Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)

E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-08-2015, 10:58 AM
mvallido's Avatar
mvallido mvallido is offline
2B1ASK1[GLOP]-RSL151
Location: World wide - US NAVY
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,274
Mein Auto: M235i EBII
Sound System Upgrade

After 18 years I think my VF Engineering supercharged E39 deserves a sound system upgrade with iPhone/android touch screen integration. Just looking for suggestions on what to do with my $2K budget. Thanks in advance.
__________________
2B1ASK1 BMWCCA #421240
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 01-08-2015, 11:04 AM
golferjohnm's Avatar
golferjohnm golferjohnm is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Bellingham, Washington
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 603
Mein Auto: '01 540i 6sp '01 X5 4.4
I've been really pleased with my Dice MediaBridge
__________________
'01 540i 6-speed, blk/blk, upgraded stereo w/sub, passport, Dice Mediabridge and some cool M-stuff
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-08-2015, 11:06 AM
Fudman's Avatar
Fudman Fudman is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sudbury, MA
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 6,382
Mein Auto: '02 530i Sport auto
I would, in order of priority and depending on your budget:
1) Replace front door speakers (with components)
2) Add a powered subwoofer (size & power depends on the volume you listen at)
3) Find the right head unit you want (depends on the features you want e.g. bluetooth?)
4) Replace the trunk amp
5) Replace rear deck speakers
6) Replace rear door speakers.
$2K can be spent very quickly but should net you a great sounding system.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-08-2015, 11:13 AM
Dking078's Avatar
Dking078 Dking078 is offline
Member Supremo
Location: Los Angeles, CA
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,347
Mein Auto: 2003 BMW 540i
Dynavin N6 + BSW Stage 1 + M audio Sub woofers ?
__________________
2003 BMW 540i [Sterling Gray / Gray]
[Msport] [Mods from A-Z] [Two-Tone Interior]


For Sale!
1 set of E39 OEM Piano Black trim (non-tpms) $305 / $275 Shipped [Click]
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-08-2015, 11:36 AM
mvallido's Avatar
mvallido mvallido is offline
2B1ASK1[GLOP]-RSL151
Location: World wide - US NAVY
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,274
Mein Auto: M235i EBII
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dking078 View Post
Dynavin N6 + BSW Stage 1 + M audio Sub woofers ?
Like the Dynavin N6 + BSW Stage 1 (Total around $1400). What's a good Sub woofer without putting any box in the trunk? I will also need an amp right?
__________________
2B1ASK1 BMWCCA #421240
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-08-2015, 12:36 PM
bmdubya1198's Avatar
bmdubya1198 bmdubya1198 is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 463
Mein Auto: '99 528iT Sport Auto
$2k sound system upgrade? And I'm hesitant about $60 speakers... once I hear the radio after I replace my amp.
__________________

1999 BMW 528iT Sport- 2/1999 Build
--Alpinweiß III/Sandbeige, non-stock Style 29 Wheels, Beisan Vanos Seals.

Sold Bimmers
2003 BMW X5 3.0i-11/2002 Build-- Pearlbeige Metallic
1999 BMW 528iT Sport-10/1998 Build--TiAg
1995 BMW 325is--Slate Green
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-08-2015, 12:42 PM
Dking078's Avatar
Dking078 Dking078 is offline
Member Supremo
Location: Los Angeles, CA
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,347
Mein Auto: 2003 BMW 540i
Quote:
Originally Posted by mvallido View Post
Like the Dynavin N6 + BSW Stage 1 (Total around $1400). What's a good Sub woofer without putting any box in the trunk? I will also need an amp right?
I used OEM Subs out of an M5, nice big 10 inchers . They were pretty well powered and provided alot of umph in my car (non-nav), but for some reason not alot of power goes to them in nav spec cars . I think it's good cost alternative if you already have DSP.

