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Old 07-03-2012, 10:19 PM   #1
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Cool Dallas - Anyone interested in planning / assisting with audio upgrade?

Hello all,

I recently turned in my e92 328i coupe and picked up an e46 330ci coupe. I also have an old 1990 325i sedan sitting in my driveway which I did all of the audio upgrade myself (about 12 years ago.)

I have been out of the game for a while and am looking for someone knowledgeable to assist me with upgrading the sound system in my car. I have some ideas but would rather listen to someone who knows what they are talking about It would also be great to meet some other local bmw enthusiasts...I can provide the beers

I work in North Dallas but live in Garland. Look forward to hearing from anyone who might be interested.

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Old 07-04-2012, 02:39 AM   #2
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What all are you trying to get done? PM me and im sure we can get together sometime. I live minutes away from garland.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:15 AM   #3
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Dang, I wish I was home ( deployed in afghan right now) but I plan and install most of my stereo stuff and get a shop to do the fiberglass shaping and painting. Good question asked ^?
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I have guys that can do the glassing for you if you want. As far as painting, we know someone that is sick with his painting skills.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:26 PM   #5
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I have the Premium HK system in there now (I think - still learning about the e46 stock systems) and it leaves a lot to be desired.

My goal is to have much better SQ and ability to turn it up a bit without distorting. I am not trying to rumble the block or win any competitions - just enjoy the experience when turned up.

Up front I wanted to keep a stock look, however, I also wanted additional features besides radio/cd. I believe I have found the best mix of this with the Dynavin head unit ( http://www.dynavin.com/android.php ) it requires relocating the AC controls but would look fairly stock and provides a world of opportunity with the Android operating system. I would tether it to my phone's wifi connection for internet access for the apps.

This is pretty much where I have stopped. I really don't know where to begin with the rest of the setup. I would assume new speakers all around and an amp to drive those speakers as I am not sure of the quality of output from the Dynavin units themselves. Would also like to have a sub (presumably in the trunk) while still allowing easy access to the spare. I really don't know what speakers (or sets) are decent these days - and the best equipment to power them with.

I would like to utilize existing wiring if possible (i HATED running wires from front to back), but from what I have been reading it looks like that must be done if getting rid of the HK amp.
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and Rico...appreciate what you do brother. Happy 4th
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SQ is easy nowadays. Pioneer DEH-P80. 5v/low impedence outputs, 3 way adjustable crossover (freq,slope), auto-EQ function and a 16 band eq. E46s only need 5 speakers - 2 tweets, 2 mids, and 1 sub. So if you go the P80 route - its a head unit, 6 channels of amplifcation, 3 sets of RCAs, front 2-way components, a sub, a box, and some wiring.

For the front stage, the OEM locations work very well. A tweet low in the a pillar can also work very well, potentially better than the OEM tweet location. By far the hardest part for a system with great SQ is the midbass in the door. You have to choose carefully since you need something that plays low but has a top mount depth less than 2-7/8". And it can't be an oversized 6.5" driver either. A sedan is a little easier but then you have to shoe horn it into the door. Its a PIA but well worth it.

For the front comps, I tried to fit some Hybrid Legatia's but it wasn't even close. I settled on some DLS ultimate 6.5" comps. If I was willing to spend a little extra, I would have went with a 6" Dynaudio set.

For the sub, I would take a look at the FI Audio Q12. For $260, it beats the pants off a W7 of the same size in every aspect and it works well in a small sealed box. The only thing you don't get with the FI Q is name recognition.

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