Jump to content

MyCarForum Logo
Search
Magnifying glass
  • 1
  • Search this thread
  • Reply to this topic
16 replies to this topic | 3 praises

#1

Posted 20 April 2017 - 09:54 PM

Goldenvodka
  • THREAD STARTER
  • Premium member
    Goldenvodka
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    185
      Joined: 19 September 2008
      Posts: 229
     

Hi guys,

 

I am quite new to In Car Entertainment. I always wanted a better sound system for my vehicle but not gonna go too deep into it.

 

With the help of some friends we managed to install the following used items. ( KIA Optima K5 )

We have installed the following items 

 

1)https://www.pioneer....oduct=TS-A1606C

 

02 sets of above. Hence my vehicle currently has 4 speakers and 4 tweeter.

 

 

2) Used Sony subwoofer in installed boot. Ancient big ass type. ( Powered ) 

 

 

All items are currently connected to my stock HU.

Now I am looking for one last piece of equipment to enhance my music listening experience.

 

May I enquire if changing HU or adding an AMP would be more significant? 

Thanks in advance.

 


Edited by Lightsabre, 24 April 2017 - 09:13 AM.

1 Anonymous member praised this

#2

Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:00 AM

Qaz20
  • Qaz20
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    157
      Joined: 06 May 2002
      Posts: 159
     
What's your current headunit now?
1 Anonymous member praised this

#3

Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:08 AM

Ragingbull

Hi guys,

 

I am quite new to In Car Entertainment. I always wanted a better sound system for my vehicle but not gonna go too deep into it.

 

With the help of some friends we managed to install the following used items. ( KIA Optima K5 )

We have installed the following items 

 

1)https://www.pioneer....oduct=TS-A1606C

 

02 sets of above. Hence my vehicle currently has 4 speakers and 4 tweeter.

 

 

2) Used Sony subwoofer in installed boot. Ancient big ass type. ( Powered ) 

 

 

All items are currently connected to my stock HU.

Now I am looking for one last piece of equipment to enhance my music listening experience.

 

May I enquire if changing HU or adding an AMP would be more significant? 

Thanks in advance.

I have a pair of this hooked to my stock HU + mini 4ch amp from pioneer, even bridged them for more power, still the result wasn't very favorable.

IMHO I guess replacing the HU first would help in a better way.



#4

Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:36 PM

Goldenvodka
  • THREAD STARTER
  • Premium member
    Goldenvodka
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    185
      Joined: 19 September 2008
      Posts: 229
     

What's your current headunit now?

Stock factory HU.

#5

Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:09 PM

Ishiwgao
  • Premium member
    Ishiwgao
    3rd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    349
      Joined: 19 July 2010
      Posts: 291
     

Stock factory HU.

 

i dont know about Kia Optima HU, but nowadays car HU size not standard (at least for newer cars). make sure your HU size can fit those aftermarket 1 DIN or 2DIN units.

 

If can, i would recommend get a new HU rather than amp. an amp only boosts the signal to your speakers, but if the origin of your sound quality (from HU) is not what you like, then boosting or not will not help you any more. if possible, go to a shop where u can test different HUs with you current set of speakers and listen to which one give you the best kind of sound that you like. of course, make sure your HU can support your speakers (at least minimally).

 

after you change HU and you still want better quality, then you can move on to changing your amp to improve signal to noise ratio etc.


1 Anonymous member praised this

#6

Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:30 PM

Goldenvodka
  • THREAD STARTER
  • Premium member
    Goldenvodka
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    185
      Joined: 19 September 2008
      Posts: 229
     

i dont know about Kia Optima HU, but nowadays car HU size not standard (at least for newer cars). make sure your HU size can fit those aftermarket 1 DIN or 2DIN units.

If can, i would recommend get a new HU rather than amp. an amp only boosts the signal to your speakers, but if the origin of your sound quality (from HU) is not what you like, then boosting or not will not help you any more. if possible, go to a shop where u can test different HUs with you current set of speakers and listen to which one give you the best kind of sound that you like. of course, make sure your HU can support your speakers (at least minimally).

after you change HU and you still want better quality, then you can move on to changing your amp to improve signal to noise ratio etc.

