: OEM Speaker Question for EX V6
11-02-2004, 10:41 AM
Just wanted to know if anyone can tell me if the speaker system in the 2004 Accord EX V6 employes a crossover between the tweeters and the mid-bass drivers in the doors. I'm worried that if you replace the mid-bass drivers with a coaxial design and leave the tweeters alone, the highs will be too bright. Or, should I just stick with upgrading to a better mid-bass speaker?
11-02-2004, 11:30 AM
I have an EX-V6, and there were no crossovers that I'm aware of. I think your choice depends on whether you're adding a subwoofer or not. If you're not, I would go with something that puts out more mid-bass. If you do that, you're probably going to have to add an amp, because that stock hu is probably only putting out less than 10w rms or 20w peak. The stock tweeters by the windshield defog vents are useless, especially if you're already upgrading.
Also, all the Acura factory radios are running 2ohm speakers, so if the Honda's are the same (which they probably are), you're not going to get much improvement imho by swapping an above-average coaxial for the factory door speakers.
11-02-2004, 12:42 PM
First, welcome to the bunch here, wtlng!
We upgraded to Infinitys on all the doors, but left the tweeters alone. The speakers inproved the sound! We went with 3-ways to richen the bass without adding another one. My prince sets his to play a higher tweeter tones than I do, but we both like a decent thump in the bass. You're not going to crack the asphalt, but you can definately hear the difference. We used the oringinal wiring.
In the 7th gen door speakers I'd advise finding some they claim to fit... the OEM ones are skinny & they didn't leave alot of room to play with! The best way is to open it up & take a look for yourself.
I wanted to keep the original covers on them, so we can put the OEM's back in for trade in time. We will need to replace some of the clips off the OEM's since they are fragile & we broke some!:(
11-02-2004, 02:46 PM
I tried the Infinity upgrade on my (former)MDX, and was disappointed in the results. It may be that the Accord interior is more conducive to a better result, I don't know. I do know that the factory MDX system has significantly more power than the Accord head unit, and that the factory speakers & wiring are similar, so I would be surprised if the results were significant. But then again, I've been known to be wrong about a lot of things :D
I would get the 3-ways, keep all the packaging, and if it doesn't meet your needs for improvement, then you could still take it back(assuming you don't buy via internet).
11-02-2004, 03:05 PM
You're definately right about differences in interiors making differences in the sound! The Pilot's shape sure made them sound completely different than the Accord! I like them better in the Accord.... We replaced the bass in the Pilot too..... I don't remember off hand what brand..... Polk, I think.
We've had the best luck with the Infinitys we've owned, but they're not perfect either!
Another thing is type of music & how loud you play it....
I think hearing them in a store is almost useless.... but there's no other way to judge until you own them.
Little things like leather interior vs. cloth too!
I do think if someone doesn't like the OEM's just about anything else will sound better! I really hate paper speakers! BUT there's some nasty ones in the poly world too.
Manufacturers seem to get a kick out of changing things around just to make us search all over again too! I LOVED a Denon/Infinity/Alpine combo we had in the past. Bought another Denon & hated it! Traded it for a Clarion. We used to use a 310 watt amp. but haven't bothered in these newer ones.
We chose to leave the head alone since we have Nav.
i did a bit of research when i thought i wanted to upgrade the speakers in my '04. in the end, i realized i was quite happy with the factory setup and left it as is. i find the factory setup to be more than adequate. i'd say it is probably the best factory sound i've had to date. 'course i'm not exactly and audiophile...
11-03-2004, 05:08 AM
Thanks for all of your information. I have to agree with Princess, listening to car speakers in the store is a waste of time. Unfortunately, the only way to tell is to test them in the car. I'm not an audiophile nut but do appreciate sound that is well balanced. We keep you informed once I decide which way to go.
12-01-2004, 08:56 AM
I think cloth interior absorbs more of the bass produced sounds waves than does a leather interior. I have a I-4 accord with a sub in the trunk and while it does pound (ROckford 800 watt) it does seem a little muffled. In comparison, my friend has a 2000 maxima with leather interior and his bass doesnt seem to only be restricted to the trunk. It seems to flow throughout the interior of the car too. But then again it may just be the difference of the two car companies. Also, i think when comparing a SUV's audio to a car's audio, the car will sound better since there is less interior space for the sound waves to travel resulting in a mroe tighter audio experience. Just a thought.
12-01-2004, 09:10 AM
Good point..... leather isn't going to sound like cloth....
The best we ever owned for sound was our first '82 Accord HB.... it was the bottom of the line.... not just cloth, cheap cloth! But the shape just was perfect for the system we put in it!!
12-12-2004, 06:24 PM
I have just updated the front speakers with an Infinity 5000CS component system. Having the tweeters mounted up high in the doors makes all the difference. There is a perfect spot for the tweeters half-way between the door handle and the edge that meets the dash. (Sorry no digital camera yet, perhaps from Santa?)
It was a time consuming project, but was definitely worth the effort. If I had to do it all over, I could get it done in 1/3 the time. I would also pick a 6-1/2" woofer over the 5-1/4" mainly because it would fit the plastic adaptor bracket much better.
I bought the speakers from Crutchfield because they include the proper speaker bracket and cable adaptors.
I left the rear speakers in place for now.
12-16-2004, 05:52 AM
After doing my research for my Accord 6 w/Navi,,I've added
Sony's speakers for the front,JBL's 3-way in the rear then
tiped it off with Sony's XM 2way amp to the rear speakers.
I luv it.