Another user had went with Rockford Fosgate, R2SD4-10, DVC 4 ohm (see post #2)

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...923&highlight=

Both were installed under the rear deck, so no box in the trunk!
__________________
2003 BMW 540i [Sterling Gray / Gray]
[Msport] [Mods from A-Z] [Two-Tone Interior]


For Sale!
1 set of E39 OEM Piano Black trim (non-tpms) $305 / $275 Shipped [Click]

Last edited by Dking078; 01-08-2015 at 12:45 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-09-2015, 04:02 AM
Nfs021 Nfs021 is online now
What Speed Limit?
Location: Oregon, USA
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 457
Mein Auto: 2002 540i
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dking078 View Post
I used OEM Subs out of an M5, nice big 10 inchers . They were pretty well powered and provided alot of umph in my car (non-nav), but for some reason not alot of power goes to them in nav spec cars . I think it's good cost alternative if you already have DSP.

Another user had went with Rockford Fosgate, R2SD4-10, DVC 4 ohm (see post #2)

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...923&highlight=

Both were installed under the rear deck, so no box in the trunk!
I also did the BSW Stage 1 with the M-subs setup in my 540i. My car is also non nav. Not too hard to install if your car has fold down rear seats. The only irritating part is removing the rear shelf. Not hard, just annoying...especially when you've done it a million times trying to sort out rattles lol.

If your car is 2001+ then it will have the outlines of the M-sub cutouts underneath the rear shelf when you remove the DSP Nokia box. I'd highly suggest enlarging them because it makes big difference in eliminating rattles from vibrations.

Again though your car must have a DSP system for them to work.

Good luck.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-09-2015, 04:38 AM
DennisCooper!'s Avatar
DennisCooper! DennisCooper! is online now
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: West London / Heathrow UK
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,810
Mein Auto: 03 Ex Cop 530d Touring
Hi,

As you can see from above, there's various different plans for your audio upgrade you could take. How 'good' each one is in terms of their ability to the kind of audio performance you want and also how efficient they are in terms of reducing issues etc, varies.

You've mentioned not putting a box in the trunk, which then will reduce efficiency and choice and increase potential issues as well costs. Also, the sub bass produced by a powered solution is adequate to good. If you want excellent, smooth, musical, tight and controlled sub bass, they're not the right choice.

So, what kind of audio performance would you be looking for? Would you be open to a quality aftermarket head unit or *must you keep* the oem head unit? ..

By far, the best blend of Sound quality increase Vs value for money, efficiency, ease of install, zero or very little chance of audio issues, financial cost, would be

1. High quality head unit
2. 5 channel amplifier, or one 4 channel amp and a mono sub bass amplifier
3. 2 way component speakers for the front channel using baffles to replace the oem plastic enclosures in the doors or door builds if you want even better performance.
4. 2 way co-axials for the rear deck
5. A very small enclosure to fit sealed up against the rear seat bulkhead and 'fire' the subwoofer through the ski hatch or hole. A high quality 8 or 10 inch subwoofer.
6. Install costs, wiring, leads, fusing and protection to ensure all the above works well.

With new excellent slim line subwoofers available, I'd say the depth of the small enclosure could be as little as 5 inches! the 'protrusion' into the load area would be perhaps 5 inches depth, 14-16 inches height and 10-13 inches in width. This method gives you 100% bass transmission into the cabin which means you can choose an amplifier with a more modest power output which in turn demands less current from your car's electrical system. The efficiency is even better if you use the latest Class D amplifiers which are again, very efficient. The alternative is to perhaps hang subs off the rear deck - these will again 'protrude' into the load space, but the potential to get rattles and buzzes etc is high. You then need to spend more with sound deadening, and trying to stop the buzzes etc. Free air subwoofers also need more power to drive them in order to get that excellent bass and lastly, if you trunk is regularly full or you often change from empty, semi full to full the sound and bass will change.

Cheers, Dennis!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-09-2015, 07:30 AM
mvallido's Avatar
mvallido mvallido is offline
2B1ASK1[GLOP]-RSL151
Location: World wide - US NAVY
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 1,274
Mein Auto: M235i EBII
Thanks again for the inputs.
__________________
2B1ASK1 BMWCCA #421240
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms