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vwrado
04-07-2005, 10:50 AM
Hi, this is my first post on this forum. I want to do a 3 way setup for my car as I have never been satisfied with any of the components I have installed. My car is a e36 bmw and stock location I can fit tweeters and 4" mids in my door panel and 6.5" in the kicks.

Currently running kicker freeair 6.5" in kicks w/ LPG tweeters and using an active crossover powering my mids and highs on a seperate channel. The midbass is ok but there is a big between the highs and the mids.

question is if I get a focal 3 way setup should i used the passive crossover instead and bridging my amp (75x4) to each side? I think it is really hard for me to adjust the crossover to get a flat respond.

Also what 3-way components do you recomend? So far I have focal and boston acoustic pro in mind.

squeak9798
04-07-2005, 11:30 AM
question is if I get a focal 3 way setup should i used the passive crossover instead and bridging my amp (75x4) to each side? I think it is really hard for me to adjust the crossover to get a flat respond.

If you don't feel comfortable running a 3-way comp set active, then by all means keep the passive and bridge the amp.


Also what 3-way components do you recomend? So far I have focal and boston acoustic pro in mind.

DLS Iridiums, Dynaudio, Morel, Rainbow

GCAdidas13
04-07-2005, 12:05 PM
DLS Anything. My DLS UR6 set of 6.5's and 1.1" tweets sound amazing in kicks. I seriously think they can take a 50hz 12db/octave xover and still be loud as hell :)

vwrado
04-07-2005, 12:32 PM
Thanks for the response.

What model is the DLS 3 way setup? Also is there anywhere I can see it online?

Also should I build pods for the tweeters in the mirror base and have it point towards me? Is there any advantages for doing this over just flush mounting it on the door?

vwrado
04-07-2005, 12:48 PM
DLS Anything. My DLS UR6 set of 6.5's and 1.1" tweets sound amazing in kicks. I seriously think they can take a 50hz 12db/octave xover and still be loud as hell :)

I notice you glass your sail. Any reason why you didnt point the tweeters towards the driver side more?

squeak9798
04-07-2005, 12:56 PM
What model is the DLS 3 way setup? Also is there anywhere I can see it online?

http://www.infinitecaraudio.com/cgi-bin/icastore.cgi?user_action=detail&catalogno=IRIDIUM63

http://www.dls.se/english/speakers/Iridium63.htm


Also should I build pods for the tweeters in the mirror base and have it point towards me? Is there any advantages for doing this over just flush mounting it on the door?

Depends on the acoustics of your car and how you want them aimed.

GCAdidas13
04-07-2005, 01:39 PM
I notice you glass your sail. Any reason why you didnt point the tweeters towards the driver side more?

The passenger side tweeter is pointed toward the driver, and the driver side tweeter is pointed toward the passenger.

I did this because when I had double-sided tape, and was aiming my tweeters for just testing and stuff, I found that if I aimed my driver side tweeter directly at me, that tweeter was WAY louder than the other tweeter because it was half the distance to me than the other one. By aiming the driver side tweeter at the passenger, it evened this up because the tweeter was mounted off-axis.

Hope I helped ya :)

vwrado
04-07-2005, 02:40 PM
The passenger side tweeter is pointed toward the driver, and the driver side tweeter is pointed toward the passenger.

I did this because when I had double-sided tape, and was aiming my tweeters for just testing and stuff, I found that if I aimed my driver side tweeter directly at me, that tweeter was WAY louder than the other tweeter because it was half the distance to me than the other one. By aiming the driver side tweeter at the passenger, it evened this up because the tweeter was mounted off-axis.

Hope I helped ya :)

Thanks! That was exactly what I wanted to hear.

One more question, does your new tweeter location sound better than having it on your door panels? assuming you had it on there before.

GCAdidas13
04-07-2005, 02:45 PM
By far, yes. Think about it from your hearing perspective... In my old setup, I had my tweeters halfway back from my doors, as you can see in a picture if you would look at the first link in my signature.

When I had that setup, from the listening points, the tweeter and woofer were in a straight line, from the listening point down to the floor, and that's where the sound came from - the floor.

Moving the tweeters to the sail panels imaged the sound to be coming more from the windshield.

If you have any other questions I'll be happy to help! :)