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Worst and Best Car Audio Brands?
 

 
Since there are so many different car audio brands out there i wanna put together a list of brands for car audio newbs. The brands will be ranked in different sections:



Horrible brands - avoid these brands at all cost, there a total waste of money.


Entry level brands - good for the first time car audio enthusistest, you get a great sound for a cheap price.


High quality brands - these are more expensive that entry level, but not rediculously expensive, since you get execellent sound that will be louder/cleaner that entry level brands.


Competition brands - these brands are the mother of all brands, prices are very expensive but if you can afford it these are the brands that win sound competitions at car shows.


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 13 years ago '04        #2
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I'll hook up a list in a sec....

Blazin right now :)....

* EDIT: *

HU = Head Units
A = Amps
SW = Subs
Sp = Mids/Highs
M = Multimedia
All = Entire Line

Stay Away

American Pro (All)
Audiobank (All)
Blackmore Mobile Electronics (All)
Blitz (All)
DHD (All)
Diesel Audio (All)
Kenford (All)
Kole Audio (All)
Legacy (All)
Majestic (All)
Performance Teknique (All)
Phase Linear (All)
Pyle (All)
Pyramid (All)
Rockwood (All)
Sherwood (All)
SPL (all)
Solid Audio (All)
Sound Storm (All)
Street Edge (All)
Ultra Linear (All)
XFile Audio (All)


Entry Level

Alphasonik (All)
Alto Mobile USA (All)
Alumapro (All)
Ample Audio (All)
Audiobahn (All)
Audiopipe (All)
Audiovox (All)
Autotek "SS Series" (All)
Bazooka (All)
Blaupunkt (All)
Boss (All)
Bostwick (All)
Cadence ("All" tough decision just shy of high quality)
Cerwin Vega ("All" except Strokers which go in Comp')
Clarion (A, SW, Sp)
Clif Designs (All)
Concept (All)
Coustic (All)
Crossfire "P Series" (SW)
Crunch (All)
Cutting Edge Audio (All)
DB Drive (All)
Diablo Audio (All)
Digital Audio (All)
Dual (All)
Dub Mag Audio (All)
Elevation Audio ("All" except EX Series (SW) which go in Comp)
Emerson (All)
Harrison Labs (All)
Hifonics "Zues Series and lower" (All)
Hollywood Sound Intl. Corp (All)
Infinity (All)
Interfire (All)
JBL ("All" except ??? Series which go in Comp')
Jensen (All)
JVC (All)
Kenwood ("All" except Excelon series which go in HQ)
Kicker "Comp/Comp VR" (SW) "RS Series and under" (Sp)
Kove Audio (All)
Lanzar ("All' except Opti Drive series which go in HQ)
Lightning Audio (All)
MA Audio ("All" except larger/upper model HK Series amps which go in HQ)
Matrxx Audio (All)
MB Quart (SW)
Memphis "PR Series" (All)
MTX ("All" except 9500 Series (SW) which go in HQ)
Niche Audio (All)
Phoenix Gold (SW)
Pioneer (SW,Sp,A)
Planet Audio (All)
Polk Audio (All)
Power Acoustik (All)
Powerbase (All)
Profile (All)
Rockford Fosgate ("All" except Power Series which go in HQ)
Sanyo (All)
Scosche (All)
Sony (All)
SoundStream (All)
Swiss Audio (All)
US Acoustics (All)
Visonik (All)
Xsite (All)


