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Old 08-31-2006, 12:48 PM   #1
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Stereo Thread?

Hi all,

Wondering if anyone can direct me to any threads regarding stereo upgrade?

I'm sure it has been discussed on numerous occasions, I just thought it'd be quicker (rather than sifting through) if someone could link.

I have the standard pac, and wish to upgrade to better (not the OEM!). Just want to see other alternatives/options you guys have done

Thanks in advance for any info

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Old 08-31-2006, 02:41 PM   #2
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You don't provide much information about your car or the stereo. I have a 2000 non-S and added rear speakers to it. I have the CDR-220 stock radio CD. It made a big difference in the sound quality. (It probably won't be enough improvement to satisfy an audiophile, but I'm pleased.) I bought the PNP kit that you can find on eBay. The seller is a guy named Harvey - great to work with. I'm not sure if he ships to Australia, but it's worth asking. Here are the installation instructions:

http://www.pelicanparts.com//techarticles/box_rear_speakers/box_rear_speakers.htm


I also installed an iPod hook up using these instructions:

http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=7747&hl=amplifier

If you want to go wild, here's the guide:

http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=9613

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Old 08-31-2006, 10:16 PM   #3
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Thanks heaps Kevin! Shall investigate

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rear speakers

I, too, am looking at adding rear speakers to my 2000 with rear storage compartment and hifi option.
The porsche rear speakers are about the same price as pnp-is the pnp really better?
Also, I have the seat all the way back with only about 2" between the speaker opening and the rear of the seat. How much does that block the sound?
Some people claim that the sound isn't that great and they have to adjust the fader well to the rear to get balanced sound.
Am I being too picky...Is this a worthwhile mod? thx.
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rear speakers

I, too, am looking at adding rear speakers to my 2000 with rear storage compartment and hifi option.
The porsche rear speakers are about the same price as pnp-is the pnp really better?
Also, I have the seat all the way back with only about 2" between the speaker opening and the rear of the seat. How much does that block the sound?
Some people claim that the sound isn't that great and they have to adjust the fader well to the rear to get balanced sound.
Am I being too picky...Is this a worthwhile mod? thx.
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Old 09-01-2006, 10:22 AM   #6
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Before I installed my rear speakers I checked several boards and the consensus was that the PNP speakers sounded better than those provided in the Porsche kit. I've never heard the stock set up so I can't say from experience that the PNP kit is better.

The rear speakers make the sound more "spacious", but they do not correct all the problems with the stock system. I may upgrade the system further, but for now I can live with it. To me the improvement was worth the cost.
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I'm also interested in adding the rear speaker. My 05 987 has the standard porsche audio. recently rode in a 987 with the porsche optioned boise (?), whicvh features a speaker in place of the sliding doors compartment between the seats. It madea huge difference having sound there, and the sound was relatively good quality.
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Hi,

You need to think very hard before investing $$$ in stereo gear for a convertible. None of them are conducive to great sound. They simply are not a very good audio environment.

If you want bragging rights, that's different. You can add lots of bling and even improve the sound (a bit, but not much overall), but it'll never be stellar or worth the price. Just my $0.02.

The rear speakers are a worthwhile mod, but provide mostly sorely needed fill-in.

BTW, I have a $3k+ system in my Esprit and it's great, also, I was once into it big time and had an accoustically altered listening room with all very high-end gear ($25k-$30k worth), so I do have a bit of experience...

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Hi,

You need to think very hard before investing $$$ in stereo gear for a convertible. None of them are conducive to great sound. They simply are not a very good audio environment.

If you want bragging rights, that's different. You can add lots of bling and even improve the sound (a bit, but not much overall), but it'll never be stellar or worth the price. Just my $0.02.

The rear speakers are a worthwhile mod, but provide mostly sorely needed fill-in.

BTW, I have a $3k+ system in my Esprit and it's great, also, I was once into it big time and had an accoustically altered listening room with all very high-end gear ($25k-$30k worth), so I do have a bit of experience...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99
Jim, I'm sure you agree with me when I say the price of the equipment used doesn't mean anything....

I have to say that it IS possible to make a convertible sound great. In fact I would put my cars stereo up against any hardtop.
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Rear Speakers and Home Stereos

I have been thinking of adding rear speakers to my base 2000 Boxster. Like Jim I USED to have a nice home audio system. In fact I have been into listening to music for several decades now, but things do change, or at least morph.

I teach for a living, so we are not swimming in extra cash. So I had to work on "she-who-must-be-obeyed" for over a year to be "allowed" to get my Boxster. It looked like it would never happen, but in a moment of weakness she said: "the only way you will ever get a Porsche is if you sell all your stereo gear".

Well, that is all it took, I sold most of expensive audio gear including all of my thousands of LP's, trick turntable and such and came up with enough for my Boxster (most of it anyway, still working on that).

So, back to the rear speakers. I have replaced the factory dash and door speakers with JL Audio speakers and was thinking of using 4 of their 3.5 inch speakers for the rear. Anyone ever tried JL Audio speakers for the rear speakers, or had any luck with the ebay PNP speakers, thanks,

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I have been thinking of adding rear speakers to my base 2000 Boxster. Like Jim I USED to have a nice home audio system. In fact I have been into listening to music for several decades now, but things do change, or at least morph.

I teach for a living, so we are not swimming in extra cash. So I had to work on "she-who-must-be-obeyed" for over a year to be "allowed" to get my Boxster. It looked like it would never happen, but in a moment of weakness she said: "the only way you will ever get a Porsche is if you sell all your stereo gear".

Well, that is all it took, I sold most of expensive audio gear including all of my thousands of LP's, trick turntable and such and came up with enough for my Boxster (most of it anyway, still working on that).

So, back to the rear speakers. I have replaced the factory dash and door speakers with JL Audio speakers and was thinking of using 4 of their 3.5 inch speakers for the rear. Anyone ever tried JL Audio speakers for the rear speakers, or had any luck with the ebay PNP speakers, thanks,

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I have a set of JL Audio 3.5" speakers which i never used. One box has been opened for a test fit and thats about it. They are the TR model i believe...nothing speical. I am willing to let both sets (4speakers) go for $40plus shipping.

Let me know if your interested.
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Old 10-06-2006, 11:52 AM   #12
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Hey Kevin, thats a very cool ipod set-up. i used the same becker aux cable. i didnt know that you could get a cable that would power up the ipod. very cool link.

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My setup:

Alpine PDX-4.150 (amp)
Alpine 9857 (HU)
Focal 100v2 Slims (dash)

Crystal clear, highway driving.

You need a really clean, powerful amplifier to go with the Focal speakers to get the best out of them. That Alpine unit is small and sexy AND you won't loose any space under the hood...

The door speakers are fine as is, they are just for the lows.

Rear speakers are useless with a setup like this.
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just bought the pioneer deh 9800 bt head unit and jl audio xr 650 csi speakers 2 jl 8w3 woofers a jl audio 500/5 amp. that should make my 03 box crank. just got to find a place to put the sub woofers i think under the seats may work. wanted to stay kinda stock but to hell with that tin can sound system. i wana here the red hot chili peppers loud. thats just me

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