Is Upgrading Your Car Speakers ACTUALLY Worth It?

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n r Prieš 7 val
you should have mentioned, the reason youre checking for which blue wire is the right one, is one is for power antenna, which will act like a amp turn on while youre on the fm tuner source, but will shut off when you go to another source. Usually when youre installing the headunit fresh, it'll default to the fm source so they may think that its the right one.
generic dude
generic dude Prieš 12 val
You could use a drill/tap combo bit to create your mount points.
Sean Moore
Sean Moore Prieš 17 val
The most important information to look at when selecting audio equipment is to verify the number are referring to RMS or peak ratings. While working with batteries, disconnect the ground terminal first and reconnect ground terminal last.
Kris Wade
Kris Wade Prieš 22 val
I added 6x9s in my Miata behind the seats you can cut that metal and fit them in there and amplified those also. Sounded great
Soviet Scrap Mechanic
Soviet Scrap Mechanic Prieš dieną
You need dat B A S S
Yosef MacGruber
Yosef MacGruber Prieš 2 dienas
Step 1: Get rid of the little dinky Miata. Get a proper family car or van or SUV with at least rear doors.
prawny12009 Prieš 2 dienas
if you don't want to mess with wiring to the doors you can run the amp wires upto the dash with a matching plug for the loom, disconnect the speaker loom from the head unit and plug it into the amp wires instead. that way you can swap back easily if you remove the amp.
prawny12009 Prieš 2 dienas
head units tend to clip on the internal amplifier too, if you tested the internal amp for distortion/clipping you would probably only been able to use 2/3 - 3/4 of the volume control. some will clip on the rca outs but most will not allowing you to use the full range of the volume dial (always best setting volumes and gains with an oscilloscope) if you use speaker level inputs to your amp instead of rca's you will end up just amplifying a clipped signal unless you test the head unit for clipping and limit your volume level to that point..
aimlessbutton Prieš 2 dienas
anyone else notice the black nuts hanging off his keychain
Don ellis
Don ellis Prieš 2 dienas
We need a link for that crimper
emathew97 Prieš 2 dienas
Jonathan C
Jonathan C Prieš 2 dienas
ferrules are nice also putting some solder helps to keep it from fraying.
Luis Rosales
Luis Rosales Prieš 3 dienas
“Do your speakers sound like they’re underwater?” Me: my speakers don’t even sound at all 😭😭
Luis Rosales
Luis Rosales Prieš 3 dienas
To someone who knows car audio. I have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata with the basic ass audio system. It’s very not good (lol). What can I get with 800-1000 bucks and do I need to replace all the speakers. I think the system has 6 in total.
Josh Gomez
Josh Gomez Prieš 3 dienas
My stepdads cousin got some new speakers at a audio place and they told him not to blast the music for the first 3 days. Might be wrong but that's what I remember hearing
Buzz A
Buzz A Prieš 3 dienas
Man JL sure is trying to copy other manufacturers a lot these days. Those speakers look like Focals.
40Cal Reef
40Cal Reef Prieš 3 dienas
Those are not component speakers, they are coaxial.
Maykil107 Prieš 4 dienas
yes its worth it
TheKingOf Cr1nge
TheKingOf Cr1nge Prieš 4 dienas
18:47 "it just slides right in" thats what she said
East Coast Blaque
East Coast Blaque Prieš 4 dienas
Premium aftermarket headunit have a lot of power in them. Yes you need a good quality speakers and an amp, but most premium units have built-in amps. While the built-in amp may not be as good as an actual amp it will help the oem amp you have on your car, if your car came with one. Also if you're installing an amp depending on the wattage it's best to also use a separate battery to power it. But really for premium sound you have to know how use the in dash tuning system in whatever premium unit you got and tuning the amp also. Also also Kicker speakers and Pioneer Headunits for life.
Elliott Dyson
Elliott Dyson Prieš 4 dienas
If I were to fit an amp into my car I would need custom insurance here in the UK. The cost would literally increase 10 fold. Luckily as long as the headunit power is clean and you have efficient speakers, an amp isn't really needed.
