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Old 03-10-2013, 10:04 AM   #41
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HK was not so bad when the cars were new. The sedan system is better than the coupes. At this point, most of our systems sound pretty bad.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:11 AM   #42
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HK was not so bad when the cars were new. The sedan system is better than the coupes. At this point, most of our systems sound pretty bad.
I gotta say my 2002 Lexus Is300 oem sound system was alot better than my 2005 bmw 325xi which to me makes no sense because Lexus is toyota and BMW is BMW which is high end
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:22 AM   #43
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I gotta say my 2002 Lexus Is300 oem sound system was alot better than my 2005 bmw 325xi which to me makes no sense because Lexus is toyota and BMW is BMW which is high end
I think Lexus of that vintage used actual mark Levinson components while BMW used Harman kardon in name only. In don't think any of the actual HK components in the after market were built like that.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:22 PM   #44
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What speaker brand would be outstanding to replace the stock woofers?
I was looking at Rockford fosgate
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:46 PM   #45
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I just replaced both my rear woofers with new OEM. Sounds pretty good to me.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:53 PM   #46
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What speaker brand would be outstanding to replace the stock woofers?
I was looking at Rockford fosgate
TBH, ANY aftermarket namebrand speaker would be better than the crap BMW has supplied the E46 with. Rockfords will be alright.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #47
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I know NOTHING about sound upgrades.
I have no idea what to do, I'm getting a headunit as we speak, but for speaker upgrades what would be recommended?
Not deep into the audio scene, but I LOVE my music. If that paints a picture. haha

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Old 11-26-2013, 02:46 PM   #48
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What size on the ones on the front door for the sedan? Mine finally blew out


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Old 12-04-2013, 02:41 PM   #49
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I have yet to hear a bad speaker from Focal, from their cheapest speakers to the Utopia kit7, I really find them to be a great deal better than Alpine, Etc. I can also recommend Pioneer for subwoofers, as far as slim enclosure models go.

The thing to understand is that there is no one component that is more important than the rest (except wire; so long as it's legit, proper size wire, you will NEVER hear a difference between $50 and $5,000 wire; I do audio engineering, and the not even pseudoscientific crap surrounding audio equipment makes me want to strangle the people selling the stuff with their own $50,000 cables!). What matters is that everything is properly matched to the rest, and that you don't have any "weak point" on the system because I promise you that the one flaw will overpower the rest of the good, regardless.
Car audio is different from home audio, and thus not something I can claim any degree of expertise in, but I can say that unlike home audio, where you can get $200 speakers that are LITERALLY as good or better than most $2000 speakers, the same does not seem to hold as true.
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Actually, BSW is neither the best nor even good value for money. For less than the price of just the subwoofer, you can get Boston Acoustics all around (you need 6.5s). Get components for the front, mount the tweeter in the right place. Run wires underneath your hand brake shroud, underneath the back seat to the trunk. Mount a 4 channel amp, reuse the existing speaker wiring (get a color code diagram, available on the internet for free). I would replace the head unit unless you must have the original look. Sell your two OEM amps for dinero and get the entire system for about 500 dollars.
You sound like you know what you're talking about, what would you recommend from BA?
The price/ quality ratio is in effect for me by the way.
I can't get any real answers on fabrication!
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The mid-woofers are 5.25" or 5.5". The mids are 2" and the tweets are???"


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You sound like you know what you're talking about, what would you recommend from BA?
The price/ quality ratio is in effect for me by the way.
I can't get any real answers on fabrication!
Here's what I did with my 2001 330Ci coupe:
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Rears - Infinity Perfect 6.1 Kappa
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You sound like you know what you're talking about, what would you recommend from BA?
The price/ quality ratio is in effect for me by the way.
I can't get any real answers on fabrication!
You don't really need to fabricate enclosures etc. As long as the speakers are not very deep (less than 9 inches I think, but make sure by measuring the space), they should fit very well behind the door panel. There is not a significant constraint for the rear speakers.

With respect to Boston, since i wrote this, the company has exited the car audio market While that is sad, the good news is that you can pick up new old stock for pretty cheap if you look at the right places. They also last forever.. I have had my current Boston setup for 10 years now over different cars and they still sound brilliant. I would recommend something like the S60 in the back and pro60s in the front. Actually, you don't really need a tweeter at the back, but won't hurt anything.

