I miss wrote the first line i ment to say i can understand why you would not want to replace. That was my bad.
First let me say that i am an audiophile, i have a dream home system and a great car system, i have installed many car audio systems. I know stereos.
I never said that the stock stereo in the BMW was BAD, some one wanted advise on the subject so i gave recomendations. That is it. The best sounding stock system in any car is the Mark Levinson in the Lexus, it rocks for stock, but it can still be upgraded. I know a lot of aftermarket stereos are all flash, that i why i use an older RockfordFosgate, they look like nothing but are amazing stereos. and some people really like all the flash, that is why they call it ICE.
I know that the speakers suck, and are the weak point, but if you would read a little closer i said that when you put all the money into a nice system the wires are the weak link.:thumb:. you can not hook the speakers right up to the cd player, the sound has to travel distence, which will kill the orginal sound, to the speakers. the more effective and more effeicent the wires get the sound there the better the sound, i don't understand how you can not understand this. It is basic stereo knowledge.
I know any shop will tell you what you want to hear to get the sale. I am in Marketing i think i know this very well. AND I KNOW THAT IS A FACT.
I said that a free air system would be good, this is because of the sealed trunk, it acts like a big box, and it is cheap. But when listening hard rock music a small sealed box will work better with the music because of the fast beat. In the free air the box (created by the trunk) is to large and the soundwaves are going to interfere with each other because of the fast beat. THAT IS ANOTHER FACT. If you listen to classical, Jazz, Rap, Country and all the other, a free air systems like yours will sound just as good. It will sound really good with rap because of all the air and space in the trunk.
How many volts is your amp getting?
I understand you with the exposed wires, i don't care much about that either, unless the car is in a show.
I did not mean you get you all hot headed about this, i was just making a suggestion, calm down. IF YOU THINK YOUR SYSTEM F****** ROCKS THEN THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS. Make youself happy first. for my self i am anal about it. I will change evey thing in any car, no matter what do make it sound better. even the wires. Sorry if i like good sound and enjoy this stuff. I was never saying that your system sucks, never once did i say that. All i was doing was giving advice to some one you needed help.