AF_1892 Prieš 5 dienų
1000 times yes! I am lucky and drive an 03 Fast n Furious Ford lighting. (I've installed my gear except the first time, a physics PHD did it. When things broke in my first car he helped me troubleshoot problems. I was already in college physics by then. If you know how to install it a ported 15' sub box in the back of a dinky car is pretty cheap. Heartbreaking to go though the thefts bc I design them to never be stolen again. Currently my 18 year old baby has 2 amps, a capacator (not big enough) sound insuluation. all basic speakers have been replaced and have their own amp because you have to have balance. Life pro tip; get your dad to help you unbolt the seats to make it impossible to get one of my amps. Right now electric problems. A "security" shop targeted the hell out of me and hacked up my wiring bad. For the most part it still goes. Depressed I payed a mechanic 2k+ to screw up the electronics bad. I think I can wire a seperate hot when key on relay. windows downt roll down. AND SUPER BUMMER the Lightning is 18 yrs old. I wanted fresh shocks, belts, supercharger and intercooler stuff to be top notch. Now I only get 8psi of boost. It always slapped up to 12psi. I rarely lose street races. As far as the audio not powering up its just the deck. also the AC cluster. And overhead console when engine on. Kill the engine they magically work. Thank God my dash cluster and compass work. I miss scaring people w 3800W of sound. Capacitors so underrated. I've got shocked pretty w a 5 F one with a lose cable. I suspect they give your alternator less work too. No dimming headlights or AC strain. Thanks for reading my TED talk. Lightning gurus I have a salvaged 02 L wiring harness if that helps. Never selling the truck I can drive to you! Last tip, get a drill and screw through car's metal and the speaker box. Thow in odd screw types. Then screw in the subs that weigh 20 pounds each. similar deal with your amps. Throw in the most random metal plates with drill bits they wont have. It's satisfying af to see the someone made a pathetic attempt on it. Ha ha.
ledzpg Prieš 5 dienų
Why no subwoofer? 🤔🤷🏻‍♂️
Fotosynthesis858 Prieš 5 dienų
This video should be titled “does upgrading your speakers AND adding an amp yadda yadda yadda…”
Turbo Fungus
Turbo Fungus Prieš 6 dienų
The promo code for the Truck didn’t work 🤕
PP van dorst
PP van dorst Prieš 6 dienų
For real bass for tour 6,5inch you need to prep the Doors SILENT COAT!!! Than you wil get bass out of you 6,5 drivers Trust me dude
Khalid Sheikh
Khalid Sheikh Prieš 6 dienų
Enjoyed every step.. Keep it going
Ricky Booth
Ricky Booth Prieš 7 dienų
He has 4 gauge amp wires for a 400 watt amp them there’s me a 8 gauge amp wires for a 1500 watt amp😂
toolshed1979 Prieš 7 dienų
Dude, you’re a straight up old school audio gankster! You TOTALLY simplified this for the video’s purposes. It seems obvious that you understand much more about car AND likely home audio than this video can reveal. I’d love to see a video of a modern, more integrated system from the factory. NO SPEAKER LEVEL INPUTS OR CHEATS SUCH AS THIS. ALSO, ONLY ONE OR TWO 8” SUBWOOFERS CAN BE USED? Other than that, maybe do a HI LOW of this. Punchy, flat, clean audio that can make your hair stand up on your arms at a nominal volume. “Think B@W 800D pair processed and powered by McIntosh in a car.”Just an example.
Ray Bensinger
Ray Bensinger Prieš 7 dienų
Sounds like ass needs a lowpass filter and a sub minimum
Ricardo Tellez
Ricardo Tellez Prieš 8 dienų
Hey can u also add a sub into that exact set up ?
MastaSquidge Prieš 9 dienų
Oh man please do a video of setting the gain properly. With a cheap oscilloscope. Cuz damn.
Jacob Villarreal
Jacob Villarreal Prieš 9 dienų
Why did they decide to sue a 4 channel amp when they only ended up using 2 channels?
Griffin W
Griffin W Prieš 9 dienų
People always think because there speakers are distorting it's because the speakers can't handle it but it's actually because there's not enough power going to them
zach sturm
zach sturm Prieš 10 dienų
Yoooo is that a Zips hat???
