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Old 07-19-2011, 04:46 PM
TwoThousandTwoRanger TwoThousandTwoRanger is offline
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I'm thinking about upgrading my sound system and I have a few questions. How much of an improvement will I notice if I just replace all four speakers in my 02 super cab and add a new aftermarket head unit? I would be keeping the stock wiring. I'm not looking for a huge booming system, I just want something that sounds good loud without distortion. Also, is an amp really necessary?
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:55 PM
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If you upgrade to a alpine deck and alpine speakers it will be nice and clear. You wont get any boom boom unless you add a good amp.

I would recommend the Alpine type S speaker.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:35 PM
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If you buy an entry level system be sure to think a couple of steps ahead. Make sure you have enough pre-amp outputs just in case you do want to upgrade anytime down the road (adding a sub for instance). STL is correct, Alpine makes some very nice equipment and it's not too expensive either.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:56 PM
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New deck and 4 new speakers will def improve the sound 100%. If you feel you still want more out of the setup after it is installed then I would rec. adding a 4 channel amp to your aftermarket speakers. And of course, if you want more bass, add a subwoofer. But, go ahead and just do the speakers and deck for now and see if that satisfies your you. If so then there is no reason to spend more money on a 4 ch amp for the speakers or a sub amp (unless you want bass).
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:56 PM
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Yes, it will improve the quality of the music. I agree with STL: Alpines are a good quality system. The head unit alone, even with the stock speakers, will improve the sound. Aftermarket head units usually have double to 3 times the output of the OEM unit in Rangers. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but the OEM unit in Rangers is about 8rms/speaker. An Alpine will generally pump out 15-25 rms/speaker. It doesn't seem like it's a lot, but it is.

The Type S will be enough. The Type R is double the price but only 30% better performance. Compare here:

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/cat_m...-speakers.html

I would also recommend a Pioneer System. Their 6x8s are great too....and specifically designed to fit the Fords. I have these - See here:

http://www.sonicelectronix.com/item_...TS-D6802R.html

Alpine head units:
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/cat_m...bluetooth.html

Pioneer:
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/viewc...rder=price_asc

I only did a search for "blue-tooth included", there are more to look at and compare. I need to get a new head unit as well, but I have a 2din and want to go for something with a DVD screen.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:01 PM
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If your going to do just one or the other invest in a good set of speakers first.
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