I was HEAVY into car audio back in the days when it exploded. Some of you remember the Rockford Fosgate and Orion amps that were rated a 2 ohm, but would run NO PROBLEM at 1/4 ohm and light the air on fire!
Didn't have a Ridonkulous amount of products to choose from, but some of the stuff was fantastic. I had a DCA-3500 Denon car amp (yes Denon used to make car amps), that was a smooth as silk.
Anyone remember how to calculate/make a dual-reflex band-pass enclosure for a 15" subwoofer? In the tuned range even with lower power amps it would blow your hair off. BTW, Isobaric enclosures were actually two subs put together, not a brand back then.
Anyways, now Back to the Future and I'm eager to see/hear what improvements have been made since 1990.
So far I've been underwhelmed with the amps as there is no consideration for THD anymore; just SPL's (guess that's what happens when people go from triple digital CD encoding to listening to compressed music on I-Pods).
The head units are damn impressive though and I'm trying to get a really good feeling for component speaker improvements. Like I said, the choice out there is outstanding, but how is the performance overall. I noticed no one seems to make their own caps (filters) anymore and the speaker companies go on and on about how good their component filters are. (news flash, they are just high quality, low thermal coefficient resistors with a ultra-fast micro capacitor) and can be made from scratch in an hour. So I'm really interested in the SQ from the speakers themselves.
That said, I'm totally on the fence if we have made a quantum leap forward in speaker designs or just have prettier decals. I really do welcome your thoughts and feedback. I would have to say though, bringing horns, compression tweeters with mid-ranges and wave-guides would add a whole lot of fun to the car speaker/SQ game.
What do you think?