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Hey guys, I run a Pioneer DEH-P7400 MP3 in my car with stock speakers. I dont blast the sound or stress the stock speakers but they sound so bad for some reason. I get this nasty rattle/crackling sound coming from them. I turned down the bass like all the way to save my self the embarassment while driving by people.

Does anyone have any solutions for better quality audio out of stock speakers? Or would I have to upgrade to a better set of speakers for the front and back? I would like to save money if possible and get at least decent sounding sound in my car.

Let me know what you guys think...
 

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I would check all the default settings and see what could be causing that. If the speakers were ok before the new head unit went in, then its most likely something with the default settings or you might not of cleanly installed it, ie. loose wires touching each other are creating the crackling sounds. I'm by no means an car audio expert, but that's just where I would look at next. Good Luck!
 

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the surrounds are rotted around the speakers! pull the grills and replace them with (at least) coaxles, or just spend a few extra dollars and get yourself some component sets. hope that helps!!
 

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Depending on your budget, here are a few suggestions.

First, Acura Integra stock speakers are inferior to aftermarket ones. They are made with a paper cone and can only be pushed so far. Your aftermarket head unit is more powerful than the factory one and can cause the OEM speakers to distort. Polypropolene cones are not only more durable, but can very often take a pounding without distorting sound. Your stocks distort because they are being overdriven. You will eventually blow them. There really aren't any add ons or quick fixes with you current speakers. Even if you added base, it would sound uneven, because your mids and highs would be drowned out by the sub.

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Here is what I suggest you do. You can get new front speaker, but if you are set up for separates (tweeter and driver) You will need an amp to make new ones sound right. The head unit will run the new stuff, but it won't sound great. If yo only have the one speaker opening in the front, I suggest Eclipse 82541 5 1/4 two way for the front and 82641 6 1/2 2way for the rear. They both have angled tweeters which you point up in the front and forward in the rear. (I'm not an eclipse rep. I just used to work at a stereo store and found them to be the best for the buck. about $79-99 average price for each pair. You can do the install yourself if you know how to take your door panel off.(check the forum) If you are thinking of separates, it's a whole different thing...meaning more money.
 

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my crappy old factory speakers sounded so horrible i took the grills away and ripped the cones out completely now all i hear is my crisp sounding polk audio front door speakers. problem soved by the way you dont realy need or want to have highs and mids coming from the back cause is brings your sound stage towards the rear of the car and you want it to be in your face like as if you were at a concert the best set up you would probly hear is some components up front kickpod area and whatever coice of woofer in back and that would give just about the best image.
 

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one important thing that I forgot to mention...Are you listening to stuff like Ludacris, B.I.G or something else with a hell of alot of bass? Because if you are, even aftermarket speakers won't give you the kind of Bass that you get from even a 10" sub. Speakers can only do so much. they really are designed for Highs and mids. The deep booming bass that you want may only be possible with adding a sub. You do get lows out of speakers, but htey won't make your car go "boom!" build up you system. It's like I suggest...1 deck 2 speakers 3amp 4sub etc...
 

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I didn't mean anything bad by saying "build up" your system like yours was crap. I meant "build it up" the way most car audio specialists suggest. don't get a sub before you get rid of the stock head. Don't buy an amp before you get rid of the stock speakers...etc...

There's a certain order that you should try to build up your system..that's all i meant.. they've got four pages going on the other thread about being nice and helpful. Duck before you join that thread! they're throwing things at each other!!
 

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Adding a sub seems to add so much more to the music. You can hear bass lines that you didnt even know existed in the song.

I say screw the rear fill. You dont sit back there anyways. Get some nice components, perferably and amp too for them.

Then if you have the cash try and find a decent yet inexpensive sub set up. You dont need alot.

I personally am growing out of the huge booming bass. I dont really have it now, but I am still going to be downsizing from 2 10"s to 1 10".
You could find a nice used sub and amp combo for a good price I think.


SQ over SPL imo.
 

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Matt_vn is right. My rears aren't even running right now and I don't really care! I've got sweet ADS components in the front. I don't "boom!" my car anymore, but I do like some deep bass. (See profile)

If you buy any used audio equipment, get it bench tested before you hand over any money. Don't buy any used audio stuff without making sure it works. Cheap amps are not a good investment they can die or have more problems than a more expensive, quality amp
 

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i'm another "without rear speakers" system owner

got my 5 channel amp running 3 channels.. one to the sub, the other two pushing each front corner consisting of ID HLCD's and some McIntosh midbasses.... theres no turning back
 

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Whoa thanks for the replies guys.
To answer a few questions:

The install of the deck is fine, and even with the previous stock tape deck, the speakers were producing the same rattling/distorted sound (althought not as much since the tape deck didnt produce as much power as this 'new' one).

I would like to go for the tweeter and driver setup ultimately(sp), but as Ace1972 mentioned in his post I would need an adequate amp to get the crisp sound I want, probably really expensive. If I could get away with 'not so great' rears (Or no rears at all?!?!) than that would be ideal, because saving money is key.

I do listen to Rap/Hip-hop like Ludacris and B.I.G. In addition, I also like trance/dance which I put on once in a while. I was planning to take out my spare tire and put in a quality 10" sub in there (thanks ARTICLE section). Then I would need another amp, correct? (ofcourse).

Ok so I got a plan: Get rid of my old and crappy stock speakers. Purchase a tweeter and driver type speakers for my fronts, then get a 5 channel amp, followed by a 10" sub. Could you guys give me some products (thanks ace I know u alrdy mentioned some) and prices that I would be looking at making this setup.

Thanks for your input again, much appreciated.
 

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Good plan!

I suggest that you go and listen to speakers at a specialty store. Don't freak out yet! even though it may be a specialty store, it still carries all different types of separates in different price ranges. I would suggest alpine,soundstream,mcintosh (pricey) A/D/S/ (Pricey) or Eclipse. I haven't heard Kicker, so I don't have an honest opinion. Read speaker reviews online and in magazines, but go with what sounds good to YOU.

Amplifiers: Rockford, Soundstream, PPI, Alpine, Pioneer, A/D/S and McIntosh (last two can be quite expensive)5 channel great choice.

Since you do listen to what I thought you might...Even getting a two channel to run the fronts right now won't solve your specific situation.

The sub...well the sub in the spare is a good idea in theory, but not great in practice.Pioneer made a 10" sub pre-design (back in the day) It didn't resonate enough. My sub is in a sealed box firing back toward the rear of the car (away from the rear seats. The bass hits the body of the car and resonates after bouncing off the back. 10" or 12" sub would be good. Soundstream, Kicker,JBL or Pioneer..your choice. Deep Dish, DJ Sammy, Oakenfold and Sasha sound great. Same with Ice Cube, Nelly and other Hip-Hop.
 

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no rear speakers? i love my rears...the tweeters are angled towards the front....i just love having all the sound surround me..from front to back...but yea...get better ones in the front...and decent ones in the rears to keep up with the volume...if not...then just throw away the rears....no point in having cheap speakers in the rear to ruin the nice ones in the front... "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link"
 
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