High Quality

A/D/S/ (All)
Adire Audio (All)
Alpine (All)
American Bass (All)
Ascendant Audio (All)
AudioControl (All)
Audison (All)
Avionixx (All)
Boston Acoustics (All)
Brax (All)
CDT Audio (All)
Clarion (HU, M)
Critical Mass (All)
Crossfire "W Series" (SW) "VR Series" (A)
Crystal (All)
Diamond Audio (All)
Directed (All)
DLS (All)
Dynaudio (All)
Earthquake (All)
Elemental Designs (All)
Eclipse (All)
Focal (All)
Fusion (All)
Genesis (All)
Helix (All)
Hifonics "Brutus Series" (All)
Image Dynamics (All)
Incriminator Audio (All)
JL Audio ("All" except lower W series (SW) which go in Entry)
Kenwood "Excelon series" (All)
Kicker "KX/SX Series" (A) "L5/L7" (SW) "SS Series" (Sp)
Lanzar "Opti Drive" (A)
MA Audio "HK2000/HK4000" (A)
Massive Audio (All)
MB Quart (Sp)
McIntosh (All)
Memphis (MC Series) (All)
Milbert (All)
Morel (All)
MTX "9500 Series" (SW)
Nakamichi (All)
Orion (A,SW,Sp)
OZ Audio (All)
PHD Audiophile Sound System (All)
Phase Evolution (All)
Phoenix Gold (A)
Pioneer (HU,M)
Powerbass USA (All)
Precision Power (All)
QAS (All)
RE Audio ("All" except MT Series (SW) which go in Comp)
Rockford Fosgate "Power Series" (SW,A)
Seas Lotus (All)
Sinfoni (All)
Treo Engineering (All)
TRU Technology (All)
Tube Driver Blue (All)
US Amps (All)
Xtant (All)
Zapco (All)

Competition

Alpine F1 (All)
Atomic (SW,A)
Autotek "MM Series" (All)
Cerwin Vega "Stroker" (SW)
Digital Designs (All)
Elevation Audio EX Series (SW)
Hifonics "XX Series" (All)
JBL "JBL/Crown Series" (A) "G TI Series" (SW)
Kicker "Solo X" (SW)
MMats Professional Audio (All)
MTX RFL (SW)
Pioneer TS-W5000SPL (SW)
Rainbow (All)
RE Audio "MT Series" (SW)
Team RF (SW)


(Updated 9/8....More to come)


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 13 years ago '04        #3
dat_boi_tj 5 heat pts
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you forgot some on the high quality
resonant engineering(all)
elemental designs(all)
memphis(all)
ascendant audio(subs)
orion(all)

comp
mmats pro audio
resonant engineering MT


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 13 years ago '04        #4
Drug Dylan 3 heat pts
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 dat_boi_tj said
you forgot some on the high quality
resonant engineering(all)
elemental designs(all)
memphis(all)
ascendant audio(subs)
orion(all)

comp
mmats pro audio
resonant engineering MT

I wont miss anyone once I make it to work, I have a dealers guide there with all makes/models etc of everything car audio related.

 08-23-2005, 08:03 PM         #5
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wait.. hold on... how r u gonna say "Kicker "Comp/Comp VR" (SW) "RS Series and under" (Sp)" the VR series is entry line,,,, now look at it ... the cvr w.e series im bout to get has dual voice coil it maxes out at 800 watts but it puts out better sound then 2 mtx subs that we listened to at the circuitcity,, now u must be smokin somethin, lol

 13 years ago '04        #6
dat_boi_tj 5 heat pts
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lol@ circuit city..but thats not what this thread is about....
stay away from:
amps that imiate popular name brands ex:

legacy amps(look like sony )

rockwood(kenwood)

& stay away from blitz audio, unless you like "cool glowing thingys"

I CANT STRESS THIS ENOUGH....MOST CHEAP AMP BRAND ADVERTISE "MAX POWER" RATING..MAX POWER MEANS NOTHING, ITS JUST MEASURED @14.5VOLTS(which most of us dont have)AND AT A SUDDEN BURP.....SO AGAIN..MAX POWER MEANS SQUAT..always go by "rms"(subs & amps)


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 13 years ago '04        #7
Drug Dylan 3 heat pts
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 samakaballer said
wait.. hold on... how r u gonna say "Kicker "Comp/Comp VR" (SW) "RS Series and under" (Sp)" the VR series is entry line,,,, now look at it ... the cvr w.e series im bout to get has dual voice coil it maxes out at 800 watts but it puts out better sound then 2 mtx subs that we listened to at the circuitcity,, now u must be smokin somethin, lol
lol...its entry level....thats it thats all....

Comp/Comp VR's are not better than L5 or L7 series which is listed in High Quality....so therefore it will remain in Entry Level, a MAX of 800 watts is nothing remotely close to a RMS of 600 or 1200 (L5/L7).


...and now to do what I didnt do yesterday...update more....

 08-24-2005, 08:12 AM         #8
greeNNugget 
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 Drug Dylan said
I'll hook up a list in a sec....

Blazin right now :)....

