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Firebird vs. Camaro Monsoon Systems

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#1 1993TransAm



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Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:04 AM

In the very recent past, I've had Monsoon amplifiers from both a Camaro and a Firebird installed in my car. I've never read any side-by-side comparisons written by anyone with respect to differences, if any, in sound imaging or quality between the two systems. After listening to both systems, I noticed some differences and I'll share them here.

First off, I won't go over the wiring difference between the Camaro and the Firebird in its entirety because that topic has been beaten to death on numerous forums. I'll sum it up in one sentence: the Firebird system amplifies door midrange, subwoofer, and rear midrange speakers only, whereas the Camaro system amplifies all eight speakers in the car.

With the Camaro setup, I noticed right away that the door midrange speakers have more bass than the Firebird, where they have more of a true midrange bandpass. Also, the Camaro front tweeters are louder than those in the Firebird. Keep in mind that those are amplified in the Camaro.

The Camaro hatch speakers are extended range (full range), reproducing the entire bandpass of the head unit. The Camaros also lack a component tweeter in the hatch, unlike the Firebird. Also, the Firebird's rear hatch speakers are midranges, not producing any bass or treble frequencies.

The Firebirds normally have a dual voice coil subwoofer. The Camaro has a single voice coil subwoofer. Unwilling to purchase/experiment with a costly dual voice coil subwoofer, I had to be creative with how I wired the second bass channel in my car. Therefore, I will be unable to truly compare the sound difference between the two, but I assume that the Firebird system produces louder bass frequencies. (I relocated two of the four subwoofer channels to the 4" speakers in the hatch, converting them from midranges to woofers, and then I added a 3.5" midrange speaker to where the tweeter is normally located in the hatch panel. I bi-wired a pair of Clarion SRQ1732R 6.5" 2-way speakers in the sail panels, relocating the hatch tweeters to the sail panels. The Clarions are a massive improvement over the Pioneer G-Series speakers I had in the sail panels with regard to bass clarity and power handling.)

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