It appears I may have posted this in the wrong sub forum. (Mods -- feel free to merge the threads into the appropriate forum. Thanks.)
I just signed up in hopes of gleaning some advice on my system build for "Miss Fit," a recently acquired a 2018 Honda Fit Sport w/3k miles on the odo that I picked up via "fly and buy" in LA. I work in multimedia production and have been a audiophile since college, so I know a fair bit about studio and home systems, but very little about auto mobile audio systems.
I am hoping to build a low to mid range system in hopes of improving the already decent (compared to my 05 Toyota Matrix AWD) system in the Fit.
Due to a lack of fitment parts and somewhat due to not wanting to lose my stock features (most specifically Android Auto, steering mounted controls and back-up cam), I am currently planning on working from the factory head unit.
I am not looking to "Rock the Casbah" or impress others at the stop light, but am mostly looking to make a nice, tight sounding system with decent clarity at moderate volumes.
In the spirit of an old recording studio saying, "You're better off with 2 $400 speakers than 4 $200 speakers," I am considering using a 4 channel compact amp to drive replacement front component speakers and a modest subwoofer and forgo rear fill speakers.
Note: I camp out a lot and don't want to use much space for Subs and Amps etc...
My current plan is to use:
a compact 4 channel Amp (considering many like a JL Audio JX400/4d (70w into 4Ω, 200w Bridged )to run...
JL Audio c2-650 component speakers (pulled from my Matrix) for the front sound stage. (CH 1 & 2)
Kicker CompRT 43CWRT672 CompRT shallow-mount 6-3/4" subwoofer mounted in a rear door. (CH 3 & 4 bridged)
also considering a "lineout converter" and moderate (or major) sound insulating/deadening
Right now I am looking for recommendations for a good compact 4 channel Amp.
I am also wondering about the benefits/trade-offs of adding a Lineout Converter like the AudioControl's LC7i.
Amps under consideration right now are:
JL Audio jx400/4
JL Audio rd400/4 (if it seems worth it)
Infinity Primus 6004a (if it's powerful enough and sounds good)
Soundstream Stealth ST4.1200D (if they are not junk?)
Product suggestions and advice in compact amps are appreciated.
Also, what would I gain from using a line out converter? Is it necessary/worthwhile if the amp takes "speaker level" input and I use the amp's hp/lp filters to crossover the sub and the front main speakers? They seem rather big and I don't see much space, but I am sure I could fit one if it would make a big difference.
My installer has a MTX re-q5 that he'd like to sell me which has the benefit of a line in. Does it seem as good as the Audio Control stuff?
Overall, I feel like the subwoofer may be the weakest link in my current plan, but I am not really expecting/seeking chest pounding bass. Mostly, I think that the sub would take a fair bit of pressure off of the JL Audio c2-650's woofers (especially if I crossed it over at 120 to 180 hz.).
Thank you for any thoughts, warnings or advice.