Alpine 3218 Passive EQ - $6.99

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  1. Lomotil

    Lomotil Guest

    I have come before the car audio masters with a question...

    First of all, I found an EQ at a Goodwill store the other day...

    Alpine 3218 Passive EQ
    Powered EQ with audio out (passive)


    ...with a $6.99 price written on it. I knew it was worth a bit more than that, so I bought it. In my relative ignorance of higher-end car stereo, I damn near passed out when I found one of these for sale online (used) for $150. It's a 9-band EQ/amp, and it puts out 40W x 2.

    Two questions.

    • How much was this when it was new?
    • What's the best use I can get out of it?

    I'll be working with a late-model Isuzu Rodeo, and I've also got some leftover stereo equipment from my last truck, and other stuff I've bought along the way:

    • Sony 35x4 CD deck (Soon to be replaced with probably a Blaupunkt 55x4)
    • 2 Clarion 5x7 3-way (Won't fit in the Rodeo unless I get creative)
    • various tweeters
    • 2 Kicker competition 8" subs, in sealed "Ranger" enclosures
    • Kenwood 240W mono amp (used for above subs previously)
    • 2 MTX "Blue Thunder" 10" subs
    • 2 Sony 6x9's (probably not going to be used)

    I'd like to use as much of my old equipment as I can, but I know I'm going to have to buy some 5.5" midranges for the doors, and I need to find a better solution than the factory 4" rear speakers (possibly 6x9's - better ones than the Sony's I've got)

    So, basically, what should I do with this EQ?

    Thanks!
     
  2. flynfrog

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    put it beween your deck and high speakers unless its possible to hook it to all of your system if you cant figgure it out sell it
     
  3. Lomotil

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    To the 'bidders' - ;) Do I hear $16? :big grin:

    Well, I checked it out further, and it's got not only outputs for front and rear L/R speakers, but it's also got two line outs for front and rear. Also has two different inputs (one for stereos without a pre-out).

    I'm thinking that I can use my deck's power to run the tweeters I plan on using in the front (along with a pair for the rear seats, ideally), then run the line out to the EQ, and have it power the front and back mid-ranges. Then run the 'rear' line-out from the EQ to the Kenwood 240W and power a set of subs in the back...

    That sound good, anyone? It still leaves me with another connection, the 'front' line out from the EQ - any ideas on what to use that for, or should I just leave it be?
     
  4. Lomotil

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    Hmmm... *or* - should I put a Y-cable at the rear of the deck and run that line out to the subwoofer's amp? It's got it's own built-in ?crossover? (pardon my lack of technical term knowledge) - basically, it filters the sound and removes the highs and mids, only lets the bass reach the subs.
     
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    Mirwolf Im confused and so am I

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  8. Lomotil

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    OK, the sex bit sounds good, but before I close the deal I have to ask... M/F?

    Call me a stickler for details, but this seems like a rather important one... ;)

    Also, why doesn't this sound good to some of y'all to power my midranges? I was thinking, it's got two sets of 40W outputs, and two line-out's..... if I were to use the deck for tweeters, this should power any existing speakers, right? (existing = either factory speakers, or replacments)
     

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