While I agree that DIYMA is a great place and avoiding the 2k installs is of the highest importance, I don't think ricer civics and being able to understand Ambolech's dissertation has anything to do with it.
You basically just said, "I will link you to this page that will blow your mind so much, you will go away, and take your POS ricer with you."
Not sure if that was directed at me, but that's not what I was saying at all. Sorry if it came across that way. My point was, many people outside the car audio world think that the only people involved are punk kids blasting "Tss... Tss... Tss... Tss.... BOOOOM!" from their lowered Civics. It's not that I have anything against 'ricers' in the least. Nor was my comment meant to deter those types of people from frequenting this board. Perhaps they could learn a few things about how to improve their setups. All I was saying is that there are a lot more people that are involved in car audio than outsiders might think. I am a full time student, and am 25 years old, so you're not alone in the student boat. And while some people have more time to dedicate to tuning and install than others, I don't think that makes someone more or less welcome on the forum.
Hell I'm 31 and have Magic Mike and Dave Brubeck on the same disc. What's wrong with wanting to bump every now and then? The only difference between then and now is I don't really care what anyone else thinks about it....
I was there like quite a few others at the birth of mobile audio in the 80's, so yes that makes me part of the 35+ category.
I started because I got my grandma's car for my first car, a 1975 Ford Gran Torino, with an AM radio only and one single middle of the dash speaker. Needless to say I needed more than AM to listen to. So I got a head unit and some speakers, then I bought a new car which luckily for me had no stereo at all. My mind went crazy with the fact I had a clean palate to start with, that led to my big boom system 16 speakers in a 2dr hatchback GEO Metro. After blowing out back windows and annoying my parents neighbors and the entire college campus, oh and getting a job as a voice over artist/sound engineer I realized that I didn't want/like the big boom anymore.
That was about the time car audio started to mature as well and reached what some people call the pinnacle of what was commercially available mid-early 90's. So I grew up with car audio from its infancy to its current state and I still love it.
Don't know if my babbling will help but it was fun for me to trip down memory lane this morning.
Got into audio LONG time ago. Designed and built my first speakers in my late teens and they sounded like CRAP, LOL. The bass was horrible. The search to find out why led to pages and pages of design notes which eventually made they way onto the Internet as The Subwoofer DIY Page.
I got into car audio about '92 or so. A simple system with IPI 4" coaxes and Pioneer TS-S20s up front and a dual isobaric 6th order BP with 6.5" drivers for a subwoofer (ok, I had a LOT of time on my hands back in those days ). I'm still quite hooked, but I don't have as much time as I used to, and my body isn't quite as forgiving as it used to be when I spend hours bent up under the dashboard or over the subwoofer install in the trunk .
A poll for age that stops at 35 or older? Fuging kids!
At 50+ the second wind kicks in. New cars, new wife or hot girlfriend and unless you were a fool for the last 30 years some
money in the bank to play with new toys. If the old body is a little slow that's why they make the purple pill and pain-killers.
I started in audio/radio back in the quad era. I worked for radio-shack when they actually sold nice equipment (70s).
Joined the military and worked for the MIC for 15 years Military-industrial complex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia before my current job.
I got back into this stuff when some of my older kids asked me to help with their cars.
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Over 35 here. I've changed out my HUs and speakers in almost every car I've owned but it was only a few years ago I actually started to take it more seriously. My current vehicle is the only one I've actually run amps and a sub in but I've already made quite a few changes and I keep thinking of more. Damn DIYMA!
Car audio as you know it was basically born in the 80's. Some of us have been with it since the start, some of us are getting into it for the first time. For instance, I got into it in the late 80's. I have not looked back since.
That is the draw to forums such as this and what makes DIYMA unique. You have a bunch of old experienced people locked into technology they know best and works form them. Mix that with non-experienced "kids" who only know the cutting edge and it makes things interesting. We each learn something from each other.
I guess that depends on how old you are. The 1965 Pontiac Bonneville had a reverb option for the sound system, very crude but shows how folks were already wanting better sound in their vehicle. What changed car audio was format. Until the eight track tape, the only options were radio. The casstte tape made it's debut in 1966 and filtered into the US later on. My 68 Firebird has factory cut outs for 6X9 speakers. There wasn't very many companies supporting car audio, Craig, Pioneer and Tandy, but even Tandy came out in the 70's with EQ's.
I helped a freind back in 76 build a system for a 65 Nova, tore the back seat out and added some JBL tens from stage monitors in place of the rear seats and some Realistic (Tandy) power amps. Crude, but we were there before the 80's.
I think you find the average age on this site, and especially in this sub-section, will be fairly high. Try this poll on a site like ca.com in the subwoofer section and you will get an entirely different set of results. The first thing about research is that you cannot decide the facts first and then collect data to support it - the data must be obtained in an unbiased way, then evaluated.
I'm 47. First system was Mitsubishi component HU and amp/eq in my new 78 civic up in Canada. Alpine had just come out, and their first line of speaks blew me away...then that system was stolen That's how car audio began for me.
Porsche Cayenne S- JL 300/4 bridged> JBL Vintage 8" Active/ Old School Amp>JBL Studio Tweets/ JL 500/1>(2) JL 12W3V3 Sealed, Work in Progress[SIGPIC]: