Audio upgrade -- 2000 Accord

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Bryan Canter, Oct 31, 2003.

  1. Bryan Canter

    Bryan Canter Guest

    Speaking price/performance wise, what would give me a better bang for
    the buck: upgrading the head unit or upgrading the speakers on a 2000
    Honda Accord LX Sedan?

    Also, am I correct in assuming the Head Unit on my car is an Alpine?

    This sales rep at Circuit City told me that even the cheapest after
    market speakers (costing about $25 for the pair at CC) would sound
    better than my standard ones. Is that true or just sales talk?

    Bear in mind I am not a true audiophile so I don't need the absolute
    best but I do appreciate good quality sound. IOW, I would not want to
    spend $200 for a head unit (I need the MP3 player functionality) and
    *then* spend more than $200 on speakers. I am thinking I can probably
    live with the factory HU and upgrade to some decent speakers myself
    for (don't laugh!) under 200 bucks (maybe 150). Is that reasonable?
    Maybe a couple of months later I can upgrade to an Alpine HU for
    another $200.

    Bryan Canter, Oct 31, 2003
  2. Mostly it's true. Good speakers can bring out the best that the head
    unit has to offer. Bad speakers can make the best head unit sound like

    Always buy sound systems from the speakers in.

    That being said, head to Ebay and find a full size head unit from an
    EX--either the CD-only unit from the 98-00 Accords, or the in-dash
    tape/CD changer unit from the 01-02 Accords.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Oct 31, 2003
  3. Bryan Canter

    JD Guest

    Yeah, 6 disc changer from 01-02 is very nice with QUALITY speakers
    JD, Nov 1, 2003
  4. Bryan Canter

    David L Guest

    Also I would not buy the $25 speakers from Circuit City thinking they would
    be better than the factory ones in the 2000 Accord LX. The OEM in there may
    not be the greatest but for $25, you get what you pay for.

    You should listen to different speakers and try to use the same head unit
    while listening to them. Have the bass, treble and loudness controls zeroed
    out with the volume about the same when comparing speakers. If you can,
    bring a CD you're familiar with to audition the speakers. What may sound
    good to one person may not to someone else!

    I have an Alpine am/fm cassette head unit with an Alpine CD changer in the
    trunk. Infinity speakers in the doors and MB Quart in back. Everything
    works well, except I'm not impressed with the FM reception compared to the
    OEM head unit (which had cleaner reception).

    When upgrading the head unit I'm unimpressed with the gadgets, buttons, eq,
    etc... I could care less about the fancy lights, bells and whistles - if it
    doesn't SOUND good I don't want it.

    But remember - get what sounds good to you.

    Let us know what you decide on and how things turned out..

    Good luck,
    David L, Nov 1, 2003
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    Good speakers will improve sound quality and can hear the difference.
    But not that 25.00 a pair from CC. After speaker upgrade, still
    unsatisfied, then head unit and amps, etc., etc. Sky is the limit.
    Tony Hwang, Nov 1, 2003
  6. Bryan Canter

    Bryan Canter Guest

    Sky is the limit indeed. Thanks guys for the replies so far. Yes it is
    a vicious cycle of upgrades. I bought this nice set of 5.1 speakers
    for home at a discounted price and since then, have spent so much more
    on all my audio video upgrade (at home). Seen the prices on those

    The same upgrade at home is now making my car speakers sound
    ridiculous. It would be nice to upgrade it cheaply. I don't think I
    can afford to spend hundreds on a separate amp and a subwoofer. And
    then the road noise would seem to make having a refined audio system
    in car such a waste, wouldn't it?

    Regarding the cheap speakers, I thought so. I mean it didn't make
    sense that a $20K car would have speakers inferior than the $25
    Circuit City junk. But then Pioneer makes some $50 replacements (saw
    them online at Crutchfield) for the front door speakers. I am
    considering those. Anyone has experience with those?

    <pauses to get the model number from website>

    Here you go: Pioneer TS-G1647

    Dave, are yours these: Infinity Reference 6002si?? They are for 100 at
    crutchfield. Thanks for the remaining sound advice again.

    Bryan Canter, Nov 1, 2003
  7. Seen the reviews on those cables?

    Only suckers buy those cables.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Nov 1, 2003
  8. Bryan Canter

    David L Guest

    I put the Infinity speakers in several years back. They are the 652i
    Reference Series, and in the rear are the MB Quart DKD116. Clean sound -
    clarity means more to me than volume, and I don't need to have people
    hearing me coming several blocks away. Don't want to spend $$ on a hearing
    aid down the road! Besides - I'd rather spend more on my home system than a
    car system.

    I picked up the Infinity at CC but you won't find the MB Quart at CC or Best
    Buy. I found them at a local car audio shop and they were the best for me
    compared to other speakers I listened to. However they were about $180 so I
    found them online for half the price. Spoke with the salesman at the shop
    and explained he didn't have to match the price but if he could drop it a
    little I would prefer to buy it locally from them. Couldn't come close, so
    online I went! A friend liked the sound so much he bought the identical
    pair for his Toyota....
    Poineers are generally decent products - but for my personal tastes I'm not
    a fan.

    Whatever you do, don't buy the speakers blindly - listen and compare, trying
    to make the source equal. Spending a little more on speakers is common.

    Any other questions feel free to ask, or you can email me
    davelieuATyahooDOTcom, but remember - this is a CAR so you'll have other
    external noises anyway.

    Have fun!
    David L, Nov 1, 2003
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    Tony Hwang Guest

    Hi, Dave
    You are my kind. I have installed Infinity speakers on my kids cars with
    Polk audio ones. And swapped out the head units with MP3 playing one.
    Some times eBay has them. I used to play in concert band when I was
    young. I dig good clean sound. No interest in loudness. Kids play piano,
    flute, guitar, sax, etc. They're into music. Lot of people don't realize
    they're damaging thier hearing with TOO loud music. When they get old,
    they'll know why they have poor hearing.
    Tony Hwang, Nov 1, 2003
  10. Bryan Canter

    David L Guest

    Hi Tony,

    Yup. Sounds like we have a very similar appreciation to music - except I
    haven't played any instruments since music class in elementary school! (Many
    moons ago) My first pair of Polk was the 5jr+ (bookshelf) which I bought
    back in '89. Still have 'em and sounds good. Also have the satellites
    w/sub and center channel by Polk. Wish I learned how to really play
    something when I was younger....

    MP3s are ok, but I heard a distinct difference when comparing a track on a
    CD vs. the same song on an MP3. I've found you need at least 192 bit rate
    on the MP3s to compete with the CDs. Then again in a car I guess it doesn't
    matter much. I'm sure your ears are much finer tuned than mine!

    The same people who can't hear an ambulance or fire truck behind them now
    because of their blaring music will be the same ones who won't hear them
    when they're old because their hearing is shot.

    Rolling along in my automobile.....
    David L, Nov 2, 2003
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    C N Guest

    Pioneer is a good brand.
    But personally, I would go with Infinity. They reproduce sound incredibly
    well. There are brand new sets that you can find on ebay.
    They should be about 50 for a pair. Trust me you will NOT be dissapointed.
    The clarity of these are amazing
    C N, Nov 2, 2003
  12. I just scored some Infinity on ebay! Yay!
    605CS for $71USD
    692.5i for $5.24USD, without crossovers.

    I've built passive crossovers before.
    Stephen Bigelow, Nov 2, 2003
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