Is Upgrading Your Car Speakers ACTUALLY Worth It?

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We are tired of the Miata speakers sounding like our music is playing next to a blender, it sucks! And it’s not fair to our sweet head unit. So we decided it’s time to pair the miata with new speakers and an amp! This is gonna be fun … or will it?

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  • Spot on Dr. Grant!

    Jesusabel FariasJesusabel FariasTund tagasi
  • You need a subwoofer too

    Nick SNick S3 tundi tagasi
  • This mod Added 200HP

    Ankit HAnkit H6 tundi tagasi
  • So I noticed some things that didn’t make sense to me. Why did you get a 4 channel amp for only 2 speakers? I’d understand if the remaining two channels were used to power a sub but they’re just being unused now. Also why would you go with component speakers if you just wanted to use two door speakers? I feel like full range speakers would have worked a lot better

    Johnnie RatliffJohnnie Ratliff18 tundi tagasi
  • An Akron Zips hat? Kent State is better 😏

    Robert SteffyRobert Steffy21 tund tagasi
  • What is the test song used

    Travis GagneTravis Gagne23 tundi tagasi
  • The title is useless. New speakers are always worth it xD

    Error SkError SkPäev tagasi
  • Why the ad telling me period is natural lubricant 🤢🤢

    Rick RdzRick RdzPäev tagasi
  • Well if you’re looking to upgrade your speakers then I guess it would be worth it what kind of stupid ass question is that

    An extremely important manAn extremely important man3 päeva tagasi
  • you should have mentioned, the reason youre checking for which blue wire is the right one, is one is for power antenna, which will act like a amp turn on while youre on the fm tuner source, but will shut off when you go to another source. Usually when youre installing the headunit fresh, it'll default to the fm source so they may think that its the right one.

    n rn r3 päeva tagasi
  • You could use a drill/tap combo bit to create your mount points.

    generic dudegeneric dude3 päeva tagasi
  • The most important information to look at when selecting audio equipment is to verify the number are referring to RMS or peak ratings. While working with batteries, disconnect the ground terminal first and reconnect ground terminal last.

    Sean MooreSean Moore4 päeva tagasi
  • I added 6x9s in my Miata behind the seats you can cut that metal and fit them in there and amplified those also. Sounded great

    Kris WadeKris Wade4 päeva tagasi
  • You need dat B A S S

    Soviet Scrap MechanicSoviet Scrap Mechanic4 päeva tagasi
  • Step 1: Get rid of the little dinky Miata. Get a proper family car or van or SUV with at least rear doors.

    Yosef MacGruberYosef MacGruber5 päeva tagasi
  • if you don't want to mess with wiring to the doors you can run the amp wires upto the dash with a matching plug for the loom, disconnect the speaker loom from the head unit and plug it into the amp wires instead. that way you can swap back easily if you remove the amp.

    prawny12009prawny120096 päeva tagasi
  • head units tend to clip on the internal amplifier too, if you tested the internal amp for distortion/clipping you would probably only been able to use 2/3 - 3/4 of the volume control. some will clip on the rca outs but most will not allowing you to use the full range of the volume dial (always best setting volumes and gains with an oscilloscope) if you use speaker level inputs to your amp instead of rca's you will end up just amplifying a clipped signal unless you test the head unit for clipping and limit your volume level to that point..

    prawny12009prawny120096 päeva tagasi
  • anyone else notice the black nuts hanging off his keychain

    aimlessbuttonaimlessbutton6 päeva tagasi
  • We need a link for that crimper

    Don ellisDon ellis6 päeva tagasi

    emathew97emathew976 päeva tagasi
  • ferrules are nice also putting some solder helps to keep it from fraying.

    Jonathan CJonathan C6 päeva tagasi
  • “Do your speakers sound like they’re underwater?” Me: my speakers don’t even sound at all 😭😭

    Luis RosalesLuis Rosales6 päeva tagasi
  • To someone who knows car audio. I have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata with the basic ass audio system. It’s very not good (lol). What can I get with 800-1000 bucks and do I need to replace all the speakers. I think the system has 6 in total.

    Luis RosalesLuis Rosales6 päeva tagasi
  • My stepdads cousin got some new speakers at a audio place and they told him not to blast the music for the first 3 days. Might be wrong but that's what I remember hearing

    Josh GomezJosh Gomez6 päeva tagasi
  • Man JL sure is trying to copy other manufacturers a lot these days. Those speakers look like Focals.

