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Old 01-10-2005, 06:45 PM   #1
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Recommendations for Audio System Upgrade

I am a new owner of a 2005 m3 as of last tuesday! when i chose my options, i didnt opt for the HK system cuz so many people (including close friends) said it rattles and the 700 bucks aint worth that crap. so, i decided to save that money and allocate it to something nicer. im just wondering what people out there have and what would u recommend in terms of amps and sub woofers? also, i dont know what bmw uses for stock speakers...but im willing to swap that as well if experienced owners suggest that they really suck. im, of course, willing to spend more than 700 bucks.

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Old 01-10-2005, 10:15 PM   #2
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I am a new owner of a 2005 m3 as of last tuesday! when i chose my options, i didnt opt for the HK system cuz so many people (including close friends) said it rattles and the 700 bucks aint worth that crap. so, i decided to save that money and allocate it to something nicer. im just wondering what people out there have and what would u recommend in terms of amps and sub woofers? also, i dont know what bmw uses for stock speakers...but im willing to swap that as well if experienced owners suggest that they really suck. im, of course, willing to spend more than 700 bucks.

thanks!!
I have a 2002 M3 and am currently in the process of upgrading my stereo system. Im going with one 12" JL W6V2 sub powered by a JL 500/1 amp. Also, I bought a some Dynaudio 6.5" component speakers (240GT system) that will be powered by another amp (suggestions welcome!). Another thing to consider is a headunit. If you are willing to steer away from the stock appearance of the headunit, I hear replacing it with an aftermarket one really helps sound quality.
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Old 01-10-2005, 10:28 PM   #3
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I am a new owner of a 2005 m3 as of last tuesday! when i chose my options, i didnt opt for the HK system cuz so many people (including close friends) said it rattles and the 700 bucks aint worth that crap. so, i decided to save that money and allocate it to something nicer. im just wondering what people out there have and what would u recommend in terms of amps and sub woofers? also, i dont know what bmw uses for stock speakers...but im willing to swap that as well if experienced owners suggest that they really suck. im, of course, willing to spend more than 700 bucks.

thanks!!
The stock speakers suck IMO, and they run at 3ohm. So finding an amp that will work with them is impossible.

I love my focal setup. 130KPs (its a sedan, in the coupe you could run a 165KP) and the KX33 (13 inch) sub is awesome. I like audison amps, but, they are a bit pricey.

It really comes down to install. IF you are planning on DYI then i wish you good luck. If you don't wanna DIY, I sugest SoundInnovations in Heyward. They do great work. I am very happy with all the work they have done on my car.
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Old 01-11-2005, 12:27 AM   #4
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The stock speakers suck IMO, and they run at 3ohm. So finding an amp that will work with them is impossible.
the first statement is dead on true - the second is well, just not so true

Everything in the factory setup does indeed suck. Step one is to decide a budget - and really get set on one. Then decide who will install it - you or a shop. If it's a shop, factor a GOOD install - like a shop rdsesq suggested - into the total price. Skimp on gear before you skimp on install.

From there, use your own ears to decide and before you sign on any dotted lines, consult us

Enjoy the car, M3's are a blast, but the first 1200 miles will be murder.
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the first statement is dead on true - the second is well, just not so true

Everything in the factory setup does indeed suck. Step one is to decide a budget - and really get set on one. Then decide who will install it - you or a shop. If it's a shop, factor a GOOD install - like a shop rdsesq suggested - into the total price. Skimp on gear before you skimp on install.

From there, use your own ears to decide and before you sign on any dotted lines, consult us

Enjoy the car, M3's are a blast, but the first 1200 miles will be murder.

Thanks for all your inputs, I really appreciate it! I seriously haven't owned a car in 5 years; its been 5 years of company cars (now THOSE are POS's..tauraus, impala, etc.). you can imagine the thrill of an M3. I want this car to have my name all over it..this coming weekend i will def go to sound innovations to check them out and see how much i need to fork out.
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Old 01-11-2005, 01:21 AM   #6
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Thanks for all your inputs, I really appreciate it! I seriously haven't owned a car in 5 years; its been 5 years of company cars (now THOSE are POS's..tauraus, impala, etc.). you can imagine the thrill of an M3. I want this car to have my name all over it..this coming weekend i will def go to sound innovations to check them out and see how much i need to fork out.
They are not normally open on the weekends. You could call them and see if you can setup an appointment on a saturday. I don't know if that is doable or not. I know that they are often there til 6 or 7 during the week though.

If you like you can tell Ernie that Rob with the yellow 330 refered you.

If you want to see a few pics of the install they did on my sedan
you can look here.
http://www.speakeasy.org/~rdsesq/pics.html
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http://www.speakeasy.org/~rdsesq/index.html

They have a number of other pics that they took during the install as well.

And I must concur with rcurley as well. Figre out your budget first. And a good install will make mediocre equip sound really nice. A lousy install will make top of the line gear sound like crap.
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