Base Stereo Improvement

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    You are probably paying a lot for them having made the decisions for you, putting it all in one kit. Which may be exactly what you wanted, to make it easier.

    If youre looking to spend for per volume and just getting everything you need at once than probably that will do it for you.

    Although you may be able to assemble the same kit, with better parts at the same if not lower price from perhaps crutchfield or sonicelectronics.

    My audio enthusiast friends love Sonic, but I think Crutchfield is better. Their website is nicer, their CS is better. Pricing wasnt really any different.
     
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    X2. Crutchfield.
     
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    Also, you wont get crap for real audio support from AM (thats not really their thing, its not their fault) as you will from crutchfield.
     
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    Does Crutchfield have a complete kit for my car? Or can they put one together?
     
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    They can for sure help you build a kit, depending on your budget and how far you want to go.

    You may notice a huge increase just from swapping out the stock speakers, with no additional amplification.

    The stock speakers in 90% of cars, arent heavy enough to even be paperweights.

    Are you planning on installing yourself, or pay a shop to do it?

    **SIDE NOTE**

    It may be very much worth your while to invest in sound deadening, while this adds weight to the car which may not be something you want to do, the amount of vibration noise it will reduce in your door panels can help bring more sound into the interior of the car and can be done very affordably while you are already doing the door speakers anyway.

    I personally use (you probably wont need this many feet)

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00URUIKAK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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    On Crutchfield's website you can enter your car's information and can search for only equipment that will fit in the stock speaker openings. They also sell wiring and mounting kits.
     
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    One of the biggest problems with the stock Ford systems is the factory EQ curve and variable loudness they apply to the signal before it get's amplified. If you do upgrade the speakers, I highly recommend getting Forscan and an ELM327 ODB programmer (with HS/MS switch) to disable the EQ on the ACM module and provide a flat response. If you go one step further and add any external amplifiers, you can also program the ACM module to provide line level output's and you can eliminate the need for a LOC (line output converter). There are many threads on the subject in the forums.
     
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    Not to hijack the thread, but what are the impedance ratings for the front component speakers respectively? Are they 8-ohm or 4-ohm?

    I believe the rears are 4-ohm...

    ...So, if the fronts are 8-ohm wired in parallel, then they'll have a balanced 4-ohm circuit going to the stereo. If they are 4-ohms, then they would be running the front speaker channels at 2-ohms respectively.

    Anyone know exactly?
     
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