Right? It's ridiculous. What Chrysler did for 2012+ models was rename the 10-speaker Alpine option to "Beats by Dr. Dre" and threw in a sub trunk. So for those with a 2011 model with the 10-speaker, just add the sub and you have Beats.
I am going to try out that Alpine/Beats middle subwoofer in the rear deck because it's only $35 and the car is pre-wired for it. But I am also now going to pursue the Harman/Kardon setup and see if it makes a great difference. I was able to purchase one of the 3.5" speakers for $30 though it lists for near $100 so it will be my "guinea pig".
On a related note, I have the HK setup in my 2012 and it sounds fantastic. It could use a little bit more bass, but otherwise a great system that I don't see needing to replace any speakers for. That said, is the HK the "stock" system while the Alpine (or Beats) the "premium" choice? If so, some of you appear to have gotten robbed on your "upgrade" because the HK is very, very good. It would likewise only need a trunk sub and upgraded amp to be amazing.
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Thank you for your insight! I have never tested it out, but I am hoping it gives me what I want in a sound system without going aftermarket. But, for the time being, I will only have 9 total speakers for the system by replacing my stock 6 speakers. I am going to research adding rear door speakers as I already have rear door panels with speaker grilles. It may be a PITA to wire but I'll have car audio professionals do it. Then I'll have to see about the other 90mm's that I'm missing (1 in the dash, 2 in the trunk).
The H/K is the top speaker upgrade for any 300/300c. These "premium" upgrades from Alpine/Beats are less expensive options but are supposed to be upgrades. Now, if Chrysler was still offering the 10-speaker Alpine alongside the Beats system option, and made customers pay a lot more for the Beats over the Alpine, that would be a serious issue. Because customers would be paying ~$1000 to add a tiny trunk sub. But they removed the Alpine 10-speaker option, used the same parts, added a trunk sub, and rebranded it as Beats to appeal to more buyers. Which still surprises me, as I thought the Beats system had its own custom speakers. But that is the fun of marketing I suppose.
Factory subwoofer came in today. I installed it with no issues but it does not produce any sound. Since it is pre-wired back there, I am sure it is a matter of adding the channel to the amp by programming the 10-speaker or 19-speaker sales code to the car as my 300 currently does not know the sub is back there. I called the dealership and they sounded pretty confident in doing this on Monday so we will see. If it still doesn't work I will be damn near furious with this car.
Really? The HK is top-of-the-line? That's surprising. No wonder it sounds damn good. But what's funny is I had an HK system in my M3 and it sounded nowhere near as good, so I sort of put HK on a lower pedestal...
Depending on what year model your M3 was, the sound in the 300 is better probably because it is newer and has better technology. Maybe even more speakers, as 19 is the most I've seen in any car. My mom has a Cadillac Escalade and I believe it has 12 or 14. I used to have a Tahoe that had 10 or 12 speakers, whatever it was, it was 2 less than the Escalade and made no difference to me whatsoever lol. It had the Bose system.
I believe my H/K speaker comes in on Monday. I can already tell by its pictures that it should definitely sound different. From what I read, there are 7 90mm/3.5" speakers in the H/K system, each considered 2 speakers as they have integrated tweeters. So that plus the sub will bump my system up from 6 speakers to 9!
What's up everyone, I have a 2013 300 with a jl xd600/1 amp and two 8" woofers. I'm also upgrading my speakers to C2 series jl speakers. I'm interested in getting the stock beats amp. Where can I find this amp and at what cost? Thanks in advance for your help.
Glad you enjoy them x i like it in my csr as well but i wish Sennheiser would feet with some car companies and install their product. BBDRE are good but i don't really care for Monster products. A little overrated to me... I love the sounds they produce in my car as i got every available option but i would have chosen something else imho... Enjoy!
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After reading this thread, I'm wondering if the parts I ordered to swap out some hardware in the Beat setup will be a waste of money.
On order (Alpine):
SPS-610C Component 6.5" woofer and 1" tweeter for the fronts
SPR-69 Coaxial 2-way 6x9"s for the rear deck
SWR-10D4 10" Subwoofer in a box in back, and the option for a separate knob for output adjustment.
PDX-M6 600w mono-amp for sub
PDX-F4 4 channel (100wx4) for the rest.
Also, a couple questions come to mind. Should I unhook all the remaining stock speakers and amp or keep them hooked up?
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