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Old 05-03-2004, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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alright, im ready to get a deck, probably under $200, preferably Alpine

but i read on a site somewhere that with the e36 standard head unit, the amplifier or the crossover is within the deck itself, not in the Harmsn/Kardon speakers. and it said something about this affecting the performance of your after market deck, and replacing the speakers too, is the way to go

has anyone bought an aftermarket deck and kept their stock speakers, without an amp?

any info on what deck you got, any trouble you ran into installing it, or anything would be helpful
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Old 05-03-2004, 01:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My aftermarket deck: Alpine 50-Watt XM Radio-Ready CD Receiver with CD Changer Controls and 3 Pre-Amp Outputs
Brand/Model: APN CDA9827

I had no problems with install. My amp is for my subs, not the speakers. Everything works fine and sounds great.

$259.99
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nice, im thinking about a bazooka tube

did you listen to your alpine unit before you put in the subs?

would it be worth $199.99 just to add the unit for now?
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Yeah I heard it before the subs were installed. ALPINE is a GREAT brand and the quality was excellent. I'm not sure what you're asking with the 199.99. If you are asking if you need subs, you don't, it's just a nice effect.
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Old 05-03-2004, 01:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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at circuit city they have the APN CDA9825, it appears to be similar to what you have, not sure if theres a difference, except the price is down to 199

Alpine 50-Watt XM Radio-Ready CD Receiver with CD Changer Controls and 3 Pre-Amp Outputs

but it looks like a deal
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oh, yours is the new model, with different colors i guess
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Yeah, but there probably isn't too much difference. I love the MP3 capabilities, I have only had 1 CD in there since I got it, with 140 songs on it. Perfect. Why do you want a bazooka tube? Do you not have much room in your trunk or something?
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no, subs just take up so much room, and then i have to get a box for them and stuff, just seems like an extra pain in the ass


but im learning the stick on this car, theres this stop sign with a vertical hill i was practicing on, and some ass**** in an suv pulls up like an inch from my bumper

so then i panic, slam on the gas, pull out the clutch, and did the most painful burnout, poor tires
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If you need the room then the bazooka is a good alternative. Those hills are a huge bitch. If you are really nervous about another shitty start, you can use the E-Brake to slow or stop the rolling backwards problem. Just remember to release the brake as you start to move. A smoking E-Brake would be quite embarassing.
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Old 05-03-2004, 04:03 PM   #10 (permalink)
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yeah, i tried to stay away from the ebrake, i went over the hill a good 15 times, didnt stall out so i think ive got that down
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Practice makes perfect. So what are you going to do about the deck?
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im going to go for one of those alpine decks, maybe before the weekend.

just put 20% tint on the back windows today
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Nice. Go for the MP3.
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no doubt, then i dont have to worry about a cd changer later on
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