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Old 09-09-2009, 06:08 PM
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"hi-end" stereo upgrade E36 conv.

my 94' 325i conv. complete stereo install. The car was stripped down then I put Dynamat in. This install was a 08' & 09' winter project. I took my time and while doing it I went thru many changes. I built a false floor amp rack in the trunk with a locking top lid that you can open up to look at the wiring inside the amp rack. All new wiring thru the doors and everywhere else. This is what I put in

HU: JVC AVX77 single din 5.4in. touch screen

Focal 165KRX2 6.5" components front stage
Focal 130KP 5 1/4 components rear fill
Focal 27KX 11" sub thru ski pass
Alpine PDX 4.150 4ch. amp
Alpine PDX 1.600 mono amp
JVC HD/300 Radio Reciever add on
KS-U30 USB Video Cable for iPod/iPhone
Dynamat
Streetwire ZN9 interconnects
Monster 304 XLN Speaker Cable (4-Conductor)

It took alot of customizing to get the Focal 27KX sub in the trunk under the convertible top neg. room to work with installed behind the ski-pass so the bass goes into the cabin. Getting the 11" sub in there was a complete night-mare. Double Dynamat the speakers, made 1/2in. MDF rings behind speakers filled every hole and crack I could find behind the speakers to make it air tight & stuffed poly-fil. The false floor amp rack has 2 neon lights inside they each have a switch on top of the rack to turn on and off hooked up directly to batt. Put a big fan between the 2 amps to keep them nice and cool. 1/4in. Plexi-Glass windows for all the components. HD Radio installed under dash. Yellow Top DEEP CYCLE/STARTER dual batt. system sounds crystal clear with absolutely zero rattle anywhere. 1st car stereo install. 95% done
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:26 PM
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Wow looks awesome i was thinking of the trunk layout like that untill i started wiring everything lol. Just to do a simple clean install it took me hours more of what a honda would take .. theese cars are put together very well even harder to take apart.. I give you lots of props on that clean install im jeolous.. I was thinking of the 5.25 focal's for the front you really like them?
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That looks great! I wanna do something like that to mine, just haven't decided on a setup yet.
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Monster cable ftw and the focal equipment is as you described "high-end".
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yes the Focal 130KP sounded so good. I was telling myself god how can it sound any better than that? But I always wanted the 6 1/2in. it just adds a little more to the sound more lows and mids esp. with the Focal KRX2 thay are very nice sounding speakers and the TN53K tweeters are much smoother then TN52 tweeters. But the 130kp 5 1/4in. component set is still awesome. I was a little nervous cutting out the kick panels But it turned out really nice. I originally was going to get the Focal KRX3 3 way components but after alot of researching I went with the KRX2 instead. Sometimes I wish I would've got the KRX3 hahaha.
Butyou know the really scary thing was going into the garage and seeing your BMW gutted down to nothing everything stripped out, it was a kinda overwhelming for sure. Especialy since this was my 1st install. I've always worked on all my cars growing up. And when I went to Car Toys and they said they wanted over $1,000 to install my stuff I said wow maybe I will just do it myself. So I did all the work myself without any help from friends. And when ever I had any questions I went to an Australian car audio site those guys are awesome mobileelectronics.com.au
Heres a few pics of the difference in the size of the 130kp and the 165krx2 I wasnt even sure that the KRX2 was going to fit its alot bigger
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Monster cable ftw and the focal equipment is as you described "high-end".
I couldnt find anything better than the Monster speaker wire at the time so I went with it.

Focal KRX2 is 1 step down from the Focal Utopia Be 6" components and they go for $4,000. for me the KRX2 are just fine.
But anyways you can have a $10,000 system and a $1,000 system could sound better than the $10,000 it all depends on how you install it! Installation is key. yes there are louder and cheaper speakers but Focal is all about sound quality
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I couldnt find anything better than the Monster speaker wire at the time so I went with it.