Green Patriot
Green Patriot Prieš 10 dienų
What year miata?
MEL0H Prieš 10 dienų
Can I use the factory head to power the amp and speakers or do I need to change the head unit as well
Raivils Kārklis
Raivils Kārklis Prieš 10 dienų
where did you learn all of dis about cars???
Stefan A.
Stefan A. Prieš 10 dienų
Yes it is.
Herman Green
Herman Green Prieš 10 dienų
The cumbersome pail startlingly judge because touch basically cause on a rhetorical jump. plastic, jagged jacket
prosky_ tube
prosky_ tube Prieš 11 dienų
You guys should do a video on component speakers or sound deadening the vehicle. I’m about to sound deaden my vehicle
Andy Coraly
Andy Coraly Prieš 11 dienų
next level i a new recear aka head unit
Van White
Van White Prieš 12 dienų
Any info on tweeters? LOVE your videos! MO POWAH BABEH
Jeremy Senko
Jeremy Senko Prieš 12 dienų
Out of all the 6×9 or door speakers I have owned nothing sounded better than the infinity brand. Bass wise jl and old school orion were my best.
R D Prieš 13 dienų
"Watts RMS" is a bogus meaningless term widespread in the audio world. The correct term is average power.
Keeks Keeks
Keeks Keeks Prieš 14 dienų
Bro your like scotty k Jr you said new car I say supra wrx or integra .
Eli canup
Eli canup Prieš 14 dienų
It's still peaking to an uncomfortable degree, though you should never run your sound system at max volume anyway.
FaZe Drtgoat
FaZe Drtgoat Prieš 15 dienų
Sounds like a distorted subwoofer
Akram Mohammed
Akram Mohammed Prieš 16 dienų
Noel Muñiz
Noel Muñiz Prieš 16 dienų
Hey, guys! Great video. I would suggest also throwing in some advice on how to make your install more flush or rather more aesthethic as if it came from the factory or like an OEM install. In any case, you got a new subscriber here...thanks!
Hardware 570
Hardware 570 Prieš 16 dienų
Oh man, the sound of that supercharged TRX is something else 1:31
Sleeping Warrior
Sleeping Warrior Prieš 17 dienų
I was expecting this video to be just about upgrading your speakers. Not a "seats out" rewire and install of a four channel amp with just 2 speakers using disproportionately expensive speaker wire!
Double D Productions
Double D Productions Prieš 17 dienų
Anybody else notice his tabs expired mar 2020
Cole Fritza
Cole Fritza Prieš 18 dienų
its worth it
SRK Prieš 18 dienų
So this amp is for 4 speaker at 75W, so you can still add 2 more. right?
Sleeping Warrior
Sleeping Warrior Prieš 17 dienų
Yea, it's a four channel. I don't know if he added two more but I'm assuming he did.
Roman Izek
Roman Izek Prieš 18 dienų
do you always need an amp for aftermarket speakers?
Sleeping Warrior
Sleeping Warrior Prieš 17 dienų
Depends. Sony headunits output 4x55w and is more than enough for almost everyone. Chinese ones are lucky to hit 40w...they might need one. Anything less than 40w per channel is not enough.
Sourya Sarkar
Sourya Sarkar Prieš 19 dienų
Wiring for 120 bucks nice
crazynewt Prieš 19 dienų
2:46 camera guy still jamin
Ted K
Ted K Prieš 19 dienų
9:57 They're not component speakers. They're coaxial speakers.
Terry Rodbourn
Terry Rodbourn Prieš 19 dienų
Dud you should have a sub wired in too!
Daniel Budzowski
Daniel Budzowski Prieš 19 dienų
Very informative and well worded video. I was wondering about adding an amp into a car and now I have some answers. Also I want to point out that a headunit by itself can be a godsend for a sound system. I replaced the headunit in my '14 WRX years ago and it sounded phenomenal with my stock speakers, but this was a '94 so that explains some of it. The issue was that the stock headunit was underpowered and could not supply enough power to the speakers hence why the music starts to sound like garbage at a certain volume. After replacing the headunit I could go to almost max volume and still be able to listen without too much distortion but the clarity was superior. Also to note I had used the headunit EQ to turn down lows and divert them to my subwoofer channel because I added an underseat subwoofer which had its own amp built in and also had its own wired remote that you could use to tune the gain and volume much like the amp in the video except the controls were located on the amp itself. This is an easy start for anyone who wants to get into upgrading stuff on their cars. Headunits are slightly more complicated with the wiring and such but I did it as an novice with the soldering iron and learned a lot.
