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Old 09-01-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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Stereo Upgrade Help.

I've searched through the forums but am still a little lost.

I have a 2001 330i non-HK.

Goals:
Auxiliary input
Replace speakers (mine are blown)
DIY
Best bang for your buck.
Do not intend to have a sub so it would be nice to have speakers with a little bass.
I'd like to keep the speaker cost below $300. I'd be willing to spend another $150 if I needed a amp but would prefer to not spend over 300.
(I'm doing all this to listen to audiobooks and Pandora so I don't need a $1000 system.)

Questions:

Do I need a aftermarket amp?

If no ^^^ Will I be running my new speakers off the head unit alone or the factory amp?


What speakers do you recommend? (I can't afford to pay $600 for the BSW)

- I don't mind cutting the doors if it saves me money or gives better performance.

Reading the forums I saw someone had installed these:
Front:
http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Refer.../dp/B002BS5YAA

Rear:
http://www.amazon.com/Infinity-Refer...ref=pd_sim_e_5

I assume some speakers will require a amp while others won't. So I'm just trying to figure out what the best configuration for me is.

Here is what I have picked out so far:

I know I want a aftermarket deck to get auxiliary input and pandora. I have selected:
Kenwood KDC-X996
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ag=invihand-20

This should be a mount, antenna adapter, and harness combo:
http://www.amazon.com/BMW-318-Facepl...ntenna+adapter

Will this stereo interface work?
http://www.amazon.com/Metra-ASWC-Uni...ywords=120ASWC



Thank you for any help you can provide.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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Save some money and don't buy an aftermarket head-unit. Keep the stock factory look and just get this http://usaspec.com/product.php?Produ...eShowProduct=1. It plugs right into the oem cd player harness in the trunk. I would recommend getting an aftermarket amp. You can get one that has line-in for the signal with 4 channels to power the speakers. One thing to keep in mind is that the front door speakers (mids) have low clearance of max 2.5" in mounting depth without cutting the doors. The rears have more clearance. The stock mids are 6.25" round, but with adapters 6.5"'s an fit easily. The stock amps has built in crossovers and has a 2Ohms resistance IIRC. Most speakers are 4ohms and come with their own crossovers set for their own specs. I'd go to an audio shop or Best Buy and listen to speakers and pick out one's you like. The infinity's seem bright for some people and don't produce enough bass, unless you like that.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:45 AM   #3
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Dang that would have been perfect, but I don't have a iphone and that device appears to only work for that. As far as I know, I need a standard aux input/bluetooth to work with my phone (galaxy S3.)

Any other ideas? If not does my aftermarket parts list look fine?
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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there is also me DICE media bridge. Same plug and play installation, just different box. It have bluetooth, Aux line in, and Apple connection. You can use bluetooth to stream your music or the Aux line. Where in Arkansas are you located?
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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That's awesome! Thank you.

I'm in Conway. The local audio shop here refused to do anything for my car because they said it was too much of a liability if they messed something up.

Thanks for the information about the speakers and amp, but I really lack knowledge in this department. Could you just recommend a particular amp and set of speakers? If my factory speakers weren't blown I'd leave everything as it is; I just figure if I'm going to replace them I might as well upgrade them a little.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:06 AM   #6
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Kicker ks series 6.5" splits will fit in the doors and rear parcel shelf and are available off ebay for 145 a pair occasionally and sound tuff as so long as you run a reasonable power amp. a very powerful system can be built with the factory head unot using rca converters and amps but for a decent set of inputs a aftermarket hd is the best way to go
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:22 PM   #7
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I'm in the process of upgrading my system right now as it is. Just need to decide what all I'm going to go with. I'm in NWA in the Rogers/Bentonville area. My car club (EDM Movement) and I are having a charity car show this Sunday if you want to come up. I can show you my set up if want. It will be in Springdale in the old Sam's Club parkin lot next to Walmart 9am-4Pm. I've used CDT components for the past 5 Years and that's what I'm going with. I've had several sets of speakers and like CDT the best. They are very neutral sounding as in not too bright or too bass heavy. They tend to reproduce sound as it should be. They are by no means any where near the 1K Foca'ls or Morel's, but for the price you can't beat them. Right now I'm running my comps off of an old Alpine amp and subs with an MTX amp. I'm going to upgrade everything because most of my current setup was form my old car. I'm looking at these right now:

http://www.woofersetc.com/p-5826-cl-...onent-set.aspx
http://www.woofersetc.com/p-3080-ef-...er-system.aspx
http://www.woofersetc.com/p-10022-ma...er-system.aspx

As for the amps, I'm not sure yet. Looking at Alpine and Hifonics. I need to decide which subs I'm getting and amp to match the amps for the comps
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