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Old 12-13-2012, 12:44 AM
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Re: Center dash speaker

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This is true, but takes a lot of money (new comps, amps, wiring kits, adapters to make it work, hours of install time, etc). If you don't have the funds or huge need to do it all up front, replacing the the center dash speaker helps a bit, takes 15 min, and costs very little. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of money and time to make significant improvements on these systems.
Greetings,

I have to agree with on your commentary.

My long time friend owns a CLK550 Benz which has the Logic 7 built-in. The more I listen to it, the more I like the center channel and the overall effect. Our Great Alpine is not balanced properly between the speakers and power from the amp. Which is why the sound quality is hard to appreciate.

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Re: Center dash speaker

Great ideas here. I'm currently working on the same Alpine 10 speaker system in my new Ram. After driving/listening to a 14-speaker, 12 channel amp, 600W THXII system for 2 years, the Chrysler Alpine sounds pathetic. Lincoln truly did an excellent job on that system if you have not heard one. Anyway...I replaced all the dash speakers, and that helped some. I replaced the front mids with diamond audio, and made very little difference. 90% of the sound in the Ram comes from the dash. They use (3) 3.5" in the dash (instead of tweets in the door like WK2). The plan this summer is to add an amp to power the full Diamond Audio component set, and add an amp to power an aftermarket 10 or 12" sub. I'll leave (1) 3.5" center dash, and rear speakers will remain off factory alpine amp. There's just not enough power going to the front mids in the doors. An aftermarket amp powering a decent set of components + sub better help (or I give up). I know replacing the HU would make a world of difference (in sound and wallet), but that's not happening.
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I am currently buying all my audio for my install. I am doing Focal components, Focals for the rear doors, Alpine full range tweeters for the surround, JL Audio Stealthbox, and LC7i. The amp will be the PDX v9. The stock headunit will be left, along with the center channel. The amp will be wired for each.of the 4 doors on seperate channels, and the sub on the 5th channel. The stock amp is left to power the surround tweeters in the rear, and center channel. After looking reading and researching this appears to make awesome sound. I will make a thread in the spring time of the install.

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. An aftermarket amp powering a decent set of components + sub better help (or I give up). I know replacing the HU would make a world of difference (in sound and wallet), but that's not happening.
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Yes, an aftermarket amp will improve the sound of your speakers as mentioned. I am not sure on the Diamond speakers, the sensitive rating might require extra power to drive it correctly. Therefore, a good quality aftermarket amp will work.

Since you are considering leaving the headunit, you might want to check into an additional processor later on to enhance and fine tune and still use the factory amp to power the rest of the speakers and provide the DSP steering to the speakers (see my previous post in this thread).

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Re: Center dash speaker

Hi,i don't mean to hijack but i had the base 6 speaker system and now i have 9 speaker Alpine setup with amp for door speakers and a sub/amp , i want to add the center speaker but wouldn't i need a 5 channel amp in order to add it? Thanks
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Hi,i don't mean to hijack but i had the base 6 speaker system and now i have 9 speaker Alpine setup with amp for door speakers and a sub/amp , i want to add the center speaker but wouldn't i need a 5 channel amp in order to add it? Thanks
Greetings,

Based upon the information you have provided, I will assume that the front door is a component system consisting for a mid-bass woofer and a tweeter with the rear door being the same set up. The subwoofer will then be the 9th speaker and nothing on the rear hatch.

Most 5-channel aftermarket amps are geared to drive the door speakers and the sub woofer. Their is way to much gain and power for a center channel. IMO, unless you add a DSP processor for tuning, I would not bother with a center channel. To bridge the signals of the left and right channel will not leave you with any time alignment settings or eq control for the important midrange frequencies.

IF you want to add a center channel, then look for a lower power 2 channel amp. Then you can look later down the road for a DSP processor such as the Alpine PXA-H800 or the JBL MS-8.


Otherwise, if your system is what I described above, then if you want to have the center channel effect, look into this product from Kicker. You do not have to add a center channel speaker or an amp.

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