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What to do for my audio?!

Discussion in 'ICE (In Car Entertainment)' started by KyleTheMann, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. KyleTheMann

    KyleTheMann New Member

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    Hey guys, I'm pretty new to this forum. I've had an Escort for about 5 months now and it's in pretty nice shape, everythings sound. It only has about 100k miles, so I'll have it for a little while! Since I know I'll be holding onto it, I wouldn't mind putting a little ( a little! ) money into it right now. I'd liek to start with the audio side of things.

    It is a 1998 SE, everything is factory in it. I do not have tons of money to spend on it at this time, so I want to just start with a little and work off of that. (I am a complete noob when it comes to audio systems, so be patient!) As of right now, I just want it to be louder.

    I was at first think getting a new HU, but inorder to install it I need that dash kit thing that is about 40 bucks.

    My idea #1:

    If I were to get new speakers (just to start, will build on it over time) only, will it be louder than the factory speakers while still using the factory HU? Or no because the factory HU doesn't have all that much watts?

    My idea #2:

    If I were to spend the ~40 bucks on the dash kit and get a new HU (obviously with more watts than the factory one), but stay with factory speakers for now, would it be louder? Or no because the factory speakers don't produce enough watts?


    Sorry for my stupidity, but I have to start somewhere!

    So if any of you guys know what I am trying to get at and would shed some light, I would greatly appreciate it!

    Thanks,
    Kyle
  2. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    A new Hu will give much more gains then new speakers. The factory HU can barely push stock speakers.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    yes, head unit is the best upgrade to start with.
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    KyleTheMann New Member

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    Alright, thanks guys! But I noticed while driving today... when I turned up the volume about halfway or 3/4 the way, the music started to sound a little scratchy if you know what I mean. I would think that is due to the lower quality stock speakers. Correct me if I am wrong, like I said, I am a noob! So now I don't know if I should get new speakers so there will be no scratchiness or what, instead of the HU to begin with.
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    the head unit can't supply enough power to drive the factory speakers.

    it is still possible you have a blown factory speaker too, though.
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    madmatt2024 FEOA Member

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    Pextor is right. The stock HU is garbage, even the premium sound one. I replaced mine with a Pioneer HU and it was a night and day difference. Trust me, spend your money there first.
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    Ok! I'll upgrade the HU for sure first. But when it comes to the speakers; I take it the size speaker I want will be a 6.5" d (for the front doors), but how do I know what depth without taking the door panel off?
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    madmatt2024 FEOA Member

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    Around 2 1/4" depth is the max for the front doors, stick with 2 1/8" or less to be safe. The factory cutout is only 5" so some 6 1/2" speakers won't fit. You also don't have much clearance for the tweeters if you go with 2 or 3 way speakers.

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