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      12-04-2009, 11:56 PM   #45
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Agreed, you will probably pay a little more there, but you get what you pay for. Also agree that it is a relatively easy install, but you would be surprised how many installers/stores can get it wrong. I know and have seen some VERY dodgy work on simple installs. Used to get a lot of work from Autobarn/Strathfield that was horrid...

I am heading to Moorooka today to get some prices, will report back later!
This is getting more comfusing went over to northfield and to replace the front door speakers with focal k2 speakers and 2 new amps not over the top he recons 1 amp controling the speakers and the other amp to the subs under the seat not replaced just to give it more power
$3300 to be exact
Any other ideas to get a reasable sound and then he says still won't be as good as logic7 as the back speakers are not the same.
whow is a audio geek around here can shed some light on these subject
My system is 10 loadspeaker system standand on the 335 coupe.
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This is getting more comfusing went over to northfield and to replace the front door speakers with focal k2 speakers and 2 new amps not over the top he recons 1 amp controling the speakers and the other amp to the subs under the seat not replaced just to give it more power
$3300 to be exact
Any other ideas to get a reasable sound and then he says still won't be as good as logic7 as the back speakers are not the same.
whow is a audio geek around here can shed some light on these subject
My system is 10 loadspeaker system standand on the 335 coupe.
I wouldn't call myself an audio geek, or a geek for that matter, but I will try.
I don't know if your car come with an external amp.
But what do you get for $3300? I assume front speakers Focal 100KRS? RRP
600 odd dollars? I got mine for under $500, 20% off retail. Two ARC mini amps with RRP close to $2000? 2 underseat Audiosystem woofers, $500RRP? So add installation, that becomes $3300?
I did say they are expensive.
You can just use one 4 channel amp to run the front speakers and underseat woofers, and leave the rear speakers as stock. That will save you quite a bit of money. You can get earthquake SWS woofers which come in 2ohm, and get more power out of some amps.
Might be worhwhile trying Northfield Nundah and see if they are more competitive with their prices. The guy sorted out my problem, and seems to know his way around BMW, even though he hasn't done a 1 series before.
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just read you post again. $3300 and that doesn't replace the underseat woofers? Can you list what you are getting for that?
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Yeah that is a big RIP! You must be getting some sweet amps for that price.

I went to Moorooka today, but Drew had the weekend off so left and will return another day.

If you break down the costs...

Install front speakers - $120
Install one amp - $120
Cable kit and line level converter - $200

So out of that $3300, that means the amps were around $2200?

Absolute rip off....


I would recomend just getting;

New speakers - ~$550
4 Channel amp - ~$600
Installation costs - ~$450 - $500 if hooking up subs

So really you should get a system better than the 10 speaker hifi for under $2k.



If you want to save some money and stick with Alpine, go to see George at Gold Coast Car Sound at Slacks Creek, (not the gold coast). Tell him Richard sent you. He will also be able to fit 5" speakers in there instead of the 4" which Northfield will do. They will be much cheaper as you can haggle with him for a better deal.
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just read you post again. $3300 and that doesn't replace the underseat woofers? Can you list what you are getting for that?
Okay yes your pretty right the 100krs kit and i think 2 solid2 or one of the solid4 and a 2 not sure no sub woofer replacement includes installation verbal.
Didn't really want to spend that much as i have the volume low just the highs are lacking and want to hear that exhaust.

Interesting site this with bmw upgrades speakers and amps punch in your model and away you go heres the link.

http://www.bavariansoundwerks.com/index.php
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If you just want a bit better sound, and not after a lot of bass, then do what BBK suggested. I think $300-400 for front speakers, 4 channel amp $400-600, no need for LOC if the amp accepts speaker level input, plus installation including cabling should not be more than $1500. I also think that unless you are an audiophile, the you can't really tell the difference insound quality between an expensive and a lower level amp, if they both produce the same power. The alpine PDX does have it's attraction with being small enough to fit under the boot cover. However, it doesn't accept speaker level input so needs a LOC.
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Just to let you guys know that the retrofit Alpine hi-fi system kit is now avaliable for our cars

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Quoted $1200 fitted if you are interested.
I have this Alpine kit and it really does sound extremely good!

You guys in Aussie really do get stung with BMW accessories!!!!

My Alpine kit cost me 250 and I had a local Car Audio installer to install it for another 85 so that's 335 installed ($570 Aus)

I can see why you don't say it's good value for money in Austrailia!
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You guys in Aussie really do get stung with BMW accessories!!!!

