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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 12-28-2010, 01:04 PM   #1
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Harman Kardon setup improvement

Hello,

I am in the process of replacing the blown tweeters in the M3. (thinking of going with BSW).

Once this is done, I wonder what would be the best upgrade to do on the system?

- Replace the actual amp / Better amp for the 6x9s ?
- Replace the 6x9s ?
- New head unit ?

It seems very hard to replace the head unit because its the HK setup. (Geez, my old Pioneer head unit produce better results in my Prelude than my current M setup!)

What do you guys think I should do ?
Is it true that the stock amp is not really pushing hard the subs in the rear?

Thanks
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:49 PM   #2
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Search dude,..there is a ton of stuff on this very subject! You won't be disappointed......
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:59 PM   #3
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
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Yeah I'm just done reading http://forums.roadfly.com/forums/aud...1433274&page=2. Long but very informative post!
So I think I'll start by replacing those 6x9's first, and perhaps a new amp after if I'm still not satisfied.

I'm curious to hear what others have been doing ??
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:27 PM   #5
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dynavin dude.......
Well am I missing something or putting a Dynavin HU is supposed to increase the quality of the sound? The only thing I could do is tweak the sound from the integrated EQ...
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:51 PM   #6
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Although there is a section for audio, my biggest upgrade to the sound overall was getting an aftermarket HU (*see sig.). I added an amp and sub to the factory system and I'm happy with it...considering I came from a full system in my previous 330. Personally, when funds allow, I am going with BSW to replace the factory speakers. From my research, unless you are going for earth rattling sound, that is a great upgrade. I think they are still working on a factory amp replacement as well.

Also, with the proper adapter (I got everything from Crutchfield.com) install is extremely easy on a HU.
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For your midrange/tweeter, BSW will tell you they are the only option out there, but there is actually an alternative.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...hlight=speaker
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Hello,

I am in the process of replacing the blown tweeters in the M3. (thinking of going with BSW).

Once this is done, I wonder what would be the best upgrade to do on the system?

- Replace the actual amp / Better amp for the 6x9s ?
- Replace the 6x9s ?
- New head unit ?

It seems very hard to replace the head unit because its the HK setup. (Geez, my old Pioneer head unit produce better results in my Prelude than my current M setup!)

What do you guys think I should do ?
Is it true that the stock amp is not really pushing hard the subs in the rear?

Thanks
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Old 12-29-2010, 12:32 AM   #9
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For your midrange/tweeter, BSW will tell you they are the only option out there, but there is actually an alternative.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...hlight=speaker
Glad I re-checked this thread!! I may have to try out those speakers. Around $100 and I could have all new speakers up front! Hell, with that little cash, what do I have to lose?
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Glad it helped out....

Also, in case it's any further help to anyone, here are some other things I've done to my set up:

- Replaced all cabin speakers with MB Quart, except the midrange mentioned above and posted here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...hlight=speaker

- Replaced factory ski pass HK sub with a Kicker: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...55#post8404655

- Added a set of tweeters to help with clarity of sound when the convertible top is down: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...hlight=tweeter

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