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CD changer and amp/sub questions (archive)

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Posted by Dmitry on August 31, 2001 at 23:11:24:

Hi guys,

I'm looking to pump up the stereo in my car. It's a 90 so it's prewired for a changer but can you please tell me what will work? I can get a Pioneer CDX-M61zbm for 200 US. Whatever it is. Also, I read that you can hold Prog and - to find out if you have Alpine or Pioneer. I don't have a Prog key on my deck and I tried just about every combination. The wires in the trunk are tagged Pioneer fwiw. Will anything other than Pioneer work?

Also, I'm new to car stereo setup, can I just install a sub with the stock amp or is it way too weak? (I can get a more powerful amp later) If so, can anyone tell me how? I love a lot of low end and saw a sub speaker I couldn't pass on. 800w, 10" with two stacked 150 oz magnets. The skirt is like an inch in diameter, a lot of "throw" there. I realize I won't scrape it's full potential with the stock amp but how can I just stick it in for now to boost my current low end?

Also, has anyone heard of Shaker amps? They're only 2 or 4 channel and the signal to noise is 70 db but is it possible to somehow connect this amp in parallel with the stock purely for bass? 'Cause there's this big sale going on by the airport (you GTA guys probably know about it) and you can pick up an 800w for like 60 and 1200w for 90 Canadian.

(bare with me if some of it sounds ridiculous, I'm a newbie)


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