For the amp, I have an Alpine 4 channel to power each of the components as well as Blaupunkt mono amp for the subwoofer, which is a Boston G5 dual voice coil one (arguably one of the best, unless you have the moolah for a SPG555). My head unit has 3 pre-outs, but make sure the one you buy has at least two. It makes a world of difference in SQ.

I am a big fan of the Boston sound, but if you are unable to locate components now that the company only makes home audio, you can go with similar offerings from Polk Audio, which has similar aural characteristics. Feel free to ask any questions
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Here's what I did with my 2001 330Ci coupe:
Fronts-
- mid-woofer: 6.25" Diamond Audio Tech
- mid: Vifa 2" full range
- SEAS tweets
Rears - Infinity Perfect 6.1 Kappa
Amp - JL 400/4

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Thanks brotha! I'm going to continnue my research with this. I've heard good things about diamond audio! Worth the price?

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You don't really need to fabricate enclosures etc. As long as the speakers are not very deep (less than 9 inches I think, but make sure by measuring the space), they should fit very well behind the door panel. There is not a significant constraint for the rear speakers.

With respect to Boston, since i wrote this, the company has exited the car audio market While that is sad, the good news is that you can pick up new old stock for pretty cheap if you look at the right places. They also last forever.. I have had my current Boston setup for 10 years now over different cars and they still sound brilliant. I would recommend something like the S60 in the back and pro60s in the front. Actually, you don't really need a tweeter at the back, but won't hurt anything.

For the amp, I have an Alpine 4 channel to power each of the components as well as Blaupunkt mono amp for the subwoofer, which is a Boston G5 dual voice coil one (arguably one of the best, unless you have the moolah for a SPG555). My head unit has 3 pre-outs, but make sure the one you buy has at least two. It makes a world of difference in SQ.

I am a big fan of the Boston sound, but if you are unable to locate components now that the company only makes home audio, you can go with similar offerings from Polk Audio, which has similar aural characteristics. Feel free to ask any questions
I'll look for your suggested models, as I'm intending to purchase something this week
By no fabrication, I don't need an adapter or anything? I was just going to make one, since I've got the tools.
I'm going piece by piece, so I was thinking on going front mids first!
I'm trying to learn more about all of this business, and I appreciate your help!
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I'll look for your suggested models, as I'm intending to purchase something this week
By no fabrication, I don't need an adapter or anything? I was just going to make one, since I've got the tools.
I'm going piece by piece, so I was thinking on going front mids first!
I'm trying to learn more about all of this business, and I appreciate your help!
If by adapter you mean the rings that attach to the speakers and the speaker baskets, then they should come with the speakers. Also, I would recommend you leave the mid woofer disconnected and merely install 6 inch components in the opening for the woofer.
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If by adapter you mean the rings that attach to the speakers and the speaker baskets, then they should come with the speakers. Also, I would recommend you leave the mid woofer disconnected and merely install 6 inch components in the opening for the woofer.
The BA's are generally off the market, unless I'm willing to spend $400. I feel weird doing that for something used, am I wrong to feel this way? You've already lost me ELI5? ahahah Explain like I'm five!
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The BA's are generally off the market, unless I'm willing to spend $400. I feel weird doing that for something used, am I wrong to feel this way? You've already lost me ELI5? ahahah Explain like I'm five!
I agree since used could be a gamble. I would say go with Polk audio or JBLs.. which have a similar flat response.
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I agree since used could be a gamble. I would say go with Polk audio or JBLs.. which have a similar flat response.
http://www.amazon.com/Focal-Access-6...pr_product_top
Focals? I've only heard good things!
What are some solid from JBL?
The GTO 938's are supposedly great right?
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http://www.amazon.com/GTO638-2-inch-...pr_product_top
Or these!
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http://www.amazon.com/Focal-Access-6...pr_product_top
Focals? I've only heard good things!
What are some solid from JBL?
The GTO 938's are supposedly great right?
You mean GTO638s. The 938s are 6x9 and won't fit. Awesome choice, BTW. JBLs have brilliant tweeters.
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