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Advice for auto audio upgrades please.

Posted on September 25, 2004 at 15:17:20

Posts: 4
Location: Alabama
Joined: September 25, 2004
I wonder if audiophiles listen to music while they drive. The reason I ask is that I cannot find any helpfull information about thoughtfull high end car audio upgrades. There is at least mid-fi level equipment available (Focal drivers for example). But the only car audio forums online are focused on how to convert your vehicle into a sonic hip hop chamber of torture.
Specific question:
I want to upgrade the drivers in a 1996 Jaguar XJR using the original Harmon Kardon/Alpine electronics by upgrading the drivers. The speaker demensions are not available online anywhere, not even Crutchfield. Any advice would be apreciated.

FWIW IMHO It is time to add an auto sound forum.


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Re: Advice for auto audio upgrades please., posted on September 27, 2004 at 10:40:25
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As an ex-IASCA sound quality judge, i find little in the NEW department of interest. See if you can find an old Sony XES system.

As for amplification IF you can;t find the Sony XES, my suggestion would be to try Audison amplifiers and for mods/highs the NOS Nakamichi 6.5-inch separates loudspeakers.

Head units can vary and have been away too long to know what the new stuff offers (except the Pioneer AVIC-1). The OLD Alpine head units are very good and go for decent $$$ on Ebay nowadays. Just yanked one out of the Ferrari in favor of the Pioneer AVIC-1 as i needed GPS and making a custom DVD-Video of the car for car shows.

That's all i got. See if there are any IASCA competitions near you and look for the SOUND QUALITY cars, not the SPL stuff. Hope this helps.

Enjoy the Music,

Steven R. Rochlin

NOTE: Perhaps buy a pair of KEF 104/2 loudspeakrs and use the drivers and crossover in the car???


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