2004 Camry - Equalizers help??

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Old 26 Sep 2004, 05:20 pm   #1 (permalink)
saaketham
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Default 2004 Camry - Equalizers help??

Hi All,

Purchased an '04 Camry LE. The factory stereo is plain and alright in
sound, but not exciting to look at or listen to. I have a Sony MP3 player
in my old Accord and would like to pull this out and put this in the
Camry. Found mounting brackets for 04 Camry's at Circuitcity - with the
curved shape - perfect!

My question is - I don't want to put in a subwoofer thereby losing trunk
space. But I want better sound, so will get the door panel speakers
replaced with some Polks or Blaupunkts. Will adding a 9-band equalizer
help? Another reason for wanting to add an equalizer is that I hate the
odd hollow beneath the dash and the center console. So, if I can install
the Equalizer in that space, it will make the hollow less odd.

Any tips or advice? Thanks a lot.

Anil

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Old 26 Sep 2004, 09:54 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2004 Camry - Equalizers help??

Hello Anil,

I have a 2002 Camry LE V6 with the factory stereo as well. I replaced the
factory deck with an Alpine 9813 model and things sound more nicer. The
Alpine has a 5 band EQ (Bass Engine Pro) and you can adjust the bass focus
and imaging quite nicely. The speakers are 6x9 Components for the front
(tweeters are in the dash) and 6x9 in the back.

If you wanted to replace the speakers, I would get 6.5" Components for the
front and 6x9 in the back. If you went this route, you will need a sub as
the 6.5" don't give as much bass out as the 6x9. You will lose the trunk
space but a JL Audio 10" 10W3 sub and box should not take up too much space.
If you do all this, I suggest getting an 5 channel amp to hook up
everything. Its a bit of work and $$, so start with a GOOD deck and go from
there. I found that replacing the deck alone was good enough for me and
there is enough bass in the music to get by with 4 6x9's.


"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi All,
>
> Purchased an '04 Camry LE. The factory stereo is plain and alright in
> sound, but not exciting to look at or listen to. I have a Sony MP3 player
> in my old Accord and would like to pull this out and put this in the
> Camry. Found mounting brackets for 04 Camry's at Circuitcity - with the
> curved shape - perfect!
>
> My question is - I don't want to put in a subwoofer thereby losing trunk
> space. But I want better sound, so will get the door panel speakers
> replaced with some Polks or Blaupunkts. Will adding a 9-band equalizer
> help? Another reason for wanting to add an equalizer is that I hate the
> odd hollow beneath the dash and the center console. So, if I can install
> the Equalizer in that space, it will make the hollow less odd.
>
> Any tips or advice? Thanks a lot.
>
> Anil
>



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Old 27 Sep 2004, 11:11 am   #3 (permalink)
saaketham
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Default Re: 2004 Camry - Equalizers help??

I already have a Sony CD/MP3 player in my older car, which I was thinking
of using in the Camry, to save a couple of hundred. Alpines are of course,
much nicer, but probably costlier.

I definitely want to replace the door panel speakers and found a couple of
speakers that fit the 04 Camry door panel (they're thinner than usual) at
CircuitCity. The rear speakers can wait till next year.

Is there a definite advantage in getting separate tweeters and the hassle
of making holes in the door panel or dash to accomodate them vs just
getting component speakers with a woofer, mid-range driver and tweeters
all in 1 design?

Thanks.

Anil

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Old 27 Sep 2004, 07:01 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2004 Camry - Equalizers help??

By replacing the 6x9 with the tweeter in the doors, you will alter the sound
adversely. You would not want to keep both dashboard as well as door
tweeters at the same time (too bright or hash sounds). My suggestion is get
some 6.5" components so that the sound dynamics remain intact. The tweeters
fit in the same places as the current speakers so no holes are needed. The
cross overs for factory speakers are in the door panels.

My suggestion, replace the deck, see how things sound and then if you still
want to change it, then do it right.