* EDIT: *

HU = Head Units
A = Amps
SW = Subs
Sp = Mids/Highs
M = Multimedia
All = Entire Line

Stay Away

DHD (All)
Profile (All)



Entry Level

Alphasonik (All)
Alumapro (All)
Ample Audio (All)
Audiobahn (All)
Audiovox (All)
Autotek "SS Series" (All)
Bazooka (All)
Boss (All)
Cadence ("All" tough decision just shy of high quality)
Cerwin Vega ("All" exept Strokers which go in Comp')
Clarion (A, SW, Sp)
Crossfire "P Series" (SW)
Crunch (All)
Dual (All)
Emerson (All)
Hifonics "Zues Series and lower" (All)
Infinity (All)
JBL ("All" exept ??? Series which go in Comp')
Jensen (All)
JVC (All)
Kenwood ("All" exept Excelon series which go in HQ)
Kicker "Comp/Comp VR" (SW) "RS Series and under" (Sp)
Lanzar ("All' exept Opti Drive series which go in HQ)
Lightning (All)
MA Audio ("All" exept larger/upper model HK Series amps which go in HQ)
MB Quart (SW)
Phoenix Gold (SW)
Pioneer (SW,Sp,A)
Polk Audio (All)
Rockford Fosgate ("All" exept Power Series which go in HQ)
Sony (All)
SoundStream (All)
Visonik (All)


High Quality

A/D/S/ (All)
Alpine (All)
AudioControl (All)
Avionixx (All)
Boston Acoustics (All)
CDT Audio (All)
Clarion (HU, M)
Crossfire "W Series" (SW) "VR Series" (A)
Crystal (All)
Diamond Audio (All)
Directed (All)
Dynaudio (All)
Earthquake (All)
Eclipse (All)
Focal (All)
Hifonics "Brutus Series" (All)
Image Dynamics (All)
JL Audio ("All" exept lower W series (SW)
Kenwood "Excelon series" (All)
Kicker "KX/SX Series" (A) "L5/L7" (SW) "SS Series" (Sp)
Lanzar "Opti Drive" (A)
MA Audio "HK2000/HK4000" (A)
MB Quart (Sp)
Orion (A,SW,Sp)
Phoenix Gold (A)
Pioneer (HU,M)
Precision Power (All)
Rockford Fosgate "Power Series" (SW,A)

Competition

Alpine F1 (All)
Atomic (SW,A)
Autotek "MM Series" (All)
Cerwin Vega "Stroker" (SW)
Hifonics "XX Series" (All)
JBL "??? Series" (All)
Kicker "Solo X" (SW)
Team RF (SW)



(Im not even close to finished, but this is what I have for right now, ill update more at work tomorrow.)

So can someone please explain this a bit better, im a car audio noob and i'm about to start looking for my first system. Is this a list of the brands i should or shouldnt be looking out for?? cos from the first post it says its gonna be a list of horrible brands >>
 HiRolliN said
'since there are so many different car audio brands out there i wanna put together a list of brands thats first time car audio newbs can avoid at all cost.'


'now my main goal is to inform new car audio peeps of horrible brands to not spend money on such as pyramid, rockwood ect. '
sorry i might just be smokin a little bit too much

 13 years ago '04        #9
Drug Dylan 3 heat pts
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Anything listed from Entry Level thru Comp you'll be safe....Since you said your a CA Noob i'd stick with Entry level especially since its a lil less strain on the pockets.

 08-24-2005, 08:44 AM         #10
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You forgot the Nakamichi headunits. Serious sh*t man, they look like standard car stereos but they'r definately not. The quality is Crazy, probably, if not the best.

ez..

 08-24-2005, 08:45 AM         #11
PhybaOptikz 
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Prices are mad ridiculous tho. Here in Uk they start at £500 going up.^^^^


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 13 years ago '05        #12
HiRolliN 110 heat pts110 OP
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 greeNNugget said
So can someone please explain this a bit better, im a car audio noob and i'm about to start looking for my first system. Is this a list of the brands i should or shouldnt be looking out for?? cos from the first post it says its gonna be a list of horrible brands >>
it has now turned into a list of horrible, entry, high quality, and competition brands.

