Hey folks, first post so go easy on me, just looking for some advice from people who know much more about the subject than I do.
I've got a 2006 Mercedes SLK 350 (2 seat convertible) with the 11 speaker Harmon Kardon upgrade. I've replaced the head unit with an AVIC X930BT, which I really like, but the mom and pop store that did the install was evidently staffed by idiots and they (don't laugh!) installed a 100w amp and left quite a mess. Rather than waste more time/money with them, I had Best Buy install a 400w Polk 4 channel amp, but now I'm looking to replace/upgrade the speakers and I want to get as many opinions as possible before shelling out cash, something I should have done in the first place.
The speakers are as follows: 2x 6.5" in the door, 2x 1" in the door triangle, 6x 2.5" midrange (2 in door, 2 behind seat belts, 2 center rear) and 1 disconnected 2.5" center channel.
First I've found it's basically impossible to find 2.5" midrange speakers without WAY overpaying, so I'm not sure what to do with the rears other than maybe replace with the same thing that's there now.
I don't want to give up the little bit of trunk that I've got, so I'm not looking for subs or boxes or anything along those lines. What a different (more knowledgeable) local shop has recommended is a JL 3 way component kit and disconnect all the rear speakers.
Would it be worthwhile to find a 6 channel amp and run the rear speakers off of the last 2 channels there?
What about running the JL component kit off the current amp and then later replacing it with a 6 channel and hooking up the rears then?
The only reason I think I want to stick with the rears is they're VERY close to your head, and make up a large portion of what you hear when the top is down, particularly at higher speeds.
Are there any 2.5" midrange that are worth getting? Due to the way the enclosures are built, I can't go even to 3" unfortunately.
Thanks in advance, I've got high hopes for the opinions you guys have!