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Old 14th February 2008, 15:17   #1
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Default Decent replacement swap-in speakers?

I have a 75 Club CDT Tourer from 2002, with the basic sound system (CD changer in glove box). I don't have a lot of money to splash around at the moment but I was wondering whether it would be worth simply replacing the existing speakers with better ones, and if so can anyone recommend me some? I understand that I'll get better sound if I make MDF baffles to mount in the doors but I don't see myself getting round to doing that any time soon.
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Old 14th February 2008, 23:16   #2
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The trouble with upgrading the speakers is that the headunit that drives them needs to take advantage of the improved speakers. This usually involves being able to provide higher power outputs across a larger spread of fequencies. Unfortunately the OEM equipment is matched to the speakers provided and putting better quality speakers in my result in decreased performance.

What is needed is an amplifier that can drive the new speakers to their full potential (The Harmon Kardon upgrade offered at the factory was one such option available to new 75's/ZT's and uses improved speakers and an amplifier to provide a richer sound).

Unless you are willing to go the whole hog and fit both speakers and an amp or a newer headunit then you may find that you will be disapointed with the results. That said, quite a few members have been satisfied by replacing the OEM speakers and nothing else - I guess it depends on what speakers you go for and what your own perceptions of 'good quality sound' is.

To be honest, the MDF mounts will improve the OEM speaker setup without upsetting power-balanced speaker/headunit arrangement.

Hope that helps.
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Old 14th February 2008, 23:54   #3
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Remember the SLE - Symphony Loudness Enabler get smore bass from your Symphony/Alpine radio.

A few members on here have fitted it and will recommend it.

The SLE can be brought from our friends at http://www.r75-parts.de/en/sle/index.php
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Old 15th February 2008, 10:53   #4
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Thanks, that does help. In fact I have a decent power amp (and indeed subwoofer) sitting in my loft, left over from a good installation on an earlier car where the head unit was stolen, so I could use those. Where's a good place for the power amp?
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Alpine SXE-1725Ss in the rear doors and Alpine SXE-1750S components in the front would probably be a good choice and are available quite cheaply on ebay.
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sorry to be thick but do replacement speakers all have the same mounting holes (i.e if they are 16cm replacements etc) ??

im actually after replacing the main front door speakers(one has blown)on my latest freelander td4 and i really want to spend as little as possible.....esp as ive managed to blow the f/n/s one myself.
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What is needed is an amplifier that can drive the new speakers to their full potential (The Harmon Kardon upgrade offered at the factory was one such option available to new 75's/ZT's and uses improved speakers and an amplifier to provide a richer sound).
So, with my Highline/satnav/TV thingy, can I retain that unit in the dash and upgrade the amplifier that drives the speakers?
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yeah the standard head unit weak point in the sound set up
when i got my car it had the Harman kardon stereo upgrade and it still didnt sound that good to be honest
i fitted my JVC head unit and the difference was 1000% better
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Thanks, that does help. In fact I have a decent power amp (and indeed subwoofer) sitting in my loft, left over from a good installation on an earlier car where the head unit was stolen, so I could use those. Where's a good place for the power amp?
I went for the "closer the better" option and stuck the CD player in the glovebox with the power amp mounted under the glovebox. Subwoofer used is the Rover/MG one available from SMC.

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I went for the "closer the better" option and stuck the CD player in the glovebox with the power amp mounted under the glovebox. Subwoofer used is the Rover/MG one available from SMC.
What head unit have you got? How does the amp fit into the wiring? Does this take the speaker level outputs? And crucially, did it improve the sound quality much?
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