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Jordan Mooney's 1996 Pontiac Sunfire

Dave Bar worked for Crutchfield from 1981 until his retirement in 2016. After a 23-year stint in the sales department, he joined the home A/V writing staff. Dave's expertise and good humor will be sorely missed.

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Installation Description

I installed the system myself. The subwoofer box was professionally built. The entire process went pretty smoothly.

Q&A Section

Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

The day I got my license I bought an Alpine head unit. I didn't plan on doing anything else. I thought I was finished adding onto it in November of '06 but I got rid of my Kicker Subs and upgraded to what I have now. I also added the Rockford Amp at that point. I've had my license for a little over a year now and I think I'm about done adding to my system.

What's the first thing you show people about your installation?

The W7 Subwoofer, everyone is completely blown away by it.

Why did you choose these products?

In my opinion Alpine makes the best Head Units and the CDE-9852 was the best deal for iPod connections at the time. I liked the way Rockford speakers sound and chose the Rockford Amp because I liked the way it looked. The JL Amp powering the sub was chosen for its ability to produce consistently anywhere between 12 to 14.4 Volts. It was also the best match for the W7 Subwoofer. This was easy to chose because of its insane SPL and sound quality.

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Running the speaker wire from the Amp in the rear to the front speakers.

What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

I may upgrade to a headunit with DVD and Navigation.

Alpine CDE-9852

Alpine CDE-9852

iPod in the glove box

iPod in the glove box

JL 500/1 and Rockford P450.4

JL 500/1 and Rockford P450.4

JL W7 in the Custom Box

JL W7 in the Custom Box

Dynamat in the Trunk

Dynamat in the Trunk

  • bailey

    Posted on 10/23/2015 9:51:18 AM

    i have the same car did you have any problem with the alternator im worried about killing the battery

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/26/2015 9:22:24 AM

    Baily, this article is quite a few years old, so you're not likely to hear a response from Jordan. If you're interested, we carry back-up power, and if you'd like advice on a system or have any questions, give us a call.


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