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I am new to this forum, back in June i got a 2008 Ford Escape. I am now looking to upgrade the audio system completely. So far i am looking at getting 2 JL Audio 12w3v3 12's, two 500W alpine mrp-m500 amps, and the Pioneer AVIC-X910BT HU. I don't know what to get as far as door speakers, and other audio accessories. So if anyone has any suggestions it would be much appreciated.
 

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Yes i do want components as well. and my budget is not extremely limited but not outrageous either. i am gonna have some extra money for a while. plus if needed ill just save up lol. i wanna do it right. last time i did a stereo system it didnt turn out so great. tried to rig it too much.
 

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Look at the pheonix gold components, cheap and sound awsome, check my sig.
 

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^ Yes, I just bought those for my other ride (yet to be installed). If you want a step up, get the PPIs

http://cgi.ebay.com/Precision-Power-356 ... 53de1d2e3d

^ You'd probably have to spend quite a bit more to beat these (based on people's reviews).

For the rear, you can leave stock, eliminate, or buy some cheap coaxials. I usually do the last choice, but many will argue. It's my $50, and my girls should have some decent sound as well. :D
 

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prometheus4280 said:
I am new to this forum, back in June i got a 2008 Ford Escape. I am now looking to upgrade the audio system completely. So far i am looking at getting 2 JL Audio 12w3v3 12's, two 500W alpine mrp-m500 amps, and the Pioneer AVIC-X910BT HU. I don't know what to get as far as door speakers, and other audio accessories. So if anyone has any suggestions it would be much appreciated.
Hey there, you've got roughly the same deck as I do, and it sounds like you want sound quality as much as I do. consider running an amp for the front channels, preferably active and preferably with time-alignment ability to offset the pathlength differences that will come with installing a set of components in the doors. This can be done with a processor, or possibly if you find the right quality main amp it could have onboard abilities. Don't worry about the rears at all, I don't use them other than the stock speakers with head unit power. It only needs to serve as rear fill ambiance when you have quality staging speakers up front.

I second working with the PPI components, they are excellent bang for the buck and will please most listeners. When going active you can also piece together your own component set, but the PPI is solid as a rock. If you MUST have a passive setup, deeply consider the Alpine SPX-17PRO components, because the crossovers will actually compensate like a processor for off-axis positions and speaker location path length differentials. It is nowhere near as good as actually having control over these things on your own, but still its better than just chucking speakers in the door and hoping for results that don't suck.

Also, and I know most of you hate me for saying this so much... you need to deaden the truck properly to extract good sound. I follow the SDS approach. the website is http://www.sounddeadenershowdown.com. His name is Don, he is genuinely a nice guy to chat with and his prices are incredibly competitive. Follow his approach to the letter and you should be quite happy.
 

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Fourthmeal, what is a passive setup and what is an active setup? im unfamiliair with these terms. ok so im probably gonna go with the ppi components first(gonna order them later this afternoon) what should i get next. and is there any sort of guide as to what places would be best to deaden in an 08 escape?
 

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prometheus4280 said:
Fourthmeal, what is a passive setup and what is an active setup? im unfamiliair with these terms. ok so im probably gonna go with the ppi components first(gonna order them later this afternoon) what should i get next. and is there any sort of guide as to what places would be best to deaden in an 08 escape?
I have posted a lot of info about this in many audio threads. Since I mainly stick to the audio side of Escape-City (its all I know :) ), just do a search for posts and threads I've made, and then soak all that in. Then, I'll be happy to answer your questions with more detail.
 
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