From digest.v5.n163 Thu Aug 29 13:19:02 1996
From: Anthony Le <anthony.le_at_wcom.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 1996 13:56:24 -0500
Subject: Re:Speakers of choice
From: Bob Flowers <bflowers_at_geoplex.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Aug 1996 20:20:58 -0700
Subject: Speakers of choice
Stock speakers on my 90 325IC seem very poor.
What would be the "speakers of choice" to replace
them with, and is the stock radio OK, or that too, is it
worth replacing. Factory system seems very
I'm a well balanced, clean, clear sound system kind of
guy. Here's my ranking for good car audio speakers.
Since my experience is limited to 4" drivers, I rank
these on midrange & highs rather that bass & SPL.
For bass, I have my SAS Bazokas.
0) Get separates with good (meaning separate RLC
ckt type) crossovers!!! Coaxials just don't compare.
- ADS -- These are good, but pricey. Well balanced,
crisp, clean sounds. Good midrange. Just too
- MB Quart -- As good as the ADS. I have these in
my MR2. Clean & clear. Great midrange. They tend
to sound a bit bright, but I like it. If you can, get the
iron magnet tweezer rather than the neodyium (sp?)
one. I think the iron magnet is much smoother &
more detailed, whereas the the neodyium is harsh. I
think voice reproduction on these speakers is
unbelievably realistic. Violent Femmes sound like
they're standing next to me.
- Infinity Kappa Series -- The ribbon tweezers on this
baby are something else. I think they're the same
ones from Infinity's $50K reference standard
speakers. Good midrange. Great highs (only with the
ribbon tweezers). Good value for the money.
- Alpine -- Just a small (and I mean small) step up
from your regular Sony, Pioneer, Kenwood stuff.
They make great hardware, but speakers---they aren't
that good. Midrange is so so. Highs suck! They are
harsh, screetchy, and don't sound very good for the
price you pay.
- Top of the line Sony, Kenwood, Pioneer -- Just one
Bass & image depends on the car's acoustic
environment and installation job. So they vary too
much. I evaluated (for a long time & using all my
CDs) all these speakers at the dealer. But most
important: buy what you like, not what others say.
Cause it's you that listen to them everyday.
From digest.v5.n12 Mon Jul 22 11:53:25 1996
From: fithian_at_epix.net (Ephraim Fithian)
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 1996 11:16:47 +0100
Subject: BETTER SPEAKERS FOR 93 325IS
>If anyone has been successful in replacing the stock speakers in the 325is
>93, please help. I would like to use the existing baffle to mount the new
>speakers if possible. The problem is that the stock bass speaker measures
>4.5 inches and the tweeter measures 1.75 inches.
>The speakers are made by NOKIA.
>I was hoping to install Boston Accoustics PRO 4.4 but this may require some
>modifications in the baffle.
>I also would like to replace the 5.25 inch bass speakers in the kick panel.
MB Quart makes replacements for E36 speakers. If I ever get around to it
and find the extra 5 bills, they go in my 92. The only literature I have I
picked up in Munich. I would have bought them there, since the price is
less and no tax, but they weren't in stock at the time.
The parts numbers are QM 325.20 BMW E.36 for the 4 door and QM 325.21 BMW
E.36 for the 2 door. The data given is (German is terrible for me but I
think) 40-100 watts, 49-32kHz, 2.5 watts for 90 dB _at_ 1 m, crossover 250 and
4k, slope 12 dB/octave.
Some high-end stereo stores carry them, perhaps even mail order. To find a
dealer, write USA MB Quart Electronics, 25 Walpole Park South, Walpole, MA
02081, or call (508) 668-8973, or fax (508) 668-8979. They are planning a
web site, which may or may not be up and running.
Cost is $569 list, net at my local dealer is $469 + $60 installation.
(Palmer Audio, Whitehall, PA) The replacements are only the front speakers.
Rear speakers are unchanged.
Ephraim Fithian fithian_at_epix.net
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