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      02-19-2013, 03:04 PM   #1
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Alpine upgrade, yes or no?

Been looking at doing an alpine upgrade for my car, been quoted 280 all in (including housings)

All I am interested in is the fact that my system won't let me go loud, it never distorts just is quite quiet when a good song plays

Is it worth it? mainly asking people who have done it...

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I tried the standard system and i have the alpine system.

From what i remembered i think the standard were like a handheld radio( flat and crap) then when i tested alpine system it felt like i was in the 4.1 system more base and clarity. if you are thinking or turning it to max volume and playing some chav gangster song then forget it.
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Been looking at doing an alpine upgrade for my car, been quoted 280 all in (including housings)

All I am interested in is the fact that my system won't let me go loud, it never distorts just is quite quiet when a good song plays

Is it worth it? mainly asking people who have done it...

Thanks!
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Was that quote just for the kit I assume and not fitting? It's on my list of upgrades over the next few months as well so I'd be interested in how you get on.
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Also on my list of things to do. I'm interested to see what feedback you get.
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I'd be interested at that price. Where's that from?
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I'd be interested at that price. Where's that from?
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I'd be interested at that price. Where's that from?
It's from a mate who can get some BMW parts for me , I think retail is around 400 all in plus fitting.
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I tried the standard system and i have the alpine system.

From what i remembered i think the standard were like a handheld radio( flat and crap) then when i tested alpine system it felt like i was in the 4.1 system more base and clarity. if you are thinking or turning it to max volume and playing some chav gangster song then forget it.

Yea the current sound just isn't there, it's very lacking in umph (excuse my very non-technical terms)

Just to confirm I don't wish to play chav gangster songs
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I'd be interested at that price. Where's that from?
It's from a mate who can get some BMW parts for me , I think retail is around 400 all in plus fitting.
I'd get at that price.

Can he get anymore?

Who is fitting it?
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That is very cheap.
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Yea the current sound just isn't there, it's very lacking in umph (excuse my very non-technical terms)

Just to confirm I don't wish to play chav gangster songs
If you are looking at a great oem system without the cost(especially if you're getting at that price )then its a no brainer as the different is massive!!
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I'd get at that price.

Can he get anymore?

Who is fitting it?
Unfortunately not mate as its recorded where its going, which car etc... I will be fitting using the guide on the forum.

Will probably be a couple of weeks till I get the money but I will let people know my final decision
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At 280 definatly worth it, at 400 not so much so. Mine has been in the car for coming up to a year, started to get random drop outs from the passenger side (volume goes really quite for a few seconds than back to normal).

People seem to have complained about it before, its nothing to do with the wiring and looks like the actual Amp needs replacing. Fitted the kit my self so I cannot see BMW been interested, going to see how much a new Amp from BMW costs tomrrow
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Never heard of Alpine upgrade kits being assigned to individual cars!
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If your friend is able to get his hands on a few kits, I'm sure he would sell them on here fairly quickly
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Russ,

in simple terms! - DO IT!

i got my friends and family from BMW and still paid more than that and fitted it myself and its by far the best most worthwhile mod i have done to the car!

at the price you are getting it for! i can pretty much promise you wont find anything better! cos i have looked! i wanted to upgrade further from the Alpine system and 3-way speakers, with appropriate amp sets ups cost anywhere from 600+ which just wasnt worth it for me!

at half the price you get an awesome bit of kit, i used the guides from the forum too and it worked a treat! took me 2 evenings to do!

i ran mine with a JL 10W7AE last year and it went well perfectly! was really happy with the way it sounded and didnt get drowned out with the base at all!

the only reason why i was looking forward to upgrading further was because i am now planning a build with 2 x 10W7AE's and wasnt sure how it would cope! but because of how please i am with it so far i have decided to give it a go and keep it!

100% recommend it!
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With alpine kit upgrade, if you want to upgrade your underseats woofers, I've 2 sets (6.5 and 8 inch woofers) up for sale in classified section.
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Consider the Gladen kit too. Bass performance blows Alpine (slightly unfair I know being weak stock 8s) and Logic7 out of the water!
What's the price of the Gladen kit? Similar to the Alpine option?
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With alpine kit upgrade, if you want to upgrade your underseats woofers, I've 2 sets (6.5 and 8 inch woofers) up for sale in classified section.
Are these plug and play?
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I thought the Gladen kit did include amp??

In your quote you go on to say Gladen 4ch amp..? Im (still) thinking of getting this kit just trying to get some together lol...
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I thought the Gladen kit did include amp??

In your quote you go on to say Gladen 4ch amp..? Im (still) thinking of getting this kit just trying to get some together lol...
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...=gladen&page=2

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Gladen kit doesn't include an amp. But includes underseat subs. All you need is a 4ch amp and a harness. We ran a comple kit for 575+ fitting which is ongoing. So 3 way Gladen 8", 4", 1" tweeter and passive network, 4ch Gladen amp, and 2ch quadlock harness. They underseats play very deep, and tonally the mid/tweet compliments for a superb package.

Your welcome to listen to mine.
Exactly my point!

There are better sound systems but come at double the price!

OP is getting the alpine for 280, your gladens at 575

That's over double! And you posted that's not inclusive of fitting!

For the money! The alpine kit is awesome and from someone who runs it I would definitely recommend!

Of you have 6/700+ to spend then your possibilities are quite large as you can go for hertz, gladens etc!

But for 300 all in you won't get better
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