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Speaker replacement reccomendations

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:54 pm
by Marc-j
Not very keen on the standard audio system on my z4, being the 6 speaker base spec system.

From what I've read in other threads:

Tweeter 4ohm
Door speaker: Non existent but 4ohm when fitted 4"
Footwell: 2ohm 6.5"

Based on those sizes, what would you guys recommend? I'm a total novice when it comes to car audio, although I do know my way around a car. I'd like to avoid crossovers and anything amplified, just a simple plug and play type thing with a bit of modifying the wiring harnesses where needed.

Thanks in advance

Speaker replacement reccomendations

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:47 am
by dhobbs
I put some Pioneer 4" 2 way speakersin the door (used the tweeter wiring).
I'm planning on putting some 6x9 in the cubby holes and using the wiring from the rear speakers (disconnecting them at the same time)
I may replace the footwell ones but one thing at a time.

I'll be interested in what others recommend too.
Daz

Speaker replacement reccomendations

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:54 am
by cj10jeeper
I added door speakers as above. Can't remember the make, but note that standard bmw speakers in the doors have a triangular base and 3 bolt mount compared to the standard more square 4 bolt mount. Some inner doorcard fettling is required and they need to be shallow enough to clear the glass

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Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:43 pm
by Marc-j
Thanks for the pointers so far, I'm leaning away from upgrading the 6.5" footwell sub as I have read that it can be a bit disappointing vs the OEM performance anyway, presumably because you're still using the Headhunt amp.

Am I right in thinking that crossovers are not required if I splice into the tweeter before the in-line capacitor? Or would it be better to buy a component system with crossovers and wire the tweeter in to the crossover and then out of the crossover to the tweeter and 4".

Is there any benefit from doing this?

Speaker replacement reccomendations

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:57 pm
by dhobbs
I disconnected the tweeters as the new door ones were two way, mid and a tweeter.

Can't remember if the existing tweeters have capacitors.

Speaker replacement reccomendations

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:16 pm
by Bluecat
Theres a really good post on here somewhere in the how to section showing a step by step guide to fitting speakers in the doors where the blanking plates are. I did this on my 2008 coupe and the improvement in sound quality is amazing.

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Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:32 pm
by Marc-j
Yeah I've had a read of it, very good write up :) What speakers did you fit? I don't know if to go component systems or as dhobbs has and fit 4" two way co-ax in the doors.

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Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:16 pm
by vester86
I went for a set of 3-way Focal http://www.focal.com/en/car-audio/car-a ... /ps-165-f3
I really like it, especially the mids & the high tones. Also the soundstage is massivly improved, The lows are going really deep (sub low) but i'm missing a little body sometimes.

Speaker replacement reccomendations

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:34 pm
by Marc-j
That system would be my ideal, but it's a bit outside of where my budget is sitting at the moment. I've spent a lot on the z recently and the wifes patience will eventually wear out :rofl: besides, the system I had in my Kuga which was the basic Titanium sport system, was perfectly adequate for me - so I'm just looking to replicate that really.

Was looking at something like this to get me going http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/speaker ... ance-pc100

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Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:02 am
by dhobbs
Those focal look good, not bad price either.
As with any audio setup it's important to set a budget as we all know it the law of diminishing returns.
Adding the door speakers will make a big difference anyway. Go for it :thumbsup:

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Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:04 am
by dhobbs
Whilst you have the door cards off its a good idea to check the door seal/membrane for any tears or if it's come unstuck. This will stop water leaks later on.
Kill two birds with one stone.

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Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:08 pm
by vester86
Make that 3, by adding some sound deadener/dynamat to the doors.

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Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:50 pm
by Bluecat
I used the Hertz DCx100 as recommended in the write up. £42 on Ebay from Fast Audio direct

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Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:32 pm
by chapeau
I'm hoping to tackle something similar in the summer. Door sound deadening and speakers. I'm not a massive music man but would like some extra sound as the current basic system is lacking volume. I'll probably just buy some of the Philips BMW speakers that came out of a Z4 off ebay as I know they'll fit ok.

Speaker replacement reccomendations

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:29 am
by soundb0y
Also interested in hearing about replacement tweeters that fit as one of mine has blown.