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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

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Old 12-30-2012, 09:25 PM
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Upgrade speakers brand?

Looking to upgrade my speakers on my car since the stock don't have a really good sound on them especially when you have none dsp system. Just want to upgrade speakers only to have a good and better sound. Any good brands out there at a low price?
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:33 PM
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Looking to upgrade my speakers on my car since the stock don't have a really good sound on them especially when you have none dsp system. Just want to upgrade speakers only to have a good and better sound. Any good brands out there at a low price?

If you want to keep your OEM head unit the easiest option is the BSW kit
http://www.bavariansoundwerks.com/ca...aker-Packages/

This topic has been discussed quite a bit, don't be afraid to search the forum
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:40 PM
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Thanks I heard of these before but 600 sounds a little bit pricey
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:48 PM
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Thanks I heard of these before but 600 sounds a little bit pricey
oh wow they bumped it up $100 since the summer..that sucks lol
Also check out boston acoustics, I believe some members have used them here
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:13 PM
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Check crutchfield, they have a lot of speakers at different price point, Polk is pretty good, Focal is the best.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:55 AM
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Polk, Boston Acoustics and Infinity all make 5.25" componenet sets that will swap with OEM (Nokia) speakers. Replace the front door speakers only to save $ as the rear deck and rear door do not add much to the overall sound quality. Most importantly, add a powered subwoofer as the current system lacks bass response. Go big, if you are in to the ghetto sound. Or just add an armrest subwoofer if you want to round out the overall sound. Do a search for the DIY.
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Here you go lol http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=279416
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Here you go sir. Lots of great stuff in there
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I just installed some SC50s in the front, everything sounds good except I beleive one of the woofers is flawed from the factory as it seems to give me a little but of a crackle under heavy bass. The other speaker is fine. Hope the seller covers the defective product.
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I just installed some SC50s in the front, everything sounds good except I beleive one of the woofers is flawed from the factory as it seems to give me a little but of a crackle under heavy bass. The other speaker is fine. Hope the seller covers the defective product.
Is the subwoofer or mid range woofer? If the latter, it might be that your cutoff frequency is too high.
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i have the Polk-Audio 5 1/4" components. These here, and the sound is good.
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i have the Polk-Audio 5 1/4" components. These here, and the sound is good.
The DB series Polk component speakers are pretty good, I upgraded mine with 6 1/2" Polk DB component (1" tweeter) in my Maxima few years ago and couldn't be happier.
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Is the subwoofer or mid range woofer? If the latter, it might be that your cutoff frequency is too high.
I only get the crackle sound from one side of the car. When I transfer the balance to the drivers side the sound goes away and stays with the passenger side door woofer. How do I adjust the cutoff?
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I only get the crackle sound from one side of the car. When I transfer the balance to the drivers side the sound goes away and stays with the passenger side door woofer. How do I adjust the cutoff?
It depends on what you have, you can transfer balance from the head unit, but not cutoff point. The component speakers you bought should have a small box to be installed inside the door panel, that box is a cutoff circuit. The line from head unit feed one end of the box, and you wire two separate pairs of wires from the other end, one goes to tweeter and one goes to the mid-range woofer. The cutoff circuit will split the high frequency signals to tweeter and mid to low frequency signals to the woofer, and that splitting point is cutoff point and usually the cutoff point is manufacture preset (like 2k above goes to tweeter) and you may or may not be able to adjust cutoff point, that circuit may be bad. To be sure if your speaker is good, you can swap the speakers, if you still hear the crackle sound after swap, then it most likely the cutoff circuit is bad, if the crackle sound changed to the other side after swap, then it is the speaker's problem.

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Old 12-31-2012, 08:45 PM
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I believe that you can't go wrong with any of the major brands for a 5-1/4" component set. I would not use a set that has 2 ohm components though, because you don't know the amp in the head unit will react to that low an impedance. Personally, i put two sets of Boston Acoustics SC50 and two Rockford Fosgate R2SD4-10, 10" shallow mount DVC subs. But I have the DSP setup and am happy with the results.

Take a look here at a thread started by LimLev. He has a non-DSP setup and would be a good place for you to start.
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