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Wake27 11-13-2013 01:17 PM

Upgrading just the base speakers?
 
So I was actually pretty impressed with the stock 5.0 system in my Laredo when I got it. I would like to know what options I have for improving the sound down the road though. I know almost nothing about audio stuff but my biggest desire is for the sound quality to just be improved, along with being able to turn it up kinda loud. I like bass to be there and hit some, but not overwhelmingly. Maybe the best way to put it is I'm about 70% satisfied with the stock system but just want a little more. My last car (2006 330I) had the Logoc 7 system which I was about 90% happy with I guess. My question is, how much of an improvement would it make to just replace the stock speakers but not the head unit? Would thy even be possible or would it just be a complete waste? I've read on here that there's a good audio shop in VA beach that I'd probably look into doing any of the work. Appreciate any help.

Bake 11-13-2013 11:00 PM

Re: Upgrading just the base speakers?
 
you can add an aftermarket amp and sub to the stock head unit without any issues. install a bass control knob so that you can control the amount of bass you want to hear.

if you want just better sound quality, you can replace the factory speakers without having to upgrade the stock head unit or stock amp. your local audio shop should be able to give you some suggestions based on price and quality. i replaced my speakers without upgrading the factory amp or head unit and i'm very happy with my decision.

CHALLENGERBIZJET 11-13-2013 11:09 PM

Bake what did you replace your stock speakers with and what size speakers did you use and what locations did you change?? Did you dynomat the doors?? Did you also change the dash speaker??

Bake 11-13-2013 11:32 PM

Re: Upgrading just the base speakers?
 
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Originally Posted by CHALLENGERBIZJET (Post 930096)
Bake what did you replace your stock speakers with and what size speakers did you use and what locations did you change?? Did you dynomat the doors?? Did you also change the dash speaker??

i went with the Hybrid Audio Imagine series 5 1/4 components in the front and rear but did not replace the dash speaker. no dynomat for now. just direct speaker replacement. i'm really happy with the decision so far. :thumbsup:

CHALLENGERBIZJET 11-14-2013 11:10 AM

Did you use 6x9 in the doors or 6.5???

CHALLENGERBIZJET 11-14-2013 11:10 AM

Did you replace the tweeters?

Bake 11-14-2013 11:56 AM

Re: Upgrading just the base speakers?
 
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Originally Posted by CHALLENGERBIZJET (Post 930323)
Did you use 6x9 in the doors or 6.5???

my appologies, 6.5's in the front and 5.25's in the rear.
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Originally Posted by CHALLENGERBIZJET (Post 930324)
Did you replace the tweeters?

Yes, did a component set that consisted of a driver and tweeter.

CHALLENGERBIZJET 11-14-2013 06:36 PM

Sounds good I'm looking for an upgrade to my factory 2014 overland system.

magiaone 11-15-2013 08:26 PM

Was it a straight swap with an adapter or jumper harnesses?

Bake 11-16-2013 11:58 AM

Re: Upgrading just the base speakers?
 
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Originally Posted by magiaone (Post 930991)
Was it a straight swap with an adapter or jumper harnesses?

I had them professionally installed, not sure what they used.

kkreit01 11-19-2013 10:22 AM

Re: Upgrading just the base speakers?
 
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Originally Posted by magiaone (Post 930991)
Was it a straight swap with an adapter or jumper harnesses?

Nothing is a straight swap -- unless you go with the Mopar Kicker upgrade. Everything else will require a wiring harness, tapping the OE wires, or cutting/soldering OE wires. In the case of using different sizes (5.24 in a 6.5 hole, or 6.5 in a 6x9 hole), you'll also need to buy or make your own adapter plates.

CHALLENGERBIZJET 11-19-2013 01:54 PM

With just replacing the speakers there's still the issue with the current head unit where you have to turn it up to between 18-22 before any real sound kicks in..anything before that and the sound is very low so perhaps that's where the amp would improve the whole scenario in addition to the speaker replacement.


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