E92 Speaker Upgrade, thoughts.

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    Evening all.

    On my last E92 (2008 325i SE) I upgraded the standard factory speakers to the official BMW Alpine kit. Made a big difference to the quality of sound, big difference. Had to buy the tweeter housings for the doors to fit the smaller speakers.
    These seem to be daft money now, possibly few left in circulation?
    Do others have experience as to the best non-BMW upgrades for the stock E92 system?

    I’ve seen quite a few examples on eBay as to speakers, but feel it was the additional of the amp and mids/tweeters that made the difference. Not sure the standard HU/amp combo is up to powering the suggested speakers alone.

    Any thoughts/experience most welcome.
     
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    Focals look like the best option to me - I have always liked their sound - not sure that they are a direct drop in to the existing locations - I don't think any major surgery will be required..
     
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    I’m not an Audiophile, however can distinguish between good and bad, out of car I favour Bose systems, owning many individual offerings from earphones, headphones, sound docks to full system in siting room, however the next person will offer their preference......

    These guys have good reviews for upgrading audio
    https://www.bavsound.com/

    however like all things, there’s more to it than changing speakers..... much more
    A good starting ground is sound deadening and insulation dynamat is an affordable choice
     
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    I saw the BavSound web site, looks good but pricey with shipping.
    I’m not into some massive bass throbbing set up, just a tightening up of the soundstage and clarity. The Alpine kit did that in the 325i
     
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    There’s good reports of placing the Oem tweeters in the door pods

    Coming from the an individual set up to stock is most noticeable but something you get used to....

    I believe you have to be cautious of speaker choice and wiring as I don’t believe the wiring is standard, I “think” it’s digital sound but sound be wrong
     
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    One is the reasons I went for the official Hifi upgrade on the 325i, ensured all was compatible. I did a write up on a previous BMW forum on the fitment, took 3-4 hours form memory.
     
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    The previous upgrade:

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    I’d do research, start with the amp, subs then tweeters then match your mids
    Look at the Individual set up in realoem will give you an idea of apertures and speaker sizes without major modification

    I recall @kleynie did some fruitful upgrades on his 5Gt, worth checking what was done,
     
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    Yes I did. I used Gladen component mids/tweeters in all four doors (8 speakers) and two Gladen 8” subs under the seats. It was driven by a 6 channel Mosconi amp in the boot. It came with a 5m loom for a plug and play fit which I did not use, if you need one let me know and you can have it.
    The Mosconi amp was a full DSP amp adjustable with a laptop, I used a program from the guys at M3cutters which worked well and gave phenomenal bass.
    Let me know if you need further info as I have loads of pictures and info.
     
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    Thanks for the reply.
    Sounds like your work was a full on upgrade. Impressive.
    Is this kit on the upper end of the price range?
    Is there a thread I can search for with the build/details?
     
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    The whole lot with the amp and loom was about £1600. I made my own loom in the end as it meant less disruption to the dashboard.
    There was a full on thread about it that was lost when the site went AWOL a couple of years ago.
    I can dig out the parts no’s, and pictures though if you need. Gladen is German and only available through one UK distributer, so you won’t find much on line about them.
     
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    I remember @kleynie ’s audio upgrade diy. It was an extensive if not mammoth job.

    What’s the audio like in the Macan Ian (sorry if you’ve told us before)?
     
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    The Macan has 15 speaker BOSE upgrade which I am leaving well alone! Sounds great.
     
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    Nice! :)

    And yes, you did tell us, I think. :)
     

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