I have checked around. My ride is indeed able to install an aftermarket HU: My current stock HU is able to power up all the installed speakers and subwoofer and I am quite ok with the sound. Hence I am looking into adding an amp to enhance the sound. However I have also received recommendations to replace HU rather adding an amp.

Edited by Goldenvodka, 21 April 2017 - 02:36 PM.


#7

Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:47 PM

Ishiwgao
  • Premium member
    Ishiwgao
    3rd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    349
      Joined: 19 July 2010
      Posts: 291
     

I have checked around. My ride is indeed able to install an aftermarket HU: My current stock HU is able to power up all the installed speakers and subwoofer and I am quite ok with the sound. Hence I am looking into adding an amp to enhance the sound. However I have also received recommendations to replace HU rather adding an amp.

 

in some sense, replacing HU also means adding an amp, because if you get a more powerful HU that can output more wattage, then that is the same as getting an amp already. of course, the power output from amp will be much higher than HU, so that's why sometimes adding an amp is necessary to support some new more powerful speaker, and that new speaker is then supposed to give you the nicer sound that you want.  

 

replacing HU just give you more options to play with to cater to what you want to hear, be it the sound quality or more basic things like bluetooth connection to your phone to listen to phone MP3 without connecting etc. 

 

for your case, if i were you, i would just leave it alone and not spend any money adding an amp since you are already ok with the sound. adding an amp will definitely enhance the sound like you said, but probably by a little bit only, and the benefit will not be as apparent to you as much as you think. 



#8

Posted 22 April 2017 - 07:59 AM

Qaz20
  • Qaz20
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    157
      Joined: 06 May 2002
      Posts: 159
     
Bro, mind sharing what's your budget range? Another option u can go into is a processor cum amp.

#9

Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:11 PM

Goldenvodka
  • THREAD STARTER
  • Premium member
    Goldenvodka
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    185
      Joined: 19 September 2008
      Posts: 229
     

Bro, mind sharing what's your budget range? Another option u can go into is a processor cum amp.

About 300 max with installation?

#10

Posted 23 April 2017 - 06:02 PM

Qaz20
  • Qaz20
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    157
      Joined: 06 May 2002
      Posts: 159
     
300 with installation wun get u a good headunit to begin with.. My suggestion is save more $$ and 1 shot get a processor cum amp with installation that should cost in the region of around 1.5k.. But must go to the correct installer else $ wasted..

If u insist on spending the 300 now, i can assure you it'll be $$ down the drain.. Been there, done that... Hehee...

Listen to others setup to get an idea of how far away your setup is from theirs. There are also some cheap setup that sound much better than expensive setup. $$ is not everything in ICE, but it do plays a big part in buying you the proper stuffs.

#11

Posted 24 April 2017 - 10:01 AM

Goldenvodka
  • THREAD STARTER
  • Premium member
    Goldenvodka
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    185
      Joined: 19 September 2008
      Posts: 229
     

300 with installation wun get u a good headunit to begin with.. My suggestion is save more $$ and 1 shot get a processor cum amp with installation that should cost in the region of around 1.5k.. But must go to the correct installer else $ wasted..

If u insist on spending the 300 now, i can assure you it'll be $$ down the drain.. Been there, done that... Hehee...

Listen to others setup to get an idea of how far away your setup is from theirs. There are also some cheap setup that sound much better than expensive setup. $$ is not everything in ICE, but it do plays a big part in buying you the proper stuffs.

 

Thanks. I have been reading up DSP since the last post.

 

Seems that DSP is the way to go instead of spending the amount of $$ on a HU. As I am very comfortable with the original HU and wish to keep the original look.



#12

Posted 24 April 2017 - 01:06 PM

Qaz20
  • Qaz20
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    157
      Joined: 06 May 2002
      Posts: 159
     

Thanks. I have been reading up DSP since the last post.

