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    Car Stereo Recommendation

    Thinking about replacing the factory stereo out of my 97 4-Runner. Any recommendations? I'm willing to spend about $400 on the receiver, 2 6.5" speakers, and 2 5.25" speakers.


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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    Do you care about things like Ipod connections, XM/Sirus, etc?



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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Do you care about things like Ipod connections, XM/Sirus, etc?
    Yeah, need IPOD connection and maybe an HD radio receiver. Don't intend
    to get satellite radio.



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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    Is HD radio even worth it in the Ames/DM area for anyone that has it?



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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood all make decent cheap head units.

    JL Audio, Polk, Pioneer, Infinity,etc all make decent cheap speakers.


    If it was me I would buy a reasonably priced head unit, spend more on speakers, and then get an amp to power the speakers.

    It's been about 5 years since I've bought any car audio gear but I had good luck with a Pioneer head unit, Infinity Kapa's, and a JL Audio amp. No sub


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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    I've had too many stolen to ever put in anything other than factory.

    That being said I always enjoyed Infinity speakers. Had several Pioneer units that I liked.



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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    I'll also give my recommendation for infinity speakers, miss the ones I had in my old car (don't fit in my new one).


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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    I have had Alpine in all my cars and have loved them. I also had an Alpine head unit and subwoofers. Type R or S will work well for speakers. I used to work at Cyclone Stereo in Ames and the top speakers were easily Alpine or JL.



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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by h-man64 View Post
    Thinking about replacing the factory stereo out of my 97 4-Runner. Any recommendations? I'm willing to spend about spending $400 on the receiver, 2 6.5" speakers, and 2 5.25" speakers.
    Try to use your headbox. Connect to a Kenwood Excelon 5 channel amp, 500-700 watts, 4 Kenwood Excelon door speakers and a JL Audio 12" 300 watt subwoofer.

    JL Audio 5 channel amps are more money but stronger.

    More than $400 but great sound.



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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    Thanks for the suggestions. It's been 20 years since I bought a stereo. Always had Blaupunkt in the past.



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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    If your just wanting a basic head unit, almost any name brand has cheap ones that are worth the money. I just bought a sony cd player with ipod/mp3 hookup and only dropped $100. Now I realize this is way cheap but if you are just wanting it to listen to the radio and what not, I personally don't understand the point in spending $300 on a head unit. And like what dmclone said, if you are wanting to upgrade your system, spend more of your money on speakers. Speakers are the essential part in a good system. You don't want to buy some cheapo speakers and have them be blown in a month.


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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    If you don't have to have one absolutly right this minute i would recommend watching Crutchfield online for when they have sales and close out sales. I have gotten two great head units on there for about half price of what the MSRP was when they were on sale. One being a Sony Xplod and the other a Blaupunkt Monterrey. Got both for about $100 with MSRP's of $200.



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    Re: Car Stereo Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Agclone91 View Post
    If you don't have to have one absolutly right this minute i would recommend watching Crutchfield online for when they have sales and close out sales. I have gotten two great head units on there for about half price of what the MSRP was when they were on sale. One being a Sony Xplod and the other a Blaupunkt Monterrey. Got both for about $100 with MSRP's of $200.
    Sony Xpold is what I just got. Very good for the money.


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