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Old January 17th, 2019, 14:04   #1
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Default I want to replace my car speakers

I just picked up a 2012 golf tdi with the regular sound system, Nothing like the monsoon my mk4 jetta had. I do have the factory touch screen head unit.

Should I get 2 or 3 way speakers for the doors? Also are they 6.5inch?
What brands do you recommend. I would like a lot of bass with out having a sub-woofer.

Any feedback would be appreciated! Thanks
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Old January 17th, 2019, 17:48   #2
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Recommend going to Crutchfield's website to figure out what fits in your car: https://www.crutchfield.com/Car/outfitmycar/mycar.aspx
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Old January 17th, 2019, 17:52   #3
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I did Alpine components in the front and Alpine 2 ways in the back. They are nice and the "S" line wont break the bank.
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Recommend going to Crutchfield's website to figure out what fits in your car: https://www.crutchfield.com/Car/outfitmycar/mycar.aspx


Always a good place to start. Iíve been thinking about doing my Ď15 Golf too.
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Old January 17th, 2019, 19:31   #5
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You could also track down the factory Fender woofers. Plug and play replacement. (You'll only use 1 of the 2 voice coils in the front, but that's OK)

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Old January 18th, 2019, 10:34   #7
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You could also track down the factory Fender woofers. Plug and play replacement. (You'll only use 1 of the 2 voice coils in the front, but that's OK)

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Why would it only use 1?
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Old January 18th, 2019, 10:43   #8
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I did Alpine components in the front and Alpine 2 ways in the back. They are nice and the "S" line wont break the bank.
Can you explain more. Is there any big difference in 2 way and 3 way?
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Can you explain more. Is there any big difference in 2 way and 3 way?
No, not in a car and not in a casual listening atmosphere.

There are a couple (separate) things going on here:
The difference between components and integrated
The difference between 2way and 3way

He has components in the front, which is the woofer (big speaker) down in the door and tweeters (the little speakers) somewhere else (like up in the A pillar, for example). Installers do that for placement and focusing. The larger the speaker, the more omni directional sound is; the smaller the speaker the more directional the sound is (think of those huge subwoofers thumping away in people's cars that you can feel/hear in your own car--but you can't hear the voices unless the windows are down in both cars).

So woofers can be placed in the door without too much compromise on sound but the little tweeters need to be pointed at your ears for best results, which is why they're mounted up by your head in modern, factory locations.

The backseat isn't as important in getting that precise placement, usually, so integrated speakers are used (woofers with tweeters in the middle of them slightly off-center). That's what he has in the back. I have components in the back but setups like that require more precise placement than just having the whole setup in the panel.

The distinction between 2 and 3 way speakers comes down to how many speakers are part of the system (independent of whether they are composite or components). So far we've been discussing 2 way speakers and those are by far the bulk of car audio options for general applications. A woofer + a tweeter are what you are used to and makes placement simple. A three way speaker will usually add a midrange driver. You then need to figure out where you're going to place that third driver, how to EQ it, a more complex crossover (which also needs correct placement and additional cost), and whether the type of music you listen to even warrants its inclusion. It's main purpose is to reproduce sound better than the other two speakers with this dedicated, to-purpose speaker that can allow them to better focus on the slice of frequency they are best at.

Then there are other factors like a good 2 way is going to outperform a mediocre 3 way, but that's the gist of it.

So you're basically looking at 2 way components in the front to replace what you have in the door and pillar, and then 2 way non-components in the rear to replace the speakers in the door cards.
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Why would it only use 1?
The "base" front door woofers have a single 4 ohm voice coil. The fender speakers have 2x 2 ohm voice coils. So when you plug in the base wiring, only one voice coil gets hooked up.

For the rear door woofers, both the base system and Fender have a single voice coil, with the standard being 4 ohm and fender 2 ohm.

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Old January 21st, 2019, 11:52   #11
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The "base" front door woofers have a single 4 ohm voice coil. The fender speakers have 2x 2 ohm voice coils. So when you plug in the base wiring, only one voice coil gets hooked up.
For the rear door woofers, both the base system and Fender have a single voice coil, with the standard being 4 ohm and fender 2 ohm.
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I haven't messed with speakers in a long time so its why I had to ask so many questions lol. I just want it to sound good. I want alot of bass with clear audio like my Ram 1500 has. Maybe Il try to get the factor fender speakers and put them in.
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Old January 22nd, 2019, 14:53   #12
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Check ebay, there are usually some floating around.

You'll need a pop rivet gun to install them. Be sure the seal is good, the side airbag sensor depends on the speaker making a good seal against the door.

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Old January 27th, 2019, 19:39   #13
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It depends on your budget also. I agree on checking Crutchfield. They have some good pricing.
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Old January 29th, 2019, 09:02   #14
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I really wish there were better options. Suggestions appreciated.
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I added sound deadening/dampening to the door panels and inside the door. I really think it helped with the Fender speaker sound. As for now Iím pretty satisfied and will tinker with something elseólike the wifeís Ď18 Outback speakers!
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