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    Would I benefit from new speakers?

    Kind of a stupid question but I've never upgraded my speakers with a car computer. My audio with a car computer has never been as good as it was with a regular pre-amped CD player for obvious reasons but I've lived with it, especially since I got the low end covered with a subwoofer. The stock speakers by themselves put out a pretty shrieking quality of sound though, no low end at all.

    So I got a $50 Futureshop gift card, was thinking about picking up a 2 pack of speakers for $80 or so, would this make much difference in sound you think? My stock ones might even be blown, I can't tell with the computer sound quality.
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    Well, after you determine whether or not the speakers are blown, you might benefit more from putting a crossover in place. Are you after SQ or SPL? I'm under the impression you have an amplifier in place to power your front stage, so correct me if I'm wrong.

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    wait, so your saying that the audio quality is worse with the carpc then when you had a standard HU?

    if this is the case, a soundcard might help.

    cheap aftermarket speakers are usually just above the quality of factory speakers, so you might hear a difference, but you might not..

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    I do have an amplifier powering my speakers but there's no pre-amp so it sounds.....okay. And I'm after total SQL, I don't care about feeling the music. Even though I listen to rap.
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    I'm a big proponent of crossovers and helping the speaker to the best of their ability. Speakers aren't meant to play all frequencies and are more so designed to play in ranges. Unfortunately, stock speaker systems come with very limited (if any) EQ/crossover options. A good crossover can help out in a lot of cases. And better speakers, as well.

    As far as speakers, look around for what you like. Sample a lot of diff types if you have the chance. There are a lot of options, and I'm also fond of shopping craigslist. People upgrade all the time, and you know what they say about one man's trash being another man's treasure. Just make sure that you get a chance to demo them.

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    i kind of doubt your after 'total sql' otherwise, you would have already upgraded your speakers, probably would have considered active x-overs, or custom-built x-overs, or amps that might have cost more then your first car, and are always considering ways to improve driver staging...

    good clarity yes, but 'total sq' is a little up there...


    i have liked, and always recommended 2-way speakers as good starters, because they have a good balance between low cost, and noticeable sound quality..

    after 2-way's don't satisfy your needs, component sets are the next step.

    and after you notice the component sets don't do so well, active x-overs are the next step (at least, this is the way i progressed)

    the overall cost is very tough to nail down-- my first set of aftermarket speakers were $10/pair. after that, i paid $400 total for a component pioneer set+ some kenwood 2-ways. my current setup blows all of them out of the water, and cost less then $150 total for 2 separate 6.5" drivers, and 2 separate 1-1/8" tweeters..



    Quote Originally Posted by whats77inaname View Post
    There are a lot of options, and I'm also fond of shopping craigslist. People upgrade all the time, and you know what they say about one man's trash being another man's treasure. Just make sure that you get a chance to demo them.
    that is super important. unless you can get the parts for less then $20, i never touch anything without hearing it play...
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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i kind of doubt your after 'total sql' otherwise, you would have already upgraded your speakers, probably would have considered active x-overs, or custom-built x-overs, or amps that might have cost more then your first car, and are always considering ways to improve driver staging...

    good clarity yes, but 'total sq' is a little up there...


    i have liked, and always recommended 2-way speakers as good starters, because they have a good balance between low cost, and noticeable sound quality..

    after 2-way's don't satisfy your needs, component sets are the next step.

    and after you notice the component sets don't do so well, active x-overs are the next step (at least, this is the way i progressed)

    the overall cost is very tough to nail down-- my first set of aftermarket speakers were $10/pair. after that, i paid $400 total for a component pioneer set+ some kenwood 2-ways. my current setup blows all of them out of the water, and cost less then $150 total for 2 separate 6.5" drivers, and 2 separate 1-1/8" tweeters..





    that is super important. unless you can get the parts for less then $20, i never touch anything without hearing it play...
    My first car was $20,000.

    I might have misrepresented myself......I've never upgraded the speakers in MY car before. I've been running stock since I bought this car 5 years ago but I am after total SQL.....just could never afford it and other things took priority. I did have a nice system in a car that someone else owned and I drove, it was 2 4x6 Rockford Fosgate 2 ways, 2 6x9 Rockford Fosgate 2 ways, a ported 12 inch HE2 in a specialty built box, monoblock Rockford m250 amplifier and JVC KD-LX30 El-Kameleon CD player. Sounded great and hit 137.5 decibels in a DB drag competition.

    Until I t-boned a guy and wrote the car off, sending the stereo to the wreckers with it.
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    well then, have you looked into carpc controlled audio processing?

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    I'd recommend demoing:

    -Hybrid Audio Technologies
    -Focal
    -Image Dynamics

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    Okay.......but I can upgrade to really nice speakers in the future, right now I just want to know if some free ones will help me or not. And by free I mean I have that $50 Futureshop gift card I can use so something in the $80 - $100 range.....almost free. For 2 speakers.
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