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Stereo sound bland. Tweeter kit improves?


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#51 nickb21

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 12:50 AM

You should be able to buy a speaker level to preamp output converter, I'm not sure if crutchfield has them, partsexpress.com use to...

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By the way, where/how are you going to run the +12v from the batt to your amp? I'd like to re-hook up my sub one of these days, but would like to be nice and neat about punching that hole in the firewall..

#52 alias20035

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 01:05 AM

Originally posted by nickb21
You should be able to buy a speaker level to preamp output converter, I'm not sure if crutchfield has them, partsexpress.com use to...

** Look under Electronic Crossovers

By the way, where/how are you going to run the +12v from the batt to your amp? I'd like to re-hook up my sub one of these days, but would like to be nice and neat about punching that hole in the firewall..



Run the power wire through the firewall in the passenger side footwell. 8 gauge wire will easily fit through the A/C evaporator condensation drain hole in the footwell along with the drain hose. It is easy to route the power cable from the firewall hole to the kick panel and under the carpet. 4 gauge wire is too big for this particular hole, it will crimp and block the drain hose, and your passenger will get wet feet. Be careful with power wire routing on the engine side of the firewall, the A/C drain is close to the exhaust. Make sure the wire is firmly tied down out of the way.

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Posted 01 December 2003 - 01:57 AM

Nice, I would never have found that by just looking.. thanks alias.

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Posted 11 December 2003 - 02:56 PM

I installed the two front Infinity speakers yesterday and today. Took them out yesterday, brought the mounts home and cut the back off to mount the new speakers, and installed them today.

They sound great but I'm concerned whether I wire the + and - correctly.

I cut the pigtails off the factory speakers so I could retain the existing plug connectors. On the left front door, as I recall there was a grey wire, and a grey wire with a green stripe or something like that.

On the R. side the two wires were black and red. I think I assumed the solid color was - and black was -, respectively (I think). Is that right?

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Posted 22 December 2003 - 04:36 PM

Here's a front and rear view comparison of the Infinity Kappa's versus the factory speakers.

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Posted 22 December 2003 - 07:32 PM

Well, this whole deal with speaker polarity is interesting now that it has been brought up. My home theater surround system is a hodge podge of 4 different speaker brands. After I hooked everything up I thought it was OK until I used a 'test sequence' on a DVD of Titan A.E. ( (IIRC). I discovered my Cerwin Vega center channel speaker was marked 'reverse' from all the other speakers. I just switched the wires.

I was once told by a guy that worked for a speaker manufacturer that, if you connect a 9V battery to a speaker, +to+ and -to- the cone should move forward.
Can anyone confirm this? Might be a good test.

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Posted 24 December 2003 - 02:50 AM

You can check speaker porlarity this way. Also you can listen to the sound and hear the difference. When the two speakers are wired out of phase with each other the sound field will not be focused. Try it out sometime with a home stereo. Sit in the middle between the speakers, with you and the speakers forming a perfect triangle, and wire one out of phase. Then listen how the sound field is. When the wiring is in phase the sound imaging make it like the stage is right in front of you and the sound doesn't appear to be coming from the speakers. Your in the zone then.

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Posted 24 December 2003 - 09:05 AM

Originally posted by snotrocket
Is your jag not good in snow, or are you babying it? Cuz I used mine to pull a thunderbird out of a mud hole, and then i did donuts. In the snow. It loves snow.



I'd love to read more about your EJ22-powered bug. Do you have a web site?

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Posted 24 December 2003 - 09:06 AM

Originally posted by Strakes
Shortly after buying my 2002 Legacy GT wagon, I replaced my factory door speakers with a set of Kenwoods and added Rockford Fosgate tweeters up where the factory tweeter kit goes. The sound change is awesome. The cheap, paper factory speakers don't reproduce sound that well. The installation was easy...I bought all the components from Crutchfield and they sent excellent, step-by-step, instructions. The car is pre-wired, so that eliminated a lot of work.



Where do the factory tweeters mount? Near the mirrors?

#60 Ranger83

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Posted 24 December 2003 - 09:55 AM

The factory tweeters are in the little triangular mesh pieces at the front of the door.

I left them connected initially, but have since disconnected them as it didn't sound as good.




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