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Upgraded my headunit with a Sony Xplode cd/mp3 player and changed out my door speakers with some 240w Pioneer 6x8s... now I'd like a little bit more bass without taking up all my room in the back hatch.

I'd like to just add a simple 12" subwoofer and single box, with a decent amp to make that subwoofer give some nice deep bass... nothing earth shattering, just nice pounding inside the Escape.

The problem is, I'm completely new to audio stuff. Where do I start?

Can someone maybe throw up some links to a decent subwoofer and amp combination that will work with what I have?

I already have a nice box with a round speaker opening, and I'd ideally like to mount an amp right on top of the box just to minimize the footprint in the truck haha
 

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Howdy,

For used, quality gear I recommend you visit http://www.diymobileaudio.com and visit the classifieds, or pop into http://www.caraudioclassifieds.org

For NEW, there are a few select eBay/website guys I trust, SonicElectronix, Woofersetc, Audiosavings, Dimensionaudio, Millionbuy, Hookedontronics, and there's probably a few more but I digress.

So, you want just a quick sub and amp?

To make the most of your money, consider getting a 4ch amp, which can power your front stage with the first two channels, then bridge the back two for your sub. A good sub for the money is the JBL GT5 or GTO. I'd also recommend Phoenix Gold RSdC (not RSd.) Of course there are literally 100's more, but we're talking BANG for the buck, and in that case I stand firm with my suggestions.

Let me take it one step further:

http://cgi.ebay.com/JBL-GT-512-CAR-AUDI ... 3effa84ce8
That's a single 4ohm coil, perfect for a bridged set of channels off a 4ch.

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-MB-Quart-DSC480 ... 45f271a94d
That's a solid, strong 4ch amp.

Here's your wiring kit:
http://www.knukonceptz.com/productDetai ... D=KOL-AK44

And I'd recommend you invest a bit in some sound deadening for the trunk, and the front doors. I've covered that topic extensively so I'm going to let you search for that stuff. But it would be the very most important thing to actually get great sound out of the vehicle, and I stand by that.

Later!
 

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Very nice reply, thank you, I'm checking all those Ebay stores now and the links you posted!!!

And Ideally, I'd like to be able to get everything for around 200 dollars... I don't need earth shattering sound, just some nice bass for me and my companions in the Escape

Thanks for the great info!

I found this MTX complete setup and was possibly thinking going this route, I've seen alot of good reviews for it... anyone see this one or hear it in action?
http://cgi.ebay.com/MTX-XT110P-10-POWER ... 335ca806b6
 

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$200?!!

LOL, wiring alone is $40-50. So now we're down to ~$150 for an amp and sub. IDK man, I was close enough I think.

Besides, the front stage needs more power than 12-14W to keep up with a decent sub, hence the push for you to get a 4ch.
 

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I would agree with getting a 4-channel amp to power the fronts as well as the sub. Just powering the sub will drown out the front stage. Since you have to run new wiring for any amp, may as well spend a bit more and get the fronts powered as well. Even keeping the stock wiring up front and just tapping into the factory wiring through the Molex will help. A roll of 16 gauge speaker wire will do it. Also put the amp under the false floor or somewhere out of the way. All of my electronics are under the false floor and just the sub box is up top with a quick disconnect. Makes life easy to remove the box in case of hauling stuff and you need the room. You don't want to have to undo 8 gauge wiring and all that stuff just to remove the box if the amp is on top.
 

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do a little browsing on sonicelectronix.com.

They have some great deals, and combo packages(sub+box+amp+wiring) you might want to look at. Although i can't say these combo packages will have the most superior sound.
 

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chowzilla said:
do a little browsing on sonicelectronix.com.

They have some great deals, and combo packages(sub+box+amp+wiring) you might want to look at. Although i can't say these combo packages will have the most superior sound.
Thanks, checking it out.

And I know for the price I'm willing to spend it won't be amazing sound, I just want a little more bass in the car, nothing too amazing... I know I'm not going to have a Bose quality sound in my truck lol
 

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LOL. Yeah I'm going to go ahead and veto Bose as high sound quality. They do "OK", but I guarantee it gets better than that. And with less money.

Here's the deal though. The price difference between OK sound, GREAT sound, and AMAZING sound is a small amount. What really makes the difference is the install, and the following of a process, as well as not cutting corners. This is why I alluded to doing deadening as one of my very first topics to you.
 
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