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I know you don't want to spend much but beware, the factory head unit really isn't a great way to go. They're ok, but you'll get much better sound from an aftermarket. Also using speaker level output from the factory head unit into an amp can cause unwanted noise in your system. (not always, but higher chance than with rca's)
Depending on what you're looking for out of your system you may get better sound from a decent set of speakers run from an aftermarket deck than you would from the factory deck running through an amp and the cost would be similar.
I ran my stock system for quite awhile with a 6.5" self powered bazooka. It sounded good and gave a little more thump than stock. I've since upgraded the entire system to Fosgate subs and amps (old school), zapco co-axles and a clarion head unit.
Also, most of this stuff is made in china now and you really pay for better quality (USA).
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