Focal KRX2 is 1 step down from the Focal Utopia Be 6" components and they go for $4,000. for me the KRX2 are just fine.
But anyways you can have a $10,000 system and a $1,000 system could sound better than the $10,000 it all depends on how you install it! Installation is key. yes there are louder and cheaper speakers but Focal is all about sound quality
I think focal setup's are the best sounding vocally (no pun intended) systems i have heard. You can't even touch one of there subs for less then $500 and it's worth every penny.
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my 94' 325i conv. complete stereo install. The car was stripped down then I put Dynamat in. This install was a 08' & 09' winter project. I took my time and while doing it I went thru many changes. I built a false floor amp rack in the trunk with a locking top lid that you can open up to look at the wiring inside the amp rack. All new wiring thru the doors and everywhere else. This is what I put in

HU: JVC AVX77 single din 5.4in. touch screen

Focal 165KRX2 6.5" components front stage
Focal 130KP 5 1/4 components rear fill
Focal 27KX 11" sub thru ski pass
Alpine PDX 4.150 4ch. amp
Alpine PDX 1.600 mono amp
JVC HD/300 Radio Reciever add on
KS-U30 USB Video Cable for iPod/iPhone
Dynamat
Streetwire ZN9 interconnects
Monster 304 XLN Speaker Cable (4-Conductor)

It took alot of customizing to get the Focal 27KX sub in the trunk under the convertible top neg. room to work with installed behind the ski-pass so the bass goes into the cabin. Getting the 11" sub in there was a complete night-mare. Double Dynamat the speakers, made 1/2in. MDF rings behind speakers filled every hole and crack I could find behind the speakers to make it air tight & stuffed poly-fil. The false floor amp rack has 2 neon lights inside they each have a switch on top of the rack to turn on and off hooked up directly to batt. Put a big fan between the 2 amps to keep them nice and cool. 1/4in. Plexi-Glass windows for all the components. HD Radio installed under dash. Yellow Top DEEP CYCLE/STARTER dual batt. system sounds crystal clear with absolutely zero rattle anywhere. 1st car stereo install. 95% done
Very nice setup! How much weight did you add to your car once everything was installed??? Also I hope you cover up that sub with the ski pass cover, you wouldn't want anyone knowing what you got in there with a convertable thats for sure.
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yes the Focal 130KP sounded so good. I was telling myself god how can it sound any better than that? But I always wanted the 6 1/2in. it just adds a little more to the sound more lows and mids esp. with the Focal KRX2 thay are very nice sounding speakers and the TN53K tweeters are much smoother then TN52 tweeters. But the 130kp 5 1/4in. component set is still awesome. I was a little nervous cutting out the kick panels But it turned out really nice. I originally was going to get the Focal KRX3 3 way components but after alot of researching I went with the KRX2 instead. Sometimes I wish I would've got the KRX3 hahaha.
Butyou know the really scary thing was going into the garage and seeing your BMW gutted down to nothing everything stripped out, it was a kinda overwhelming for sure. Especialy since this was my 1st install. I've always worked on all my cars growing up. And when I went to Car Toys and they said they wanted over $1,000 to install my stuff I said wow maybe I will just do it myself. So I did all the work myself without any help from friends. And when ever I had any questions I went to an Australian car audio site those guys are awesome mobileelectronics.com.au
Heres a few pics of the difference in the size of the 130kp and the 165krx2 I wasnt even sure that the KRX2 was going to fit its alot bigger
WOW - looks great. Thanks for the link to the audio shop. They are also in Melbourne, so I will give them some business. Glad to know of a really good audio shop.
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First of all, i want to congratulate you on your mad skillz, i cant believe this is your fist install..no way.

Now to the point, you have very nice equipment minus the amps and hu, so i think u should take more advantage of your speaker by going active with a good sound processor (hint bitone). SQ is about Staging and Imagine, both of which you destroying by having rear speakers, should have used that money better. Although at the end, it all about what you like.. so


