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Old 05-30-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Van Stereo Recomemdations?

Greetings,

I am looking for suggestions on how to set up a nice stereo in a extended body van.
My layout will be somewhat like a SMB EB-51.
Who has Dynamat sound insulation?
Is it worth the high price tag?
Any other products that enhance the audio experience?
What type of speakers sound great in a large van?
Who has a subwoofer?
What kind of subwoofer do people suggest?
Where is positioned?
I have seen photos of them placed under the bed.

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Old 05-30-2008, 11:53 AM   #2
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Zugg,

If your van is diesel, I would definitely go with the sound insulation. No firsthand experience in a gasser, but the sound insulation should also help diminish the road/tire noise, especially if you go with agressive tread tires.

I bought my SMB used, so I'm niot sure how much insulation I have, but I know it's at least in the front doors. I discivered that when I swapped to the tow mirrors.


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Old 05-30-2008, 12:15 PM   #3
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Hi Herb,

My van runs on gas, so it is quieter than a diesel engine.
I posted a guestion about sound insulation for a gas powered van and some people say it is not needed.
I will be doing the insulation myself.

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Old 05-30-2008, 12:38 PM   #4
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my van runs on gas, and I don't have any insulation. Oddly enough the stock sound system works out fine for me, I have 3 speakers in the back two up front in the doors and a cassette player in the dash. There is only one cassette in my van (highway 61 revisited) I rely heavily on my ipod
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:46 PM   #5
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Hi Stiggs,

How do you have the ipod setup?
Do you have the cassette tape converter with a 1/2'' mini plug?
The mini plug goes into the ipod, yes?

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No I have the cassette that attaches to the bottom of my ipod, in my old Explorer it would FF or RW using the stereo controls, this was a tape cd cd changer combo. I have been thinking of picking up a used one and installing into the SMB. If you have the cassette cd changer combo there is a aftermarket plug you can install and control your ipod through your stereo as if it was the cd changer.
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:13 PM   #7
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I have the stock setup.. but this is what I'm getting..

My brother in law is a distributor for a/v equipment so i'm getting stuff through him.

I'm going with the Pioneer AVIC-F900BT when it comes available in June. It fits in the double din space of my van. It has a nice big easy to use interface. It kind of resembles FRONT ROW for the mac os x. It has
DVD player
Navigation
iPOD connection
Backup Camera (opt)
Bluetooth connection for phone
Voice Control
It also has a USB in to allow a USB stick to be used for storage as well as other music devices.
Satellite Radio XM / Sirius
and HD Radio Connectivity.
Its got some aux ports too..

Its not the cheapest, but it is comparable to a lot of the newest stuff out there - and when I looked for a backup camera, I found they ran about 300 bucks at best buy for the wired one with the rear view mirror attachment kind. So for a few hundred more, I can get a lot more (his cost)... I think the MSRP is 1200, but it should be available for less. I'm probably going to be using the stock speakers for now as they sound great with the factory unit!

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