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When I saw $500 budget I threw "audiophile" out the window for this thread. In most cars, just the cost of the custom work to move the front stage up to the dash and properly dampen it to produce a proper front stage is going to blow the budget, leaving all the actual hardware un-purchased. When you have $500 to spend, you pick the deck that does what it needs to do to fit your media playing needs, and has an interface that you can live with that doesn't make the inside of your car look ridiculous, then move on to some value oriented 2 way drivers, and if there is anything left over, it will probably just have to be put in wait until more can be scrounged up for a sub and amp anyways.

I'm more of an enthusiast in a home listening environment. When I think audiophile in this setting, I look at my rotel integrated amp as a respectable entry point for audiophile grade listening. $1200 MSRP. So when someone talks about building an entire system for $500, and uses the term "audiophile" I like to try (albeit often fail) to turn off that snobbery and give serious advice for the price point.

I agree 110%. $500 isn't going to get the OP ANYWHERE as far as proper "audiophile" graded car audio. It just won't. It can get him a good receiver, and some half decent front speakers. Maybe, MAYBE a 2 channel amp to push those fronts. That's about it. That's what I said pages and pages ago though. tongue.gif
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I feel that I may just talk to a wall instead!!

sorry...
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I like the Polk DXi series subwoofers, cleanest subs I have seen in a brick-and-mortar store in a while, MTX has gone down the toiler, and Kicker subs have too much cone reinforcement, and a magnet hardly big enough to push that heavy cone.

May want to look into this one.
http://www.polkaudio.com/caraudio/dxi/subwoofers.php?s=overview-subs#dxi104

And as for an amplifier, you may get lucky and find something BNIB or lightly used on eBay, but you have to really do your research if you plan on buying anything used.


Edit: I, myself, have been trying to formulate a way to get some good components at this price range and I guess I got lucky because my dad passed down his HiFonics Cyclops 100w amp (300-500w on 1ohm if I remember correctly), with two 8-inch MTX Blue Thunders. (Old but bold subs if you ask me)

I am probably going to either look into a JVC, Sony, or Pioneer head unit, I have been impressed with some of their budget models.
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