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If you like to wasted your monnies on over priced copper, sure Monster cable its the way to go, other wise any speaker cable would do.
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Very nice setup! How much weight did you add to your car once everything was installed??? Also I hope you cover up that sub with the ski pass cover, you wouldn't want anyone knowing what you got in there with a convertable thats for sure.
The car is in the garage most of the time but its hard to stay out of it with the new system installed. I'm not really sure how much weight everything was. I used 1/2" MDF to make the amp rack and sub box. It is a little heavy though I'm actually thinking about redesigning the whole thing and make the sub box all the way across under the conv. top. I had to cut 1/2 of the top and 1/2 of the bottom of the outer ring on the 27KX sub just to get it to fit underneath. There is a 10'5/8" clearance and the sub was like 10'.5" or something like that cant remember what it was but it wasnt easy getting it in there with a sub box. Here's a few pic's of the sub in the box. This box had to be kicked in with my foot to get it in under the corv. top. In the pic you can see that the top and bottom outer edge was bigger than the box so I had to do what I had to do to get it in there. So I cut a little off the top and bottom just enough to get it in there. I don't buy my speakers off ebay I only buy from local Focal's authorized dealers. yea cutting into a new $1,000 27KX was a little scary. ebay has alot of fake Focal speakers with no warranty and no serial number card. crutchfield.com is now an online authorized dealer
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First of all, i want to congratulate you on your mad skillz, i cant believe this is your fist install..no way.

Now to the point, you have very nice equipment minus the amps and hu, so i think u should take more advantage of your speaker by going active with a good sound processor (hint bitone). SQ is about Staging and Imagine, both of which you destroying by having rear speakers, should have used that money better. Although at the end, it all about what you like.. so





If you like to wasted your monnies on over priced copper, sure Monster cable its the way to go, other wise any speaker cable would do.


thanks for the compliment yes its my 1st install I've never even installed a deck before this.
I only used the Alpine digital PDX amps for the space and efficiency. If you talk to some of the audio pros they say they are pretty good amps. I would like to try some sound processors very soon. Its on the list. I'm a musician lead guitar 25yrs I have an ear for good quality sound and a processor would be awesome.
Have you checked out the JVC AVX77 HU? All the HU's I tried and looked at didnt have all the features that the JVC AVX77 has. mobile.jvc.com/index.jsp All the other top end single din HU's were alot slower using iphone/ipod connections very fast tranfer speeds. And some of them didnt even play cd's. But everyone has their own thing!! In the past I've always gone with Alpine or Pioneer. But I really like this HU. The touch screen is awesome and I'm not losing any gauges with a single din setup.

What are some good processors out now?

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The work is impressive, but to me, sound setups are more about the actual sound, and not neon lights and exposed hardware...
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The work is impressive, but to me, sound setups are more about the actual sound, and not neon lights and exposed hardware...
Exactly. If you get in my car and look around, you wouldnt even know I had aftermarket audio at all.
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Exactly. If you get in my car and look around, you wouldnt even know I had aftermarket audio at all.


Lets see what you got in there guys!!
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Exactly. If you get in my car and look around, you wouldnt even know I had aftermarket audio at all.
And if i listen to it, i also wouldnt know that you have aftermarket stuff either.
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thanks for the compliment yes its my 1st install I've never even installed a deck before this.
I only used the Alpine digital PDX amps for the space and efficiency. If you talk to some of the audio pros they say they are pretty good amps. I would like to try some sound processors very soon. Its on the list. I'm a musician lead guitar 25yrs I have an ear for good quality sound and a processor would be awesome.
Have you checked out the JVC AVX77 HU? All the HU's I tried and looked at didnt have all the features that the JVC AVX77 has. mobile.jvc.com/index.jsp All the other top end single din HU's were alot slower using iphone/ipod connections very fast tranfer speeds. And some of them didnt even play cd's. But everyone has their own thing!! In the past I've always gone with Alpine or Pioneer. But I really like this HU. The touch screen is awesome and I'm not losing any gauges with a single din setup.

What are some good processors out now?
If by audio pros you meant authorize alpine dealers (or salesperson), sure they will tell you how awesome these amps are, on the other hand, if you do some research you will find out how noisy these amps are.

There are a couple of good sound processors out, i personally am running Zapco DC amps, but if it was me, i would get me BitOne, i being meaning to play around with one for a couple of months now but first i need to buy new comps!! going with HAT Midbasses this time around and seas neo tweeters,.
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