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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 02-19-2013, 10:57 AM
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Ditching the DSP system. Installing "clean sweep" system. Anyone here did this?

Ok so I decided I want to ditch the entire system (MID, DSP amp, Speakers, Subs) for an entirely new system. Is the list and assumptions below complete?

- Pioneer dual-din w/ bluetooth, Pandora, etc
- Metra Double-din dash kit
- Metra Wiring harness
- Pioneer 4-channel amp
- Infiniti Reference 5030 (5.25 inch component)
- Single 10-inch Infiniti 1060 sub in sealed box


Install headunit using metra wiring harness. Run 1 pair of RCA to the trunk where amp will be. Rear speakers will be powered by headunit (must run speaker wires from HU to the trunk where harness is).

Install 4 channel amp in rear, tapping off the 12v, and remote turn on wire from rear wiring harness. RCA from headunit inputs into front channel on amp. Front speaker output from amp taps to existing wire harness in trunk. Mono channel from amp to the single subwoofer.

Install front door component speakers using existing baffle.

Am I missing any parts here? Are my assumptions and plan correct? Should I be running TWO pairs of RCA from headunit to the amp or just ONE pair?
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:39 AM
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Hi Teklord,

Edit - didn't read properly! will update shortly!

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:23 PM
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My standard audio system advice is:

Keep the stock headunit unless modern features matter more to you than integration and aesthetics. If you replace it, consider getting the necessary adapter to retain steering wheel controls and relocating your MID.

Replace the amps with anything that handles balanced differential input. I've used Monster amps for value, and recently bought a pair of Zapco DC (DSP) amps.

6.5 inch components up front using Pener panels, tweeter in the original location.

Ditch the rear channel.

Separate subwoofer in the ski passthru or rear deck.

Unless you want to use your rear channel for your sub amp, you can tap into the wiring in the trunk and won't need to touch the headunit.

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Old 02-19-2013, 05:44 PM
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I only use my Cleensweep to control the bass amp volume.

Kept stock headunit and replaced the factory speakers.
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