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Old 06-17-2004, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, did some searching and i found a post but it turned into a flaming post.

anyways, my question is, i have a 1992 325i (E36). I dont want to remove the stock HU but i am concerned with the high level inputs going into the amplifier. I am having a professional do this install. Will they use a converter or will they use the high level inputs?

If so, how bad is it to use the high level inputs? Is there a noticable difference between them and the RCA's????

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Converters are dirt cheap, why not DIY? Hell, I've amassed a small collection. I'll send you one for the cost of shipping. If you insist on having it done at a shop, don't risk it and tell them you want a converter put in.
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new hu should work fine with the factory amp. many still have it installed and working with after market HUs...

people run into more difficulty when just tring to put an aftermarket amp while maintaing stock speakers and HU
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Converters are dirt cheap, why not DIY? Hell, I've amassed a small collection. I'll send you one for the cost of shipping. If you insist on having it done at a shop, don't risk it and tell them you want a converter put in.

how much do the converters cost? The only reason im having a shop do it is because i dont feel like touching this car. I have a 95 Probe GT that i have done everything to, kinda want that "if they fugg it up" "they pay for it" feeling.

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Oh, 007ben i treid to say i wanted to KEEP the STOCK UNIT and use an aftermarket sub and amp.
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I think i have a blaupunkt converter and a jenson converter. Take your pick.

I know have the J one. If I have the B one, it is new and never used. Came with my current amp. In a store, converters run anwhere from 10-30, depending on brand and markup. It'd be about $4 USPS.

As for working on this car, it is probably be easier than the probe.
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do you think they will use a converter in the install?
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dont use a converter

i had one.. it sounded like shit... just plug the H/u straight into the wireharness
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umm.

I don't think you are clear on what he is doing. There is no HU to plug into a harness.

RCA converters use splices on individual wires (rear pos and neg for each side, respectively).
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Yes, a line level converter is better than hi-level inputs on the amp.

It is still a very dirty signal, and as 007stated earlier, it is easier and a much better idea to add an aftermarket head unit and then add speakers and a sub than leaving the stock rocker in an replace the other speakers...
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Hey fellas,

thanks for all the input.

Well, i was just looking at my dad's setup

3 JL w0 10's against a 400w coustic amp running off the high level inputs and damn, it sounds crazy with the gains turned down.

I dont think it will be that bad, we will just have to see monday.

Thanks again for all your post......HAVE FUN AND UP!!!!!!!!



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