hawgman said:I built my system in phases. First the head unit and Sirius, then the navigation, then replacing the speakers, then the amps and replacing the subs.
Now, having said that. In my opinion, replacing just the head unit actually made the system sound worse. The (much ) higher quality head unit brought out all of the flaws and limitations of the factory speakers. Having said that, if I were going to advise someone for an upgrade, I would advise replacing the door and deck speakers first. Then if they were still unhappy, replace the head unit. And in your case, you are not having issues with the skipper head unit, so I wouldn't rush right out to replace it. Pick yourself out a good quality set of component style 6X8 speakers and replace the door and deck speakers. I went with Infinity Kappa 682.7 series 6X8s in the door and rear deck. They handle plenty of power, the speaker has good mids, and they also have directional / tunable tweeters.
That's just my opinion...
BillR said:I am more "in the know" than most folks here.
I own a high end audio / video store, and have been in business almost 30 years.
While we don't currently offer car audio; We used to. So I have a decent knowlege of what to do.
I personally like clear - detailed sound. You will not hear booming bass from me either.
I ordered my car w/o the Ford "Skipper" system because I wanted to install my own system.
So far all I have done is replace the lousy Ford dual cone speakers w/ Pioneer TS-D680R. Speakers should be your first choice as they are the final "say" in how your system will perform. Get good speakers and then you will really hear and appreciate the other upgrades in the system.
Check these out. http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/product/detail/0,,2076_4067_37940_tab=B,00.html?compName=PNA_ProductDetailComponent
REAL crossovers, light yet rigid woofer, soft dome tweeter, bigger voice coils. They are a nice drop in replacement. The sound is much more detailed and the highs are pretty silky. (They do take some time to break in) The bass is slightly better - but more defined. I suggest you go to a car audio specialist (NOT the big box stores) and "listen" to some speakers and see what sound qualities you prefer. Ignore specs and price- they don't amount to anything. LISTEN!!!!! (Preferably with your eyes closed - I'm serious)
My next step is the replace the head unit. I was going to put in the Pioneer AVIC-D1 (I have one in my F350), but since I don't drive the Mustang as much as the truck, I am not going to need Nav; even though it is cool. I am checking out radios that support XM. I am leaning towards Pioneer DEH-P8600 because their internal amps use mosfets; which deliver more current and are way more detailed than "chip" amps. The sound result should be a deeper more controlled bottom and crisp highs w/o shrillness.
As for bottom end bass, I'll wait until I get the head unit in and see what that brings. Should I prefer more bass, then I'll likely look into some type of sub that uses 1 or more 6" drivers. That way the bass will be quick to respond and not have that dull / slow / sloppy sound that you get with large drivers.
Hope this helps a bit. . . . .:eyebulge:
steve999_1 said:The Shaker 500 still looks a lot better than the aftermarket products which are no longer flush with the dash. rgds.
05 SatinSylvia said:Alright guys what do you think about this setup??? The Infinity Kappas in front doors and rear deck crutchfield.com/S-SY9IfMgTYN2/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?g=52200&I=1086827CF, with some sort of 4 channel amp, not sure what yet, any recommendations on power output?? (The Kappas handle 300 watts peak)