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What speakers for upgrading an old BMW 3-series (E46)?

Old 05-19-2015, 11:52 AM
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Question What speakers for upgrading an old BMW 3-series (E46)?

I upgraded my stock head unit to an Alpine 147BT, added a JL Audio 4-channel 50 watt amp to power the stock speakers, and added an Infinity BassLink powered subwoofer. My system sounds MUCH better. Now I want to take it to the next level and upgrade the stock speakers (non-Harmon Kardon), but have a few questions....

I have a 2000 BMW 323i touring wagon, so the front speakers are 3-way component systems, the back is a 2-way (tweeters in the rear seat area and midbass in the trunk). There is a company named Bavsound that makes audio gear for BMW's. The Bavsound website states I have a midrange driver and not tweeters in the backseat. One of the major obstacles for the 3-way replacement is that the BMW stock midrange is 2.5" (65mm) and most manufacturers of 3-way component systems have 4" midrange drivers.

So these are my 3 options:

(1) Upgrade front to a high-end 2-way system and bypass the midrange. Upgrade rear as well to 2-way component system. But the stock midrange does sound pretty nice. Not sure if downgrading to a 2-way but upgrading to a high-end brand will make a drastic improvement (or worsen the sound).

(2) Upgrade to 3-way Focal (or similar level) in the front and install 4" midrange into the 2.5" area WITHOUT cutting away to make room for it. I DO NOT want to ruin the look of the car from the outside. Going non-OEM on the head unit was enough. But, I'm not sure going this route is possible without cutting away at the midrange area to make room. Even If I did, not sure how much the quality of a 4" driver in a 2.5" enclosure will sound. I'd also upgrade the rear as well with a 2-way component system.

(3) Just go with the BavSound Stage 1 for $500. I'm tempted to go with this option. I'm not sure it's in the same league as Focal, JL Audio, Hertz, or Dynaudio, but I'm hoping it's as good as component systems from Alpine, Infinity, JBL, Polk, lower-end JL Audio, Diamond Audio, or Boston Acoustics.

Any other options? These are the dimensions of the stock speaker system in my car:

Front: (2) 6.5" midbass, (2) 2.5" midrange, (2) 1" tweeters

Rear: (2) 2.5" midrange (housed in a smaller tweeter size enclosure), (2) 6.5" midbass

Please advise. Thanks!
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The Focal 165 KRX3 is a 3 way with a 3" midrange.
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Focal Access 3 way also has a 3" mid which was just re-released as a whole new line this past fall and sounds great. The 3 way is fairly affordable too.
Much better price point and build then most 3 ways no where near it's price.


Don't even waste time with the rears. If you plan to keep the car the get the 3 way. or just get a higher end 2 way set that you can easily install in the next car.
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