    Buzz ABuzz A6 päeva tagasi
  • Those are not component speakers, they are coaxial.

    40Cal Reef40Cal Reef6 päeva tagasi
  • yes its worth it

    Maykil107Maykil1077 päeva tagasi
  • 18:47 "it just slides right in" thats what she said

    TheKingOf Cr1ngeTheKingOf Cr1nge7 päeva tagasi
  • Premium aftermarket headunit have a lot of power in them. Yes you need a good quality speakers and an amp, but most premium units have built-in amps. While the built-in amp may not be as good as an actual amp it will help the oem amp you have on your car, if your car came with one. Also if you're installing an amp depending on the wattage it's best to also use a separate battery to power it. But really for premium sound you have to know how use the in dash tuning system in whatever premium unit you got and tuning the amp also. Also also Kicker speakers and Pioneer Headunits for life.

    East Coast BlaqueEast Coast Blaque7 päeva tagasi
  • If I were to fit an amp into my car I would need custom insurance here in the UK. The cost would literally increase 10 fold. Luckily as long as the headunit power is clean and you have efficient speakers, an amp isn't really needed.

    Elliott DysonElliott Dyson8 päeva tagasi
  • 1000 times yes! I am lucky and drive an 03 Fast n Furious Ford lighting. (I've installed my gear except the first time, a physics PHD did it. When things broke in my first car he helped me troubleshoot problems. I was already in college physics by then. If you know how to install it a ported 15' sub box in the back of a dinky car is pretty cheap. Heartbreaking to go though the thefts bc I design them to never be stolen again. Currently my 18 year old baby has 2 amps, a capacator (not big enough) sound insuluation. all basic speakers have been replaced and have their own amp because you have to have balance. Life pro tip; get your dad to help you unbolt the seats to make it impossible to get one of my amps. Right now electric problems. A "security" shop targeted the hell out of me and hacked up my wiring bad. For the most part it still goes. Depressed I payed a mechanic 2k+ to screw up the electronics bad. I think I can wire a seperate hot when key on relay. windows downt roll down. AND SUPER BUMMER the Lightning is 18 yrs old. I wanted fresh shocks, belts, supercharger and intercooler stuff to be top notch. Now I only get 8psi of boost. It always slapped up to 12psi. I rarely lose street races. As far as the audio not powering up its just the deck. also the AC cluster. And overhead console when engine on. Kill the engine they magically work. Thank God my dash cluster and compass work. I miss scaring people w 3800W of sound. Capacitors so underrated. I've got shocked pretty w a 5 F one with a lose cable. I suspect they give your alternator less work too. No dimming headlights or AC strain. Thanks for reading my TED talk. Lightning gurus I have a salvaged 02 L wiring harness if that helps. Never selling the truck I can drive to you! Last tip, get a drill and screw through car's metal and the speaker box. Thow in odd screw types. Then screw in the subs that weigh 20 pounds each. similar deal with your amps. Throw in the most random metal plates with drill bits they wont have. It's satisfying af to see the someone made a pathetic attempt on it. Ha ha.

    AF_1892AF_18928 päeva tagasi
  • Why no subwoofer? 🤔🤷🏻‍♂️

    ledzpgledzpg8 päeva tagasi
  • This video should be titled “does upgrading your speakers AND adding an amp yadda yadda yadda…”

    Fotosynthesis858Fotosynthesis8589 päeva tagasi
  • The promo code for the Truck didn’t work 🤕

    Turbo FungusTurbo Fungus10 päeva tagasi
  • For real bass for tour 6,5inch you need to prep the Doors SILENT COAT!!! Than you wil get bass out of you 6,5 drivers Trust me dude

    PP van dorstPP van dorst10 päeva tagasi
  • Enjoyed every step.. Keep it going

    Khalid SheikhKhalid Sheikh10 päeva tagasi
  • He has 4 gauge amp wires for a 400 watt amp them there’s me a 8 gauge amp wires for a 1500 watt amp😂

