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Hi all,

I want to put some nice speakers in my 156, just in the front doors. I guess a (smallish) subwoofer in the boot too, to go in about the same place (and space) as a Bose subwoofer normally does.

I have an Alpine XDA-001 ipod headunit. I'm interested in accuracy and quality rather than loud and I don't really want to get into separate amps (unless someone can persuade me otherwise).

I've heard Focal are very good?

Thoughts please!

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i would suggest replacing the door tweeters too as they really are a big letdown when you compare them to upgraded items, most speakers on the market are miles better than the standard ones
 
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Oh indeed, I'm intending to replace the tweeters too!
 

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focal are certainly very good, but there's plenty of other equally-good brands/models. i'm not a big fan of focal's 'lower' models, and find their tweeters a bit too 'edgy' at high volumes, but this is subjective.

other brands include boston acoustics, hertz, morel, and mb quart. alpine's type-R series SPR-17S are also very good value if you want a mainstream model.

you have to determine a budget, and whether that includes installation costs as well. but overall, i figure you'll be wanting:

*2-way 6~6.5" components
*4-channel amplifier: around 40~75WRMS per channel ('bridging' channels 3+4 together for the sub, and having 100~200WRMS on tap)
*single 10~12" sub in a suitable subbox; to keep the subbox size down, you should go with a sub that suits a 'sealed' box (as opposed to ported/vented)
*subbox: custom designed/built is best cos it can be made-to-size to suit the sub, and made-to-shape to suit the car, but this can add a fair amount of expensve; 'prefab' is ok, so long as the size suits the sub
*wiring/cabling: powerwires, speakerwires, RCA audio cables, fuse/holder, etc
*installation

visit some specialist ICE stores and see what they propose for your budget.

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One thing to plan for, is you really want to get new cables from the amp into the doors. The 156 has integral connectors to join the door to the car, so you need to either mash these about, or drill new holes. You can also tap the wires for the standard wiring each side - its all a real pain, but its worth if for the difference it makes. Good luck!
 
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