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Old 01-16-2012, 07:03 PM
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Audio Recommendations?

So I would like to upgrade my coupes audio system with all 4 speakers and a new head unit. I'm not very knowledgable in audio and I was wondering what suggestions were out there for an upgrade from factory. Not looking for cheap stuff, but not the most expensive. Thanks.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:59 PM
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BSW speakers, and the headunit of your choice. It will be plug and play.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:52 AM
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I actually just talked to a couple car audio places today. The owner of one of the stores was actually a 3 series owner already so was quite aware of the car. He told me that with the Harmon Kardon speakers and such that I already have that I should get the deck I want and run the speakers off the deck power and it just might satisfy my needs. I know myself well enough to know that I will eventually want more so this is what I plan to do...new alpine deck, 250 watt x 4 alpine amp to alpine coaxial speakers in the kick panels up front and some $120ish 6x9's in the rear deck. I get to cheat a little cause my used car i bought had a powered Infinity sub already installed in the trunk. I estimate when it is all said and done it will set me back about $700. Should sound bright and true. Hope that gives you something to chew on.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:02 AM
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I actually just talked to a couple car audio places today. The owner of one of the stores was actually a 3 series owner already so was quite aware of the car. He told me that with the Harmon Kardon speakers and such that I already have that I should get the deck I want and run the speakers off the deck power and it just might satisfy my needs. I know myself well enough to know that I will eventually want more so this is what I plan to do...new alpine deck, 250 watt x 4 alpine amp to alpine coaxial speakers in the kick panels up front and some $120ish 6x9's in the rear deck. I get to cheat a little cause my used car i bought had a powered Infinity sub already installed in the trunk. I estimate when it is all said and done it will set me back about $700. Should sound bright and true. Hope that gives you something to chew on.
6x9's and coaxial in the kicks? Really? That's going to sound like ass...

1.) you don't need the rears at all.
2.) If you remove them, use the holes in the deck to vent the sub to the cabin. If you don't, you will find that you won't have much sub. The trunk is built like a bank vault. Almost nothing escapes.

Of course, it's your car, your ears, your money, and you are free to do what you want. What a great country...
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:54 AM
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Honestly, I had all the same questions. I had some alpine component speakers in a previous vehicle that I absolutely loved and assumed I would do the same here. Salesman (owner of the business) told me that if I put power to the new coax speakers that I would get what I needed. His big thing was the distance between the woofer and the tweeter. I understand there to be some "crackling" that happens in the tweeter if it is more than 6" away from the speaker. He was quite convincing as he was teaching me this and telling me to spend less money. All interesting info to think about really. Your sub idea is also something to think about. In the long run, I bought the car for the car not for the stereo I want to put into it. Honestly the stereo is off most of the time so I can hear the engine.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:34 AM
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MB quart all the way around,and two twelves in a band pass in the trunk, I sure as hell didn't buy my m3 for the stereo I put in it. Damn fold out blocks my big center vent ERRR
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