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Old 12-09-2004, 10:56 AM   #1
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Replacing stock speakers - will it make a difference?

Hello all,

I have been reading the numerous threads here about replacing speakers and have been trying to filter through all the various responses to my question, which is - "Will replacing the front speakers *without* replacing the stock receiver/head unit make a noticeable difference".

I currently have a 2002 SE Sedan and its sound system is quite inferior to the system that came on my old 2000 ZX3. I dont know if it was the speakers on the ZX3, the receiver, or both that made a difference.

Please, I would like responses from people who have actually replaced their speakers and kept the same receiver/CD player. I have read numerous responses along the lines of "The stock head unit will not be able to drive the speakers", but I am not sure if the person saying this has actually tried it, or if they are repeating what they have heard from somewhere else. I have no interest in a 120 decibel bass that pisses off my neighbors, just good clarity throughout the audio spectrum.

Thanks for any help!


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Old 12-09-2004, 11:16 AM   #2
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I'll put it this way. I initially installed the some Memphis 5.25" Co-axles in the front and rear of my wife's Escape powered by the stock deck. They sounded like crap. Once I installed the Alpine CDA-9820XM which only has an RMS output of 18 watts/50 Peak, they sounded amaizing. They had a nice balance and even had a decent bassy sound which is not usually that potent from a 5.25"

Short answer, change the HU and Speaks. It'll sound a lot better.
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Old 12-09-2004, 11:25 AM   #3
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yeah,, in my 2002 sedan, I put my HU in first,,,, night and day difference.
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Old 12-09-2004, 11:28 AM   #4
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I have to say the same thing....I am running stock speakers in my car, but installing my Kenwood KDC-x969 makes a night and day difference in the sound. Friends of mine who have foci (SVT and otherwise) always think I have a "system" in my car....nope, just the head unit. They all want me to install new H/U's in their cars now...
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Most entry or mid level 5x7/6x8 speakers will be efficient enough to work with low wattage. You should notice a difference with something like Infinity Reference 6802CF, they are around $45 on eBay. You should get more clarity in your music in the mid to high range.

If you get an aftermarket HU later on, they will sound even better.
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Old 12-09-2004, 08:22 PM   #6
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I installed my head first before the rest of the system, It did make a huge differance.

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Old 12-15-2004, 02:09 PM   #7
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at first, i installed my new HU which sounded a lot better, but the stock speakers sounded like total shit anything past 3/5 volume.. get new speakers but you HAVE to get a new HU to really hear the difference.
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Old 12-21-2004, 08:17 PM   #8
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i werk at a shop we always do a head first and remember a deck that says 50 x 4 is really only giving you 20 watts . so ifyou really want good sound go with an amp and some good co-axs
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I swapped my head unit within the first month and the difference was VERY noticable. Then I changed the speakers, and I noticed that it was more crisp sounding.

I'd recommend swapping in a new radio, then speakers OR add a sub, then whatever you didn't do in previous step, then amping the replacement speakers.
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Total differrence, specially if u r changing the CD player, u don't wanna blow out the stock one's.
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