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It is not the only thing we get stung with. The socialist mentality of a large proportion of the population means inefficiency and high labour cost (there is no way that we would be able to get it installed here for 85 quid). So, everyone pays at the end.
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I did some research -

Looks like the speakers are:

Alpine Type-R - SPR10S 4" Component RRP is $249.00
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I have this Alpine kit and it really does sound extremely good!

You guys in Aussie really do get stung with BMW accessories!!!!

My Alpine kit cost me 250 and I had a local Car Audio installer to install it for another 85 so that's 335 installed ($570 Aus)

I can see why you don't say it's good value for money in Austrailia!
I hate you! . As much as when I see the UK prices of Tag Heuer.

To get back at you. Cafe Latte here is $3.50 and sandwich is $5. You prob have the same in pounds.

Thanks for letting me know they are decent system though. I put the car in today and leave it there for a week. I am not available to collect it.
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I hate you! . As much as when I see the UK prices of Tag Heuer.
I shopped all over the world (well a fair part of it) before finding out Kuala Lumpur was just about the cheapest place to buy a Tag. You'll get the best deal from the official TAG shops there too. I got mine for about half the price they wanted in Oz.
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I shopped all over the world (well a fair part of it) before finding out Kuala Lumpur was just about the cheapest place to buy a Tag. You'll get the best deal from the official TAG shops there too. I got mine for about half the price they wanted in Oz.
That is very good price. But I am sure KL is 2nd cheapest.

I happen to work with a guy who loves his watches. He brought a Lewis Hamilton ed Carrera for 600GBP in a UK official Tag shop. That is just under AUD$1200. I think the RRP here is $4100.

In Hong Kong they are not very cheap, getting 80% from RRP (RRP in Hong Kong say a Carrera is AUD$3.5K and here is $4K) in dealers and 85% from the official shop, but still cheaper than Australia. I think it works out about 33% off.

Still love shopping overseas
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I can confirm that KL is pretty much as cheap as you'll find watches anywhere in the world. My Omega SMP was about $500 cheaper than in Australia.

Sorry for the hijack.
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so I can buy one in KL wear it over here and sell it with a profit??
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I certainly know of at least one person who flew to KL to buy his Omega after working out that, even with the flights and accommodation factored in, he saved a lot on the best price he could get in Oz. Sorry for the hijack again...
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Sorry for continuing the hijack, but anybody who's interested in watches should buy second hand not new. The prices are way below even the cheapest new retail price anywhere in the world and provided that you check references, it's generally reliable and in many cases the watches are indistinguishable from new.

Best site: Sales Corner on www.timezone.com
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Sweet... I'm stopping over in KL on my way to Cheng Du next year, maybe I can pick up that new Seiko I like for a reasonable price (I've had my current Kinetic for 12 years this month and it never misses a beat!)
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If you want to save some money and stick with Alpine, go to see George at Gold Coast Car Sound at Slacks Creek, (not the gold coast). Tell him Richard sent you. He will also be able to fit 5" speakers in there instead of the 4" which Northfield will do. They will be much cheaper as you can haggle with him for a better deal.
I personally have not been to Gold Coast Car Sound myself but I have mates who will vouch for them. Apparently they do some nice work.

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I shopped all over the world (well a fair part of it) before finding out Kuala Lumpur was just about the cheapest place to buy a Tag. You'll get the best deal from the official TAG shops there too. I got mine for about half the price they wanted in Oz.
I agree the watches are fairly cheap over there. Did you stop in at the Tag store next to Petronas towers?
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If you want to save some money and stick with Alpine, go to see George at Gold Coast Car Sound at Slacks Creek, (not the gold coast).
Yea, George @ Gold Coast car sound is right next door to where Im. He is a great guys and very easy to talk to and work with. They are always so busy down there so u know that they must be good. They pretty much sell all Alpine stuff so he will be the best guys in Brisbane for Alpine goods. Stewart who does the installation really knows the stuff too. They have worked with alot of European car so instation is alway spot on.

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Haha, Stuey looked at my doors so he confirmed that you can get 5.25' speakers in the front.
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I agree the watches are fairly cheap over there. Did you stop in at the Tag store next to Petronas towers?
I checked there but eventually bought from the Tag store on the ground floor of Times Square shopping centre. There's a Monorail stop just outside. I think they haggled down to 35% off their listed price without much pushing.
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Haha, Stuey looked at my doors so he confirmed that you can get 5.25' speakers in the front.

When I looked into the model number for those 4" Alpine splits, I was asked why would I bother with the 4" and not go the 5.25" ... If there is definately room for the 5.25" then I'd be going for those instead!!
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