Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

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Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by AndyGilbert » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:24 pm

Hi, newbie q unfortunately, looking at going down the Alpine kit route but wondered if there were any alternatives. My hearing is not brilliant (long story!) but I still like to have a crisp sounding system in the car.

I want to keep the std head unit which is the professional item.

So should I carry on looking at the Alpine route OR should I look around for another company to install an alternative?

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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by stevesurrey » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:26 pm

What BMW Speaker system do you currently have ?
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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by AndyGilbert » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:43 pm

not sure, nothing special, but will find out.
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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by marco_polo » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:45 pm

Does your car currently have any tweeters?
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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by AndyGilbert » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:45 pm

no not at all.
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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by marco_polo » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:49 pm

If you just want to add a bit of crispness, and improve stereo imaging, simply adding tweeters could be a good way to go? Very popular upgrade, unless you want it loud?

You'd need the grills (which replace the black plastic sails behind your wing mirrors) too.

Something like http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-GENUINE-N ... 1843954375

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2 x http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-1-3-Serie ... 2283672432

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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by AndyGilbert » Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:26 pm

excellent thanks
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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by Ukreddevil » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:49 am

I had the mtx tx6 pack installed in mine, some don’t like the look of the tweeters but it’s massive step up in quality over standard


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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by AndyGilbert » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:49 pm

interesting, so when you say mixed reviews on the tweeters, what do you mean? The cover or are they fitted in an alternative location?
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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by Ukreddevil » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:30 am

AndyGilbert wrote:interesting, so when you say mixed reviews on the tweeters, what do you mean? The cover or are they fitted in an alternative location?
The covers, as it’s not like the hk or alpine you do t get the fancy covers so they are cut out the existing plastic and slotted in....i will get a photo and post it....sound wise they are great....

I haven’t had an amp added which I may well do as having been messed about by bmw I’m likely to be keeping the car longer so it’s been run off the standard unit and was a great step up, I used a local company huets and cost me £550 installed


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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by Tom_B » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:22 pm

I’ve also got the MTX kit, which was coincidentally supplied by Huets but I fitted it myself.

I’m not sure what you mean about the tweeters – I fitted mine behind the standard a-pillar grilles so they’re effectively invisible.

For what it’s worth, I also initially installed them without an amp (running directly from the Business head unit) and it gave a huge improvement in all respects, but I probably got as big an improvement again when I subsequently fitted a small-ish 4-channel amp.

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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by AndyGilbert » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:13 pm

thanks guys, great food for though.
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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by fxheem » Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:40 am

If you want (and have the budget) go for the Focal IFBMW kit, when amped they do sound amazing! Missing mine due to being off the road as insurance is too much right now
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Re: Alternatives to the Alpine kit?

Post by bjt » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:10 am

Not the official Alpine kit, but been running this little Alpine amp for a while now, very pleased with it

https://alpine-usa.com/product/view/ktp-445u

Running this with Logic 7 under-seat speakers and Hifi door speakers/tweeters. Total cost about £250, but it was a DIY job.
The amp is small enough to fit behind the glovebox, so no need to run wires to the boot.
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