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Old 03-05-2013, 07:45 PM
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Not sure if this helps, i replaced the speakers in my truck with alpine type r i had a processor installed and another amp an alpine pdx - v9 i removed the 8 inch sub and stick box and now the stock alpine amp only powers the tweeters and 6x9 and the other amp powers 2 10 inch subs i had installed, the sound is amazing! It had the alpine 500w system from the factory and there is a night and day difference now. When i had it installed they said the stock amp was not enough to power everything and changing just the speakers was pointless...
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Re: Simple Upgrade?

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Has anyone ACTUALLY changed out their center dash speaker? If so, which one did you use?
Yes I have. As stated above, I used some-what old school Alpine 3.5". It sounds great compared to stock. They are Made in Korea (not China). I found a new set on ebay. Here's a link to them:

Alpine SPS-080A 3-1/2" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com

I used the other for the center in my Ram (same pathetic system).
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Re: Simple Upgrade?

I don't have personal experience with either the Alpine's above or these MTX's

MTX TDX35 Thunder 3-1/2" Coaxial Speaker Pair 267-659

The alpines have a sensitivity of 88db, while the MTX's have a sensitivity of 92db. If you're not powering this speaker with an aftermarket amp, the higher sensitivity should produce more volume.
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:58 PM
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Re: Simple Upgrade?

I just swapped out my center speaker with Polk Audio DXi350 3.5" Coaxial Speaker as part of my stage II audio upgrade. It only took about 20 minutes. The Polk's came with bass blockers but I didn't use them. I didn't see one with the factory setup so I just did a direct swap using a harness (see pic). I figured after a total cost of about $3k what's another $60. I would have also changed the two rear 2.5" speakers but can't find anything worth the trouble.

Last summer I had the amp and stealthbox installed. Now, I will have the factory amp powering just the center and the rear 2.5" speakers, while the JL amp powers the stealthbox, focal components and focal coaxials. It's amazing what garbage is thrown into these factory systems. I know in the grand scheme of things with my setup the center channel doesn't really play a big role but with the center channel being step one, I was able to hear a very noticeable difference. The highs were crisp and the vocals were louder and clearer. My only concern is that the factory speaker had a fabric grille (see pic) but the polk doesn't have any protection from lint ect, probably not a big deal. So, if you're looking for a 'simple upgrade', the center channel will definitely be worth the few bucks!

Since you can only buy these things in pairs, I have an extra harness and Polk speaker if anybody's interested.
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Re: Simple Upgrade?

^ I don't think anybody would want to buy the speaker in the pics.
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I don't either! That is to show what the stock speaker looks like. The speaker I'm talking about is the other Polk i didn't install. I didn't show a pic because you could just simply follow the link i created for several pics, info and where i bought it.

Unless you are joking, lol.
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Re: Simple Upgrade?

Just joking. I knew it was the marvelous OE Chrysler Alpine dash speaker. I have 6 of the same in my basement.
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Re: Simple Upgrade?

Thanks gents, my experience is the same as most of yours, the power needed a step up to drive the main four doors and upgraded sub, let alone the satellites and center.

Per your suggestions, I may just go ahead and upgrade the chryco/alpine/chinese center, much appreciated.
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Haha I was gonna say, I think we all bought those speakers lol
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Re: Simple Upgrade?

The Alpine name is strictly a marketing ploy. The Alpine speakers in the WK2 are not even remotely close to being Alpine speakers.

Maybe the amp is made by Alpine, but the speakers are totally not!
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since you can only buy these things in pairs, i have an extra harness and polk speaker if anybody's interested.
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