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I've had my car just over 2 weeks and am loving it. However I am far from impressed with the sound system.
Can anybody please tell me whether changing the 4 door loud speakers is a straight in and out job and what size speakers i need? ie 13.5 cms etc.
If it isn't a straight swap can anybody please tell me what is involved?
Thanks for all your help
which model have you got?
Hi its an se lux with the sat navigation
Here is, for what they are worth, my views on the Exeo sound system. Before the Exeo, I had a K1 Leon Cupra & 3No Altea's.
The head units themselves appear reasonable quality. What lets SEAT sound systems down is their cheap, nasty speakers, as you say. In the Leon & Altea's, speakers were easy to change due to separate speaker grilles, giving access without ripping the whole door card off. In all cars, I used 6.5" Infinities, huge improvement (easy to return to standard at PX time too!)
The Exeo is a whole different kettle of fish. Audi did things different & because of that, the door card needs to come off. As a guy who loves his music, I too contemplated doing this, but to be honest, I couldnt be bothered seeing what was likely to be involved!!
In effect, glad I did. This is the best way to "run your system in". As an ex professional home sound system installer for a specialist firm in Leicester, all new equipment that was used as "Demo" gear was left running overnight in the dem room on repeat. All CD & amps were left running, sound at moderate levels. This allowed the speakers to "bed in". Like running-in a car, electronics & speakers need the same. My car system sounded quite flat when I got it, but I had the opportunity to let it run at near full volume a couple of weekends in the garage. It turns itself off after an hour ish so no flat battery. This made the speakers work, making their cones & dome tweeters to flex & move more freely. Since then, with a years use, I have accepted it as quite a decent set up. Bass is quite powerful, not that tuneful though, trebles are reasonable sharp and mid is quite clear. Head unit powers them to adequate levels.
Up to you if you want to be the first to do a speaker change. Believe me, if I could have done mine when I got it on delivery day, I would have, but realistically, with "mild tone control alterations" it sounds fair to me. Next motor I get will have a DAB radio & dedicated audio anyway!! Ha!
To resume. Run the head unit at 75% volume with a good CD. Do this a couple of times if you can. Dont use too much tone adjustment. Try it. It might save aggro & broken door card clips!!
I added a small subwoofer to the system and now sounds tons better.
care to elaborate on which? and how? and where?
I'm very interested to learn some more. Also maybe some pics?
Stupra are you sure your not just used to it by now lol :P door cards are a pain in the arse and ive broken loads of clips on my old cars over the years. I have 8 speakers in mine and that could b quite costly to replace them all
Hi everyone, sorry for not getting back sooner, I have been away for over a week now with work and no internet access.
Hi Stu, thanks for all your help. I have had the car 3 weeks now and as you said I do think that the sound is getting better.. I did think it was just my wishful thinking but thanks for re-assuring me i'm not going mad...lol
I have decided to scrap the idea though as I don't want to risk my door cards and trim..
Funny enough, I've noticed the same! I've had the car for 2 weeks and driven a good 2000km with it. I'm quite sure the stereo has loosened quite a lot and is now actually sound pretty decent. None of that guttles tinny sound it used sound like.