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Actually I've never thought about building custom system , but I think it's good experience especially is the result is promising.

Forget the current sound system , except the Alpine CDA-9887 which I think is a starting point.

For both 2-way and 3-way systems:
well can I built high-end low cost system?
What is the average budget?
How can I start?

Thanks alot
 

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Well, first off establish a budget. You need to choose equipment that's within your budge that offers the level of sound quality/volume you are looking for. I'm assuming you know a bit about installing a system, but if not do your research. That last bit actually is my best advice to you, research, research, research. Try lurking around around here for a while, and you should be able to get a feel for what you want to do. If this is your first higher end system, I would highly suggest a 2 way, as most of the 3 ways I hear aren't tuned correctly, and sound much worse than a semi-tuned 2 way.
 

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ok well first set out how much youre willing to spend. because with what youre trying to do the cost can easily get up to $4000+

first start with your speakers. if you just want something 'better' than what you have 2-ways will be fine. if youre after the best SQ them you might want 3-ways. remember that the correct tweeter position can benefit the SQ of the system. in a 3-way the midrange will have to be positioned as well. at the end of the day, in general the 3-ways will cost more than the 2-ways.

the problem with speakers is that they all sound different, and everyone will hear them differently. so its hard to recommend you some brands. but try to listen to the better brands - hertz, focal, dynaudio, DLS etc - that will help you make a decision on what will suit you.

once you have your speakers you can decide on what amp you will need to run. deciding on whether to go active or passive will influence your decision here.

if you go passive all you will need is a decend 2ch amp, somewhere between 100-150 watts per channel, depending on the speakers.

if you go active it gets a little more complex...

for a 2-way active, you will need a 4ch amp. for 3-way active you will either need a beefy 6ch amp, or run two amps, a 4ch and a 2ch.

so its best to first decide on how much youre willing to spend, and how good do you want the system to sound, because it can get pricey very quick
 

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This a bog problem as I don't have the option of listening to many components.
I don't know alot about installing the system, I know I have to research alot but I need
a base to start , E.G Audiophile sound system, its components with it's wiring diagram.
something as template :)
 

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This a big problem as I don't have the option of listening to many components.
I don't know a lot about installing the system, I know I have to research alot but I need
a base to start , E.G Audiophile sound system, its components with it's wiring diagram.
something as template :)
 

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You need to be more specific with your questions.

well can I built high-end low cost system?
Yes
What is the average budget?
That varies too much. You can build an entire 3-way + sub for under $1000 including amps, but the quality of the gear might not be the greatest, you can also spend upwards of $1000 on tweeters alone.
How can I start?
Umm, read, lots.

First a few things. Speaker size and location. What size fits in the doors, or can you rebuild the door to accommodate any size? Can you fit large format tweeters in your a-pillars? Large format tweeters usually have an outer diameter of 3" or more.

For a 3-way, can you fit a mid AND tweeter into the a-pillar, or a combination of sail panels and a-pillars. Or, can you fit mids and tweets in kick panels?

You really need to get an idea of where you want to install anything, and if you're willing to put the time, money, and effort into something like a 3-way front + sub.
 

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original speakers
Front doors 6.5 in the bottom of the door + 1" tweeter in in the back of the mirror base
Rear 4" (can be 5.25 as some friends said) in the bottom + 1 tweeter in the top of the door
 

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original speakers
Front doors 6.5 in the bottom of the door + 1" tweeter in in the back of the mirror base
Rear 4" (can be 5.25 as some friends said) in the bottom + 1 tweeter in the top of the door
 

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You still haven't really answered any questions.

More importantly that how much do you want to spend, but rather, how much effort do you want to put forth?

Going DIY takes a lot of effort to get right. It goes way beyond cost, as with extra effort you can make a cheaper setup sound better than a more expensive setup with less effort.

In fact, in a car, I never advocate buying expensive equipment. It's a car after all. I'll definitely not recommend it for a first time DIYer.

So, look around and see what others are doing. Then ask questions. Because you see it done on this website doesn't mean it's right.

A mid down in the door, and a tweeter in the sail panels is a good place to start for a 2-way setup. You might want to just start there.
 

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You still haven't really answered any questions.

More importantly that how much do you want to spend, but rather, how much effort do you want to put forth?

Going DIY takes a lot of effort to get right. It goes way beyond cost, as with extra effort you can make a cheaper setup sound better than a more expensive setup with less effort.

In fact, in a car, I never advocate buying expensive equipment. It's a car after all. I'll definitely not recommend it for a first time DIYer.

So, look around and see what others are doing. Then ask questions. Because you see it done on this website doesn't mean it's right.

A mid down in the door, and a tweeter in the sail panels is a good place to start for a 2-way setup. You might want to just start there.

I decided to order Apline SPX-17REF , I read good reviews (not in DIYMA) about it and its price is good.

Still I don't have the experience for DIY I know.

Thank you MiniVanMan
 
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