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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-25-2008, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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Stereo on a budget

Some of you may have seen this post before on another form, but I wanted to throw out my stereo install I did to run off an MP3 player such as an IPOD. I searched for the best fitting amp I could find for the glove box, at least without ordering. I finally settled on this "Crunch" (rated 200 watts x 2), probably like 70 watts x 2 RMS. Nothing special, but its more than enough for the two 6.5" Polk Audio speakers I decided on. These Polks are great. Rubber surrounds and moisture/dust resistant and it looks like they built in a passive x-over from the tweet and mid. For not being a component speaker they are great. I had to get creative on their placement and how to enclose them. Don't laugh but I placed them under the dash and used two stainless dog food bowls to enclose them, ya ha ha ha. I went a little overboard and sealed with black RTV high temp silicon to keep out water and painted them flat black. This thing actually sounds pretty damn good for two 6.5's. I am very happy. I am in it for $252.00 for the speakers, amp, amp wiring kit, connectors, silicon, dog food bowls, RCA cable, amp turn on switch. The IPOD Was and old Mini I already had. Here are some pix.
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LOOK AT THIS GUY WITH DOG BOWLS!

jk looks great...super clean. good job.
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Woof Woof.... :P nice speaker baffles. are the backs pretty rigid?
Keep an eye on the amplifier. Heat rises and it's supposed to rise into the heatsink (the top of the amp) and then disipate to keep the board(bottom of amp) and output transisters cool. In your case, the heatsink is the lowest part so your putting the heat back into the board. Just listen for sounds like clipping (breaking up like a bad radio station) or thermaling (shutting off). Also, because you don't have any airflow across it, but you could cut a small hole and add a fan to the side of the glove box????
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I am real happy with the sound. Everyone who hears it laughs after I show the bowls to them. I haven't had any heat issues yet with the amp. I was kinda hoping it would go out so I could justify getting a 4 channel I found in Crutchfield. I'd like to add a console with a sub in it to finish it off but these two Polks are going strong so I have no reason to change them out. Plus where they are mounted they are outta the way from getting kicked.
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I built this speaker bar out of MDF. It sounds okay, but really needs more punch. I was skeptical about how well it would hold up in the unpredictable climate I live in. It was put to the test when I got caught out on a ride where it literally rained for three days and it seemed to have no adverse effect on the box or the speakers. I'm going to scrap it and build one for some 6 X 9's because I don't want to add a sub.

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I built this speaker bar out of MDF. It sounds okay, but really needs more punch. I was skeptical about how well it would hold up in the unpredictable climate I live in. It was put to the test when I got caught out on a ride where it literally rained for three days and it seemed to have no adverse effect on the box or the speakers. I'm going to scrap it and build one for some 6 X 9's because I don't want to add a sub.

mdf is about the heaviest material ever... cool tho
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