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    Best way to upgrade std speakers in car - brands - advice?

    Hey all, I have 6.5" speakers in my car, I have bought the adaptors to put proper speakers in there, its been a while since I bought some speakers for my car etc, so was wondering if anyone has some advice.

    I dont want to put amps in the car, want to keep it all standard, just want to change the speakers to get a little bit more quality and volume hopefully!! - I'm thinking components rather than coaxails but does anyone have any advice?

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    Yep components let you mount the tweeter somewhere more audibly pleasing than the bottom of the door. Near ear level on the mirror mounts or A pillars are good options. You probably want something without a separate crossover if you don't want to use an amp.

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    anewman

    Yep components let you mount the tweeter somewhere more audibly pleasing … Yep components let you mount the tweeter somewhere more audibly pleasing than the bottom of the door. Near ear level on the mirror mounts or A pillars are good options. You probably want something without a separate crossover if you don't want to use an amp.



    Thanks for this, the car has tweeters already in there so will only really use the bass drivers.

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    If you don't have an amp you will be pretty limated, don't think you will get much sound out of components without one....it's the treble that eats the watts not the base. a small Rockford fosgate 30-40 watt) will do the base and a couple of mids....then you need something with more power to drive the tweeters or the clip, which will cause them to keep cracking and needing replacement.

    Without installing amps then hopefully you have a decent head unit with a bit of kick and buy two round 3 ways and put an active bazooka tube (has built in pre amp) in the boot.


    what car is it going in.

    Edited by: "slamdunkin" 12th Mar 2011

    if youve still got the standard head unit, you may be better off upgrading that rather than the speakers first. I went down this route and was amazed by the improvement, so much so that i never bother upgrading the speakers in the end

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    slamdunkin

    If you don't have an amp you will be pretty limated, don't think you will … If you don't have an amp you will be pretty limated, don't think you will get much sound out of components without one....it's the treble that eats the watts not the base. a small Rockford fosgate 30-40 watt) will do the base and a couple of mids....then you need something with more power to drive the tweeters or the clip, which will cause them to keep cracking and needing replacement.Without installing amps then hopefully you have a decent head unit with a bit of kick and buy two round 3 ways and put an active bazooka tube (has built in pre amp) in the boot. what car is it going in.



    I have been out of the game for a while but I am pretty sure its the bass that takes up the most power not tweeters, in a typical 300 watt speaker, 50 watts will go to the tweeter and the rest goes to the bass driver.

    I am with you on the amp but I really dont want to put one in, its a VW Golf Plus so they have quite punchy stereos in them.

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    sparxuk

    if youve still got the standard head unit, you may be better off … if youve still got the standard head unit, you may be better off upgrading that rather than the speakers first. I went down this route and was amazed by the improvement, so much so that i never bother upgrading the speakers in the end



    I do agree, but my car has MP3 - CD + Bluetooth Hands Free installed on the original head unit, so I dont want to mess with that.

    Going to sound odd, but how many people travel in the car? I ask as bass travels further than the higher notes, so if it's normally just you, you'll want decent mid-high notes speakers in the front with the bassier stuff at the back. Not quite that setup 100%, but just generally.

    Also, don't forget to change the wiring as the stuff it comes with out of the factory is pretty much the cheapest supplier and although you won't want or need top quality stuff, it's best to get something a little better than the basic.

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    Yer its most of the time just me, this is the big problem, from experience, I find the lower wattage better as you dont underpower them with the stock headunit. But I also find things like the Edge series components etc are too bassy for the doors, and am in need of a more lower mid range speaker. In all fairness the stuff in there at the moment is made by blaupunkt and its rocking compared to most standard car stereos. I just want to add some more depth and quality really.

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    try infinity in the door speaker holes, not sure about VW but they fit straight into a bmw

    http://www.carstylingtips.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/car7291.jpg

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    makershaker



    Yer that looks really standard doesnt it lol.

    This is a great car audio forum

    talkaudio.co.uk/
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