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#1 lawrie124

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 04:58 PM

This thread won't set the ICE world alight, but I am posting this mostly by way of a massive thank you to Ruckus for all his help and advice.

The aim is to get some quality sound in the van, but at the same time keep it discreet and if possible leave the rear free for all the camping gear!

So far I have a set of Genesis components, a Genesis profile 2 amp, and some Optimise Automotive speaker pods.

My taste in music is mostly rock (think AC/DC) so time will tell if I add a base unit.

A couple of hours of fiddling today saw the stereo installed (cheap eBay kenwood head unit for now) and the speaker pods mounted.

My mate who did all the welding and rebuild had the foresight to fit an earth point and some permanent and switched live points on a fuse box in the inner wing.

Next job is to get a wiring kit later this week, and find somewhere to place the amp, as space under either seat is limited.

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Posted 17 January 2015 - 10:17 PM

That's a very similar setup to mine. I have the same speakers & amp but am using an old Alpine head unit. I'm also fitting a small Alpine sub under the passenger seat.

 

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 08:59 AM

That's a very similar setup to mine. I have the same speakers & amp but am using an old Alpine head unit. I'm also fitting a small Alpine sub under the passenger seat.
 
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Great. Just need to try mine running cd quality rather than mo3 before deciding if I want a 4v per out head unit.

How are you running the amp? Mine is a 2 channel amp.

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Posted 18 January 2015 - 11:07 PM

I'm no expert on this but I have bridged the amp to run just the front speakers. I have been advised not to fit speakers in the back. I can get some pics up if you want.

 

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 12:57 PM

I'm no expert on this but I have bridged the amp to run just the front speakers. I have been advised not to fit speakers in the back. I can get some pics up if you want.
 
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Bridging gives you a mono signal, the front speakers need to be Stereo...

Might want to rethink that setup. :)

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 08:09 PM

I'm no expert on this but I have bridged the amp to run just the front speakers. I have been advised not to fit speakers in the back. I can get some pics up if you want.
 
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Would be good to see some pictures.

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 10:41 PM

Amp is under the parcel shelf

 

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Looking at this pic, and having read up on it a bit, I don't think the amp is bridged

 

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Speakers are going here

 

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Sub under passenger seat.

 

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Pete

 

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 06:19 PM

Thanks Peter

Can you tell me what your sub is connected to?

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Posted 22 January 2015 - 08:06 PM

Hi Mike, the sub has it's own amp and controller. It's just a case of power and 2 phono's from the head unit. There are better subs but this one is light and fits out of the way.

 

http://www.alpine.co...oxes45/swe-1200

 

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 08:59 AM

Pete
So are you running the front end mono?

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 11:22 AM

Not now, I wired the fronts up bridged by accident but have swapped the speaker cables over for stereo.

 

Thanks for your help

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 06:22 AM

Hi Mike, the sub has it's own amp and controller. It's just a case of power and 2 phono's from the head unit. There are better subs but this one is light and fits out of the way.
 
http://www.alpine.co...oxes45/swe-1200
 
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Apologies for the dim question but what does "2 phonos from the head unit" mean? If I recall correctly my head unit has the 2 jacks being used to feed the amp so the only spare connections are the speaker wires?

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 08:17 AM

A lot of head units have more then one set of RCA's.

Front full range, Rear full range, subwoofer is normal.

Some highend units have each frequency range as an output. High, mid, mid woofer and sub...

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Posted 03 October 2016 - 10:50 AM

Did you build the front speaker pods yourself? And how big are the speakers?

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 12:02 PM

Did you build the front speaker pods yourself? And how big are the speakers?

 

get them from here: http://www.theminifo...dio-enclosures/

 

not sure about size of speakers; can check.






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