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E36 /7 Z3 (1996-2002)
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Old 03-17-2003, 08:23 AM
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AndyM: Did you complete the ICE?

Maybe I missed your post but I was wondering if you ever completed the stereo installation? I think I have practically every ICE upgrade post bookmarked but am anxiously awaiting to see what you decided upon.

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Old 03-17-2003, 08:31 AM
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He's finished. Everything is in his car except for mp3 player.

I'm in the middle of mine now.
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Old 03-17-2003, 09:25 AM
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Finished the stereo upgrade a while ago. No creaks, rattles or any sort of regrets. It performs better than what I was expecting and I doubt I would go another way. Curious if JonM is actually documenting the install in his car, wouldn't blame him if he isn't though.
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Old 03-17-2003, 09:46 AM
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Not documenting. I am tired of documenting every little thing.

I wonder about using 2 JL 6W0's. The second could go in a leather-covered box in driver's side aft corner of hatch. Not sure I want the weight and hassle trade off however.
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Old 03-17-2003, 09:56 AM
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I love my single 6W0 and would love to add a second one. I thought hard about adding a second one exactly where you described -- in a small wedge shaped box in the lower left corner (mine would have been a fiberglass box, carpeted), especially since I had a fourth channel on my amp that was doing nothing at all. The problem is that it's a totally different box from my existing box. My current one is the OEM HK, ported, and rear facing. The other one would be custom, sealed, and forward facing (mostly). If it wasn't so much work to build an MDF-fiberglass box, I probably would try it anyway, since I really like the 6" over the other sizes (10" is the other stuff that I use). If I really have some time over this summer, I might build one just to find out. I really like the fact that I don't need to remove the sub for auto-x, so having to remove the second one periodically is a downside because it wouldn't be as secure as the existing bolted one.

BTW, what did you guys end up putting in? Photos and docs aren't required -- just a list is fine.
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Old 03-17-2003, 10:02 AM
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BTW, what did you guys end up putting in? Photos and docs aren't required -- just a list is fine.
We both went with:
JL Audio 300.4 Power Amp to drive 4 corners
Kenwood KAC-5201 or KAC-529S Power Amp, bridged, to drive sub only
Boston Pro 5.5 front component speakers
JL Audio XR525-CSi rear component speakers
JL Audio 6W0 Subwoofer, 4 ohm model
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Nice job. If it's anything like mine, I'm sure you're just as happy with the results as I am. Understated and neatly tucked away are the operative words.
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Have you seen/heard of the Rockford Fosgate OmniFi? Hard-disk based MP3 player that syncs up with your home computers via 802.11b.

AudioWorld article about the OmniFi

I believe it can be hooked up via line-level RCA cables or using an FM adapter... biggest problem I see is the wired control panel. There's just not a lot of good places to mount something like that in a Z3.

Also, JVC has a 12-disc CD changer (JVC CH-X1500, CD-R/MP3 capable), but I'm not sure if it'd work with my current JVC headunit though.
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Old 03-17-2003, 08:14 PM
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Have you seen/heard of the Rockford Fosgate OmniFi? Hard-disk based MP3 player that syncs up with your home computers via 802.11b.

AudioWorld article about the OmniFi

I believe it can be hooked up via line-level RCA cables or using an FM adapter... biggest problem I see is the wired control panel. There's just not a lot of good places to mount something like that in a Z3.

Also, JVC has a 12-disc CD changer (JVC CH-X1500, CD-R/MP3 capable), but I'm not sure if it will work with my head-unit. Not sure if it'd work with my current JVC headunit though.
If JonM has success with the iPod, I will go that route. Nice small remote, nice small unit and being portable, it can go anywhere when not in the car (not like I spend alot of time in the coupe as it is). Been thinking about getting one to pass the down time while at Northland (these 12 hour days suck ). Changer is out as I am not willing to mount one in the trunk area (went through a lot of trouble to keep the car as stock looking as possible from behind the seats and back). If the iPod does not work out, will stick with one cd at a time.
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We both went with:
JL Audio 300.4 Power Amp to drive 4 corners
Kenwood KAC-5201 or KAC-529S Power Amp, bridged, to drive sub only
Boston Pro 5.5 front component speakers
JL Audio XR525-CSi rear component speakers
JL Audio 6W0 Subwoofer, 4 ohm model
Curious as to your placement of the 6W0 I dearly want to add a little bass to the xiT without a lot of space loss or looking out of place affect

I know completely different cars but you never know
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Old 03-18-2003, 06:10 AM
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Curious as to your placement of the 6W0 I dearly want to add a little bass to the xiT without a lot of space loss or looking out of place affect

I know completely different cars but you never know
The 6W0 fit in the stock sub-enclosure on the coupe.

Connect to (original Stereo post):X-mas Project

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Finished result:
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The 6W0 fit in the stock sub-enclosure on the coupe.

Connect to (original Stereo post):X-mas Project

Thanks

As you know the wagons do not have one of those locations but the size might allow for it to be hidden somewhere reasonable. I will investigate
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Old 03-18-2003, 09:40 AM
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As you know the wagons do not have one of those locations but the size might allow for it to be hidden somewhere reasonable. I will investigate
Phil, I'm still waiting for someone to sell off a sedan HK system (I am doing a partial retrofit) but to go with that it's looking like a small sealed-box sub like a 6w0 (I have a Kicker S8b sitting around) will work in what's being called a 'sonotube sub' enclosure that will easily drop into the middle of the spare tire.

Put that term into google and you'll see what I'm getting at.
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Phil, I'm still waiting for someone to sell off a sedan HK system (I am doing a partial retrofit) but to go with that it's looking like a small sealed-box sub like a 6w0 (I have a Kicker S8b sitting around) will work in what's being called a 'sonotube sub' enclosure that will easily drop into the middle of the spare tire.

Put that term into google and you'll see what I'm getting at.
Hmmm............interesting

Keep us in the loop on your process. I did look at 6W0 ealier but JL only sells a 3 piece enclosure which sort of defeats the space issue. I need to track down my previous installer and get his input on a single set up and discuss the sonotube idea
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Thanks for sharing the info as always. Love the stock look of it all.
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Exclamation As far as that OmniFi goes...

You guys might have overlooked a seriously cool point. If that OmniFi is 802.11b wireless, I will be able to manage the song library in my car from my office, wirelessly. Just turn the key in the car to ACC for a few minutes and transfer music from my laptop, etc.

This is the direction of cool things nerdy, such as the Bluetooth wireless kit for my new 3 series. Being able to use speaker phone, caller ID on the radio, view address book on the radio, etc WHILE THE PHONE IS IN MY LAPTOP BAG IN THE TRUNK! is the coolest thing since sliced bread to me.

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This is the direction of cool things nerdy, such as the Bluetooth wireless kit for my new 3 series. Being able to use speaker phone, caller ID on the radio, view address book on the radio, etc WHILE THE PHONE IS IN MY LAPTOP BAG IN THE TRUNK! is the coolest thing since sliced bread to me.
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