    Ricky BoothRicky Booth10 päeva tagasi
  • Dude, you’re a straight up old school audio gankster! You TOTALLY simplified this for the video’s purposes. It seems obvious that you understand much more about car AND likely home audio than this video can reveal. I’d love to see a video of a modern, more integrated system from the factory. NO SPEAKER LEVEL INPUTS OR CHEATS SUCH AS THIS. ALSO, ONLY ONE OR TWO 8” SUBWOOFERS CAN BE USED? Other than that, maybe do a HI LOW of this. Punchy, flat, clean audio that can make your hair stand up on your arms at a nominal volume. “Think B@W 800D pair processed and powered by McIntosh in a car.”Just an example.

    toolshed1979toolshed197910 päeva tagasi
  • Sounds like ass needs a lowpass filter and a sub minimum

    Ray BensingerRay Bensinger11 päeva tagasi
  • Hey can u also add a sub into that exact set up ?

    Ricardo TellezRicardo Tellez11 päeva tagasi
  • Oh man please do a video of setting the gain properly. With a cheap oscilloscope. Cuz damn.

    MastaSquidgeMastaSquidge12 päeva tagasi
  • Why did they decide to sue a 4 channel amp when they only ended up using 2 channels?

    Jacob VillarrealJacob Villarreal13 päeva tagasi
  • People always think because there speakers are distorting it's because the speakers can't handle it but it's actually because there's not enough power going to them

    Griffin WGriffin W13 päeva tagasi
  • Yoooo is that a Zips hat???

    zach sturmzach sturm13 päeva tagasi
  • What year miata?

    Green PatriotGreen Patriot13 päeva tagasi
  • Can I use the factory head to power the amp and speakers or do I need to change the head unit as well

    MEL0HMEL0H14 päeva tagasi
  • where did you learn all of dis about cars???

    Raivils KārklisRaivils Kārklis14 päeva tagasi
  • Yes it is.

    Stefan A.Stefan A.14 päeva tagasi
  • The cumbersome pail startlingly judge because touch basically cause on a rhetorical jump. plastic, jagged jacket

    Herman GreenHerman Green14 päeva tagasi
  • You guys should do a video on component speakers or sound deadening the vehicle. I’m about to sound deaden my vehicle

    prosky_ tubeprosky_ tube14 päeva tagasi
  • next level i a new recear aka head unit

    Andy CoralyAndy Coraly14 päeva tagasi
  • Any info on tweeters? LOVE your videos! MO POWAH BABEH

    Van WhiteVan White15 päeva tagasi
  • Out of all the 6×9 or door speakers I have owned nothing sounded better than the infinity brand. Bass wise jl and old school orion were my best.

    Jeremy SenkoJeremy Senko16 päeva tagasi
  • "Watts RMS" is a bogus meaningless term widespread in the audio world. The correct term is average power.

    R DR D17 päeva tagasi
  • Bro your like scotty k Jr you said new car I say supra wrx or integra .

    Keeks KeeksKeeks Keeks17 päeva tagasi
  • It's still peaking to an uncomfortable degree, though you should never run your sound system at max volume anyway.

    Eli canupEli canup17 päeva tagasi
  • Sounds like a distorted subwoofer

    FaZe DrtgoatFaZe Drtgoat19 päeva tagasi
  • I'm

    Akram MohammedAkram Mohammed19 päeva tagasi
  • Hey, guys! Great video. I would suggest also throwing in some advice on how to make your install more flush or rather more aesthethic as if it came from the factory or like an OEM install. In any case, you got a new subscriber here...thanks!

    Noel MuñizNoel Muñiz19 päeva tagasi
  • Oh man, the sound of that supercharged TRX is something else 1:31

    Hardware 570Hardware 57020 päeva tagasi
  • I was expecting this video to be just about upgrading your speakers. Not a "seats out" rewire and install of a four channel amp with just 2 speakers using disproportionately expensive speaker wire!

    Sleeping WarriorSleeping Warrior20 päeva tagasi
  • Anybody else notice his tabs expired mar 2020

    Double D ProductionsDouble D Productions20 päeva tagasi
  • its worth it

    Cole FritzaCole Fritza22 päeva tagasi
  • So this amp is for 4 speaker at 75W, so you can still add 2 more. right?

    SRKSRK22 päeva tagasi
    • Yea, it's a four channel. I don't know if he added two more but I'm assuming he did.

