Why does my system sound terrible?!

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by JRD761, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. JRD761

    JRD761 Rockstar 100 Posts

    About a year ago, I installed a new Alpine CDE-103BT stereo into my truck, along with new Pioneer speakers in the front and rear. (I'm not sure on the model numbers, but I believe they might be TS-G1643R's in the front and TS-A4672's in the rear. I paid around $250 for the new sets at Best Buy)

    Throughout the past year, I have not been able to find a way to make this system sound "Decent". If I give it any bass at all (like put it up to level 3), it sounds like I'm going to blow the speakers.

    I know getting subs would help, but I really don't want to get them. My buddy's Tahoe has the Factory Bose stereo system (and has no Sub), and sounds GREAT.. But isn't there a way to make this combination sound somewhat decent? or did I just not buy decent speakers?

    If the speakers are a problem, what are some decent speakers for under $300 for a whole set?
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2011
  2. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    I've said it before and I will say it again... Stay FAR away from Pioneer speakers.. Unless you like Ear bleeds and NO Midbass...And stay away from Best Buy They know nothing about good sound....

    Ok now if your not going to use a 4 ch amp (You should if you want a full sound) I would say look at the JL Audio Tr's. They sound great with little power and still have a good midbass. The Alpine Type S are nice too but less mids..Also to look at Focal Accs or the lower end Kicker.
  3. thrasher

    thrasher Rockstar 100 Posts

    You're gonna laugh, but this is what I did. I wanted more bass WITHOUT having to install an amp & all the other stuff. So, I went to (snicker) Goodwill, and bought a pair of Aiwa mini system speakers. They're about 10"x10"x12", and fit PERFECTLY under the rear seat of my 2001 Silverado 2500HD Ext, cab. Then, I bought another pair of mini system speakers, and cannibalized them for the woofers. Using some 3/8" stainless wood screws and Marine Goop, mounted them to the plastic mounting rings that snap into the doors. They have a nice, full sound, and best of all, cost me about $50.00 all in!! Can't beat that! And the rear's are rated for about 100 watts. i just might try hooking up my old 85 watt, 2 channel amp to see what they sound like then!!
  4. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Loving the Outdoors Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Check what the Ohm is on the back of those.. They might be between 8-16..Your automotive system is 4 ohm.. Unless it's a Bose system. You could over heat your amp in the radio or an aftermarket amp.
  5. thrasher

    thrasher Rockstar 100 Posts

    Well, I had my old radio hooked up with those speakers for 7 years with no problems, (and still worked fine when I sold it) so they must be 4 ohm.
  6. jake21

    jake21 New Member

    Unfortunately, aftermarket speakers are made to be PAIRED with a sub. Their design goals is to let the sub take care of the bass (~80hz and above) and let the speakers do all of the mids and highs. Ill bet if you surf through the menu on your 103, you will find a HPF (high pass filter) which eliminates the 80hz and below bass to the speakers. Its definately something i tell all of my customers at my car audio shop when they are looking at replacing their speakers.

    On a side note, Kicker makes a badass 8" sub/box combo that we install underneath the seats of a ton of trucks, its fairly cheap and the bass it produces is ridiculous for a little 8"


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