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I have done much research and am not new to car audio.

My questions are more so platform specific

My car is a 330ci w/ HK

I've had it with the HK system, and am looking to upgrade.

MY system has gone through many incarnations

Stage 1:
Business CD + DICE
HK System - HK Subs
Audiocontrol LOC
500 RMS Kenwood Monoblock
1 12" P3 in a Ported box

Sounded good except:
- Rattles like a *****
- Heavy as ****
- Bass would give my passengers headaches
- Lots of trunk space lost
- no system blending between overpowering bass & HK
- DICE has a horrible "noise" during ipod playback

Stage 2:
Dynavin V5
HK System - HK Subs
500 RMS Kenwood Monoblock
1 12" P3 in a Ported box

Sounded good except:
- Rattles like a *****
- Heavy as ****
- Bass would give my passengers headaches
- Lots of trunk space lost
- no system blending between overpowering bass & HK
- Not happy with the sound tunability of the HU
- Dynavin was getting on my nerves

I reverted everything back to stock to find but the rattles were really killing me. I found that 3 of my midbass woofers were blown.

SO it is time to do things the right way:

My Plan:
- Alpine CDX-9886 (have it in my garage already, love this deck)
- 2 6.5" components up front mounted to the doors not the door cards
- deleted rear stage
- 1 or 2 small subs (8")

I already have all the amps and so on but here are my questions:

HK "audio equalisation button":
I like how the HK system sounded with this button on, I really couldn't tell where the sound was coming from I know the Alpine decks have Imprint capability, aside from using a separate processor will I be able to tune the timing on the front components so I can't tell where the sound is coming from?

Sub locations:
I would like to keep the trunk room and no longer need "king kong" in the trunk. From experience, which way would be best to mount the sub(s).

What I have been considering:

- Parcel shelf - similar design to the BSW unit but with upwards firing subs into the cabin. I would modify the parcel shelf accordingly and build a box to the sub specs.

- Skipass - It has been done many times before, I am considering punching out the skipass and installing a sub in a custom box.

Which of these two locations would provide the best bass response?

I know the box and position of the sub can make a night & day difference in the sound quality so I would like to hear what people think between the two options?
 
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