      Sleeping WarriorSleeping Warrior20 päeva tagasi
  • do you always need an amp for aftermarket speakers?

    Roman IzekRoman Izek22 päeva tagasi
    • Depends. Sony headunits output 4x55w and is more than enough for almost everyone. Chinese ones are lucky to hit 40w...they might need one. Anything less than 40w per channel is not enough.

      Sleeping WarriorSleeping Warrior21 päev tagasi
  • Wiring for 120 bucks nice

    Sourya SarkarSourya Sarkar22 päeva tagasi
  • 2:46 camera guy still jamin

    crazynewtcrazynewt22 päeva tagasi
  • 9:57 They're not component speakers. They're coaxial speakers.

    Ted KTed K22 päeva tagasi
  • Dud you should have a sub wired in too!

    Terry RodbournTerry Rodbourn23 päeva tagasi
  • Very informative and well worded video. I was wondering about adding an amp into a car and now I have some answers. Also I want to point out that a headunit by itself can be a godsend for a sound system. I replaced the headunit in my '14 WRX years ago and it sounded phenomenal with my stock speakers, but this was a '94 so that explains some of it. The issue was that the stock headunit was underpowered and could not supply enough power to the speakers hence why the music starts to sound like garbage at a certain volume. After replacing the headunit I could go to almost max volume and still be able to listen without too much distortion but the clarity was superior. Also to note I had used the headunit EQ to turn down lows and divert them to my subwoofer channel because I added an underseat subwoofer which had its own amp built in and also had its own wired remote that you could use to tune the gain and volume much like the amp in the video except the controls were located on the amp itself. This is an easy start for anyone who wants to get into upgrading stuff on their cars. Headunits are slightly more complicated with the wiring and such but I did it as an novice with the soldering iron and learned a lot.

    Daniel BudzowskiDaniel Budzowski23 päeva tagasi
  • I want to see you get good sound out of the speakers that were in the OEM seats by your head. Those awkward shape speakers always sucked even when replaced.

    firehazard51firehazard5123 päeva tagasi
  • I liked it as a bass head with two 12" 3krms subs and have a 5k amp making around 145db's with the meter in the kick panel. Also make sure you're grounds are all clean. If not they can mess up the amp. You didn't have to run the wires from the front so for the people that do. Run your power wire and rca's on opposite sides of the interior, or else you'll get distortion in your subs from the power wire next to the rca's if you don't. AND AGAIN CLEAN YOUR GROUNDS TO BARE METAL. paint over after.

    zachery leatherwoodzachery leatherwood23 päeva tagasi
  • Put rubber grommets in between the amp and body to keep from vibration messing the amp up.

    zachery leatherwoodzachery leatherwood23 päeva tagasi
  • Actually the Miata has six speaker there in the stock seats headrest

    Jax ReddingJax Redding23 päeva tagasi
  • why you do all that and no woofer

    ArthurArthur23 päeva tagasi
  • Those were aviation snips not tin snips technacly speaking but most places will show up as tin snips anyways

    KingSheva2699KingSheva269924 päeva tagasi
  • When is this puppy going to get a paint job?

    Rohitt ViswakarmaRohitt Viswakarma24 päeva tagasi
  • How long does it take and how expensive is it to build up the tool set you have to do all of this on your car?

    Aryan RaybornAryan Rayborn24 päeva tagasi
  • You didn’t really talk about the important stuff, you didn’t show how to set gains. It’s not a volume knob!! You didn’t talk about ohms and loads, you didn’t talk about polarity and speaker phase....

    Sir LoinSir Loin24 päeva tagasi
  • Isn't the TRX pronounced T-Rex

    Jose VJose V24 päeva tagasi
  • Just put a sub in brah do it for tha culture

    Declan TanksleyDeclan Tanksley24 päeva tagasi
  • Why are you running a 4 channel amp but only using 2 speakers? Could have saved some money with a 2 channel. Doesn't look like 2 more speakers are in the plans. (Unless you are bridging the rears to run a sub later? )

