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Old 05-11-2013, 08:15 AM   #11
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I've never done an audio upgrade in any car I've ever owned but I'm looking to upgrade my '13 SE. I have a couple of questions about this setup.

I have the 6 speaker setup in my car. Since this is a 4 channel amp, can I just hook up the 4 main door speakers to this and continue to run the tweeters out of the stock head unit? Would this create a big negative effect in sound quality?
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I've never done an audio upgrade in any car I've ever owned but I'm looking to upgrade my '13 SE. I have a couple of questions about this setup.

I have the 6 speaker setup in my car. Since this is a 4 channel amp, can I just hook up the 4 main door speakers to this and continue to run the tweeters out of the stock head unit? Would this create a big negative effect in sound quality?
Hi Chris,

The stock wiring is split, sending signal to the woofer and tweeter, though it's though a single channel. If you go with a component like mine, you install a crossover so only the proper signals are passing through the tweeter. With a coaxial, the crossover is built in. All this to say you're already running out of a 4 channel stock amp, so you're golden. The amp gave a real sonic boost, and I love how easy it is to set up. It's a huge improvement over stock, but the DSP still hampers the sound. The next step is a signal processor. If you need help with the setup, I've tore the car apart numerous times, so I'm glad to share whatever wisdom i may have stumbled across.
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The verdict: I'm very, very pleased with the performance of both the speakers and the amp. The Infinities are my 4th set, and I'm finally content after some swings and misses. My first venture into aftermarket speakers was the coaxial version of the component Infinities I'm now running. Next the JL Audio TR600-CXi, and finally the JL Audio C2-525X before moving onto the components. Long story short, I wasn't thrilled with any of the speakers. One reason I went with the Infinity component is the particularly low sensitivity rating; low sensitivity equals better efficiency, requiring less energy to drive the cone. My initial setup was simply the 4 speakers being run off the head unit, but the marginal increase in sound didn't seem fitting of what's realistically a pretty pricey speaker. I wanted more power, but I didn't want to install a traditional amplifier by running 12V through the firewall and on back to the hatch, so the little power pack Alpine makes really piqued my interest. The installation was a breeze (easier than the speakers, nearly), and the sound improvement was immense. I'd considered a sub, but now I'm not certain. Sound reproduction is excellent. Mids and highs are incredible. Lows, too, are impressive, at least for a mid-woofer. Next I'm considering a signal processor to really get the most out of the system. I'll be working on a write up over the next few days, detailing how to install both, if anyone is interested.

The amp is installed in front the head unit, and slightly below. I used the attached mounting brackets to screw the amp to the surrounding plastic, after first laying down a layer of foam against the brackets, and against the head unit.
Did you also have the amp with the initial 3 sets of speakers? Or was the most recent setup the only one to have an amp?

And won't you need a second amp if you add a sub? If you do, do you feel like having a 5-channel amp to begin with would have been cleaner in the first place? Thanks.
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Did you also have the amp with the initial 3 sets of speakers? Or was the most recent setup the only one to have an amp?
OP: "My initial setup was simply the 4 speakers being run off the head unit..."

Does sound like all sets of speaker tests were done off the stock head unit, no aftermarket amp. Do clarify.

If so, the stock HU would be low wattage and high distortion compared to the Alpine amp. May have saved a ton of money running the amp on the first set of Infinity.

Infinity makes 2ohm (nearer 3ohm) speakers to "lessen the effect of the thin guage stock speaker wires" (which add resistance). More importantly, stock cheap speakers are often 2ohm already so a low watt head unit can be installed by car company. Adding an amp to infinity speakers really gets the most out of an amp compared to most aftermarket speakers, which are 4ohm.

To OP: where did you place the tweeters? That's the biggest benefit over coax. High frequencies (tweeters) are line of sight so having them point to the ears, as opposed to coax pointing at the legs, makes a huge difference in SQ.
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