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Forum Name: Car Audio
Forum Discription: Car Stereos, Amplifiers, Crossovers, Processors, Speakers, Subwoofers, etc.
URL: https://www.the12volt.com/installbay/forum_posts.asp?tid=46661
Printed Date: January 20, 2022 at 5:40 AM


Topic: Car Audio Brands

Posted By: Master Asylum
Subject: Car Audio Brands
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 1:16 PM

I'm currently working on a list of some of the better known/good quality makers out there. If you could possibly tell me of any good quality audio company I'd appreciate it(websites are what I'm going for, I kinda like being able to study the main product lines). Also if you would be so kind to tell me what product lines are the more common, that'd be great. So far I have:

Rockford, Kicker, Memphis, JL Audio, Infinity, MTX, Alpine, Pioneer, Kenwood, Clarion, and Eclipse.

Stuff I'm looking for is car audio component. (Subs/Amps/Mid&High Speakers/Head Units/Anything Else Along This Line.) No video for now please.

Also interested in opinion concerning companies/product lines. Like is clarion any good?



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1998 Monte Carlo w/
Eclipse CD8454
2xRockford 5.25" Power 2-way T152C
2xRockford 6"x9" Punch 3-way FRC4369
1xMemphis 16-MCH1300 5-channel
2xKicker 12" L5 Solobaric-2 Ohm



Replies:

Posted By: Ravendarat
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 2:46 PM
Focal, Boston, Audison, Zappco, Diamond Audio, Nakamichi, Pheniox Gold, Audiocontrol for processors, and Orion all come to mind immediatly

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double-secret reverse-osmosis speaker-cone-induced high-level interference distortion, Its a killer




Posted By: mobile E
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 3:22 PM
rainbow... if you have infinite money....!

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Workin on a new system :)
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Posted By: mobile E
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 3:22 PM

sorry for the double post... but ADIRE too!



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everything stolen :(
Workin on a new system :)
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Posted By: dwarren
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 3:30 PM

I am fan of rainbow too, just ordered some!

What you have listed up above are good companies, ones that offer good products for the money. I am afraid of the companies under the Directed label, like orion, ppi, and ads. I think those comapnies were great for a period of time, you might be careful of them now.

Arc audio makes some great amps



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Posted By: audiobass10
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 3:35 PM




Posted By: Master Asylum
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 3:44 PM

Website links might help with some of these. Can't find an english Focal site.

Can't find either:
Audison, Zappco, Nakamichi

Think that's all so far.



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1998 Monte Carlo w/
Eclipse CD8454
2xRockford 5.25" Power 2-way T152C
2xRockford 6"x9" Punch 3-way FRC4369
1xMemphis 16-MCH1300 5-channel
2xKicker 12" L5 Solobaric-2 Ohm




Posted By: audiobass10
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 4:12 PM
I just posted website links..Zapco is on there

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Dave

Pioneer Premier DEH-P660
15" Kicker CVR
Profile AP1000M
It's Loud




Posted By: Lizardking
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 5:52 PM
I have personally owned several different brands and finally found a brand that meets all my needs and thats Eclipse... Very Very good stuff if your looking for pure SQ.

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Eclipse "Approaching Perfection"




Posted By: Lizardking
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 5:58 PM
Here's Rainbows website!   https://car.rainbow-audio.de/home/home.php?lan=3

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Eclipse "Approaching Perfection"




Posted By: redchevy99
Date Posted: January 03, 2005 at 1:19 AM
re, orion, mb quart, bramaha, and sony xplod......lmao j/k




Posted By: Master Asylum
Date Posted: January 03, 2005 at 4:05 AM
Ok I got everything up to this point. Lots of reading. Any product lines I should concentrate on by chance?

