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Old 12-07-2013, 08:21 PM   #1
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*Need Advise* 3-Way Speaker installation

Hi E46fans,

I recently got my hands on the Focal 165VR3 system for a really good deal that I couldn't pass up. It comes with 6.5" mid-woofer, 4" mid-range, and tweeters (see link below).


My problem is that I'm not sure where I can mount the 4" mid-range speaker. Anyone have any advise? Just looking for a spot to mount it out of sight that will give me good sound. I'm hoping to use this setup for my front speakers.

I have a 2004 E46 M3.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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I hope you are running these with an aftermarket amp? To be honest you're probably better off just doing a 2 way active setup if you're going for cleanliness. There really isn't a good spot for them if you want to keep the factory look. That and if you aren't really familiar with sound systems a 3 way setup is a lot more tuning work and for best sound you will have to run 2 amps. With a 2 way you just need 1 amp and are much easier to get right. They will still be worlds better than stock.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:51 AM   #3
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Hey Tn,

Thanks for the reply. Yeah will be using aftermarket JL 500/5 amp. Can you explain why I would need 2 amps? I plan on running them passive with the crossovers. But yeah I agree, I can't seem to figure out where to place that 3rd set of midrange. From what I know about systems I think I should be able to use this set as a 2-way setup passively with my cdt audio ex-560 xovers but just want to confirm. I have the EX-560 from a previous setup. Any additional feedback is appreciated.

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Old 12-08-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:58 PM   #5
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That is a great idea!!! I will look into that. Thanks!
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:51 AM   #6
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I have a 2004 330ci. I recently bought and self installed just the mid bass from that component set, also from WoofersEtc. I paid $140.00 for the pair. I used other easier to fit drivers for the mid-range and tweets. If you are installing yourself, be prepared for a lot of time and work. If you are having everything professionally installed, be prepared to fork out some coin. It's not easy to get it all in there and sounding right. I am not trying to discourage you, the results are worth it but you are going down a long and fairly expensive to quite expensive road from my experience. You will probably find that you need to cut your doors for your mid bass to sound right. If you have any questions, I would be glad to share any of my experience, for what it's worth, that I could help you with.
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