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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 12:54 pm 
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So, I finally did it. I blew my 4 main speakers out (tweeters are fine). All of them are rattling, and are annoying as heck. So obviously... I want to replace them. Here is what I am looking for -

- I do not listen to anything that requires a upgraded HU, subwoofers, amp, etc. I am not interested in anything like that.
- I don't want bigger speakers, I am looking for ones that fit in the factory locations with little to no modification.
- I am looking for sensibly priced speakers, nothing cheapo like Wal-Mart specials that are gonna blow out after blasting them a few times, just something a little more upscale?
- I have a stock EQ cassette stereo, and have no intentions of swapping it out.
- If this helps, I generally listen to 80's music (Nena, Devo, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, etc), and classics (Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Rolling Stones, Queen, etc etc).

Any help is appreciated, I just want my music back in my Bonne! TIA!

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:13 pm 
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Go to www.crutchfield.com and use their fit guide for your car. Pick some speakers with good reviews, and look online for a better price. Crutchfield is usually expensive, so don't buy from the unless they have a special going on, or don't mind wasting some extra cash. They will be able to tell you which speakers will fit flawlessly. They haven't steered me wrong yet...

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 3:17 pm 
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I have had experience with all and have been impressed by all. I am currently running memphis 2-ways and they sound soooo good. I just recently amplified them and now they sound even better. My jeep has the factory Infinity system and sound fantastic. I also was considering purchasing these for my car but chose differently.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:02 pm 
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X2 on crutchfield. i love those guys!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:38 am 
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Infinitys are decent speakers. I wouldn't pay full price for them mind you. Be careful on your 6x9 choice. GMs have notoriously small 6x9 holes so if you get a speaker with a large basket it might not fit properly without modification. I know infinity baskets are big, but so are most. You don't have those tension rods to hold the trunk lid up so you can mount any 6x9 up from the bottom if thats ok with you.

I wouldn't rule out getting an aftermarket HU. Its not about louder is about CLEANER. The new pioneer decks have excellent power output for a headunit.

You should disconnect the factory tweeters when you get your new speakers. They can interfere with the sound of the new speakers. If you wanted to get adventurous you could remove the tweeters from your new speakers and put them in the factory tweeter spots. It makes a huge differance.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:30 am 
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I don't want a aftermarket HU because I strongly prefer stock interior. I don't really like to change my interior, so I keep everything as stock looking as possible. If I DID get a aftermarket unit, it would have to fit perfectly in the DIN 1.5 spot.

I will be going to look today at some speakers. I will be looking at Infinity, Alpine, and probably Boston Acoustics because they are on sale here at a local stereo place.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:51 pm 
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If you are looking for straight replacement, you could always swipe them from a boneyard..low cost and they are sure to fit the holes they came out of..just dont turn it up so LOUD LOL

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alpine!!! crutchfeild had a sale on the type s full range speakers not to long ago.. buy one set get one half off...

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:09 pm 
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I know you said no cheapos but I brought this 25 dollar speakers from Target. And as me being deaf, I turn them way up and they're still alive. Impressive.

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There is something wrong here that doesn't make sense. You say:
Bonneville92V688 wrote:
I blew my 4 main speakers out...
- I do not listen to anything that requires a upgraded HU, subwoofers, amp, etc. I am not interested in anything like that.
- I don't want bigger speakers, I am looking for ones that fit in the factory locations with little to no modification.
- I am looking for sensibly priced speakers, nothing cheapo ... that are gonna blow out after blasting them a few times


If you're blowing your factory speakers, and you don't want anything cheapo that are gonna blow out after blasting them a few times, then you really sound like a prime candidate for someone that requires an upgraded amplifier, at the least. So let's presume that you just weren't aware that you do require better amplification. We can work with that. On the other hand, you want to keep the factory look. That's a common and reasonable desire.

If you went aftermarket, and wanted a 1.5 din HU, I'm going to warn you against them from experience. The 1.5 dins on the market are essentially ten year old designs with a new plastic faceplate every couple years so they can say it's a new model. If you want the stock look, I agree that you should stick with the stock HU.

But you can add an amplifier to the stock HU with a PAC-OEM adapter. I get them at http://www.sonicelectronix.com. After shipping, they cost $50 to $60.

And then you can get some speakers. You will get similar performance from all of the major manufacturers. Any of the products from Infinity, Alpine, Eclipse, Boston Acoustics, Polk, Pioneer, etc., will give you better performance than the stock speakers. I have Boston Acoustics components in the doors and 6x9's in the rear, and they're fine.

x2 agree that if you get components for the doors and mount the tweeters in the stock tweeter opening, you'll get better sound.

Finally, the stock door panel mounts leave about a quarter inch gap around the front of the speaker when mounted. My sound is FAR better after running two layers of quarter inch foam rubber weatherstripping around the speaker frame to fill this gap.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:36 pm 
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ive been getting prices on http://www.onlinecarstereo.comthere prices are awesome, and they have most brands. my speakers are blown too, im looking at getting the speakers replaced first, using the stock headunit/monsoon amp. I will eventually get a head unit. with the adapter, of course. ive been looking at getting mb quart or JL audio speakers there.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:44 pm 
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Ryno02 wrote:
I will eventually get a head unit. with the adapter, of course.

just curious, what adapter are you referring to? Do you mean the adapter to continue using your steering wheel controls, or some other adapter?

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it was an adapter somebody posted on the old board that was aboot $100, you need it to use the steering wheel controls, heads up display, and monsoon amp(and northstar/door chimes also). i forgot what site it was on, i may search for it tomorrow(im passing out like i have narcosleepy right now, lol)

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Got it, you mean the PAC-SWI adapter. Just checking, in case you knew of some new adapter that we were unaware of!

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here is the one i was talking aboot, found the link in a post i had on the old board. it retains the chimes and onstar(which is outdated on my car anyhoo, lol)
http://bicostereo.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=3150

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Oh, I see, it lets you use the On-Star features with an aftermarket stereo. Cool.

I'm planning a sound upgrade on my wife's `01 Grand Prix GT. She has the stock Bose system. While I'm not crazy about it, we like the HUD interaction and steering wheel controls. She's not as picky about sound as I am, so I'm planning to use a PAC-OEM kit to hook up an aftermarket amplifier to her stock head unit, so I can drive better aftermarket speakers. I believe there is also an adapter to connect an iPod to a stock head unit, and I've seen people hack an iPod into the stock head unit's interface for a trunk mounted CD changer. I might try one of those mods as well.

Ergo my interest in finding out what adapters people are using, if any of them are something I might want to take a closer look at.

I posted in the recent thread about the OnStar service: It's nifty, but I can't justify paying the price. A cell phone is a better investment.

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