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Old 07-17-2004, 02:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am upgrading my audio system in my 1996 318i. I have read numerous threads about mb quarts, focals, and boston acoustics, but what I have not read about is the other options and installs. I am an audiophile and an musician. I was reading about q-logic kickpanels (my bimmer is a MT, I am not crazy about giving up my dead pedal ghead ) or wave guide compression drivers. I have on hand a soundset from mb quart, although they don't make them anymore. I am concerned about these, because they still put the tweeter high in the door, and the sensitivity is only 86 db. I know for quality speaker they can be power hungry, but the new premium series is 90db, and focals are 90-93db. The waveguides acan be tricky to install, and you must have an eq; but they are extremely efficient. As you can see I want the best front stage imaging I can get, I have been out of car audio for a while, and I want this to be a long one-timer. Do it right the first time, with a lot of homework. So help me out Ladies and Gentlemen, tell me your opinions. Thanks
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I too am a do it ONCE kinda guy, so we will likely share similar opinions. I am know of the compression speaker design, but have not used them and wouldn't be much help. The Qform kickpanels are great for those concerned about time/phase alignment, and if you are very anal about such, go for 'em. The biggest downside to the current locations however is not high freq. response, but mid. It's current location doesn't do much for midrange/midbass, and the Qform would help out that, as well as the aforementioned.

DynaAudio, Diamond Audio, Infinity Kappa, PolkMomo, and Focal are all good manufacturers for loudspeakers.

Nakamichi and Alpine are great choices for headunits.
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