    rleoNIUrleoNIU24 päeva tagasi
  • This videos disturbs me on so many levels 1 you don't need 120$ of wirings 2 you don't need 120$ of wirings 3 you don't really need 120$ of wirings, you probably don't really need 12$ of wirings 4 if you are the crazy audiophile type that needs 120$+ of wirings, you don't run an unbalanced audio line through your whole car near the whole electrical system (and you consider balance audio a horrible thing, so you are pretty much screwed. but if you are the crazy audiophile type you are pretty much screwed anyway) 5 The pioneer dmh-1500nex has 4 50W channels amplifier, which's perfectly fine to drive your 6.5" speakers. You don't need an external amplifier for this configuration. Yes, in theory the speakers are rated up to 75W, but you don't really want to go up there (and you can hear distortion when you put your volume to the max). Yes, in theory that Jl amp might be "better", but I'll eat my hat if you can spot the difference in a blind test, especially considering that Pioneer is not horrible stuff. Congrats, you just threw away 230$ for nothing. 6 you don't really need 120$ of wirings. 7 the speaker cables you changed because "they might be corroded" looked just fine 8 the pioneer dmh-1500nex has a low pass/high pass crossover. the hint to filter out frequencies that the speakers cannot reproduce is a good way to improve your audio quality without spending a penny, but you don't need the amplifier to do that 9 90+ db sound will damage your hearing after some time 10 you don't need 120$ of wirings Conclusions: you spent 500$ to get exactly what you would get spending 120$ (buying the speakers alone)

    Riccardo CagnassoRiccardo Cagnasso25 päeva tagasi
  • I just knew it was going to be "Pop up Up and Down Headlights"

    C TaylorC Taylor25 päeva tagasi
  • ever heard of GROUNDZERO............

    Ville KoivusaloVille Koivusalo25 päeva tagasi
  • if they are old sure.

    Joshua BeecherJoshua Beecher25 päeva tagasi
  • No fuse from battery to amp? I know it's just 75 watts, but...

    Cesar AguirreCesar Aguirre25 päeva tagasi
  • You need a subwoofer so badly with that

    Mack MoyleMack Moyle25 päeva tagasi
  • any speakers cant make that garbage music sound good.

    ShotzShotz25 päeva tagasi
  • 87 DBa and you still want them louder? don't be surprised when you go deaf lol. Anything over 85 on a regular basis is a bad idea. Ask me how I know. Nothing wrong with wanting better quality, but the volume should be about 4-5 points down on the list.

    Robert RamosRobert Ramos25 päeva tagasi
  • Next Car looks like GNX...

    DRAINO86DRAINO8625 päeva tagasi
  • The yorker wins 😍🤣🤣🤣

    david XIVdavid XIV26 päeva tagasi
  • Verry much effort for not better result, prefer to keep new speakers without the boost from amp.

    KakashiKakashi26 päeva tagasi
  • speakers are always a first point of call for good sound

    lexzbuddylexzbuddy26 päeva tagasi
    • Not really. The output from the headunit has to be the start point. If you have great speaker or rubbish ones, if the power to them is low, they will never sound good. Alternatively, a middle of the road, non premium 4x40watts head unit for about $80 will make huge improvements that a change in speakers will not. Always start with the head unit. That power output is the first consideration. From there, then you consider speakers. Or, you can upgrade your speakers and gain literally nothing....until you upgrade your head unit and then you get the double gain. Better ability to handle the lower frequencies at volume...

      Sleeping WarriorSleeping Warrior20 päeva tagasi
  • Alpine are garbage.

    Christopher MarshallChristopher Marshall26 päeva tagasi
  • You should make a list of all the best speakers of certain sizes and for voice,bass, ect and some combos that you personally recommend

    andres marquezandres marquez26 päeva tagasi
  • The _only_ thing that could make this video better is if links to the tools and accessories used was in the description. I'd love to know where the best place to grab those rivnuts, crimper, beefy battery terminals, and ferrules is.

    ads103ads10326 päeva tagasi
  • How do I know which amp to get? My car has aftermarket speakers that were put in by the previous owner so I don't know the specs of them.

    LilMera BallinLilMera Ballin26 päeva tagasi
  • I did this to my car 2 years ago and absolutely hated it. I learned one thing: Next time I don't do this myself. But listening to music is so much better now. If you have an E46 you should consider upgrading your sound system

    Bademeister333Bademeister33326 päeva tagasi
  • What song was that?

    S0raJrS0raJr26 päeva tagasi
    • Pop-Up Up and Down Headlights

      S0raJrS0raJr26 päeva tagasi