Join Date: Feb 2001
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Re: I WANT A CD PLAYER!!!
I agree. Just get a cheapo Cd player and throw it in the dash. I got a Jensen a couple years ago for about $80 somewhere that has worked perfectly in my Sami ever since. There's no real secret to a successful installation, just hook the wires up right.
One thing though, just for clarity. Speakers don't have watts, amplifiers have watts. Buying speakers rated for more power handling don't make your system louder unless you get a more powerful amplifier to push them. The rated power of most aftermarket head units is sometimes rated as high as 50W x 4, (50 Watts times 4 channels) but head unit amps are notoriously poor, even in better quality head units. It is more likely that the high quality ones are putting out about 20 Watts RMS and a cheaper unit is probably more like 5 or 7 watts. So your 105W and 60W speakers (which are most likely Peak wattage ratings, not RMS or continuous power) will be fine. They are probably rated for 40W and 25W continuous (RMS) power and will handle what any head unit puts out without much trouble.
If you have the choice, get a head unit, even a cheap one, with an RCA preamp output. That way in the future, if you have a few extra bucks, you can get a small 4 channel amp to power your speakers for better sound. Even a 25x 4 or 30 x 4 amp of good quality will help the sound quite a bit over the horrible amps found in most head units. If you shop carefully you might be able to get one with a built in crossover that allows bridging of a pair of the channels for 75 or 100 watts to be fed to a small subwoofer (send the remaining 2 channels to the front speakers). Don't poopoo that idea..a little bit of sub support does wonders fo the sound of any system.
Like most other samurai stuff, some frugal shopping and careful parts picking can yeild good results for not too much money.