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First off, let me tell you what I am planning on doing then hopefully you guys can lead me in the right direction.
I have a Ram quadcab. I want a SQ build for it on a tight budget. I already have a head unit. The sub I will be using is an Infinity Kappa Perfect. I am really playing with the idea of getting an active crossover and goin this way. I don't really want anything that will blow my eardrums out but will get to a good volume. So my question is should I go active or go passive? I really don't want to chop my doors up either. Thanks in advance.
 

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First off, let me tell you what I am planning on doing then hopefully you guys can lead me in the right direction.
I have a Ram quadcab. I want a SQ build for it on a tight budget. I already have a head unit. The sub I will be using is an Infinity Kappa Perfect. I am really playing with the idea of getting an active crossover and goin this way. I don't really want anything that will blow my eardrums out but will get to a good volume. So my question is should I go active or go passive? I really don't want to chop my doors up either. Thanks in advance.
I think it may depend on your budget. From what I hear going active can get very expensive when you consider you will need an amplified channel for each speaker in your setup. I have a three way setup up front and a two way in the back with 1 10in sub. That would mean I would need 11 channels of amplification and a complex active xover system for the midbass/midrange. Right now I am sitting on one 4 channel amp and a mono block. I thought about bi amping the fronts and running the rears off the head unit but most people have recommended against it.

But I am kind of a noob, hopefully the experts will chime in. I would like to know more as well.
 

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If you just ditch your rear speakers and run active on your front set it shouldn't be too difficult. I'm not sure what type of headunit you have but there are many out there that are active capable, therefore you wont need external crossovers.
 

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If you just ditch your rear speakers and run active on your front set it shouldn't be too difficult. I'm not sure what type of headunit you have but there are many out there that are active capable, therefore you wont need external crossovers.
I was under the impression that to go active you would need one of two things. Amps with really fexible buitl in xovers or some type of external processor to xover the frequencies prior to getting to the amp.

I currently have a Pionner 9800BT HU.
 

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I was under the impression that to go active you would need one of two things. Amps with really fexible buitl in xovers or some type of external processor to xover the frequencies prior to getting to the amp.

I currently have a Pionner 9800BT HU.
Flexible amps, external processor, OR a HU with build in active crossovers. But there's only a handful of options if you chose to go this route, although in my opinion it's the most user friendly option.
 

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I have both external and built-in x-overs in my amps. I plan on ditching my HU and x-over, and get a HU that does that task. It simplifies the install, and several have built-in time alignment,and pretty affordable.
 

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I actially hate the way car sounds with no rear fill. Keep the rears turn them down. the sound dosent sound as full with rear fill missing. Go active and by a bunch of small art 50 watt amps
 

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I actially hate the way car sounds with no rear fill. Keep the rears turn them down. the sound dosent sound as full with rear fill missing. Go active and by a bunch of small art 50 watt amps
I like rear fill as well. I am thinking about getting another pdx 4.100 and going active with six channels going to the front and running the rears of the last 2 channels with the passive xovers.
 

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Well, I want to go 2-way active in the front, ditch my rears, and go with an external crossover. I listen to mostly rock and metal, some techno, drum and bass, and rap from time to time. My budget on speakers is about 150-175. What would you guys suggest?
 

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Well, I want to go 2-way active in the front, ditch my rears, and go with an external crossover. I listen to mostly rock and metal, some techno, drum and bass, and rap from time to time. My budget on speakers is about 150-175. What would you guys suggest?
I hear a ton of good things about the pioneer prs components around here. A local shop here is selling them for around 260.00 USD. You should be able to pick up a used set of those in your budget.
 

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Clarion has a good budget active deck. The only down side is they are ugly as all get out and starting to sell out at most online retailers.

IIRC, your door has a 6x9 in it, so you should easily be able to make a baffle to put a 6.5" speaker in the door. *These* are some decent budget components and you can get them *here*.
 

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Have a look at my idea here might inspre you, If you allrdy got a 3-way active Hu in my case u allrdy saved 300-350$ I wanted to do a IDX X-over and a Naka, but that was more than if i used a 9887,if find an idx for 150-220 i would go for it.
 
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