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Old 02-17-2012, 09:20 PM
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the US speaker setup

been doing some reading, and i want to know where all 10 of your speakers are please. especially want to hear from you Touring boys. 6 speakers are standard on euro cars, 10 on US. On my car i have two on top of the dash, two down by the kick panels and two mounted in the roof directly above the spare wheel well. (I know sedans have them on the parcel shelf)

where are the other 4 on your cars?
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:32 PM
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"Stereo system

The stock system consists of a tape deck, CD Changer (optional), amplifier/crossover (a four channel amp, and it is ~20 watts/channel, amplifying ~5 WPC that the head-unit produces. The 10 channels mentioned so frequently are actually just the speaker-level outputs of the passive crossovers (which are inside the factory amp box, arguably not a very good place for them). BMW calling it 10-channel is an example of "peak marketing." ) located behind the carpet on the left corner of the trunk, and 10 speakers:
Two 5.25" midbass in the front kick panels.
Two 3/4" tweeters in the door pillars and two 2.5" midrange in the dash.
Two 5.25" midbass and two 3/4" tweeters in the rear shelf.


If you are not happy with the sound, there is some options: ADS Stereo upgrade PDF FILE
I want more base:
Adding a subwoofer only.

I want a cleaner sound and I don't want to touch the amp:
Changing the speakers only (not much improvement).
Changing the radio only (not much improvement).

I want a cleaner sound and more power:
Changing the amplifier / crossover. Soon

I want a killer sound and want to change everything:
All the above + new radio installation. Soon

Whatever you do, the wiring of the E34 stereo is strong enough to take the power, no need to change it, but if you change the whole system, you will have to run an RCA cable.

The problem with the BMW OEM stereo is that the crossovers are located INSIDE the amp (which is mounted in the driver's side rear quarter panel behind the trunk carpet). There is no way to get a full range signal from the amp. The preamp signal from the head unit goes into the amp and then 10 crossed over signals come out of the amp for the speakers

http://www.bmwe34.net/E34main/Upgrade/Stereo.htm
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:05 PM
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thanks for that. so sounds like we didnt get the tweeters. i assume the front tweeters are mounted behind the sidemirrors as per the M325i? (pic would be good) I have managed to find a pair of pods to do that so thats good. dont think they are BME OEM though.

where are the rear tweeters mounted on the tourings?
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:40 PM
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bump. kinda need to know urgently, doing an order at the BMW dealership this arvo
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:49 AM
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:45 PM
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where are the rear tweeters on a touring??? or can someone tell me if they dont have them? so a fully loaded touring only has 8 speakers or?
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I have four on the roof in the rear, two on the dash, two by the kick panels (one left, one right) and two on the front doors (one left, one right) near the side mirrors.
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Bavarian Soundwerks used to have a E34 direct replacement set. I dont know if they still offer it though.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:13 AM
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Bavarian Soundwerks used to have a E34 direct replacement set. I dont know if they still offer it though.
I do not think they market it. However, when I contacted them they did offer alternatives, at least for the kick panels or dash speakers. Forgot which. Not low cost enough so i did nothing.
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I do not think they market it. However, when I contacted them they did offer alternatives, at least for the kick panels or dash speakers. Forgot which. Not low cost enough so i did nothing.
Upgrading speakers without AMP is pointless IMHO
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I have four on the roof in the rear, two on the dash, two by the kick panels (one left, one right) and two on the front doors (one left, one right) near the side mirrors.
thanks for that mate! any chance you can pm me your chassis number so i can find the part number on real OEM?
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bump, still wanting a part number or photo of rear touring tweeter speakers!

turns out the ones i brought for the front are genuine BMW, have finally got round to fitting them. improves the sounds stage a lot.
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