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Quick 15 minute job. Replaced with Polk Audio DB351 3.5" speaker. Went with this one because of the 91db sensitivity.

Bottom line...it's worth the minimal money and time. It does not change the overall sound of the system at all, but the increase in bluetooth phone conversation sound is worth every penny.

They came with bass blockers, but I installed it without it because the factory amp should block enough bass with its crossover points.

I still have a speaker left if anyone is interested. $25 shipped. $20 for anyone in MA who wants to pick it up. Live in Upton, work in Newton.
 

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. It does not change the overall sound of the system at all, but the increase in bluetooth phone conversation sound is worth every penny.
That is right what I am looking for! Is it clearer? More details for a deaf guy (volume is good just sometimes figuring out if the letter is a d or a g is hard) please:)
 

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Bottom line...it's worth the minimal money and time. It does not change the overall sound of the system at all, but the increase in bluetooth phone conversation sound is worth every penny.
Greetings,

However, whenever you upgrade to an additional processor and play with the phasing, time alignment and some eq, I bet you will say it changed the overall sound quality.

Best for now.:)
 

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Thanks for the Polk 3.5. Installed it today and did notice a little cleaner sound from the front. Thanks again.:thumbsup:
You're welcome.

Yeah...not night and day, but now I can hear people on the phone much better.
 

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I agree. It's not a huge difference, but it does clear/crisp up the highs. The OE speaker is very muddy.
 

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I got one of those Polks from Ants818 when he offered it up and I have to say that it does brighten the Highs and the mids coming from the center channel but I am still trying to figure out how to sharpen the mids that are being produced by the awful 6X9's in the door.

At first I used to think the system in the laredo E sounded better than the premium system but now I don't feel that way anymore.

The premium system still needs work but it is getting closer to acceptable.
 

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but I am still trying to figure out how to sharpen the mids that are being produced by the awful 6X9's in the door.
Greetings,

In all honesty, to sharpen the mids would require the replacement of the OE 6X9. IMO, a traditional 6.5 midbass/midrange speaker is would do the trick. As I tell folks looking to upgrade, you have to spend money. For this would require an aftermarket equipment such as an amp, loc and of course quality speakers. The key is the crossover point between the woofer and the tweeter. The crossover can be either the following: a traditional passive, a passive that always you to bi-amp in conjunction with a 4 channel amp, or go fully active via a DSP unit ($$$$).

The other choice if you are going to keep the 6x9 and did not change the head unit is to change the head unit to a better quality. For example, head units with navi from Kenwood and JVC have 13 band eqs. Alpine DVD unit has a 9 band parametric eq. You can play with mid range frequencies to help improve the mid sound as best as possible.

Best for now.:)
 

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Greetings,

In all honesty, to sharpen the mids would require the replacement of the OE 6X9. IMO, a traditional 6.5 midbass/midrange speaker is would do the trick. As I tell folks looking to upgrade, you have to spend money. For this would require an aftermarket equipment such as an amp, loc and of course quality speakers. The key is the crossover point between the woofer and the tweeter. The crossover can be either the following: a traditional passive, a passive that always you to bi-amp in conjunction with a 4 channel amp, or go fully active via a DSP unit ($$$$).

The other choice if you are going to keep the 6x9 and did not change the head unit is to change the head unit to a better quality. For example, head units with navi from Kenwood and JVC have 13 band eqs. Alpine DVD unit has a 9 band parametric eq. You can play with mid range frequencies to help improve the mid sound as best as possible.

Best for now.:)

I completely agree with your statement about upgrading to good stuff.
It was never my intention to yank out the entire system in this car but since I have usually upgraded everything in my previous cars, it is making this factory system sound even worse.


I am leaning toward some 6.5 like you say.

With the exchange of the center speaker making an improvement I will continue with replacing speaker for now.
 

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it is making this factory system sound even worse.
Greetings,

Remember, we are dealing with a 7.1 Surround Sound DSP in the factory amp. Some of the problem is that the predetermined time alignment and eq is geared for the OEM speakers. Also, I not sure which head unit you have, the 430's are from Mitsubishi, which are not know for their sound quality. This is why in your case it might be a great first step to change the head unit as I mentioned before.

When I start my system tear down later this summer, I have to consider a new DSP or piggy back a DSP to the factory system. Which means do I go with the JBL MS-8 or Alpine PXA-H800 as the direct surround processor or keep the factory and piggy back the BITOne, PS-8, or Helix.

I just hate it when you go for sound quality it means more $$$$ .

Best for now.:)
 

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What's involved with changing out the front dash speaker to this polk that you're all talking about? Theres a thread for changing out the door speakers with supposedly good results.
 

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What's involved with changing out the front dash speaker to this polk that you're all talking about? Theres a thread for changing out the door speakers with supposedly good results.
Actual work involved :

Pop off panel in dash: 1 minute
Unscrew 2 bolts holding on speaker: 2 minutes
Cut old wires, connect to new speaker: 10 minutes
Bolt in new speaker: 2 minutes
Pop on panel: 30 seconds
 

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When you're cutting these old wires for the 2014 is it an easy connection to the new center dash speaker that will be installed?
 

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When you're cutting these old wires for the 2014 is it an easy connection to the new center dash speaker that will be installed?
Same as connecting any speaker.

Will this be your first speaker change?

You just have to cut the old wires, go to radio shack and get some connectors, crimp them onto the old wires and connect to the new speaker.
 
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