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Old 10-11-2004, 04:34 PM
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SL500 need advice on capacitors on front speakers.

Hey guys. 1996 SL500 with everything audio stock except a Pioneer AVIC7500 head unit. Anyway I think I am having issues with the differences in resistance between the head unit and the german speakers. I believe I had read somewhere that the speakers accepted a factory resistance of 3ohms, while US head units put out 4ohms. Normally it is not a problem for me, but if I turn up the bass too much the front speakers clip and distort quite badly.

It may even be that I am overpowering the front speakers, I dont know. In any event I wanted to lower the bass coming to the front speakers, without affecting the sub in the rear. It seems like the easiest way to do this (without a lot of digging around for wires) is to add a capacitor to the front speakers to lower out the lowest frequencies. Keep in mind I have not done too much car stereo work since my college days, so if capacitors are not used anymore please let me know.

Can someone please tell me the best solution to lower bass only at my front speaker levels, and if it does involve a capacitor what rating would you suggest? I would assume I would start with cutting out at least 80-100hz, and go from there.

And yeah I know I should get new speakers, but dont have the time this winter to do that. Plus I would lose the factory sub, which is enough bass for me. I just want to be able to put my stereo louder without the front speakers clipping out from too much bass.
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