Originally Posted by DEATH2000
As for speakers most are designed to be compatible with factory stereos. If your replacing your head unit you will probably need a new harness so it plugs into the factory system. Are you having it installed professionally? I have heard that when you replace the factory radio that the 6 disk CD changer in the trunk will not function properly as it was only designed to work with the factory system. If you want to be certain it will fit in your car ask a certified installer. Most vehicles need a harness or mounting kit for aftermarket devices.
I personally like Alpine head units the best. They are a little expensive but they are worth it. Most now feature Blutooth compatibility as well as a jack for an iPod and USB drive. Are you thinking of replacing all your speakers at once?
You mean the Alpines are more expensive right? The ones from Crutchfield come with some detailed manual that is supposed to make it simpler to self install and they say phone support is pretty good. I dont care about BT, I just need a USB for a flash drive.
I am not sure about replacing the speakers yet... someone told me his crackling problem was solved by replacing the stereo, so I will do that first, and then if the problems persists, go for the speakers, which really sucks considering I dont care that much about music and I dont know how much longer I want to keep this car... then again, its an awesome car and I dont mind adding to the resale value, or not detracting from it.
I will be trashing the 6CD changer, which prevents me from putting my full set of golf clubs in there! So that is not a concern, I just want simple, quick, and operable with a USB port.