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Old 12-10-2012, 02:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Post Planning Audio Upgrade on '06 SE

Hello fellow Taurii Owners.

Since i have a damaged door speaker to replace that sent the wheels turning for other audio upgrades. I have read through many posts on the forum About the MACH audio upgrade. So from what i can gather,
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Better then Stock 4 speakers and (i think) 12 watt amp?
Keep in mind, unless i can find the tweeters, will it work w/o them?
Also i have the stock head unit, CD/Manual climate.

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So...... I know it should sound a LOT better, but should it all fit/work?
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A simpler and more well rounded speaker setup is to buy a component set with its own tweeters, since in such case, the crossover box was designed to make the tweeters match the woofer in terms of sound level and crossover frequencies. I don't know what will sound better with a Mach RCU. Pioneer D-series TS-D1720C are regarded as good components for the price, considering their online price is usually just over $100. These use round woofers but they should have an adapter bracket to fit in a Ford.

If the goal is to spend the least on a speaker upgrade, I guess cheap coaxial speakers like infinity refs should be fine too. These should fit with no issues. Instead of buying a speaker harness or soldering speaker wire to the speaker, I would have preferred to crimp speaker terminal connectors on the factory wires (after cutting the factory harness).
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My opinion is if you are going to spend some money to upgrade, spend a little more to ensure you get good quality. The first upgrade of anything I did to my car were the door speakers. That began my modding addiction. *LOL*. At the time I just wanted a low cost upgrade from stock. I tried PYLE. They looked like an upgrade at a low price. Well, their name applied. They sounded like a PYLE of sh*t in my car, So I said no to them. Then I tested a pair of CLARION speakers. Only $30 more, but the sound difference was night and day. Two years later and I still love the sound. You have to listen to the system everyday. Why not spend a little and get really good sound.
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I agree, don't go super cheap. Spend at least $70 on a pair of two way speakers, $100 is ideal.

You don't have to get the tweeters. If you want, you can just get 3 way speakers for the front door speakers and never get the tweeters. Or you can get the tweeters and get 2 way front door speakers. The higher RMS and peak watt rating a speaker has, in theory the better they will sound at higher volumes.
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Get the best speakers you can afford. For 4 C-notes you can have sound found in Benz's & BMW's. If you'll be spending long hours commuting its a GREAT investment in your car. Also get components with separate tweeters. As JIMMER said its nite and day difference. Furthermore, check the reviews and YouTube videos and better even if you can hear them for your self before you buy. You can have the best headunit, and everything else in between but if you have subpar speakers its a waste.
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Whether to go cheap or plan an all out upgrade should depend on the age of car. If you have a newish car that you intend to keep for a while, an all-out upgrade makes sense (speakers, processors, DSP). For an old beater with an unknown life span, I'd just put in a basic sound system. Granted, it's not like you can't move your good gear into your next car. I have over $1000 in car audio gear in my car, and most of it will be transferable into a new car (everything except for the head unit, its adapter, cabling, and sound deadeners like dynamat).
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Whether to go cheap or plan an all out upgrade should depend on the age of car. If you have a newish car that you intend to keep for a while, an all-out upgrade makes sense (speakers, processors, DSP). For an old beater with an unknown life span, I'd just put in a basic sound system. Granted, it's not like you can't move your good gear into your next car. I have over $1000 in car audio gear in my car, and most of it will be transferable into a new car (everything except for the head unit, its adapter, cabling, and sound deadeners like dynamat).
How true my first $400 head unit and my 1st set of Infinity Kappa Perfects have been in 3 of my Taurus's. Your high end stereo equipment will probably out last your car.
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If you go with the ebay rcu he will take $42 for it on best offer. He also has tweeters for $14 each. I just got my rcu today but he forgot to put the tweeters in the box though. Guess I won't be putting the tweeters in this weekend. I did put the rcu in today and wow what a difference!
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Thanks for posting this, Mike. Lots of good info -- thank you all. I've been meaning to upgrade my car's sound system for (gulp) almost two years, and now, I think that I'll finally get around to doing it. From what I've read thoughout the club site, not only speakers and amp, but I'm also going to install Dynamat or similar sound proofing -- too much road noise to my liking anyway. My biggest concern, as always, is just hoping that it all goes back together, looks pretty good, and I find as few as possible "leftover" parts!
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