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Old 08-14-2006, 08:31 PM   #1
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Problems with quiet speakers

My setup:

9833 Alpine HU, 60W Vdrive.
MB Quart components in the front, 5.25 with 1" tweeters and crossover
Rear is stock.
Kicker 12" sub with an audiobahn amp

My front speakers are so quiet. I tried a different HU same problem, the rear fills the car, the fronts you can barely hear them.

What can be the problem?
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:37 PM   #2
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The fronts are not getting enough power. No headunit would be able to supple them with enough power. Most alpines are 22watt rms, you'll need closer to 60rms, maybe more depending on which components you got.

Most components are gonna need an amp to sound good.
Check the specs on the components and buy an amp to suit them.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:40 PM   #3
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damn, i dont want to run more cables to the trunk... so much work......

it's 27w rms.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:42 PM   #4
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Get lower quality speakers that dont require more power.
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:44 PM   #5
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I need components though, since I've got tweeters installed
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Old 08-15-2006, 12:40 AM   #6
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your MB quarts require 27RMS or your deck outputs 27 RMS? if its the speakers, they shouldn't be doing that, otherwise, you can purchase components that don't require that much power.

The only other thing I can think of might be the wiring. You bypassed the stock amp right??
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Old 08-16-2006, 08:21 AM   #7
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Hmmm I'm having the same problem but with my stock speakers. I posted this the other day. One day bam, the sound cut down so much it's not even funny. I'm going to try my HU swap to see if it's the unit or the BMW amp. It's almost the same problem as you but different..
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Old 08-17-2006, 07:24 PM   #8
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your MB quarts require 27RMS or your deck outputs 27 RMS? if its the speakers, they shouldn't be doing that, otherwise, you can purchase components that don't require that much power.

The only other thing I can think of might be the wiring. You bypassed the stock amp right??
I dont have a stock amp. My deck outputs 27RMS. they're 90W speakers. I guess i need to run an amp. damn i dont want to run wires to the trunk again..
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Old 08-17-2006, 08:34 PM   #9
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Your E36 should have a stock amp behind your c-Pillar. Unless it was taken out.
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Old 08-23-2006, 03:25 AM   #10
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pull the liner on the left side of the trunk, probably an amp there.... if so, bypass it.

I have mb quart components up front in the kicks, stock nokia mids, and an additional set of mb quart tweets in the stock tweeter location. I have a 4 channel amp pushing 65W RMS per channel and I'm still not satisfied... you need a juicer 2 channel, MB Quarts crave wattage!

...maybe a MB Quart RAA-2400:

...that'll do the trick.
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Old 08-24-2006, 07:55 PM   #11
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that's hot..

mine doesn't have an amp, trust me. I only have a 1 tweeter and a low in the kick panel.
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Old 09-08-2006, 05:02 PM   #12
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Hmmm, e36s have a stock amp? Are you telling me I may be able to put in the sub I thought I didn't have an amp for???
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Old 09-12-2006, 08:59 PM   #13
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some e36's have a stock amp used to power the speakers, if you want to power a sub, get a good amp
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Old 09-13-2006, 04:38 PM   #14
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IMHO this is the way it was designed, and it sounds just fine when you turn it up to a good (but not stupid) listening level. My 97 e36 with premium stereo is the same way. If I want to listen to it quietly, I fade it about 50% to the front.
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Old 09-15-2006, 10:09 AM   #15
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this systems are under powered,so to check to see if your speackers are work,put another one in place of the none working one...
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