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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-30-2002, 10:01 AM
Ron SSellers
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Hey stereo people...

I'm not much of a radio guy (mostly a hopeless horsepower addict) but after six years I think I've finally had enough of my completely stock setup. I think the stock speakers have been steadily degrading for quite a while (plus the rest of the car keeps getting louder! [img]smile.gif[/img] )

So I'd like to do some kind of upgrade. Would a simple speaker change do the trick? I'd like to keep the stock head unit for simplicity. Any recommendations?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-30-2002, 11:18 AM
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yeah the easiest thing would be to upgrade stock speakers 6x9 for the rear and you can fit 6.5 in the front with some spacers which are easy to make. it will make your system sound alot better but getting a new headunit would be another great way to make your system sound better IMHO.
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-30-2002, 11:49 AM
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Yeah changing the speakers will work and they may sound better but getting a different cd player is a good idea.

More watts out of a newer head unit should make your factory speakers sound better.

If you want a nice sounding stereo and are willing to spend a little money then we can give you advice on which brands to stay away from and which ones to flock to.
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-30-2002, 07:18 PM
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Ron-

Once you swap out the stock speakers for some real speakers you'll wonder how you ever lived without them.

The stock speakers resemble coffee filters more than speakers...

Get a set of 6x9's in the back and either 6.5" components or 6.5" 3ways up front. Trust me, you'll know the difference.

Speakers alone will make a great improvement.

Go to Buyloud.com. They have a good selection and it's easy to bounce around and compare.

Good luck! [img]smile.gif[/img]

-Dan
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 08:33 AM
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Thanks guys. I was hoping just a simple speaker replacement will do the trick. And thanks for the link to Buyloud, Dan. I love buying this type of stuff online. Do you have any suggestions on which speakers on Buyloud are a good price/performance mix?

Hey Coprice -- what type of spacer are we talking about to get a 6.5" in the door? Just something I could cut out of wood?
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 08:50 AM
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Ron-
The template for the 6.5" up front is here.

Here is the link from when I did my stereo. There's a lot of good info here.

Anything else, I'd say ask it here. It worked for me.

Happy shopping!!!

-Dan
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 09:21 AM
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Ron:
I would suggest going with 6.5 componet system. Kenwood KFC-P603 is a good set up for the price, I you would like to spend more the I would say something along the line of Boston Aqustics or MB Quarts. I personally think there among one of the best componets. Rear speaker I would suggest almost any 6x9 would work good. I think you want to spend a lil more in the front for it to sound better up there.
Now the stock head-unit will work but you are getting the most out of your speakers. So an 4 ch Amp would make it sound alot cleaner sound. Now for bass it all depends on what you want, Lound pounding bass? or just a good set-up to complment everything else. I know alot of people her use the scott willams baffle board with the 2 10 free-air. Those would work and give a good kick to the system. But you may want to look at some thing like a JL audio sub like 1- 10inch 10w0 or w3 Something like this would give ( i think) a clear bass sound, rather than the free-air set-up

I myself went from 2 RockFord 12's ( blew-em) to 1 JL 12w3 to the 2-10in kicker free-air set, back to 2-12 MTX 6000, and now I am currently goin to 3-12w3 Jl Audio.
I liked te free-air set-up no trunk space lot, but it didn't have enough bass for me. So I went to the MTX 12's. The MTX pound but I want something more cleaner and more musical so I am gona try 3 JL Audio 12w3's

I hope this helps. also Ron if you need prices on these any car audio please e-mail me off the list I am car audio vendor.

Thanks
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 10:53 AM
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Like show said.

Mb quarts and bostons are probably one of the best sounding speakers on the market for the $$$.

But if you get quarts or bostons then you will want to run an amp to them.

It's worth it.
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 03:02 PM
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ron,
open up the wallet and treat yourself to a nice 500 watt stereo to go with all your mods.

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-01-2002, 03:51 PM
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Don't forget about Infinity

Good products & they have 3 different quality levels.
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