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Question Coaxial or Midrange for front doors? 2015 Mazda Non Bose.

I dont think the Mazda Sport came with the Bose system - heck, I dont even know where the amp to it is hiding.
I have a center speaker grill - but I think its empty... or the original owner took it out?

Im the 2nd owner, and I think the original driver left me some really shitty speakers - especially on the passenger side.
I can hear the tweeter up by front on the driver side.. but the passenger side is very weak and the bass cracks up with volume bad- I think in his haste to leave me some shitty speakers he screwed up the negative and positive on the speaker wires. So maybe its a simple fix.

Regardless, if thats not the sound issue and I do need new speakers:

Should I get a set of Mid-range speakers for the front doors and use the stock tweeters and the factory connectors to those tweeters... I assume if I connect the "new" mid-range into the door the connection to the stock tweeter is done.

For the rear doors - co-axial?

Maybe Co-axial all around?

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This could be a very opinionated response from a few of us.

Go check out my thread?


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This could be a very opinionated response from a few of us.

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I skipped around in that 16 page autobiography.... but I assume your suggestion is to go buy some F&CKING TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR COMPONENT SPEAKER SYSTEM!?!?!?!?!?!?
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Maybe I was suggesting to use a 3 component speaker set up in the front doors. Woofer, mid and tweeters.
It does not have to be costly and the end result depends on the individual and how picky your are about the sound. Higher end and speakers are just more efficient but you can still get great sound improvements on a budget.

I am a Audiophile and have built custom auto sound systems since the early 80's. So my pickiness is on the extreme level.

Find the component system that meets your project funding and match them to a good amplifier. The first thing to consider is what is the most important thing you want out of the sound system.
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I skipped around in that 16 page autobiography.... but I assume your suggestion is to go buy some F&CKING TWO THOUSAND DOLLAR COMPONENT SPEAKER SYSTEM!?!?!?!?!?!?
I see you're in SC! So am I! I live off of I-26, half way between Newberry and Columbia.

Anyway, a good inexpensive component set is the Savard set. Like $80, and come with crossovers. Check them out.


Also, you may want to give them a small amp. More power pretty much always makes speakers sound good. I recommend the Rockford Fosgate Prime series and bang-for-the-buck champs. Not a lot of money for some really clean power.
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Honestly do some careful consideration and read the several reviews on the top ten components systems that meet your budget.
Please notice that a few seem to repeat at the top of the list. I have tried many of them and can say most of the review are somewhat accurate. If you don't see a suggested component set that people or shops may recommend there are reasons why. The Audiophile market is wide as speaker choices but recommended speaker choice IMHO the quality of sound that some hear in what they have for their cars speakers tends to somewhat fall on those with tone deaf ears. lol Do your research if you can't exchange or return your choice in speakers be more careful of what you choose .
I would not go with other speaker suggestions unless you can personally hear them in a vehicle similar to yours. In the end you may like them at first but they will grow tiresome as you find them less then what you want in the sound quality.
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You can not go wrong with Rockford Fosgate amps no matter what you choose in speakers.

While you were quick to point out the cost of my speaker choice you didn't read that I went through a few less expensive speaker choices that did not have the sound quality I was wanting. Unfortunately better sound cost more money and there is NO SHORT CUTS to this. BTW I could not afford the speakers I really would like to have and settled for those in my project.

Just so we understand... I not only sold auto speaker components as well helped design and install custom speaker systems but also played in a band for a few years. To Bragg before there were stereo contests Eric Burdon once sat in my steroed out 82 Camaro and was set back at the sound of his own bands music and him singing.

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I dont need audiophile level equipment in my car. Anything is better than the tin cans I have now.
I went with this setup:
(1)Pair MB QUART FSB216 6.5" 280 Watt Car Audio Component Speakers
(1)Pair MB QUART FKB116 6.5" 240 Watt 2-Way Car Audio Speakers

I just dont see any other deal around locally that I can get ALL of my speakers for $70 with free shipping and free returns.

I had great experience with MB Quart Co-axials before in the past.
If anyone is interested, December 2018: https://www.ebay.com/itm/302754360859

so now the question is where do I put the crossover?
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So I guess because you choose a 2 way system instead of the recommended 3 way in the doors you are going to have a separate sub-woofer?
Mazda's door design configuration do not do well with the sound imaging with 2 ways trying to use the woofer/mid in the the door for low HZ(-300HZ) sound reproduction.

Suggested mounting locations for the cross overs are under the rear seat or up under the dash.

Good luck with your project.
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A small sub or possible bass shakers in the front seats... not sure yet.

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If they aren't already, seal the crossovers with some hot glue or silicone, then just let them live in the doors. Done and done.
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