 08-24-2005, 04:18 PM         #13
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 HiRolliN said
it has now turned into a list of horrible, entry, high quality, and competition brands.
lol @ adire audio isn't in the competition category -
they set world records boi...
you can't just lump all of one car audio company in one category.


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 13 years ago '04        #14
Drug Dylan 3 heat pts
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 explicit6486 said
lol @ adire audio isn't in the competition category -
they set world records boi...
you can't just lump all of one car audio company in one category.
Adire is good stuff dont get me wrong, thats why I put it in High Quality, it is far from a "competition" brand though. Scottie Johnson is the only person to have set a record with Adire subs (worth mentioning), and they werent the "normal" pick up and buy type of Brahmas that he was using when he did it. Besides Dan (Wiggins) would say it himself that Adire is not a "competition" brand, im sure he would much rather be listed in High Quality.


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 13 years ago '04        #15
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high quality:
Soundsplinter

btw dylan...if youre gonna put the mt's in the comp section, i think the brahmas should go too


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 13 years ago '04        #16
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 dat_boi_tj said
high quality:
Soundsplinter

btw dylan...if youre gonna put the mt's in the comp section, i think the brahmas should go too
MT's own Brahmas in every which kind of way......

Brahma EXTREMES are what Scottie used to compete with, he would not be able to use "everyday" Brahmas, which are barely rated over 1000 watts RMS.

Extremes are not readily available for general public purchases so this is why I dont have Extreme's even listed. He is one of few who own these subs.

 13 years ago '04        #17
dat_boi_tj 5 heat pts
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just because the mts "own" the brahmas dont mean that they arent comp subs...lets be honest...most people that purchase more than 1 of them arent looking for a daily driver

 13 years ago '04        #18
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 dat_boi_tj said
just because the mts "own" the brahmas dont mean that they arent comp subs...lets be honest...most people that purchase more than 1 of them arent looking for a daily driver
Going off your bolded statement, hell all subs could be considered comp subs. Its a fact that more subs that I have listed in Entry Level and High Quality are used in competition more than "Comp" subs...simply because people dont know about or cant afford these "Comp" subs.

Anything sub I have in the "Comp" section is truly an SPL sub....for instance the MT that we are already talking about this sub can take thousands upon thousands of watts for an extended period of time. I have a teammate running 20,000 watts (2 Hifonics Maxximus' 10K watt amps) to 1 RE MT 18, now since you want to classify the Brahma as a "comp" sub, do you think the Brahma 15 (since it doesnt come in 18) with a RMS of 600 watts can withstand 20K watts?....I dont think so, not for even 1 burp, and this is what seperates it from a true "comp" sub

 13 years ago '04        #19
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the mmats jugg cant even handle 20k its only 1400 & it will still murder your average comp sub in competiton, which proves that you dont need to be able to handle billions of watts to acieve spl king status...but if a guy came to me and asked me if he should go into comp w/ his 15" adire id say HELL YES!!..but thats just me...
btw, you forgot the pioneer TS-W5000SPL..how could you forget? this baby shattered the record

 08-29-2005, 03:04 PM         #20
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Profile, its better then that. It pushes what it says!

Profile is an entry amplifiar. i have one and it bangs.

 08-29-2005, 07:46 PM         #21
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eclipse decks are some of the best, i just bought a CD5444. Ill post pictures when i install in.

 13 years ago '04        #22
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 lllusion said
Profile, its better then that. It pushes what it says!

Profile is an entry amplifiar. i have one and it bangs.
yea i agree..profile may not put out what it says..but its a great entry level brand(amps)..definately not on the same level as pyramid or legacy

 13 years ago '04        #23
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i would move audiobahn out of the entry level category. when i think entry level i think under $200 for a decent model...but whatever...and some of these are entry level as far as spl, but great for SQ



anyways, add kole audio to the stay away list.

 13 years ago '04        #24
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i'll budge on profile, its a lil better than "stay away" but only on the higher end profile stuff, Kole Audio added as well.

 13 years ago '04        #25
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 bassfiend316 said
i would move audiobahn out of the entry level category. when i think entry level i think under $200 for a decent model...but whatever...and some of these are entry level as far as spl, but great for SQ



anyways, add kole audio to the stay away list.
the only thing that audiobahn makes thats worth buying is the immortal/eternal series subs

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