firehazard51 Prieš 19 dienų
I want to see you get good sound out of the speakers that were in the OEM seats by your head. Those awkward shape speakers always sucked even when replaced.
zachery leatherwood
zachery leatherwood Prieš 20 dienų
I liked it as a bass head with two 12" 3krms subs and have a 5k amp making around 145db's with the meter in the kick panel. Also make sure you're grounds are all clean. If not they can mess up the amp. You didn't have to run the wires from the front so for the people that do. Run your power wire and rca's on opposite sides of the interior, or else you'll get distortion in your subs from the power wire next to the rca's if you don't. AND AGAIN CLEAN YOUR GROUNDS TO BARE METAL. paint over after.
zachery leatherwood
zachery leatherwood Prieš 20 dienų
Put rubber grommets in between the amp and body to keep from vibration messing the amp up.
Jax Redding
Jax Redding Prieš 20 dienų
Actually the Miata has six speaker there in the stock seats headrest
Arthur Prieš 20 dienų
why you do all that and no woofer
KingSheva2699 Prieš 20 dienų
Those were aviation snips not tin snips technacly speaking but most places will show up as tin snips anyways
Rohitt Viswakarma
Rohitt Viswakarma Prieš 20 dienų
When is this puppy going to get a paint job?
Aryan Rayborn
Aryan Rayborn Prieš 20 dienų
How long does it take and how expensive is it to build up the tool set you have to do all of this on your car?
Sir Loin
Sir Loin Prieš 20 dienų
You didn’t really talk about the important stuff, you didn’t show how to set gains. It’s not a volume knob!! You didn’t talk about ohms and loads, you didn’t talk about polarity and speaker phase....
Jose V
Jose V Prieš 21 dieną
Isn't the TRX pronounced T-Rex
Declan Tanksley
Declan Tanksley Prieš 21 dieną
Just put a sub in brah do it for tha culture
rleoNIU Prieš 21 dieną
Why are you running a 4 channel amp but only using 2 speakers? Could have saved some money with a 2 channel. Doesn't look like 2 more speakers are in the plans. (Unless you are bridging the rears to run a sub later? )
Riccardo Cagnasso
Riccardo Cagnasso Prieš 21 dieną
This videos disturbs me on so many levels 1 you don't need 120$ of wirings 2 you don't need 120$ of wirings 3 you don't really need 120$ of wirings, you probably don't really need 12$ of wirings 4 if you are the crazy audiophile type that needs 120$+ of wirings, you don't run an unbalanced audio line through your whole car near the whole electrical system (and you consider balance audio a horrible thing, so you are pretty much screwed. but if you are the crazy audiophile type you are pretty much screwed anyway) 5 The pioneer dmh-1500nex has 4 50W channels amplifier, which's perfectly fine to drive your 6.5" speakers. You don't need an external amplifier for this configuration. Yes, in theory the speakers are rated up to 75W, but you don't really want to go up there (and you can hear distortion when you put your volume to the max). Yes, in theory that Jl amp might be "better", but I'll eat my hat if you can spot the difference in a blind test, especially considering that Pioneer is not horrible stuff. Congrats, you just threw away 230$ for nothing. 6 you don't really need 120$ of wirings. 7 the speaker cables you changed because "they might be corroded" looked just fine 8 the pioneer dmh-1500nex has a low pass/high pass crossover. the hint to filter out frequencies that the speakers cannot reproduce is a good way to improve your audio quality without spending a penny, but you don't need the amplifier to do that 9 90+ db sound will damage your hearing after some time 10 you don't need 120$ of wirings Conclusions: you spent 500$ to get exactly what you would get spending 120$ (buying the speakers alone)
C Taylor
C Taylor Prieš 21 dieną
I just knew it was going to be "Pop up Up and Down Headlights"
Ville Koivusalo
Ville Koivusalo Prieš 21 dieną
ever heard of GROUNDZERO............