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1998 Monte Carlo w/
Eclipse CD8454
2xRockford 5.25" Power 2-way T152C
2xRockford 6"x9" Punch 3-way FRC4369
1xMemphis 16-MCH1300 5-channel
2xKicker 12" L5 Solobaric-2 Ohm




Posted By: specialauto
Date Posted: January 06, 2005 at 2:08 PM
alright... jbl for sure....
clarion, alpine, pinoneer, jbl, mtx, and audiobahn alll come to mind for me


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Canadian Auto Sound
Starting Installer




Posted By: customsuburb
Date Posted: January 06, 2005 at 9:22 PM

Take Audiobahn of that list...

www.alpine1.com

www.bcae1.com (good information website)

www.rockfordfosgate.com

www.audiocontrol.com

www.kicker.com





Posted By: Xplorer
Date Posted: January 06, 2005 at 9:34 PM
forgot to mention Hifonics...and i would say JBL, MTX, Alpine, Pioneer, and Clarion are definitely at the top

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Peace




Posted By: audiobass10
Date Posted: January 06, 2005 at 10:29 PM
Xtant, Zapco, Treo, US Amps, Adire, RE..all at the top...for a budget..JBL amps are great and the subs are good as well..Adire and RE could also give you somethin great even on a budget. The Shivas, Tempests, RE's, SE's..all very good IMO. MTX is a great amp in my opinion. I'll be running my RE8 off a 311D..the Thunder line amps are very solid and can be had at a good price off ebay.

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Dave

Pioneer Premier DEH-P660
15" Kicker CVR
Profile AP1000M
It's Loud




Posted By: specialauto
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 10:03 AM
what wrong with audiobahn?

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Canadian Auto Sound
Starting Installer




Posted By: Ravendarat
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 10:19 AM
Do a search on this site for Audiobahn, you'll soon see why its the running joke of the car audio world

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double-secret reverse-osmosis speaker-cone-induced high-level interference distortion, Its a killer




Posted By: Sweekster
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 12:38 PM
If money is no object, then Audison, McIntosh, Rosen, Zapco, Denon. But Memphis car audio is also a brand as well.

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Duane...

If you think you're confused, imagine how you feel.   posted_image




Posted By: specialauto
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 12:39 PM

c'mon? really... audio bahn isn't good?... what SO bad about it... there dvc's AW120 aren't good?posted_image
like i kno that they like to be flashy and all "dubbed" up... but some on there stuff can be used in comps, no?
or is it all bullsh*t up here in the great white north? that there is a different audiobahn past the boarder?
alright alright... if someone gives me someone gives me some reason i'll change my thinking... posted_image



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Canadian Auto Sound
Starting Installer




Posted By: kgerry
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 3:49 PM
strange that you're a Blau dealer and didnt list them... they make a far better product than Clarion or Audiobahn.....

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Kevin Gerry
Certified Electronics Technician
MECP First Class Installer

Owner/Installer
Classic Car Audio
since 1979




Posted By: uthinkuknoaudio
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 7:38 PM
Audiobahn sucks, but here is my list for the new year:
1. Nakamichi (duh)
2. McIntosh
3. Rainbow
4. MMATS
5. US Amps
6. Cadence
7. Adire
8. Resonant Engineering
9. Treo
10. JBL
11. Morel
12. CDT Audio
13. Alumapro
14. Focal
15. JL Audio
16. Digital Designs
17. Elemental Designs
18. Zapco
19. Soundstream
20. Blaupunkt
 
My list of Brands to stay away from:
1. Audiobahn (Its evil)
2. Pyramid
3. Pyle
4. Kicker (Sorry all you kicker fans, i just am a kicker hater)
5. Clarion (I've had way to many break)
6. Sony Xplod
7. Volfenhag
8. PowerAcoustik
9. Lanzar
10. Dual
 
 


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"I don't play games. I play Nakamichi and that for real yo" - Probably some japanese kid said this in the early 80's trying to sell stereo out of his trunk lol.




Posted By: promodeepcycle
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 8:02 PM
i didnt see any brax....or tru.. come on guys..the helix??????? alumapro??? crystal??? dls.. NOW for everyone who thinks audiobahn is good.........How long have you been doing this.?????? a year maybe 2?  if you have ever seen a bl graph of an audiobahn sub you would know.. just like lookin at kicker.. ha ... thats right kicker and audiobahn suck... for the money.. if those products were 1/2 the dollar amount that they retail for then they it would be fair.. but still not...."GOOD"..

