It's been a while since I updated this thread... haven't done much in the way of audio since I last posted though... it's been all mechanical stuff for the most part.
I wasn't very happy with the look or sound of my sail panel tweeter setup, so I decided to mount 'em in the factory dash location.
So, I took one of the OG speakers from my buddy's dash
sliced that dirty slut with a dremel
cut out some plastic and added a layer of Ensolite
and made a chinsy bracket thing to go on the back.
Mounted that bizzle in the dash. (I put the cover back on after the pic)
Part of the reason I left my wiring so "modular" was for situations like these. I just ran new wires from the dash to the kick area, and swapped out the leads from the old tweet spot to the new one. So, since I have both tweeter housings already, I can move them back to the sails if I wish.
So, it went from this
... to this.
And not only does it sound a lot better, but it looks a f*ckton nicer in there. I busted out some of the CDs that I used to tune with back in the day and got it dialed in pretty good, just using the 6 band EQ that comes with the head unit. Not perfect, but a lot better.
I have dreams of buying an RTA setup and tuning that way, but meh... we'll see.
I've been kinda MIA for a bit on this thread. Not a lot to report on the stereo front in the last few months.
Biggest thing I did, stereo-wise, was to put some polyfill in the front door enclosures. That helped bring some midbass up front. Still not perfect though.
Otherwise I listened a lot and tweaked with the EQ and high/low pass settings in the deck. Also figured out that one of the channels on my subrca is bad, and I borked up wiring between the deck and the rear speakers somewhere in the dash. *shrug*
So, I put a cheap ass system in a beater Ranger I picked up, and just had to post about it here... then got back into checking hot deals and classifieds every few days.... and, well, you know how it goes. My new DEH-80PRS should arrive next week
I plan to run full active (hi/mid/sub) and just pull out the rear deck speakers. From the reading I've done so far I'm not sure if I can run the tweeters off of the head unit's power as part of the networked mode. So... I'm considering a 5 channel amp to replace the ESX, most likely a class D. That damn ESX weighs a TON.
Anyhow... I'll post more about that stuff when I get to it. Here's a quick summary of all the other work I've been doing on the car as of late:
From the reading I've done so far I'm not sure if I can run the tweeters off of the head unit's power as part of the networked mode. So... I'm considering a 5 channel amp to replace the ESX, most likely a class D. That damn ESX weighs a TON.
You can run tweeters off the head unit and the mids and subs off the RCAs in network mode. Be sure to follow the manual, it's a little confusing as to what is the mid and high on the outputs.