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Newbie here need to find out about good stereo

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I just bought a 98 Ml320 nice carbon fiber interior.
lookin for a nice stereo system to put in it. please reply if you know any good companys that make cd recievers for my Ml320


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To whoever only has 800$ to put a system into their car. If you are looking at getting a new HU, Subs, Speakers, Amps to have your "pimpin" system. you better save up!!! To get anything decent your going to need at least double that. Defently go for a Alpine headunit, JL (not W0's), PG or JL amps. Just with the subs and them amp, you might be spending a little more then 800$

If you get Alpine's nice unit right now, not the HD one :) but the regular mp3/cdr/cd4w/wav/windows media player, you could look at spending 299+. Those door speakers, you should go for some MB's or JBL's or some Boston Acoustics. If you were looking at getting some Pyle 15's and a legacy 10,000watt amp and with a Boss HU i could see the 800$ :). But if you want a pimpin' system, save your money! And get something really "pimpin". Just what i would do.

Good luck.
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most factory stuff runs a differnt ohm levels then aftermarket. I dunno why, but that is what i have seen also.
What do you mean run a power wire for the HU and amps? The Power wire for the existing HU would be fine. Unless you want to run the Vdrive on the Alpine, which you need a 8ga/10ga wire. And to run that is very easy. The best place i found to run my wires is passanger side remove all the flooring and you will see a rubber bushing that the AC filter/ i think its the ac filter, plugs into and just pop right through that one, and push the wire up, and BAMMMM you see the wire floating up above the metal peice covering your firewall..
I dunno about the company that Roman is speaking of. Dosnt mean they make good stuff, they might make great stuff, just never heard of them. Lets get real here..

Your headunit, if you want a good one. Go with Alpine. So lets say you bought a Alpine CDA-9851 thats already 279.99. Right.

Now some speakers, Question is are you going to use the built in amp in the alpine or buy a different one? Lets say you are going to be a seperate amp. So the speakers are Infinity Kappa 60.5cs which sell for 239.99. I did Infinity for sake of him knowing the brand. Infinity makes good stuff, and low end stuff. The Kappa series is pretty good.

Now speakers for the rear. I wouldnt personally go with regular 5 1/4 speakers for the rear, Infinity Kappa 52.5i they run 119.99.

Now you want to power these speakers, not use the Bose amp(if you have that)to power them, or the Alpine to power them. So you need a seperate amp, Alpine MRV-F340
to be simple im just pulling all this stuff off of froogle/cruntchfiled. just to be simple. The Amp would cost you, 399.99.

Now you need something to wire that amp. You can get a good amp kit on ebay for like 35.00 +shippin.

I am not going to include another amp/sub, I think you get the point. It is going to be expensive to get a good system in there. And if you dont know how to install it, its going to be even more for labor to get it installed. I am not saying you have to get all that. You just say pimpin system, i think of some crazy good system that has everything.

I personally have the Alpine 9813, that i bought about a year ago, and i have a PG amp, and JL w3v2. I spent about 900-1000 on just that, but i bought all that about 1-2 years ago. But i feel that my Bose door speakers are fine, and i didnt feel like i needed to update them. This summer i am planning on doing it, but that is whem im going to have the money, Save up so you can be happy with what you get. That is my advice.

Good luck.
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