Joshua Beecher
Joshua Beecher Prieš 21 dieną
if they are old sure.
Cesar Aguirre
Cesar Aguirre Prieš 22 dienas
No fuse from battery to amp? I know it's just 75 watts, but...
Mack Moyle
Mack Moyle Prieš 22 dienas
You need a subwoofer so badly with that
Shotz Prieš 22 dienas
any speakers cant make that garbage music sound good.
Robert Ramos
Robert Ramos Prieš 22 dienas
87 DBa and you still want them louder? don't be surprised when you go deaf lol. Anything over 85 on a regular basis is a bad idea. Ask me how I know. Nothing wrong with wanting better quality, but the volume should be about 4-5 points down on the list.
DRAINO86 Prieš 22 dienas
Next Car looks like GNX...
david XIV
david XIV Prieš 22 dienas
The yorker wins 😍🤣🤣🤣
Kakashi Prieš 22 dienas
Verry much effort for not better result, prefer to keep new speakers without the boost from amp.
lexzbuddy Prieš 22 dienas
speakers are always a first point of call for good sound
Sleeping Warrior
Sleeping Warrior Prieš 17 dienų
Not really. The output from the headunit has to be the start point. If you have great speaker or rubbish ones, if the power to them is low, they will never sound good. Alternatively, a middle of the road, non premium 4x40watts head unit for about $80 will make huge improvements that a change in speakers will not. Always start with the head unit. That power output is the first consideration. From there, then you consider speakers. Or, you can upgrade your speakers and gain literally nothing....until you upgrade your head unit and then you get the double gain. Better ability to handle the lower frequencies at volume...
Christopher Marshall
Christopher Marshall Prieš 22 dienas
Alpine are garbage.
andres marquez
andres marquez Prieš 22 dienas
You should make a list of all the best speakers of certain sizes and for voice,bass, ect and some combos that you personally recommend
ads103 Prieš 22 dienas
The _only_ thing that could make this video better is if links to the tools and accessories used was in the description. I'd love to know where the best place to grab those rivnuts, crimper, beefy battery terminals, and ferrules is.
LilMera Ballin
LilMera Ballin Prieš 22 dienas
How do I know which amp to get? My car has aftermarket speakers that were put in by the previous owner so I don't know the specs of them.
Bademeister333 Prieš 22 dienas
I did this to my car 2 years ago and absolutely hated it. I learned one thing: Next time I don't do this myself. But listening to music is so much better now. If you have an E46 you should consider upgrading your sound system
S0raJr Prieš 23 dienas
What song was that?
S0raJr Prieš 23 dienas
Pop-Up Up and Down Headlights
kandlrex Prieš 23 dienas
Fast answer: Nope Except if you have a terrible base model nasty vehicle with a cheap and nasty sounding stereo. For most cars all you need to make it sound decent is a head unit and a sub. It only sounds bad before the upgrade because you have 6 inch speakers trying to reproduce bass in the doors (which they can’t) and they need to be adjusted so they only do the highs and mid range and so adding a sub creates the bass notes only like you mentioned at the end of the video.
Russell K
Russell K Prieš 23 dienas
that is not what it takes to install any amp. this video is very misleading and leaves out a lot of key details
Meh Meh
Meh Meh Prieš 23 dienas
Shame you will be listening to garbage through them
James Talton
James Talton Prieš 23 dienas
new cars no. just like headers intake etc. the are all the best as possible from the factory these days lol. fast and furious days are over unfortunate....
Lazer Prieš 23 dienas
One of the first things I did to my E46 was buy a new sound system. One of the best things I've done to my car, even got the same speakers lmao
Jacob King
Jacob King Prieš 23 dienas
Audio would be a great upgrade for an E36 👀
Koren M
Koren M Prieš 24 dienas
Used the old speaker wire to pull the new wire through the doors...
Erkzyzz Prieš 24 dienas
Awesome vid :)
BranHub Prieš 24 dienas
I gotta be honest Donut Media, I love you guys but holy shit this video wasn’t necessary. If you want better sound then it’s worth it, that’s it. That’s the whole review.
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