A lot more information is needed. What have you done to tune the system? Out of the box, the sound will be pretty terrible until you do many adjustments.I just installed a Pioneer AVX2700 and I love the bluetooth/wireless features, but the sound is actually worse than the stock radio. I am hoping this will improve with new speakers and sub. Any thoughts?
There is literally no way the 2700 could "sound worse" than the factory H.U. unless there is something awry. Do you know how to check for speaker polarity? It's pretty easy, and reverse polarity is very common.I just installed a Pioneer AVX2700 and I love the bluetooth/wireless features, but the sound is actually worse than the stock radio. I am hoping this will improve with new speakers and sub. Any thoughts?
Mid-grade, or so, quality. From what I know, they're very power hungry just like most Alpine speakers. A friend of mine had Memphis speakers put into his Jeep. They sounded ok with proper tuning, but they weren't the best I've ever heard by a long shot. If you're not planning on amplifying them, I'd suggest Polk or even Infinity speakers for a good-value option. I have to think that there's some sound quality improvement yet to be had with using the many features of your head unit. Do you have any friends near to you that are really into mobile audio that could play with it a bit more? There's a lot more to it than just the EQ.I have been playing with the EQ and it does sound a bit better...I am going to get new speakers and an 8" bazooka next week. I am hoping this will be better. The local car audio shop is recommending Memphis speakers. Do you know anything about Memphis speakers?
Suggest you really hear the tips from IanRTL, laserguy & others above, and actually try what they are telling you. These guys know their stuff.I have been playing with the EQ and it does sound a bit better...I am going to get new speakers and an 8" bazooka next week. I am hoping this will be better. The local car audio shop is recommending Memphis speakers. Do you know anything about Memphis speakers?
There are a few options. Do you want to do a full component set in the front? That's a separate door driver and tweeter with a dedicated crossover box. They typically sound best when they are amplified, but there are some options that have a higher efficiency that could work. The other option is to do regular coaxial door speakers and a separate set of tweeters for the dash. The tweeters will likely have an inline resistor that serves as a passive crossover blocking the lower frequencies from reaching the tweeter. As far as the rear door speakers, many say you don't even need to replace these as the front speakers handle most of the sound duties. The rear door speakers are mainly just for fill. I didn't replace mine, but you can if you want to.Do you have a model number for the Polk speakers? Front and rears. Thank you!!!
If you're going to maintain the use of the stock speakers, it's not a bad idea to set the high pass filter to 80 or even 60-65 (or whatever setting your head unit has). The true low bass notes happen between 30 and 80hz, so you'll be lacking those without having a good subwoofer. I'm not certain what the stock door speakers are rated for as far as frequency range, but they're likely not going to get below 70-80hz. If you're not going to be blasting the music at all, it would be safe to run them at full range (HPF off). However, if you do want to listen to your music loudly, I would mirror laserguy's comments and set your HPF to 80hz.If you go with Polk, don't go with the shallows.
Moderate use of Quality brands sound deadener (30-35% coverage) will improve midbass sealing the doors and proper speaker ring door spacer sealing will help any speaker deliver better bass.
I would use the HP filter with any speaker, between 80-100hz, this will prevent frequencies below that number to play by the 6.5" driver, avoiding distortion, high excursion, abuse and damage to the speaker even with low power.
This is a good video, to get ideas of how to seal a door, no need to do 100% coverage of butyl aluminum deadener.
Agreed. Even a small amount can go a long way.If you don't use deadening material anywhere else, use it as a speaker gasket to improve sealing and to snub resonance.
Another is cutting a square or round patch of several inches of deadening and place it on the inside of the OUTER door sheet metal inline with the rear of the speaker.