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My 146 came with no radio and stupid, broken halfords speakers fitted. Just wondered whats the best way to rectify the situation? I don't want the loudest speakers in the world nor do I want to fit a sub, amp or anything stupid on the parcel shelf. All I want to do is to refit a radio (with iPod port hopefully) and all 4 door speakers.

The spotty guy in halfords says I need some sort of amp box behind the radio to distribute to the 4 speakers? I have no idea...

So what do I need to start again? Am I better off just paying halfords to fit the lot for piece of mind? What's type of speakers do I need for the doors, ie size?

Any info would be handy.

Thanks In Advance.
 
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I have a full ice install in my 146. I'll link ya there when I find the thread.
 

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Get a normal stereo with your i-pod doo dar, an alfa ISO connector to fit to the loom, this just simply plugs in to the exsisting loom, then plug that in to your new stereo.
For the speakers, just get some normal ones, say £40 for the front and whatever for the rear. When buying your fronts, there is no need to buy ones with tweeters built in, our cars already have these installed. It's a simple case of changing speaker for speaker.

I wouldnt ever use Halfords for audio ever again, they are over priced and the people who work there dont know sod all. . .they THINK they do!
I have always used internet sites such as:
http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/home.html

The cheap set-up i would say for you:
CD player: http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/product/products_id/7483.html
Just plug your i-pod or mp3 player in to the front of it.
Front speakers: http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/product/products_id/508.html
But you have no need to install the the tweeters as you will already have them installed. (i THINK they are the correct size, i havnt messured mine.)
Rear speakers: http://caraudiosecurity.com/shop/product/products_id/7950.html
Im not sure what they are on the 146, only assuming that they are smaller.
 

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Just a quick add, you dont need a small amplifier at all!!! They really do talk [email protected]!
 

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Cheers for the info, I do however need someone to fit it as I am a biff at these sort of things, plus I like to have a place to take it back too if it goes **** up.

Any suggestions in that case?

Oh and for the record these are the abominations that are installed a the moment http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_236783_langId_-1_categoryId_165707

I should take some pictures as I think they are installed poorly anyway.

As for the tweeters in the doors, I don't think they are working, but maybe thats the way it has been previously wired....
 

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Not really.
I had ICE in my first car, used to enjoy the thudding (Not for dance, for rock songs etc.. I aint no chav :p )
Now in the Alfa Ive got an uprated stereo unit with CD and MP3 connection, standard 146 speakers all around, and I just mess with my Mid, Treble and Bass on the headunit itself. The sound is brilliant, ok no Thudding like a 400W amp with a 12" ub etc.. but its just nice and not offensive.


Its not too tricky to replace speakers and head units tbh... if Unsure just check up on what other people have done, and give yourself plenty of time. Dont rush anything ;)
 

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Not really.
I had ICE in my first car, used to enjoy the thudding (Not for dance, for rock songs etc.. I aint no chav :p )
Now in the Alfa Ive got an uprated stereo unit with CD and MP3 connection, standard 146 speakers all around, and I just mess with my Mid, Treble and Bass on the headunit itself. The sound is brilliant, ok no Thudding like a 400W amp with a 12" ub etc.. but its just nice and not offensive.

Its not too tricky to replace speakers and head units tbh... if Unsure just check up on what other people have done, and give yourself plenty of time. Dont rush anything ;)
I agree with not needing an amp and with needing an amp. Without the sub/amp combo - you loose a lot - but if you just want tunes get a head unit with at least 45W x 4 capability and speakers greater than 60W capability.

I have the Pioneer DEH-4000UB that has AUX in and can take an ipod via its USB - really good sound with the 6.5" dual cone 120W speakers. I have a say it did sound better with the 10" sub (350W amp) - then you can set the high pass filter (80Hz) to the main speakers and low pass to the sub (less distortion in the mains).

DIY - all you need is isolation tape, side cutter piers (to strip the cables) and the colour coding for your alfa - look for the electrics PDF manual. (ok and the colour coding for the radio) it should take about 2-4 hours.
 

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Coddym where abouts are you at in the UK?

Gertie, he SHOULDN't need to do any cutting, the only ones he may have to do is for the speakers. The ISO lead ( i have a spare in my toolbox should you need one) will take care of all the wiring behind the stereo.
 

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It just depends what your in to Damien. If you just want to listen to radio 1 whilst poldding along to Tescos then no amp is really required.
If you enjoy your music then yes, i used to have a full install in my old escort and so know how it all works.
 
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I know:) I completely agree. But for the extra money spent you will have great benefits.
 
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In my 146 I still have the original sony head unit with cassette! and the 10disc changer. It sounds brilliant through the standard alfa speakers but I do wish I could get a more up to date head unit that would still control the changer. Any ideas any one?
 

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In my 146 I still have the original sony head unit with cassette! and the 10disc changer. It sounds brilliant through the standard alfa speakers but I do wish I could get a more up to date head unit that would still control the changer. Any ideas any one?
Sony head units use the "Sony BUS System" to communicate with the Sony CD/MD Changers. All the new current Sony head units and changers still use this BUS system so if you get one of their current range that has CD-Changer control functionality then it will be able to control your existing CD Changer.
 

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Coddym where abouts are you at in the UK?

Gertie, he SHOULDN't need to do any cutting, the only ones he may have to do is for the speakers. The ISO lead ( i have a spare in my toolbox should you need one) will take care of all the wiring behind the stereo.
I'm in North West Norfolk. :thumbs:
 

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Im in Lincoln, probably about an hour away from you. If you want a hand i dont mind helping, im not any electrition bit know how to wire up a sound system!
 

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Im in Lincoln, probably about an hour away from you. If you want a hand i dont mind helping, im not any electrition bit know how to wire up a sound system!
Yeah that would be good, I'd be more than happy to invite you round for a brew or two.

Do you know exactly what I would need? I.E. sizes of speakers and/or ancillaries such as pre-amps etc??
 
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Sony head units use the "Sony BUS System" to communicate with the Sony CD/MD Changers. All the new current Sony head units and changers still use this BUS system so if you get one of their current range that has CD-Changer control functionality then it will be able to control your existing CD Changer.
Thanks Giallo, can you reccomend any units in particular? Also are there considerations to be made with regard to fitting? Or will it simply plug into the existing set of leads. i've never had it out so i dont whats behind the head unit.:confused:
 
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