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Old 06-11-2013, 03:41 PM
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2001 Z3 Stereo

I have a 2001 Z3 with the original AM/FM/CD stereo. Can an Ipod or such be wired into it?? If not any recommendations on upgrades??

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:05 PM
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I have a 2001 Z3 with the original AM/FM/CD stereo. Can an Ipod or such be wired into it??...
I went to Staples and got a Monster adapter that looks like a cassette, goes in my 1997 Z3's cassette player, and plays my iPhone through the car's speakers.
http://www.staples.com/Monster-iCarP...product_912411
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:36 PM
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But I have the CD player not a cassette player but thanks. I've been looking at the posts about replacement stereo's with Bluetooth, sounds like a better way to go.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:47 PM
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I installed the Soundplicity iPod/iPhone integration kit - about $110 from BavarianSoundWerks. Possibly not the cheapest way to do it but it uses the iPod plug and charges the iPod while it is being used. It plugs into the wiring for the CD changer behind the carpet on the right side of the trunk. It is a pain to bring the iPod wire from the trunk through into the cabin but it can be done. If you decide to take this route I will take some pics and send you further info.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:14 AM
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I have the USASPEC PA-12. plugs into the CD connection in the trunk. Works great.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:30 PM
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I found some posts where they replaced the stereo with a new Kenwood KDC-BT652U which can take a plug in, has Bluetooth for an iphone and for use as the phone. I found them on amazon for $129.00. seems like a good way to go.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:40 AM
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But I have the CD player not a cassette player but thanks. I've been looking at the posts about replacement stereo's with Bluetooth, sounds like a better way to go.
I ended up getting an Alpine 147BT thru Crutchfield. I had one wire wrong but the unit works great and was not that hard to do. Can't say enough about Crutchfield, very easy to work with and I called them four times and they helped me figure out what I did wrong.
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:20 PM
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Z3 sub amp upgrades

OK the stereo upgrade went good and then I found that the sub had blown again (I did the silicone fix last year). Read many of the posts on the sub upgrades and was happy to find a 6.5" replacement (Kicker Comp VT65) in a local stereo shop. Went down today bought it and started the speaker modifications to make it fit and then realized I got a 2ohm instead of a 4 ohm. To late to return it now!!!
Talking with a stereo guy he said this would damage/ruin the amp or that maybe if I didn't push it to hard it might last or just replace the amp.
So, replace the sub with the right 4 ohm speaker or stay with the 2 ohm and get a new amp.
As you can tell I'm not a stereo/tech guy and any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:45 AM
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It seems that the 4-ohm Kicker Comp VT65 is being phased out and are now hard to find. There are several other shallow 6.5-inch subwoofers now on the market that should work as well.
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Old 10-29-2013, 03:27 PM
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Kicker CVT654

For a kicker cvt654 speaker, try ebay and search "cvt654" ONLY in the description. It will take you to a bunch of wrecked cars with a vendor that has a Kicker cvt 654 listed for $75 delivered
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:00 AM
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sound system

All I am looking for is a system with more clarity of sound. Nothing special. Am I correct is assuming that if I replace my amplifier and speakers with a 3 ohm system I will improve the clarity greatly?
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:27 PM
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Replacing your amplifier will be a big improvement. Match the speaker impedance to the amplifier impedance, usually 4 ohms for automotive systems. You will probably want a component speaker system for the front.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:46 PM
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2 different 6.5" subwoofers are available from CDT. I have used many of their products over the last 7 years and have been nothing but impressed every time with the sound quality and durability.
Rockford Fosgate makes some very compact, low draw amps that are perfect for cars like the Z3. They are small enough to hide just about anywhere and will provide more than enough power.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:11 PM
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Question remains open

His/my 2001 roadster has the dual amplifier Hifi audio system:

1) Amp 1 = Full Range Speakers

2) Amp 2 = Dual VC Subwoofer

End Goal: replace OEM subwoofer amp and subwoofer with BA amp / Integral M80 sub... all else is stock... stock HU and Stock Amp 1

I have all the electrical schematics for his car... but cannot find these answers to finish his setup...

Question 1: The output from Amp 1 that feeds into Amp 2 as an input... is it low level like RCA level... or high level like speaker level?

Question 2: The following are the wire colors for the audio inputs into Amp 2, but what are they? Left/Right and +/-?

1) Blue/Green

2) Black/Green

3) Green

Has anyone replaced this single sub amplifier using the outputs from the first amp?
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:54 AM
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pem216,
I am not familiar with the z3 dual amp set-up, but I did install two amps in my 1998 Explorer: a JL Audio 500/1 amp for a JL Audio 10W6 DVC sub and a 4 channel McIntosh amp driving Focal Utopia components in the cab.
Question 1:
Amps generally have a hi pass/low pass switch, or a dial which lets you control the crossover level (Hz range) for signal to be sent. If amp #1 takes in the full signal range, and sends the higher Hz range to the front speakers, and then sends the lower Hz range to amp number two. Amps generally send sound signal to other amps by RCA.
Question 2:
The wires coming from the amplifier will be for the speakers, The amp should have notations on it for one set that is the left speaker and the other would be the right speaker. The solid green wire sounds like it would be the signal wire that tells the second amp to turn on.
That would be my guess without seeing anything.
Hope that helps.
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