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doof

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I'm trying to improve the sound in my '6 and I'm looking to get some new speakers but don't really know much about car audio.

The head unit is a Sony GT550ui - http://www.sony.co.uk/support/en/product/CDX-GT550UI
My mrs has kindly just bought me a very small under the seat sub (want to be able to drop the seats and throw 2 mountain bikes in the back so no daft subs. - http://www.caraudiocentre.co.uk/reviews_m-kenwood-ksc-sw01_p-25624.htm

So, speakers. I was about to buy some Alpine SXE1725s but thought I'd just get a few opinions and maybe see what options are available if I wanted to spend a little more.

I don't want to spend a fortune. £100 for all 4 max really. Also, I want them to fit in the standard speaker holes.

Thoughts?
Posted 3rd Dec 2012 at 22:36
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Alpine are very good, can't remember what range are the decent ones, have like a s written on them iirc

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Posted 3rd Dec 2012 at 22:39
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Not a lot fits to be honest stick with the alpine s they fit Thumbs up
Posted 3rd Dec 2012 at 22:39
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Oh alpine s lol Laugh my ass off

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Posted 3rd Dec 2012 at 22:40
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Fair enough. They're only £60 a pair as well which is pretty good. Hopefully they'll work well with the wee sub under the seat (which might feel nice too as a bonus Wink).
Posted 3rd Dec 2012 at 22:41
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Posted 3rd Dec 2012 at 22:44
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Not the ones I was thinking of No No

There grey iirc with an s on them

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Posted 3rd Dec 2012 at 22:47
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I'll have to keep looking. Their website only lists tweeters in the type-s category - http://www.alpine.co.uk/p/Products/speakers15

But saying that I spotted some on google images that looked bigger and had an 's' on them. Wonder if they're discontinued.
Posted 3rd Dec 2012 at 22:54
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I have a full genesis system for sale. Amp, 6x9's, mids, crossovers and tweeters. Flawless sound. Cost me over £700 want £300 ono

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 08:06
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Or buy sebs Thumbs up shame he can only afford £100!

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 08:18
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I'm in pretty much the same boat as the OP when it comes to audio equipment.

Can some kind soul please point me in the direction of some good quality Alpine speakers for both the doors and the rear shelf? I have a stealth shelf. They must fit in both shelf and doors with no mods and be a noticeable upgrade to the standard ones, also I want them to be Alpine. I've had a look on their website but don't really know which ones are best. Cost isn't a problem, thanks for the help. Smile

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 10:15
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Buy sebs setup? Far better than the alpine kit.

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 10:52
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Doesn't it go E the s**t ones, S and then R being the 'better' ones?

A friends dad used to be a vehicle audio dealer years ago and I am sure he once rattled off a lot of info about which to go for - but I paid about as much attention as the wife did when I explained to her the tensioner differences over 136 and 137t cambelt kits.

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 11:47
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I got the alpine stuff. I run type s in the front, type r on the back shelf and 4 tweeters plus an alpine amp and type r 10" sub through an all singing all dancing alpine stereo. Sounds the nuts when it's set right. Smile
Must get Gary to set it up again since my battery went flat. Smile

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 15:12
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i would be really interested how the under seat sub performs mate as i asked if anyone had one or had heard one on here a few days ago and the replies was not very positiveDunno
Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 16:57
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Reviews of the sub seemed positive from what I read. Obviously it's not going to shake the panels...but that's not what I'm really after! Won't be able to report back 'til after Christmas though as it's a pressie but will try to remember to write something up.

At the minute it's way too tinny and just needs something low down so hopefully it'll fit the bill. I wonder if I'll be able to hear it over the exhaust at 70mph.
Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 17:21
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webster wrote:
Buy sebs setup? Far better than the alpine kit.


That's fine, but really I only want to upgrade the speakers. I already have a nice Alpine head unit which I'm happy with. Yes

Aaron, when you fitted the speakers in the doors and shelf were they a direct fit? Dunno

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 19:08
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^ cost is not an issue with this multi millionaire. (If only the misses knew)LOL

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 21:05
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To be honest I don't know what all the fuss is about when it comes to fitting speakers in the doors. If you buy a reasonable set of components they will come with parts to aid fitting. If you look at my Alpines below you will see a plastic ring fitted behind the speaker which was in the box. I think IIRC I slightly enlarged the top and bottom of the metal skin so the basket of the woofer wouldn't foul, then fabricated a piece of thick plastic to 'step back' the window runner to make enough depth for the magnet.

Really was quite simple. It all hides behind the standard grill as well you wouldn't even know they've been played with.

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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 21:14
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that's a serious amount of anti-vibe material you got there mate if thats what it isUnsure
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Posted 4th Dec 2012 at 22:11
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Darkgti6 - I see what you're saying, I don't mind having to make "slight" mods, but would rather they were a direct fit bar obviously the electrical connections.

So, can anyone offer me a link of some that will fit and sound much better than standard?

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Posted 5th Dec 2012 at 06:11
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stan_306gti6 wrote:
webster wrote:
Buy sebs setup? Far better than the alpine kit.


That's fine, but really I only want to upgrade the speakers. I already have a nice Alpine head unit which I'm happy with. Yes

Aaron, when you fitted the speakers in the doors and shelf were they a direct fit? Dunno
Matt fitted the door speakers. They looks tad to big the covers just fit. Type shelf is Gary's old one which he modified and wired up. I'll take some pictures later and bug them up. Wink

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Posted 5th Dec 2012 at 07:05
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Ok cheers Aaron, so the answer really is no then...LOL

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Posted 5th Dec 2012 at 07:10
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I had some larger speakers fitted in my doors & they didn't
Sound as good as I expected, I looked at the holes in the std grille & they looked a tad small so I spent an hour with a manual hand drill & opened them all up slightly, the difference in sound quality & reduced door card resonance was amazingYes

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Posted 5th Dec 2012 at 07:46
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stan_306gti6 wrote:
Ok cheers Aaron, so the answer really is no then...LOL
Well, they are in there. LOL

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