Seems that DSP is the way to go instead of spending the amount of $$ on a HU. As I am very comfortable with the original HU and wish to keep the original look.

Good choice bro..
Let me know if u wanna listen to a 2 way simple setup with dsp..
I can help u arrange with friend (think his is stock headunit too)

Not to poison you, but to let u know what to expect when u wanna spend 1k+. But i'm sure u will kenna the poison. U can try mine too (3 way setup)

#13

Posted 24 April 2017 - 01:14 PM

Goldenvodka
  • THREAD STARTER
  • Premium member
    Goldenvodka
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    185
      Joined: 19 September 2008
      Posts: 229
     

Good choice bro..
Let me know if u wanna listen to a 2 way simple setup with dsp..
I can help u arrange with friend (think his is stock headunit too)

Not to poison you, but to let u know what to expect when u wanna spend 1k+. But i'm sure u will kenna the poison. U can try mine too (3 way setup)

 

Possible to PM me which audio shop is specialize and have a big range of DSP to audit before committing?

 

TIA



#14

Posted 28 April 2017 - 11:44 AM

Goldenvodka
  • THREAD STARTER
  • Premium member
    Goldenvodka
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    185
      Joined: 19 September 2008
      Posts: 229
     

After much considerations. I proceeded with the following.

 

1) Stock HU

2) DSP with build in AMP

3) Full active setup for all my speakers/tweeter and subs

 

 

Overall very satisfied with the results.

 

The next poison will be a new set of speakers/tweeter to replace my entry level pioneer speakers in the front and an audio card to expand my DSP hence the phone will talk directly to the DSP instead of going through the HU.


Edited by Goldenvodka, 28 April 2017 - 11:45 AM.


#15

Posted 28 April 2017 - 10:23 PM

Qaz20
  • Qaz20
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    157
      Joined: 06 May 2002
      Posts: 159
     
Good choice bro..
So what dsp u use?

#16

Posted 29 April 2017 - 02:13 PM

Goldenvodka
  • THREAD STARTER
  • Premium member
    Goldenvodka
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    185
      Joined: 19 September 2008
      Posts: 229
     
I using this

http://www.audiotec-...-eight-dsp.html

Reason being I wanted to run a full active set up with DSP.

Edited by Goldenvodka, 29 April 2017 - 02:15 PM.


#17

Posted 29 April 2017 - 05:13 PM

Qaz20
  • Qaz20
    2nd Gear
    The points of the user determines the rank. The higher the points, the higher the rank.
    Author Image
    The bar represents the rank and points of the user. The longer the bar, the higher the rank and points.
     
    Points:
    Points are accumulated from other users who Praise or Disliked this users' posts.
    157
      Joined: 06 May 2002
      Posts: 159
     
Ic.. Didn't consider Audison 8.9


  • 1
Back to In-Car-Entertainment  ·  Aftermarket Top Reply to this topic



Related user reviews on sgCarMart.com

Pioneer AVH-X8750BT

Pioneer AVH-X8750BT  |  Rating   Submit Review

Reviewed by LYC  |  2nd Gear

Great HU

Been using this HU since i got my car in Dec 15. This HU is great. Makes the sound nice even when i'm still on stocks. Features is packed to the brim that it is all that u need when driving in your car.

Pioneer HD DVB-T2 TV Tuner (GEX-1750DVB2)

Pioneer HD DVB-T2 TV Tuner (GEX-1750DVB2)  |  Rating   Submit Review

Reviewed by Akszaksz  |  3rd Gear

Overall pleased with the product

Installed this so that my kid can watch kids channel like Octo, instead of my downloading youtube videos and play for them. Overall image is clear. Quite responsive As usual, under MSCP, basement or tunnel, can't received signal. When dr... » Read More

Related Product Guide search on sgCarMart.com : DVD Player, Multimedia Player


Quick Reply



Tags: kia, kiahu, amp, replace and 2 more...

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users