Originally Posted by cadman33619
i'd like to upgrade to a better head unit but i've i'm afraid that i'll never get the sound right and eventually have to get new speakers. but then of course the HU won't have enough power for the new speakers and i'll need an amp.
anyone else notice this?
i always say get speakers first... like Enola suggests, the factory speakers have much to be desired.
however, one mistake people do all the time, is get speakers that have a much higher power handling than the internal amp can provide. this causes the new speakers to sound weak. for example, a 25 watt RMS power handling speaker will be louder and have more bass than a 75 watt RMS power handling speaker, when running on the 17 or so watts RMS that an internal amp can provide.
get the higher handling speakers only if you plan to add an amp later.
your factory head unit is a very low end Panasonic. the factory speakers match the power quite well, and also match the bass equalization too... thats why it sounds half decent to you.
other aftermarket low end Panasonic units have basically the same bass equalization too. if you insist on keeping the factory speakers, it will sound about the same if you stick to Panasonic. however, it could be much better.
other manufactures that have a bass heavy equalization in their low end units, are Alpine, Pioneer, and Eclipse. still, with new speakers, they will sound even better. ( and Eclipse does not really exist anymore )
low end Kenwood and Sony have a weak bass equalization... so you will need speakers... and even then, you may not get the same balanced sound without an amp.
this all changes if you are willing to buy a mid line unit. while all use the same basic internal amplifier, ( including the factory unit ) the mid line units do have more sound control, and you will be able to make the sound the way you want it.
good luck !