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Old 03-08-2011, 10:44 PM
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Yup the factory stereo sucks balls

I'd recommend skipping the Bavarian Soundwerks option because it retains the factory DSP amp which has the built in crossover, one of the main reasons for the horrible sound.

I went with a set of DynAudio 6.5" components up front (doors & dash) with the crossovers in the factory amp location (retained the factory speaker wires).

The used a JL Audio HD900/5 bridged to power the Dyns, with the sub channel going to a Kicker 10" L5 in a box in the hatch area.

Sounds AMAZING. Let me repeat. AMAZING

Amp: $600
Speakers: $450 (used)
Sub/box: $150
Wiring: $40
Labor was done by myself... total was under $1300, probably the best money I've ever spent on audio.
Please do tell where you picked up an JL Audio HD900/5 for $600????
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:28 PM
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Please do tell where you picked up an JL Audio HD900/5 for $600????
I had to go back in my records to check - It was actually $675 and I got it on eBay from all-newaudio.

It looks like they went WAY up in price since I bought mine.

IMO they are still worth every penny at $1k
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dwhite: If I went with the purchase of a new AMP with Soundwerks -- the possible outcome???
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I am looking into keeping my OEM DSP head unit but replacing the factory amp and speakers as well as putting a JL stealth box where the exsisting woofers are in the trunk.
With a balanced 5 volt out going to an aftermarket amplifier located where the crap stock one is w/ nice components. Then mount the mono amp in the trunk because I do not have Nav or CD changer back there. Or just get a 5 channel amp.

Something like that...
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I am looking into keeping my OEM DSP head unit but replacing the factory amp and speakers as well as putting a JL stealth box where the exsisting woofers are in the trunk.
With a balanced 5 volt out going to an aftermarket amplifier located where the crap stock one is w/ nice components. Then mount the mono amp in the trunk because I do not have Nav or CD changer back there. Or just get a 5 channel amp.

Something like that...
Any thoughts?
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I agree with you. I would just replace the amplifier altogether to accommodate everything. I will start with the 10-speaker replacement, then adding a sub to see what the system sound as is -- and a couple months down -- going to replace the amp altogether and add the DICE system. Have you required about it -- supports BLUETOOTH and IPOD/IPHONE through the speaker system. REAL NICE!
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I am looking into keeping my OEM DSP head unit
When you say head unit do you mean the MID and radio tuner\cd player? If so I don't believe those components will work without the amp. All of these components communicate on the iBus. They actually ping each other periodically while running. If they don't detect each other then the amp and radio\cd turn off.
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If you have the DSP w/premium it is easy to make it sound great, most people just don't bother to read the manual. It's completely tunable at every frequency and when you get it right even the dual 6.5 subs start to catch a lick.

I found out asking locals who owned X5's that most had never used custom mode on the DSP and tuned the room size, echo level, and each individual frequency on the fully independent EQ.

It wouldn't hurt to add a small ten or 12 in the back for lower fill, but if the DSP os set right the dual 6.5's actually produce nice fill.

I've owned several car audio stores I can tell you that it WILL sound good with proper tuning.
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If you have the DSP w/premium it is easy to make it sound great, most people just don't bother to read the manual. It's completely tunable at every frequency and when you get it right even the dual 6.5 subs start to catch a lick.

I found out asking locals who owned X5's that most had never used custom mode on the DSP and tuned the room size, echo level, and each individual frequency on the fully independent EQ.

It wouldn't hurt to add a small ten or 12 in the back for lower fill, but if the DSP os set right the dual 6.5's actually produce nice fill.

I've owned several car audio stores I can tell you that it WILL sound good with proper tuning.
Proper tuning can make it sound better than some of the presets, but really, I would never say it sounded "great"

I don't know how someone in the industry could even begin to like the factory DSP system... imo it is decent enough to get you home from the dealership, and then to the audio shop the next morning.
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When you say head unit do you mean the MID and radio tuner\cd player? If so I don't believe those components will work without the amp. All of these components communicate on the iBus. They actually ping each other periodically while running. If they don't detect each other then the amp and radio\cd turn off.
If they ping each other and won't work w/o each other then keep that garbage in the car but have the output of the cd, radio goto an aftermarket amp.
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