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dont be a pet monkey ..use your dmm




Posted By: Ravendarat
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 9:11 PM
You said you want a reason why audiobahn is bad, then like I said do a search on this site and you will get ample reasons why you should not like them. BTW I live in canada and I have beat the sh*t outta many a audiobahn systems in comps and almost all of those systems never even came close to the top of the standings so to answer your question "Can you use Audiobahn in Competions?" My answer is yes you can, but you arent gonna place, at least not if there is any real competion there.

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double-secret reverse-osmosis speaker-cone-induced high-level interference distortion, Its a killer




Posted By: uthinkuknoaudio
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 9:33 PM
I said alumapro, and other than that, i don't agree with the other companys on my list.... Alumapro makes the M16 and Alchemy RX... I've been doing this since i was 15, and that was in 1984. Do the math.

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"I don't play games. I play Nakamichi and that for real yo" - Probably some japanese kid said this in the early 80's trying to sell stereo out of his trunk lol.




Posted By: Ravendarat
Date Posted: January 07, 2005 at 10:41 PM
uthinkuknoaudio wrote:

I said alumapro, and other than that, i don't agree with the other companys on my list
I dont understand this statement. Are you saying that the other companies on your list are not well knowen or recomended, cause that is what it seems like it says. I am sure yo ment something else but it just doesnt make any sense to me.

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double-secret reverse-osmosis speaker-cone-induced high-level interference distortion, Its a killer




Posted By: uthinkuknoaudio
Date Posted: January 08, 2005 at 9:16 PM
lol, i did a big typo. I meant to say "I said alumapro, and other than that, i don't agree with the other company's on your list", I was refferring to Crystal, DLS, and Helix. Sorry about the counfusion!


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"I don't play games. I play Nakamichi and that for real yo" - Probably some japanese kid said this in the early 80's trying to sell stereo out of his trunk lol.




Posted By: Ravendarat
Date Posted: January 08, 2005 at 10:20 PM
Tru is good stuff, at least from what I have seen it is.

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double-secret reverse-osmosis speaker-cone-induced high-level interference distortion, Its a killer




Posted By: Lizardking
Date Posted: January 09, 2005 at 10:54 AM
Eclipse all the way for me!!  There are some really good lists on this thread that I would consider. I also like Elemental Designs.

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Eclipse "Approaching Perfection"




Posted By: jazzcustom131
Date Posted: January 09, 2005 at 11:37 AM
I've always lked my Planet Audio equipment, but last time I knew, alot of yall aren't fans of the equipment. All I know is the their demo car with two 12's blew away Alpine's type r car with 3 12's. Uthink, u can add Boss to that bottom list. Atleast the Riot series, the IQ series is actually good stuff.

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Greed is for amateurs.

Disorder,chaos,anarchy now THAT is fun!!




Posted By: Master Asylum
Date Posted: January 10, 2005 at 8:38 AM
Eclipse seems to get a lot of props. I might be trying those products next. Thanks for the help guys.

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1998 Monte Carlo w/
Eclipse CD8454
2xRockford 5.25" Power 2-way T152C
2xRockford 6"x9" Punch 3-way FRC4369
1xMemphis 16-MCH1300 5-channel
2xKicker 12" L5 Solobaric-2 Ohm




Posted By: hightek
Date Posted: January 10, 2005 at 10:38 AM
how Cadence as far as amps go, and you may throw in CDT for mids/highs. just my thoughts though




Posted By: specialauto
Date Posted: January 10, 2005 at 12:17 PM
i guess your right.. audiobhan isn't good:P and yes, blau is good too the only reason i didn't mention them is cuz there not as good as they used to be...

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Canadian Auto Sound
Starting Installer




Posted By: dedlyjedly
Date Posted: January 10, 2005 at 3:28 PM

hey jazz, all of that boss and planet audio garbage come off the same production lines.  yep, and throw soundstorm (yes "storm" not "stream") into that corporate conglomeration of sh** for good measure!!!

for the most part i would agree with the other lists, i would recommend:

kenwood excelon, butler amps, phoenix gold.

nameplates to be weary of since they are not the industry leader they once were are...(corporate entities)

lanzar (pyle,pyramid), soundstream(power akoustik), orion & ppi (dei), rockford fosgate(themselves!), and im really starting to wonder about us amps after talking with their shady representatives at CES!!!



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MECP certified, 5yrs experience, you probably otta listen bitch!!





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