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Old 12-25-2016, 08:44 PM   #1
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OEM CD player/radio quality

Hello fellas. I currently have some Kenwood installed in my e46. Because of this, I can't use my steering wheel functions. I was told that stock radio isn't good and music quality sucks. I have 300 rms subwoofer. Anybody here who can tell me if it's true? If I change to original radio, will music quality go down?

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Old 12-25-2016, 09:20 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure that the radio is just an interface with functionalities. I think the sound quality is determined by the speakers and sub itself.
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Old 12-25-2016, 09:44 PM   #3
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Sound quality comes from your amp.

Years ago I had a Honda Prelude with a 200 watt acoustic feedback system and it sounded better than the aftermarket Kenwood I put in with MB quart speakers.

I have the HK and it sounds pretty good with a CD or the auxiliary and MP3.
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Old 12-25-2016, 09:59 PM   #4
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Stock radio cd player is above average quality variety. It works well with aftermarket amp and speakers.
There were two brands available for e46, Blaupunkt in the early cars and then Alpine in the later cars. They have the same face and connectors, but dufferent guts. I have had both paires with stock HK and Blaupunkt sounded way better, sound more rich to the ear, but it lucks aux output.
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Old 12-28-2016, 02:04 PM   #5
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I am actually wondering the same right now but in reverse. I have a whole set of BSW speakers installed in my car, and it still doesn't sound as good as a stock E90 10 speaker setup.

Bass is there, though a little muddy, treble is almost there, but the mids are just not clean.I'm using a dice mediabrige iPhone connection and it still doesn't sound great. Better than radio 10x though.

All in all, I'm fairly certain it is the stock radio paired with the stock amp.

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Old 12-29-2016, 09:33 AM   #6
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I am actually wondering the same right now but in reverse. I have a whole set of BSW speakers installed in my car, and it still doesn't sound as good as a stock E90 10 speaker setup.

Bass is there, though a little muddy, treble is almost there, but the mids are just not clean.I'm using a dice mediabrige iPhone connection and it still doesn't sound great. Better than radio 10x though.

All in all, I'm fairly certain it is the stock radio paired with the stock amp.


The OEM amp is the likely problem. These amps don't have a lot of power. I replaced mine with a JL 400/4 amp and there's plenty of power. However, the new amp required crossovers as the OEM amp has built-in crossovers.
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