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Old 03-12-2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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Sound System E46/M3 2003 Noobie question

Hello all,

I'm a noobie to all this so please bare with me and my questions. This is my first BMW bought and I wanted to upgrade the sound system. I've been researching on some things, but I would like some recommendations and opinions. I want to be able to listen to my IPOD (Nano 7th Gen) and keep my factory dashboard. I think I'm leaning towards the "AUDIOVOX MediaBridge AMBR-1500-BMW". Has anyone used this before? Is it good? How's the sounds quality? I've read mixed reviews, so I'm kinda torn on what to do.

Also, I know this might be a dumb question, but I haven't been able to find the answer. If I get the "AUDIOVOX MediaBridge AMBR-1500-BMW", will I be able to hook it up to a after market subwoofer and amp? TBH, I think the stock sound system sounds like crap. I used to have a Passat with a JL-Audio W7 12" and it sounded okay.

If all goes well, I would like to have the following if possible....

AUDIOVOX MediaBridge AMBR-1500-BMW
12W7AE-3 - JL Audio 12" Single 3-Ohm Subwoofer (12W7AE3)
JX1000/1D - JL Audio Monoblock 1000W RMS Class D Amplifier

Also, if I am able to hook up all this, will it effect my car? I remember when I had a Passat and I added the W7 and amp, it messed up my battery, alternator etc....

Please help me! Thank you!

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Old 03-12-2013, 01:40 AM   #2
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:55 AM   #3
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You can add the subwoofer and amp to the stock setup using a line-out converter. Not sure about the device you are lookin at for your ipod nano. I run 2 12s on 1000w amp at 1 ohm with no issues in lights dimming or alternator issues. I crank it somewhat loud most of the time as I listen to a lot of dnb. I have HID headlights though, for whatever reason on my other 330 with halogens the lights would dim when I cranked it. Might want to invest in a second small battery for the amp. I plan on doing that anyway once I go custom install on the box.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:24 AM   #4
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No, it would appear the mediabridge is only for connecting bluetooth, usb, ipods, and satellite radios.

Ive been running a mmats 2000.1 with 2 yellow top optimas and no issues so far. Biggest problem is getting bass into the cabin (no ski pass and back seat doesnt fold down). BMW sealed these cars up pretty well IMHO.

I have halogens in my car if that makes a difference.

Also make sure if you add a second battery that they both match. You will have problems if not.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:17 AM   #5
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Honestly youd be better off going with an aftermarket head unit, one with usb/aux in the front along with bluetooth with a2dp for audio streaming. I picked up a nice JVC unit that had 30+ color selection so it matches my interior perfectly. Stock head unit blows imo. No need for a line-out converter either that way.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:20 AM   #6
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Honestly youd be better off going with an aftermarket head unit, one with usb/aux in the front along with bluetooth with a2dp for audio streaming. I picked up a nice JVC unit that had 30+ color selection so it matches my interior perfectly. Stock head unit blows imo. No need for a line-out converter either that way.
+1. Anything after market will have preouts and that would give you way better sound than the BMW audio crapfest.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:24 AM   #7
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+1. Anything after market will have preouts and that would give you way better sound than the BMW audio crapfest.
problem with aftermarket headdecks is the standard bmw head deck fits in there perfectly with the little bit on the right hand side of the car (im in australia not too sure what the go is with you people) but the stereo is offset if you know what i mean, iv seen some plates that you can buy (no clue where) but it fills in the space that the new head deck has opened up.

with my car i installed a sub just yesterday, buy an rca line out adapter (avoids the hectic gap from aftermarket units), connect it to your rear speakers by tapping into the standard lines (its pretty straight foward if you know anything about wiring, (i know sweet **** all and i did it no dramas anyway) it will need to be earthed obviously so mount the rca on the rear firewall sub infront and bam everything is hidden
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