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Just replaced stock speakers - how bad is the stock deck?
These standard speakers were killing me! I'm a mild audiophile and couldn't deal with the crappy audio on my 45 min daily commute.
I didn't spluge on expensive speakers as I had no plans to replace the stock deck. I bought some Pioneer 6x9's for the rear and 6x8's up front. My first impressions aren't good - everything sounds very mediocre and there is no range to my music. Is this a limitation of the stock (6CD) deck? Should I be looking to get a new unit in order to achieve what I'm wanting?
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Don't know how much did the audio quality change since the series I cars, but when I replaced the speakers with good quality ones (Focal), the sound became much better. Especially by using component speakers in the front. So the problem may be partially due to the speakers you used. You can try to go the component route and see if that helps. They are not necessarily too expensive either. Choose speakers with high sensitivity.
Later I did add a 5-channel amp and sub and things got better of course, but my main reason for the amp was rather to drive the sub, in addition to have a bit more power.
So I'm basically saying that the stock non-Bose deck's sound quality is not that bad...
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I have stock speakers and a 800wat sony explode amp with a jbl 12" in the trunk all hooked up to the stock system sounds great just a bit of trunk rattle but I also have the amp turned down to less than half. When I turn it up I can't hear the music in between base notes and also the base on the HU is 0 so its all amp pushing the bass.
I ripped mine out, put a Alpine W200 with Ipod attachment, dvd bypass, alpine blackbird (GPS) with a wireless remote and the steering wheel control is on the way. I'll probably upgrade the speakers and add amp/sub. Why drive a nice ride with just an ok sound system. Yea the metra kit was a pain to install but I think it's worth it. I did all the work myself and if I can do it, anyone can. It is a bit of a head ache though...
i agree bose used to mean quality and i guess it does , they just need to stay out of the car stereo realm they are way to integrated that make it a pain in th a$$ to up grade right now i'm having trouble gettin ma AC to come back and i welcome any suggestions on gettin my air back on the metra kit is not that great plug and play my a$$