amplifier. So if I ever did want to turn it into a nice sound system the potential is there. Now that I have been using it for a while I am considering upgrading the speakers. I love the endless variety of music I have now.

My other car, an 02 Firebird has the 500 watt Monsoon sound system with 10 speakers. All factory. It sounds incredible. After driving that car I get back in my Buick and feel like my ears are plugged from swimming or something.
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