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Thread: Anyone have stock HK Speaker Upgrade options and reviews for sedan?

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    Anyone have stock HK Speaker Upgrade options and reviews for sedan?

    I am currently looking at doing some upgrades to my sedan's sound system since I suspect there are a few speakers with torn woofers. I was wondering what people did to their ZHP's? I plan on keeping the head unit and amps all stock so I am really just looking at speaker upgrades. There are a number of options out there with the big name being Bav Sound. I found a number of different routes some folks went with a quick google search from the various e46 forums.

    The options I have seen so far were:
    1. Bav Sound
    2. Speakers and adapters from crutchfield, parts express or some other retailer
    3. Kit created by a forum member from e46f, consisting of parts express dayton audio speakers, http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-3-Series...-/281103676824 & https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...-Upgrade-(E46)
    4. Just replace busted speakers with stock replacements.

    One upgrade I am trying to figure out is how to get better bass from the stock sub's. I have found some solutions to get 6.5" woofers with a 6x9 adapter but I am unsure of the wiring and specs of the stock sub amp. The kit the one person created mentioned the stock amp runs at 2 ohms which if it is the case would need to wire the subs in a particular way to reproduce.

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    A pic from the guy's kit.
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    2004 330i ZHP Imola/Alcantara 6MT Daily Driver

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    I have BSW/BAVSOUND. Minor improvement (and I've now developed a rattle in the driver's side mid :-( )
    EBay kit looks interesting (I still can't believe he laid all that stuff on his M3 boot lid for the pic). In for the discussion!

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    Option number two is the way I'd go, and if I weren't slowly turning my ZHP into a track rat, they way I would go - the next daily driver will go this route. Parts Express has a ton of great options - just be sure to get stuff that is OHM'd correctly, and if you don't mind the minor fab/modification work needed, then you'll be good to go.

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    I'm about to need to upgrade my speakers as well. I haven't looked into anything other than Bavsound. Interested to hear what some other options are
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    So what I did was go with Polk Audio mid bass 2 way speakers, and then just did the BSW tweeter upgrade.

    Cheaper than all BSW and got better bass response out of the mids.


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    I've had the BSW speaker upgrade for about 5 years. while the kit definitely seems to be a quality product, the difference is marginal. Every time I get into the ZHP from our '08 MDX and turn on the radio, I'm disappointed. The MDX system is so much better. I think if the kit included subwoofers, it might be a little better but definitely not worth the premium price IMO.

    I'd like to find a set of those subwoofer adapters.... I'm pretty sure the stock subwoofers are some weird size and not 6X9
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    Just buy an infinity basslink, best $150 you'll spend on the audio


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    LOL ... I just noticed Seth's new sig: Fancy Civic. Back to topic discussion.
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    Haha thanks, help me sell the damn thing and pick up a zhp!


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    Quote Originally Posted by UdubBadger View Post
    Just buy an infinity basslink, best $150 you'll spend on the audio
    I've seen them around forever. Sounds like a plan
    Dinan CAI &Throttle body, ESS Tuning TS2, Bimmerbrakes gen3 headers, UUC SSK & DSSR. Achilles oil pump, VAC oil pan baffle
    M3 Motor mounts, UUC Trans mounts, Modified clutch style LSD 3.15, TMS front subframe reinforcement, Koni Yellow sports,
    H&R sport springs,
    UUC sway bars, BMW Perf. Rotors, UUC SS brake lines, Hawk HPS pads, CSL replica wheels,
    Rotora strut bar, FXR HID conversion, M3 Mirror conversion, BSW stage 1 speakers

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