Looking for a sound system and all I saw was old news. Wondering if there was a newer solution, thanks.
This. Giving a good signal to everything downstream is much much more important, and usually the biggest bottleneck. I've scoped out total systems on most cars I've had and in many cases a decent HU just wakes everything up and you can understand the gaps in the system. The sky was definitely one of those that just needed a good HU...the monsoon amp seems to have a pretty clean sub cutoff around 100hz and is super easy to EQ since there aren't too many variables in it.The head unit alone will make a big change. With the stock unit I could barely hear the radio with it cranked and top down on the highway. With a new Kenwood unit, I never go above about 50% and this is on the stock speakers. I'd do the head unit first and see where that puts you before doing the rear speakers and sub.
I completely agree with everything written above ^^I'll differ on the order of modification.
I change speaker drivers first. OEM drivers are notoriously the cheapest - shall we agree on 'crap'? You can often effect a noticeable improvement by simply fitting better more expensive drivers - in the Kappas I suggest the door speakers and the tweeters (the rears have less effect on the musical experience, and the subs are hard to find an improvement for using anything like the stock enclosure).
Beyond that the head unit will certainly have limitations, but the advantage of it is that it is an anti-theft device all on its' own - no one will want to steal a factory stereo while they will usually jump and marketable after market unit.
Frankly, unless you already have a good home stereo, I'd say to put that head unit upgrade money into the home system where you can really enjoy it.
You don't need to be in a cone of silence to enjoy a nicely tuned system, and unless you add a separate DSP to clean up the absolute mess of a signal coming out of the stock deck then a quality aftermarket unit is the only alternative.Please don't tell me about sound quality...our cars are not sound proof and when the top is down...u have too much distraction from noises.
Not a cone of silence...just drive our cars with the top up...try to keep the sound out. IT AIN'T HAPPENING! Perhaps that is what Simon and Garfunkel meant SOUND OF SILENCE, ya think?You don't need to be in a cone of silence to enjoy a nicely tuned system, and unless you add a separate DSP to clean up the absolute mess of a signal coming out of the stock deck then a quality aftermarket unit is the only alternative.
I'm a big fan of having the single DIN unit in there as well as it provides easy to reach and useful extra storage space.
My plane lands in an hour....:cheers:I invite any of you to come to Germany, have a beer, and listen to the stock speakers and amplifier in my Sky (roof up or down) connected to the high-end Pioneer head unit and then tell me that speakers should be the first upgrade.