2017 CX-5 Touring w/ Bose System; Time to Upgrade!

As I said whichever way you go the full sound deadening routine pays dividends and you will end up not really requiring vast amps and speaker power to achieve a nice balanced clear non distorted sound unless you really are a bass head or attending custom type shows - I love the effect I am getting from my relatively low powered system - the only mod I might do later is a head unit upgrade if I can find something was doesn’t need extensive dashboard alteration and Santy gives me some cash for Christmas…..🤣🤣🤣🤣
Wait, what? Santa still goes to England? He must have a bigger sleigh to deliver that huge lump of coal. :)
 
As I said whichever way you go the full sound deadening routine pays dividends and you will end up not really requiring vast amps and speaker power to achieve a nice balanced clear non distorted sound unless you really are a bass head or attending custom type shows - I love the effect I am getting from my relatively low powered system - the only mod I might do later is a head unit upgrade if I can find something was doesn’t need extensive dashboard alteration and Santy gives me some cash for Christmas…..🤣🤣🤣🤣
Oh crap, just reread this thread and realized you are from Scotland, not England. My sincere apologizes Phil.
 
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The outer door skin gets way wetter. That's why I don't want it there. At least on the inner skin, it's somewhat protected from the elements.
 
Yep - I am a native of “The Far North”in the U.K. but live in England now - After Marriage to my dear wife a native of Nottingham ( The Midlands) no need for apologies - in actual fact my Father was a Shetlander so we class ourselves fairly independent of the mainland …… Scotland being the closest major landfall. Neither Boris or Nicola are my real “cup of tea “, Santa ties is sled to a speedboat over here - to stop the politicians “ Green taxing” the Coal haha 🤣🤣 How’s it going with sound deadening - toughest part of job I found but well worth it - your ears will thank you
 
Probably won't get started until after the new year. Still need to order the mass loaded vinyl and finish up some home projects. Been spending time over at DIYMA. Spent the last couple days following the eleven page Macon build. Holy crap, I need that guy's Visa card! :) Trying to filter through all the pertinent info. A lot of great info.
 
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DIYMA is very hit and miss. That website is where the whole "caps hurt your stereo" started. Oh sure, fake Chinesium caps are garbage, but real caps can and do work fine. If capacitors didn't work, amplifiers wouldn't have them inside! Unfortunately, despite being proven wrong about capacitors years and years ago, because of DIYMA, that falsehood remains widely believed.

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DIYMA is very hit and miss. That website is where the whole "caps hurt your stereo" started. Oh sure, fake Chinesium caps are garbage, but real caps can and do work fine. If capacitors didn't work, amplifiers wouldn't have them inside! Unfortunately, despite being proven wrong about capacitors years and years ago, because of DIYMA, that falsehood remains widely believed.

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Is there a site you feel is more reliable?
 
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Honestly? Do your own research. Way back in the day, we has magazines dedicated to actually informing the consumers with solid, honest journalism, explaining in great detail how to get terrific sound. Sadly, this no longer exists.

"Car Audio and Electronics", "Car Stereo Review", and even the lesser but still cool "Auto Sound and Security" were god sends. RIP.

Hit up any car audio competition in your area, go to the SQ section, and ask! I know that can be a pain, but until you sit in a car that truly sounds good and hear it with your own ears, until you lay your own eyes on what a quality install looks like, you can't really have a frame of reference. Pictures on a website can only do so much. This really is one of those, "Oh man, you should have been there!" type of things.

MECA, IASCA, and USACi are the three biggest competition sanctioning bodies, but there are more. Check out their websites for a show in your area.
 
Honestly? Do your own research. Way back in the day, we has magazines dedicated to actually informing the consumers with solid, honest journalism, explaining in great detail how to get terrific sound. Sadly, this no longer exists.

"Car Audio and Electronics", "Car Stereo Review", and even the lesser but still cool "Auto Sound and Security" were god sends. RIP.

Hit up any car audio competition in your area, go to the SQ section, and ask! I know that can be a pain, but until you sit in a car that truly sounds good and hear it with your own ears, until you lay your own eyes on what a quality install looks like, you can't really have a frame of reference. Pictures on a website can only do so much. This really is one of those, "Oh man, you should have been there!" type of things.

MECA, IASCA, and USACi are the three biggest competition sanctioning bodies, but there are more. Check out their websites for a show in your area.
Just figured that since you had an issue with that site, you might have others in mind. Only so many hours in a day. Work, an ill wife and elderly parents take up much of it. Not interested in car shows, just the science and tech behind the process. Possible hobby when I retire in a few years.
 
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@Mike Allen -- any website with content created by random people on the internet can be "hit or miss". DIYMA is no different (heck this site is no different). You will find quality posts, and not so quality.

Organizations mentioned like:

can be a great way to get connected to more advance technical resources.

other casual resources:

most around home/studio audio

more speaker & equipment DIY

without knowing your background, if you want to learn more of the technical details of installation and how to get stuff to work:

good luck - car audio (heck any audio) is HIGHLY subjective for what sounds and looks good, so have a goal in mind and then go looking for solutions.

SPL - how loud does it get?
SQL - how near perfect does it sound?
 
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@Mike Allen -- any website with content created by random people on the internet can be "hit or miss". DIYMA is no different (heck this site is no different). You will find quality posts, and not so quality.

Organizations mentioned like:

can be a great way to get connected to more advance technical resources.

other casual resources:

most around home/studio audio

more speaker & equipment DIY

without knowing your background, if you want to learn more of the technical details of installation and how to get stuff to work:

good luck - car audio (heck any audio) is HIGHLY subjective for what sounds and looks good, so have a goal in mind and then go looking for solutions.

SPL - how loud does it get?
SQL - how near perfect does it sound?
Thank you so much for the referrals. I've been following "The Deadening" on Facebook for a few days to get up to speed on sound deadening. A lot of good info.
 
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Any thoughts on the Steven's SA6 components for the front? Appear to come in both two and four ohm versions.
Those are made by Eric Stevens, the founder of Image Dynamics. He's no longer with ID, and since he left, the quality over there just isn't even close to the same as it was under his leadership.

Though I've not personally heard Eric's new stuff, if it's anything at all like his classic designs, they've got to be good. (At least to my ears, that is!)
 
Those are made by Eric Stevens, the founder of Image Dynamics. He's no longer with ID, and since he left, the quality over there just isn't even close to the same as it was under his leadership.

Though I've not personally heard Eric's new stuff, if it's anything at all like his classic designs, they've got to be good. (At least to my ears, that is!)
The reviews I've read are very positive. Just need to find the depth measurements for both the stock Bose and his components. Need to decide between the two and four ohm versions, as I intend to add a DSP/amp to the mix. Its interesting that he has no website, only a Facebook page for his product. Cool that he responds himself.