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Simby 02-13-2005 12:03 AM

upgrading car CD deck
Hey. So the sound in my E46 isn't that great in my opinion. Sound ain't powerful, not much bass. It's the stock business CD system. So I went to A&B Sound today to look at the Alpine decks. I'm talking to the salesguy and he asked what car I was installing it for. I told him a 2000 BMW. He's like, there's no point in the getting this. You would notice almost no difference. The system in your car should be awesome. So I guess if he's the salesguy and telling me I don't need a new deck, is he right? What's your guy's stock sound system sound like? How to improve without spending tons of cash? A deck for 300-400 with the nice lights and all seemed reasonable but not if it does nothing besides for looking nice.

Nascar318is 02-15-2005 08:27 AM

My 94 had the stock system when I bought it..sounded good but like you not alot of Bass. Ripped out the old deck(tape) and put in a CD player with an amp and 2 10" subs. I left the tweeters cause they actually sound not too bad. So I guess what he is saying is if you install a deck throw in a whole new system.....Cause if you want more bass you'll some subs...

Mystikal 02-15-2005 12:34 PM

Adding the deck is absolutely pointless in an E46.

The speakers all have retarded impedance ratings, so you can't run them off the headunit amplifier (some people have done it, I wouldn't recommend it), so you're looking at replacing all of the speakers as well as the deck. After that, you'll still have no bass. Now you have to get another amplifier and a subwoofer.

You could just add an amplifier plus subwoofer and tap the signal off the rear speakers, and that would give you the bass you're looking for. If you're going to do anything first, go this route.

Simby 02-17-2005 12:49 AM

Bah. Sounds like too much work and I don't feel like sinking in that much money for it. Thanks for the replies.

Mystikal 02-17-2005 01:19 PM

Yup. You're at my stage. I just gave up on the E46. :D

kornstar369 02-28-2005 09:49 PM

well...add an rca a cheap amp and a single 12 inch and your set....stock system with more bass....without spending alot of dough.....

go to and check for stuff

c ya

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