door speaker tutorial
Hi all, like alot of people on this forum, im into my music. anything from Jazz to Rock to Hiphop to Dance.
I really really need to upgrade the system but need help big time.
Its an S3 51plate and i have got the sub and amp ordered already. (Vibe)
Now, i dont want to put 6x9s in the parcell shelf so really just wanted all for door speakers and the tweeters replaced and upgraded.
I was thinking of getting a 4chan AMP to power them but need some stats on the size of speaker that will fit into the S3 front and rear door pannels.
I dont mind paying a fair whack for it all either, as long as there is going to be good noticable diference.
I hear that Rockford do powerful component as do the Polyglass range from Focal.
Can anyone guide me on the exact equipment i need if i want to keep my existing Symphony head unit which is the 6disk changer(built into dash) + tape option??
Also i would like to know what are the most high end door speakers i can buy which will fit into place of the existing one.
Im lazy so want the least hassell from all this possible
As always, any help is appreciated!!
No aftermarket speakers are a direct replacement in the S3. They all require adapter rings in order to fit properly. The fronts are 4" mids and 1" tweeters, though you can fit 5.25" units if they're pretty slim (50mm max depth). The rears are 6.5" coaxials (non Bose system). The rears are 4" on the Bose version.
The limiting factor is not the speakers it's the fact that they're mounted on a flimsy door card loosely clipped to the door, so spending a fortune on expensive components is money down the drain. I wouldn't spend more than £120 on the front components unless you're going for custom door builds.
The rears can accomodate pretty much anything but again they're mounted to the door card and positioned badly so anything beyond £60-£80 will be lost due to the poor quality mounting.
You'll also need the Blaupunkt RCA adapter in order to hook up a 4ch amp.
What this won't give you is an independent Sub level control as the Audi HU only has front & rear pre-outs, so you'll need to hook the sub up to the rears and either run the fronts & rears off the front pre-outs so you can use the fader to control the sub, or run the rears in tandem with the sub and rely on Bass adjustment to control it.
where do i get adaptor ring and how do they fit? can i use the existing wireing or would you recomend replacing?
The adapter rings fit to the door panel using the stock screws, then you fit the speaker to the adapter ring.
Don't buy the autoleads ones as they're crap. Your are actually better making your own from MDF if you're handy with a jigsaw. The plastic ones usually leave gaps between the door aperture and the cone and don't add any weight to the mounting. MDF at least gives the speaker something to kick against.