"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I already have a Sony CD/MP3 player in my older car, which I was thinking
> of using in the Camry, to save a couple of hundred. Alpines are of course,
> much nicer, but probably costlier.
>
> I definitely want to replace the door panel speakers and found a couple of
> speakers that fit the 04 Camry door panel (they're thinner than usual) at
> CircuitCity. The rear speakers can wait till next year.
>
> Is there a definite advantage in getting separate tweeters and the hassle
> of making holes in the door panel or dash to accomodate them vs just
> getting component speakers with a woofer, mid-range driver and tweeters
> all in 1 design?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Anil
>



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Old 27 Sep 2004, 08:49 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2004 Camry - Equalizers help??

Yeah, I'm headed to CircuitCity tomorrow. Hopefully will get some changes
by evening. Then, maybe I won't have to change the speakers at all.

Thanks.

Anil

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Old 28 Sep 2004, 07:08 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Default Car Guy, FYI

Hey Car Guy,

I went to Circuitcity and bought 2 sets of speakers - a pair of 6.5 (Polk)
for the door and a pair of 6x9 (Alpine) for the rear deck. The rear deck
ones sound great. The guy installing the speakers told me the door panel
ones were weird and that I couldn't get 6.5 or 6x9 installed there without
some custom bracket, which is what another shop also told me.

He was wondering why Toyota made things so complicated and non-standard.
So, I returned the Polks and now have the factory deck, factory 6x9 on the
door, Alpine 6x9 in the rear desk and the sound'smuch better just replacing
the rear ones.

What did you say about the tweeters in the dash? Are they the ones right
in front of the dash, close to the windshield? So that means I can put in
better tweeters without needing more holes? Well, I will probably keep the
factory desk for now, and next month, replace the door ones with Alpines.
Let's see how much better that will make the sound.

Thanks for the advice.

Anil

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Old 28 Sep 2004, 09:51 pm   #7 (permalink)
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I was looking at the Alpine SPX 6.5" components with custom bracket and they
sound really nice. Now replace the crap factory deck and you will be fine.
My Alpine with the stock speakers sound like a totaly different system. A
good deck goes a long way.


"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hey Car Guy,
>
> I went to Circuitcity and bought 2 sets of speakers - a pair of 6.5 (Polk)
> for the door and a pair of 6x9 (Alpine) for the rear deck. The rear deck
> ones sound great. The guy installing the speakers told me the door panel
> ones were weird and that I couldn't get 6.5 or 6x9 installed there without
> some custom bracket, which is what another shop also told me.
>
> He was wondering why Toyota made things so complicated and non-standard.
> So, I returned the Polks and now have the factory deck, factory 6x9 on the
> door, Alpine 6x9 in the rear desk and the sound'smuch better just
> replacing
> the rear ones.
>
> What did you say about the tweeters in the dash? Are they the ones right
> in front of the dash, close to the windshield? So that means I can put in
> better tweeters without needing more holes? Well, I will probably keep the
> factory desk for now, and next month, replace the door ones with Alpines.
> Let's see how much better that will make the sound.
>
> Thanks for the advice.
>
> Anil
>



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Old 21 Feb 2005, 08:45 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Default Re: 2004 Camry - Equalizers help??

Save your breath guys. My 2002 has the JBL Nav system and I had to pay a
shop to install them.

I now have "Premium" component 6x9's in the doors and also in the rear
deck. They are made by MB Quart. I also bought a Clarion Marine amp and
put it in the trunk. Marine means that I don't have to worry if it gets
wet if it's raining when I open the trunk. I had a pro shop install them.
The front speaker frames were tricky and in certain locations, the shop
had to ground down to fit. Since they were components, I had the tweeters
flush mounted in front of the door handles as high as possible.

When finished, they really sounded great with plenty of bass! So much
that I had to have the front doors Dynamatted!!

The shop left the dash speaker wired since the navigation voice is wired
to them.

Very, very pleased and my friend are certainly impressed.

Total cost was $1500.00 and I did not need a sub.

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