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Old 09-25-2010, 06:34 PM   #1
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Just upgraded my speakers!!

2010 Sport 2 door.
I just upgraded the soundbar and dash speakers with Memphis 2-way 6.5" Street series.
Soundbar install was a piece of cake, but it took a little ingenuity to secure the speakers since they would just flop around if you try to pressure fit them like the factory garbage was. I ended up using the trim rings that came with the speakers, popped up into the speaker openings and ran a couple screws up through the speaker and into the trim rings. This worked pretty well, it sandwiches the soundbar plastic between the trim ring and the speaker.
The dash speakers required a bit more work. Had to unbolt the dash trim on both sides and pull it back. Then there are these plastic boxes that house the speakers that you have to unbolt and remove. I had to drill a couple of holes in the boxes to mount the speakers, and I filled the boxes with poly-fill while i was at it.
Sound quality is much improved, but a good set of speakers REALLY expose the poor quality of the factory head unit. Bass distortion is terrible, so I had to turn the bass down to 5 on satellite and 0 on am/fm, cd and aux. Once you hit 20 on the volume, the sound quality really goes to hell. I'm assuming because of the low power of the factory head unit. But with proper settings and at moderate volume, it sounds much better. Highs are nice and bright, mids are tight, but I can't comment on the bass since I had to turn it down, but what I can still hear sounds good.
So, I'll be replacing the head unit with a good aftermarket piece, hopefully before too long.

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Old 09-25-2010, 06:56 PM   #2
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those are some decent speakers, you should have put in a set of components in the soundbar, makes a world of difference at high volume, less distortion.

you will be really happy with those speakers once you get a new headunit.

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Old 09-25-2010, 07:04 PM   #3
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i'm thinking the driver's dash speaker might be out of phase. after another listen, the passenger side is not distorting so much.
i thought about components for the bar, putting the tweets in the open holes next to the speakers. but, i'm on a pretty tight budget and i wanted a quality set of speakers. i got the 2 pairs for $90 at my buddy's shop. it's still a huge difference over the stockers. i couldn't believe how cheap the stock speakers are. thin paper cones, really light magnets and the coup de grace, MADE IN CHINA stamped on the back.
i'm thinking of going with the clarion cx609 for the head unit. i had the step down cx400 in my last 2 cars and was very pleased with it. i ran memphis speakers in those as well. what the clarions lack in looks, they make up for in sound quality.
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Old 09-26-2010, 03:32 AM   #4
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see if you can find the Headunit-pioneer DEH-P6900ub, its what i have, its got a 7 band eq and good power to it with a built in ipod interface, and much more, one of the best units i've owned.

installing the tweeters for the components was easy just needed to drill a small hole for the wires and a mounting screw.

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Old 09-26-2010, 09:23 AM   #5
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pretty neat looking setup!!
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:25 PM   #6
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after getting a printout of the wire colors, i went back through the wiring. 3 of the 4 speakers were OUT of phase. so i rewired them. sound is a bit more crisp, but the distortion is still there, maybe even a little worse. can't wait to get a new head unit......
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How did it work out? What radio did you get?
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:58 PM   #8
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i went with the clarion cx609, which made all the difference in the world. 90% of the bass distortion is gone, but the dash speaker pods are still causing a bit (i know this for sure after some experimenting), so i'm looking for a solution.
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Try adjusting the fade and balance so you hear the sound bar speakers a bit more so the dash speakers distortion can't be heard. This is what I do in my YJ with stock 1992 dash speakers lmao. Works great
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:53 AM   #10
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that does work, but i completely lose the imaging i was working to achieve in the first place. i can fiddle with the myriad of settings on the head unit and make the distortion go away, but then i lose ALL low end frequencies.

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