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nebular18
04-15-2002, 02:12 AM
Hi guys, I finally made the decision to change my car's head unit to the Pioneer Premier DEH P740MP and I love it! Got a pretty good deal on it, CAD $600 plus installation and mounting kit. Looks cool, sounds great and lotsa features!

Currently, I have the non HK factory (2001 325 Sedan) sound system and the stock speakers doesn't seemed to be able to handle the "output" from the new headunit, rattles from my front speaks, muffled base and so on. Though, there is a very noticeable improvement on sound quality.

I was wondering what is my best option to improve the sound quality? I guess adding an amp (4 channel probably, is 6 necessary?) is a must, so is a subwoofer. But i am currently on a very tight budget, so it is necessary to replace the stock factory speakers to achieve reasonable sound quality that "matches" the output from the new head unit?

In addition, what brands do you guys recommend? For amps and speakers. For the speakers, do you think the Focal polyflex series is sufficient or should i do for the polyglass series? Thanks! :rolleyes:

SickFinga
04-16-2002, 12:54 AM
Here is my future setup

These stuff I already got:
H/U: Panasonic CY-VMD9000
http://www.panasonic.ca/english/car/caraudio/cy-vmd9000.htm
SUBS: Boston Acoustics PRO 10.5
http://bostonacoustics.com/ProductsPage.asp?ProductID=95&SpecID=6&SeriesID=27
SPEAKERS: Boston Acoustics PRO 5.5
http://bostonacoustics.com/ProductsPage.asp?ProductID=60&SpecID=4&SeriesID=20
SPEAKERAMP: Rockford Fosgate Power 750x
CDCHANGER: Panasonic CX-DP88
http://www.panasonic.ca/english/car/caraudio/cx-dp88.htm
CAPS: Rockford Fosgate Digital
AVCONTROLUNIT: Panasonic CA-TU7000
http://www.panasonic.ca/english/car/caraudio/CA-TU7000.htm

stuff I need to buy:
subamp: Rockford Fosgate POWER bd1500
processor: Panasonic CY-AC300
http://www.panasonic.ca/english/car/caraudio/CY-AC300.htm
WIRES
FUSES
2 5.6" monitors for headreasts


So I would recomend Boston Acoustic PRO speakers
AMP: Can't go wrong with ZAPCO
SUBS: Rockford Fosgate, Kaption, Boston Acoustic PRO, JL, JBL

nebular18
04-16-2002, 06:22 AM
Hmm i was thinking about going one step at a time. I think i am probably going to get a sub and an amp for now. Maybe will do a speaker change in the future.
Anyway do you think the stock BMW speakers is good enough for high and mid sounds? I heard that they are reasonable good for that, only thing is that they lack the lows (bass).

BTW sickfingars, your system is SWEET!!!!

MP328
04-16-2002, 04:54 PM
i just bought a 12" sub and i had an amp from before. i left everything else the same. all the speakers and the car deck as well. i just wanted the seats to shake a bit :)

i paid 600 for everything cuz the sub is real aluminum not the cheap mtx plastic. and box and install. was around 600 exactly.

nebular18
04-17-2002, 12:01 AM
mp328, so u kept the stock speakers? Was there much difference in the sound quality with an amp and sub?

SickFinga
04-17-2002, 12:06 PM
change your stock speakers, amp, deck.
Never upgrade you car audio from factory, unless you lease it and can do modifications.

nebular18
04-19-2002, 12:25 AM
Hi guys, thanks for all the advice.

I have once again decided to take the plunge and invest in a reasonably good sound system for my "wife". Cost way more than my initial budget, but resistance is futile.......can't resist the temption.

Oh well, bascially i got a set of focal polyglass tweeters and mids, a 10" focal sub in a custom made box, and a dimension amp with high quality cables. Oh, did i mention the Premier Pioneer DEH P740MP head unit? Keeping my stock rear coaxials for now.

The car is currently in the works, and will be back tomorrow. Will post the specs of the items i mentioned and some pics of the setup......:cool: