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      03-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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Cool BMW Audio Build Off

There should be a thread for the best system for the money under different categories:

One could be for <$1K, then between $1500k-2K, and then $2k-3K, and finally $3500 on up.

What do you think you find that would fit in the price range before installation and wire/dash kit?

Include product and price (or you may use a chain such as Crutchfield, Sonic Electronix, Best Buy, etc) on current models -- this means you can't say, "I found this on Ebay for $200 or Craigslist"

What the goals of the build would be (sound quality, SPL, etc.)

I'll give it a whirl: Under <$1K

Alpine CDA 9885 Head unit (Bluetooth, iPod, CD/MP2/WMA with 4v preouts
$280 woofersetc.com

JL Audio XD600/6 for front/rear/under the seat woofers
$350 sonicelectronix.com

CDT CL-42 4" component set for front
$200 woofersetc.com

Hertz ECX-100 coaxial for rears
$125 woofersetc.com

Underseat woofers, keep stock for now.

Later, you could upgrade to Earthquake 8" sub under both seats. 10" subwoofer for trunk powered by an XD600/1 mono amp (JL Audio)
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To give us Brits a chance you need to double the prices in pounds as US prices are half.

My system.

Mb quart 3 way 8" woofer, 4" mid bass and 1" tweeter £430

Hertz coaxial 4" speakers £75

Powered by genesis profile 4 amplifier bought second had on eBay for £100 plus £70 for genesis to service.

Diamond audio 10" subwoofer £100 installed in custom boot floor mounted fibreglass box £110.

Powered by genesis profile mono amplifier bought second hand from genesis for £175

Genesis bass controller £25

Pioneer headunit 80pprs £250 fitted

Wiring for headunit, speakers, subs, rca's etc approx £400

Custom boot floor and carpet approx £100.

Fitting around £500.

All in cost double what i wanted to spend
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To give us Brits a chance you need to double the prices in pounds as US prices are half.
That works! The more people the better. I figured this will give people ideas for audio upgrades within a certain budget. How are the new MB Quartz compared to the way they were in the 90s? (Or is my age starting to show?) Quartz were top notch back in the day. I used to work in an audio shop and Diamond Audio has some great sounding components. We sold Soundstream, Alpine, and Boston Acoustics to name a few and the Diamonds blew away the other brands in terms of sound quality! I never had the chance to listen to a set of MB Quartz because nobody locally sold them.
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To my ears they sound great. They are a perfect fit to the factory shape and seal perfectly so no sound escapes. My friend who has a logic 7 individual system and can not believe how much better this system sounds then his. I have head focals and find them too bright.
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I have had Focal 3 ways in an old set up and thought that they sound really good, but over priced. I was able get them much cheaper from another person on a Mazda forum I was on and they came with custom kick panels. I couldn't imagine buying them new though at those prices.
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I have a pair of Aura 18's, image dynamics 5x7, image dynamics horns, PPI a1200.2 amp, Cadeance modded ZRS C4, Mobridge DA2 and a Rane 26z processor.
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I have a pair of Aura 18's, image dynamics 5x7, image dynamics horns, PPI a1200.2 amp, Cadeance modded ZRS C4, Mobridge DA2 and a Rane 26z processor.
Pics of the 18s installed?
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Pics of the 18s installed?
The enclosure is still being built for the 18's but here is a pic of 15's in the car...


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That doesn't look like it eats up that much space in your cargo area. That is what I love about the 3 series, the trunk is pretty big! I currently have a Fosgate Punch Stage 3 12" subwoofer from a previous system and want to pull out the Logic 7 factory and go with a new setup. For a factory system, I love the sound it delivers, but like a lot of people here on the audio forum, I want more. I am thinking of going with CDT 4" components. Earthquake SWS 8" shallow mount subs and the JL Audio XD600/6 6 channel amp. I was thinking of using a XD600.1 matching amp for the sub and just going with a pair of 4" Coaxials for rear. I just wish that I could listen to some components before purchasing them. If only our cars housed 5 1/4" components then at least I could find more out there.

For those who upgraded and stayed with the factory headunit, is there any plus to doing this? I could see if someone had the iDrive, unless it is to take advantage of the built in sound processor. Too bad Audio Control doesn't make a preamp with Bluetooth AD2P capabilities.

I just wonder if I am going to have to spend a lot to make it sound better than what I already have because the Logic 7 system sounds pretty well balanced as is. Now I am sounding like an audio addict.
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Include product and price (or you may use a chain such as Crutchfield, Sonic Electronix, Best Buy, etc) on current models -- this means you can't say, "I found this on Ebay for $200 or Craigslist"
This would eliminate those who are running old school equipment like myself.

HU: OEM iDrive
Amps: Zapco DC650.6 (paid $900 local), Zapco DC500.1 (paid $200 used but retails closer to $400)
Tweeters: MB Quart QTD-25 (part of the original QSD component set which retailed for over $1000 but got used for $150)
Mids: a/d/s 344is (part of the original 344is component set which retailed for around $500 but purchased on ebay for $140)
Midbasses: Morel ADMW9 (retails for over $400/pair but bought used for $200)
Sub: MusicarNW enclosure and Morel SC10

I'm in the process of replacing the amps with Audison LRx5.1k (retail $1500 but bought used for $500) and Audison LRx4.5 (retail $700 but bought used for $300). To replace the processing capabilities of the Zapco DC amps, I will be installing an Arc Audio PS8 processor ($800). Just waiting for miscellaneous wiring and accessories to come in so I can complete the wiring of the amps.
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Well, phase one is done and phase two starts Monday. I dunno what price category I fall into but here ya go...

Phase 1
MoBridge DA2
Audison BitONE
(2) JL Audio HD600/4
(1) JL Audio HD750/1
(2) JL Audio 10W3v3
Factory speakers

Phase 2
Hertz Mille ML1600, ML700, and ML280; so I'm gonna do a 6" 3" and tweeter in the doors and just run 'em active and eliminate the subs under the seat and just run fronts no rear fill.
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SOAudio Neo55
SWS8Xi

Rear:
SOAudio Neo19
SOAudio Neo55

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That's almost comical. I can't tell from the pic.. is the back of the box plexi or open to the interior of the car? I had 18" subs WAY back in the day. Was a muddy mess of booooooooooom. So, it was perfect when I was 18.

edit: duh, now I can tell.. the wires go through the opening lol. If this is an infinite baffle, why face the speakers backwards?
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That's almost comical. I can't tell from the pic.. is the back of the box plexi or open to the interior of the car? I had 18" subs WAY back in the day. Was a muddy mess of booooooooooom. So, it was perfect when I was 18.

edit: duh, now I can tell.. the wires go through the opening lol. If this is an infinite baffle, why face the speakers backwards?
These subs although they are 18's and do play loud, they are a SQ driver. Im going for more of the damn that sounds good over damn that is loud. Funny thing is, the 18's are lighter, more efficient and WAY better sounding than my 15's were.
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Definitely size doesn't mean everything, that's for sure. The tightest bass I've ever heard is a professional bass player's stage amp with 2 18"s and a 10". Had impact and nuance all at once.

Typically though, 18"s are for "damn that is loud".
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Damn TMR, seems like there was just enough room for those, good job.

For everyone else's info, an IB install benefits from more surface area as it keeps down distortion. I bet it gets plenty loud before the subs even start to physically move much. There is no other setup where you can have a flat response between 20 and 100+ Hz.
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Roughly $5000 retail, but I bought most of the equipment used, about $3200 total investment.
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