In Reply to: Help! - need advice on M3/4 speakers install (m) posted by Erwin on June 23, 2000 at 10:47:11:
I do suggest replacing all of the front speakers as a component set as opposed to just replacing the 5.25" speakers in the kick panels and then replacing the door speakers at a later date. You do not have to replace the stock speaker components with a 3-way system. A high quality 2-way system will work just as well (personal preference).
Component speaker suggestions are a/d/s, boston acoustics, diamond audio, mb quart. Be aware that after-market speaker components sound much better when powered with an external amplifier. Under-powered speakers will not justify your quest for better sound quality. So factor a 4-channel amp into your stereo upgrade budget.
Rear speakers can be replaced at your discretion. I am of the opinion that the back speakers provide rear-fill and are not a major contributor to the overall sound. A pair of good quality co-axial speakers (Pioneer, Alpine, etc.) should suffice. My personal preference is to emphasize the front sound stage (quality, imaging, definition, timbre) and use a sub-woofer and rear speakers to round-off the overall sound.