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Old 03-26-2005, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I would appreciate any help that anybody could give me on the matter. First, I have a 2001 BMW 325xi with everything stock. I want to buy a whole new audio system. Amps, subwoofers, and everything. I want the best system I can get for about $3,000.

So the first thing I did was go to Alpine's system builder on their website since it was nice and easy. I chose the "I want a system that really bumps 3" and the price came to $3,000, which is fine. But a few things...

First, I really like the headunit that came with the car. Do I have to buy a whole new unit just to install a system in the car? I'd rather not buy a new headunit, but I will if I have to.

Second, how do you guys reccomend going about buying a system? First, I can't install it myself. So should I buy all the parts from the web and then bring then to a specialist to install? If that is the right choice, can you guys show me the best products out there? I just got this BMW and I want to really get a nice system for it. Any help that you guys can give me, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2005, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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email me at tbusby1@stx.rr.com and I will send you the info' that I have accumulated on keeping the head unit and upgrading the rest. I have a 2001 325i and I am in the process of designing a system. I have found on the internet all the schematics and wiring data, and I kept it in Word document, which you could give to the shop on a disk and then buy the stuff they recommend.

IMO the quality of the installation matters a lot more than the individual components, assuming you are not shopping at Best Buy or the like. Money spent on the installation is well spent.
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Old 03-28-2005, 09:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks. I sent you over an email. Anybody else have any input for a rookie at this?
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Just to give you guys more info, when I went to Alpine's system builder, here's what they gave me.

Front Speakers:
1: 5x7 Type-S Component 2-way Speaker $220

Rear Speakers:
1: 4" Type-S Series Coaxial 2-way speaker $70

Front Amplifiers:
1: 2/1 Channel V-Power Series Amplifier $150

Rear Amplifiers:
1: 2/1 Channel V-Power Series Amplifier $150

Subwoofers:
4: 15" Type-R Series Subwoofer (4ohm+4ohm) $400

Subwoofer Amplifier:
2: 2/1 Channel V-Power Series Amplifier $150
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Old 03-28-2005, 05:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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try looking here:

http://www.bavariansoundwerks.com/index.php

this is the company BMW uses...i believe that you can upgrade yet keep the same face with their products.

best of luck.
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Old 03-28-2005, 06:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks for the site, the site looks good, but I still don't have any clue what I'm looking for.

I've talked to some other people on some other boards and I've decided on a headunit. Alpine IVA-D300. Now I need the speakers, subs, and amps. Any help?
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