my car system is kinda what started me on my path to true audiophile quality gear at home.
my philosophy at the time was that if i couldn't afford to gear up audiophile quality at home i should at least try and get a decent sound out of my car.
i drive a toyota corolla '99 hatch and decked it out with-
- alpine HU with USB / ipod connection in glovebox
- boston acoustic SR60 front splits
- boston 2 channel amp (now replaced with rockford fosgate punch 2 channel amp) driving splits
- alpine type-R 12" sub
- alpine 1000w monoblock driving sub
the sound is amazing. i don't claim to be any sort of audiophile expert and know not a lot about what an audiophile might consider amazing but i do know music. music is my life and the music sounds incredible.
i have been meaning to do the dampening thing but have never got around to it and never really bothered as it sounds decent as is. have also been meaning to look at possibility of adding an external USB DAC / processor into the setup but never really looked into it. has anyone else tried this?
eventually i got sick of only having quality audio in the car so bit the bullet and $9000 later i now have quality gear at home. in comparison, my car only cost approx $1500-$2000 to gear up and though the home audio experience far exceeds what the car can do, bang for buck factor the rolla upgrade was a worthy upgrade. don't think i'll ever sell the car and it should drive forever like corollas do.