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      02-26-2013, 03:35 PM   #1
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Sound mods

I'm looking for a thread to summarize the sound modifications we have done in order to improve the listening experience in our F30.
I'm coming from a L7 in a 7 Series and while the HiFi on my 328i doesn't sound bad, I feel there's a lot of room for improvement. I'm not an a'phile but If I can spend $1k and equal the sound quality of the L7, I'll do it.

Speakers
Fitting 2 x 10" under the seats would be ideal, because would spare me of having to deal with an extra sub in the trunk.
As for the rest of the speakers, I'm going to look for something softer, darker, as high frequencies make my ears bleed.

Amp
Rumor is the stock amp sends a highly equed signal to the speakers, so replacing it would be a must.

Equalization, Phasing & Calibration
This is what worries me the most because I know it makes a huge difference in the quality of sound. From what I understand, I have two main options:
1. JBL MS-8 with the auto calibration/eq/phasing would be the easiest and probably less expensive.
2. Take the car to a shop (have no idea which one) and have it calibrated by the guys there. Without having a quote yet, this one sounds (pun lol) expensive.

What do you guys think? And please list your sound mods, as I'm sure a lot of ppl need inspiration.
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I am having the complete setup from Integral Audio installed in my car in April. I will report back my findings, should sound amazing.

It's the difference between buying a suit off the rack at the Men's Wearhouse(off the shelf random components) vs having a tailor make you a custom suit to your measurements(Integral Audio).
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anyone have any experience with BSW (Bavarian Soundwerks)?
the Stage 1 audio seems to be around $700, would give this a go when my speaker pops and rattles

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I am having the complete setup from Integral Audio installed in my car in April. I will report back my findings, should sound amazing.

It's the difference between buying a suit off the rack at the Men's Wearhouse(off the shelf random components) vs having a tailor make you a custom suit to your measurements(Integral Audio).
the F30 doesnt seem to be supported on their website, do you have to go in-store to do it?
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the F30 doesnt seem to be supported on their website, do you have to go in-store to do it?
It's not on the site yet, I am the development vehicle being used. All measurements and data from my car has been done. Just waiting on the production pieces. So you will hear it and see it from me first before it hits the web.

Not only will it be on the IA site, his plan is to have this be a dealer offered and installed package too.
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I am having the complete setup from Integral Audio installed in my car in April. I will report back my findings, should sound amazing.

It's the difference between buying a suit off the rack at the Men's Wearhouse(off the shelf random components) vs having a tailor make you a custom suit to your measurements(Integral Audio).
Do you know what this "complete" setup will include? Speaker & amp replacement only, or also new custom enclosures?
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Do you know what this "complete" setup will include? Speaker & amp replacement only, or also new custom enclosures?
It's going to be a custom molded enclosure into the drivers side of the trunk with a 10" sub, brand most likely being AlumaPro.

New amps, new speakers. There is a bit of uncertainty if he is going to replace the rear speakers, last we spoke, he thought people would see value in it even if it does not affect the sound quality much.

Also not likely to be replaced are the underseat subs. He is changing the power sent to them and how they are used for better sounds, but the speakers themselves were not worth upgrading.
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It's going to be a custom molded enclosure into the drivers side of the trunk with a 10" sub, brand most likely being AlumaPro.

New amps, new speakers. There is a bit of uncertainty if he is going to replace the rear speakers, last we spoke, he thought people would see value in it even if it does not affect the sound quality much.

Also not likely to be replaced are the underseat subs. He is changing the power sent to them and how they are used for better sounds, but the speakers themselves were not worth upgrading.
What's the damage ($) going to be?
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What's the damage ($) going to be?
Dunno yet. Look at the pricing for the Mini on the website, it will be similar.
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I just spent 2 hrs on the e90post forums. There is so . much . info there (sound related), it's incredible. We have nothing compared to the E90 owners. Nothing It's like we don't own the same brand, but Lada's.
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I just spent 2 hrs on the e90post forums. There is so . much . info there (sound related), it's incredible. We have nothing compared to the E90 owners. Nothing It's like we don't own the same brand, but Lada's.
the e90 is like 9 years old, thus, more info
common sense buddy, common sense
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the e90 is like 9 years old, thus, more info
common sense buddy, common sense
The amount of posts must be growing exponentially over time, because this is a two years old forum and doesn't have even 15% of the total sound related posts on the E90.
And what pisses me off really bad is that almost all the sound mods for E90 don't work on F30. I should have bought an E39
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It's not on the site yet, I am the development vehicle being used. All measurements and data from my car has been done. Just waiting on the production pieces. So you will hear it and see it from me first before it hits the web.

Not only will it be on the IA site, his plan is to have this be a dealer offered and installed package too.
Did you ever install this?

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