In Reply to: Alpine stereo in Y2K 323i, Help! posted by Paul on September 23, 1999 at 01:12:27:
Actually the "easiest" way to get bass up front is the bigger-is-better method. Not in the case of the sub(s), but the amp.
While working on my system on my M3 I tried all different kinds of subs before I realized I just needed more power. 400 watts going to one 12" Solo Baric solved everything. You can try the cutting openings method or porting your subs through the rear deck speaker openings and all that, but if you'd rather not cut up your brand new car just get a powerful amp and a sub or two that can handle the power. Problem solved.
I'll have my Y2K 323i in about a month and this is the method I'm going to use while building the system in that car as well. It won't be abnoxiously loud but will get the job done with no permanent modification to my brand new baby.
: I just had a top of the line Alpine system installed
: in my 323i and am finding that the system is really bass-shy. I had the shop install an enclosed 10"
: sub-woofer in the trunk followed by a 12" to no avail.
: The installer said that because the 323i is so well
: insulated, that the bass is not coming through to
: the cabin. When opening the trunk the bass is more
: than adequate, but not from inside the car.
: Any suggestions? It really bugs me that I spent a tidy
: sum on a good stereo, but can't get much bass response.