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      12-04-2014, 07:48 AM   #1
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The good, the bad, and the ugly

This is a great guide for when you are trying to decide which subwoofer, amp, speaker, or head unit would be the best bang for your buck. I hope everyone can benefit from it!




Credit: From a deceased car audio website that gave me a lot of help in the past, all I did was edit for cleanliness.



Subwoofers
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Highly Quality/ highly recommended

Alpine (Type-X series)
Alumapro
Arc Audio
Ascendant Audio
Atomic
Audioque
Boston Acoustics
Critical Mass
Crystal
Diamond Audio
Digital Designs (DD)
DLS
Dyn Audio
Earthquake
Eclipse
Elevation Audio
Focal
FI audio
Hertz
Image Dynamics
Inhuman Audio
Incriminator Audio
JL Audio
Kove
MB Quart
Memphis (Mojo series)
MMats
Morel
OZ Audio
Orion(HCCA)
Rainbow
Resonant Engineering
RD audio
Sound Splinter
SPL Cell
Stereo integrity
TC sounds/Audio pulse
Treo

Good / entry level

Alpine (Type-R or S series)
Bravox
CD Technologies (CDT)
Cerwin Vega
Concept
DC sound lab
Elemental Designs
Funky pups
Fusion
Infinity (Kappa series and up)
Kicker (CompVR,VX series)
Mach 5
MTX Audio (8000's and up)
Onyx Audio
Phoenix Gold
Pioneer
Polk Audio
Realm Audio
Rockford Fosgate(power stage)
SSA
Xtant

Questionable / budget

Coustic
HiFonics
SoundStream

Avoid / not recommended

Alphasonik
Alpine (Type-E series)
Audiobahn
Autotek
Bazooka
Boss
Crunch
Dual
Jensen
Kenwood
Lightning Audio
MTX (6000's and under)
Pioneer (lower models)
Planet Audio
Power Acoustik
Pyramid
Pyle
Sony
Volfenhag



Amplifiers
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High Quality amps/ highly recommended

A/D/S
Adassa
Alpine (pdx series)
Arc Audio
Atomic
Audiocontrol
Audison
Beyma
Blade technologies
Brax
Cactus Sound
Celestra
Digital Design
Dls
Eclipse
Elemental Designs
Elevation Audio
Esoteric Audio
Genesis
Harrison Labs
Helix
Image Dynamics
Incriminator Audio
JBL (Crown made models)
JL Audio
Kicker
McIntosh Laboratories
Memphis Audio
MMats
Orion (pre-DEI)
PPI Art series
Rainbow
Rockford Fosgate (early 90s, Punch and Power series)
RD audio
Sifoni
Steg
Sundown audio
Treo
Tru
US Amps
Xtant
Zapco
Zed audio

Good/or Entry level amps

AudioQ
Alpine
Autotek
Avionixx
Cadence
Clarion
Concept
Crossfire
Diamond Audio
Directed (DEI)
Earthquake
Eclipse
Hifonics
Kicker
MTX Audio
Phoenix Gold
Planet Audio
Resonant engineering or HQ
Rockford Fosgate (Power and Punch series)
SoundStream
US Acoustics


Budget/Questionable

Alphasonik
Audiobahn
Cerwin Vega
Coustic
HiFonics
Lanzar
Lightning Audio
MA Audio
Power Acoustik
Tsunami

Not recommended/avoid

Bazooka
Crunch
Jensen
Legacy
Optimus
Pyle
Pyramid
Sony
Visonik
Volfenhag



Components
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Highly Recommended

Adire Audio
A/D/S
Alpine (F1 Status components)
Arc Audio
Beyma
Boston Acoustics
Bravox (component sets)
CD Technologies (CDT)
Crystal
Diamond Audio
DLS
Dyn Audio
Eclipse
Focal
Hertz
HI-VI Research
Illusion Audio
Image Dynamics
Infinity (Kappa Perfect series)
JBL(Gti)
JL Audio (XR components)
JL ZR component line
LPG
Max-Fidelity
MB Quart
Morel
MMats
Rainbow
Resonant Engineering(XXX)
Pioneer(premiers)
Scan-Speak
Seas
Vifa
Visatron

Good / entry level

Alpine
Boston Acoustics (lower model lines)
Bravox (coaxials)
Cerwin Vega
Earthquake
Fusion
Infinity (Kappa and Reference series)
JBL
Kicker
Memphis Audio
Phoenix Gold
Pioneer
Polk Audio
Reasonant engineering
Rockford Fosgate

Questionable / budget

Planet Audio

Avoid

Audiobahn
Boss
Crunch
Dual
Jensen
Powerbase/Powerbass
Sony



Head-Units
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Sound Quality/High Quality

Alpine
Clarion ProAudio
Denon
Eclipse
JVC Arsenal
Kenwood (excelons)
McIntosh
Nakamichi
Pioneer Premier
Sony Mobile ES (from the early 1990's only, rare)

Good /entry level

Clarion
JVC
Panasonic MXE
Pioneer

Questionable

Blaupunkt
Kenwood
Panasonic

Avoid

Audiovox
Boss
Dual
Jensen
Sanyo
Sony




If anyone has any input, or suggestions, please feel free to shoot me a PM or comment below.

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Nice!! Good writeup...however.... Alpine better than Pioneer!?!? I have the AVH-8500BHS with 4v preouts 8 band equalizer, hpf, lpf, app radio and an amazing user interface. I would hardly say thats entry level...nonetheless just ranting Great writeup!
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