I do respect your points of view as far as altering those panels; I don't really want to do it either. On the other hand, it seems that those door installs are always subject to moisture (washings,rain etc.)and shock/vibration of door closings...they always seem to suffer sound distorts over time due to the above. It's with that in mind that I look for alternate to door install..I think the install back on top in the original underdash positions will be my only alternative...2 minus pts. there though;
sun exposure, and indirect sound projection (into windshield, then back at you.) Oh well, there are worse problems to have. Still, even if I do go back to the dash mounts, aren't the retrofit speakers still underdesigned for todays sound systems...ie.:speakers designed to fit into those small openings, by the very nature of their dimensions, can't generate the full power and range of sound that the larger speaks in other mount locations? Someone tell me there are dash mounts available that will produce...which,where,how much? I probably will mount rears in enclosures up under rear dash panel or against back wall.
If I do this, what would be a good matched combination of original dash mounts and rears in enclosures? Should they all be the manufac.? If stereo has 3 range tone control, do I look for a more specific speak?
By the way, if the retrofit into kick panels bothers you, this will put you over the top.
I,ve looked at stereo after stereo designed to fit the original GM dash opening, all 4 of them. Not being very impressed with what's available I'm considering commiting the following act of heresy against the church of restoration dogma; I looked at all the CD systems that are self contained (ie: ones that don't have a CD player mounted separetly in some convenient location like behind the drivers seat or the trunk). Of those out there, the one that appeals most to me is the Nakamichi CD45z.
I know that the dash panel will have to be modified to accomodate; but I'm willing to live with this single departure to the original config. in order to have the best of the most convenient steups available in the price range; it also has other features I like more than the comparables.(its more convenient to me to change one CD at atime from my drivers seat than to realize that what I want to listen to isn't in the load magazine and if I want to hear it, I've got to pull over, get out and reload.)
This machine puts out 45 watts per; from what one of us is saying, I'll need to compensate the power output with a larger alternator. How do I calc. how large an alternator I'll need?
I'm not trying to make my rig a rolling boom box (those guys really annoy me anyhow), but I know that the more power you supply a speak, the cleaner the sound reproduction is at low volumes...I would think 45 watt per channel is sufficient for a 50 cubic foot room.
Anybody care to tell me more of what I'm not or haven't seen or understood about my sound expectations or endeavors.
Thanks for your patience, I appreciate that the most about this forum.