HU: Pioneer DEH-6500MP or Alpine
Subs: 2 Resonant Engineering SE12's
Amp: Orion 1200D or JBL 1200.1 with external crossover like AudioControl or linear power.
Any of the eclipse 5 series or even the 8 series head unit is way better than that 650MP.
subs...who the hell is RE, with a 1000 budget you can sure work something out with some mid end kicker,phoenix gold,rockford fosgate.
amp...orion is a good brand but they lost a lot of respect when they almost went out of business but got bought out by Directed now.
I say something from the phoenix gold Octane R series or rockford fosgate.
with any of the eclipse unit you don't need an outboard crossover. sure audio control makes the best crossover/processor but it's a waste of money with the eclipse.
will you be upgrading interior speakers or not...with $1000 and no speaker upgrades you can get a good set up going.
dude you gotta read up on the so-called internet companies. There not as small as you think. Resonant Engineering is an up and coming speaker manufacturer that already has proven itself in the competition. Here, www.reaudio.com
RE subs are built to withstand beating yet render more that satisfactory sq. The SE series is a street/spl oriented sub, with huge VC's that allow them to handle obscene amounts of power. The HC series is geared more for the sq crowd. More displacement, more xmax, and a flatter bl curve, yet it has outstanding spl when loaded in the proper enclosure. The XXX series is best of both world. Extremely strong motor and huge amounts of power handling capability make it probably one of the best consumer subs. it will undoubtely join the Team RF subs, DD 9500s, W7, and Adire Braham subs as the best of the best. The proof is ther wwith these subs. check out some competitiors profiles, many db drag racers are beginning to use them and they are beginning to win with them.
I totally agree that an eclipse 5 series would beat the pioneer in performance in everyway but let's not forget the retail on eclipse headunits. The 8443 and 8053 are alittle much for newbs anyway. I picked the pioneer simply becuase its easy to use and it has all the features necessary.
And Orion, where have you been? Yeah they were bought by dei and for the first year they were made for shit in korea. now DEI controls the production and things have only gotten better. The new amps are some of the best they have produced. They are all made of high quality components thicker boards and heavy duty power supplies, and conservatively rated at 13.8volts. BTW, an external crossover would be needed for the jbl 1200.1 regardless of the headunit. The jbl has little to no crossovers so an external subsonic filter would be essential when porting the subs. The orion has a built in subsonic aswell as a pretty impressive crossover section. The jbl is stripped down power.
So anyway, yeah you could go mainstream and get products that are thriving off the manufactures reputations, or you could try something new that is building its manufacturers reputation, its your money, and your choice.