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lowfat

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damn, I really want to do a car audio upgrade :hmm: I should bug you guys when I finish all my other projects first :oo
Most of my knowledge with car audio stopped in about 2005. :o

The only things I've bought in the last 18 years is the PAC converter and the JL components. And my next vehicle I'm unlikely to upgrade anything.
 
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The minivan has JL C3 650 components up front and a 20 year old '75wrms' Planet Audio 12 . And 20 yr old Hifonics Zeus 4x160wrms. Sub has been taking 320wrms nearly the entire time and still going strong. :bowdown:
That reminds me that my sub is 20 years old this year :rofl:. Image Dynamics IDQ12v2. A friend bought it and I installed it in his 02 WRX.
 

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Will one of these be useful to determine if my power supply went bad?

Or do I need something more intuitive?

Im afraid to use my new power supply on the new motherboard, and Im not sure if I should use my old power supply if something in the process killed that as I tried it out. Both of them made my led fan light up as well as make all my fans spin without me touching my computers power button as I switched the psu on, but nothing showed up on the monitor. Then eventually the video card started smoking.. So Im gun shy about putting together the new build with either power supply as well as the replacement video card that arrives this weekend.

Edit: I cant rely on the bridging 2 wires together as my power supply is a zero rpm model so it might not start up at turn on.
 

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Will one of these be useful to determine if my power supply went bad?

Or do I need something more intuitive?

Im afraid to use my new power supply on the new motherboard, and Im not sure if I should use my old power supply if something in the process killed that as I tried it out. Both of them made my led fan light up as well as make all my fans spin without me touching my computers power button as I switched the psu on, but nothing showed up on the monitor. Then eventually the video card started smoking.. So Im gun shy about putting together the new build with either power supply as well as the replacement video card that arrives this weekend.

Edit: I cant rely on the bridging 2 wires together as my power supply is a zero rpm model so it might not start up at turn on.

that'll tell you as much as anything reasonably will, if you have a multimeter you can accomplish the same thing with some effort
 

lowfat

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That reminds me that my sub is 20 years old this year :rofl:. Image Dynamics IDQ12v2. A friend bought it and I installed it in his 02 WRX.
Debated buying one of those back on the day. Ended up going with with an a/d/s 312.2rs (I think this was the model number). Fucking thing got stolen. But my Hifonics amp wasn't in the vehicle since it was getting repaired. :mamoru:

IMO when it comes to audio, I'm a fan of the older shit. Always was made in USA. And generally spec'd conservatively. Although in terms of amps, new class d are like 1/4 of the size of A/B stuff. My Hifonics amp is like 2 ft long and 'only' 640rms.
 
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I go to bed at 845-10 on the regular. I can barely keep my eyes open past that. :o

And if I get up @ 4 or whenever I just roll with it.
I typically only get around 5 maybe 6 hours of sleep, maybe once or twice a month I'll get 8, and maybe once a season I'll get 10+. I fell asleep sitting at the desk shortly after making my previous post and just went to bed. Luckily I ended up sleeping to around 5:45 which I'll take. It's when I'm wide awake before 4 that sucks.
 

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Saw some Phoenix Gold XS subs for sale locally here a couple weeks ago. Same model I had for my first stereo in the late 90s. Was going to buy them but they sold fast af. :(

Not sure wtf I'd do with them tho. So probably a good thing. :o
I was a major Phoenix Gold fan boi back in the day (early 90s) Their amps (mainly the MS 275) were the core of every system I had from 1991 - 2002 when the last one got stolen out of my truck and I quit doing car stereos. I never tried their subs though.
 

yonson

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Most of my knowledge with car audio stopped in about 2005. :o

The only things I've bought in the last 18 years is the PAC converter and the JL components. And my next vehicle I'm unlikely to upgrade anything.
Yeah, I installed from the early 90's up until '99 when I moved to Dallas, I've been using stock since then other than maybe doing a couple tweaks to the factory systems like changing crossover points, swapping out the crappy sub, removing/disconnecting the rear speakers (I'm not a fan of surround sound music hehe) etc...
It's amazing how much the technology has advanced, and the factory systems in most vehicles have become pretty damn good compared to what was offered in the past. I might not even do anything else to the Mustang, now that I've added the sub, but I haven't really spent any time in it to know for sure.
 

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That reminds me that my sub is 20 years old this year :rofl:. Image Dynamics IDQ12v2. A friend bought it and I installed it in his 02 WRX.
Nice, I was an ID dealer, so I did a LOT of vehicles over their years with their drivers! I even looked into them when I did the mustang, they just wouldn't work with the enclosure I have. I ran the numbers on over 50 different subs and I only found 2 that were anywhere near what I was looking for, so I decided to try the cheapest one :rofl:
 
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lowfat

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Will one of these be useful to determine if my power supply went bad?

Or do I need something more intuitive?

Im afraid to use my new power supply on the new motherboard, and Im not sure if I should use my old power supply if something in the process killed that as I tried it out. Both of them made my led fan light up as well as make all my fans spin without me touching my computers power button as I switched the psu on, but nothing showed up on the monitor. Then eventually the video card started smoking.. So Im gun shy about putting together the new build with either power supply as well as the replacement video card that arrives this weekend.

Edit: I cant rely on the bridging 2 wires together as my power supply is a zero rpm model so it might not start up at turn on.

I can't see the link. But all that will test are voltages. But it is testing without a real load. So on my PSU, the tester showed it failed on most rails. If you have a Multimeter, it will work just as good.
 

lowfat

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I was a major Phoenix Gold fan boi back in the day (early 90s) Their amps (mainly the MS 275) were the core of every system I had from 1991 - 2002 when the last one got stolen out of my truck and I quit doing car stereos. I never tried their subs though.
Had a 15" XS in my ol' Thunderbird... Know the amp was PG too, QX something or other.

I still have a Phoenix Gold Bass Cube + Line Driver that I've never bothered using for 15+ years.
 
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For the first time, 11th gen is worth it.
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all of my car audio knowledge is based on stars on crutchfield :o
Maybe because I'm out of the loop I assume that car audio isn't the same abundant business it used to be. Stock stereos continue to sound way better than they used to back in the day f(or most people's judgements of quality).
 
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Maybe because I'm out of the loop I assume that car audio isn't the same abundant business it used to be. Stock stereos continue to sound way better than they used to back in the day f(or most people's judgements of quality).
Werd, even my shitty base model stereo in my 2016 TLX sounds fine. Has 6 speakers + a baby sub in the trunk and bluetooth.
 
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Will one of these be useful to determine if my power supply went bad?

Or do I need something more intuitive?

Im afraid to use my new power supply on the new motherboard, and Im not sure if I should use my old power supply if something in the process killed that as I tried it out. Both of them made my led fan light up as well as make all my fans spin without me touching my computers power button as I switched the psu on, but nothing showed up on the monitor. Then eventually the video card started smoking.. So Im gun shy about putting together the new build with either power supply as well as the replacement video card that arrives this weekend.

Edit: I cant rely on the bridging 2 wires together as my power supply is a zero rpm model so it might not start up at turn on.

Did the fans continue to run, or was it just a momentary spin up (momentary is normal).
 

yonson

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Had a 15" XS in my ol' Thunderbird... Know the amp was PG too, QX something or other.

I still have a Phoenix Gold Bass Cube + Line Driver that I've never bothered using for 15+ years.
The only things I have from then that weren't stolen because they weren't in a vehicle is a PG M25 amp, a PPI Sedona amp, a pair of MB Quart tweeters along with the competition 3 way passive crossovers to go with them, and a USAmps active crossover.
 

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