Stealth boom box
At the age of 51, I'm probably too old to be messing with this sort of stuff, but I do like my music and at the end of a particularly bad day, I find it soothing to be able to numb my senses with music that is just plain too loud. I drive an Avalanche and it is not a small vehicle. I decided to upgrade the audio, which consisted of the stock head unit running Kicker CS series door speakers. My upgrade consisted of a Sony MEX-XB100bt head unit (rated at 40wpc) and a couple of pairs of Polk db651s in the doors. For the bass, I took a chance on the Kicker Hideaway. I wasn't sure of what to expect, but with advances in speaker technology and the advent of class d amplification, I figured that I may well be pleasantly surprised. I have to tell you, I was very surprised. No, it didn't put out bass that made my rear view mirror shake or bother the people in the car next to me, but it integrated well with my Polks to provide a full range of sound. The music just plain sounds like it should. You do FEEL the music. The only thing I can think of that would be better would have been two Hideaways, so I have another on the way to go under the rear driver side seat. The beauty of the setup is that I won't lose any functionality. My seats will still fold as they did when everything was stock. I didn't have to modify or remove anything to make the Hideaway fit. Truth be told, I have room for 3 of them, but that would just be ridiculous.
Pros: Performance for its size and its size. It's little larger than an encyclopedia but really wakes up the system.
Cons: An adapter, that isn't included, is needed to use the low level outputs on an aftermarket head unit. The trigger wire is very short. The tie down straps didn't have me convinced that they could stop the unit from sliding, but I didn't want to pop any more holes in my truck, so I mounted it to a piece of plywood and attached carpet strips to the plywood. It doesn't budge now.