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In Topic: Ice Upgrades

03 July 2013 - 10:21 AM

I would rather connect them to the amp as it would get the best out of the speaker/tweeters I feel. Please do correct me if I am wrong. Also, I found the way to do it online. I was a bit confused with the right and left wiring and now know how to wire it all. 


Anyone else has any recommendations for a set of component speakers for the front? Around the £100 mark for the set


Apologies, I thought you meant amplifying the tweeters and the mid drivers independently!! (one amp for the mid drivers, one amp for the tweeters = biamping)


All speakers, components/coaxials will benefit from being amplified by a separate amp. This is the configuration I referred to in my original long post. Use the front side of the amplifier for the front speakers, fed by the front pre outputs from the head unit. Then use the rear side of the amplifier for the subwoofer.

In Topic: Ice Upgrades

02 July 2013 - 10:55 AM

no - component speakers do not need additional amplification.

In Topic: Ice Upgrades

30 June 2013 - 03:00 PM

I certainly will as I have half of the electronics already to make it sound fantastic. As I said earlier, though, I intend to live with the factory Nav system until it gets me lost a few times because it actually sounds very good. Also, the nav instructions and radio info are displayed where the dials show - it's a good setup.


Speakers wise, I would go with focal again I think. I have always loved Blaupunkt gear, just never tried their speakers/amps in my cars, yet.

In Topic: Ice Upgrades

30 June 2013 - 12:49 PM

Nice work.


When I did mine, I made up two runs of cable and soldered ISO connectors to it, so I didn't have to mess around with wiring in the doors - it also meant when I sold the BMW, I was able to put it back to factory standard. I don't like splicing wires, I much prefer making a plug.


Will be fun when I go to do this with the ford!


Re: hum - ensure your ground point has a good connection. I've been lucky and never, ever had any problems with my installs, but then I am a great believer of not relying on setting the gain higher on the amp to compensate for things - I much prefer to tone down other problems then over-compensate for others.

In Topic: Ice Upgrades

28 June 2013 - 08:44 PM

Nice - you're going about it the right way for a decent sounding system. You won't win SPL competitions, but when I did this sort of setup in my BMW, it really did sound terrific. I'm waiting for the sat nav maps in my Focus 2.5 to be toooo old before I make any changes to the system.#


I had nice focal speakers in the front, weirdly, though, the subwoofer was a very cheap SPLX one I got given by a friend. For some reason, the synergy was fantastic and it just sounded like a really good hifi system. The amp was an old Sony MOSFET one before the XPLOD branding took over. It was only a 25x4 (25x2 & 1x50) amp, but it was more than I could handle when turned up half way.


I still have the amp, and the sub. I could probably get a nice sound by leaving the factory component speakers in the front doors, but installing the amp and subwoofer and setting it up how I've just advised you to.


Let me know how you find it - I may nag you for some details on speakers at some point.