Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help




Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Car Audio and Multimedia

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-27-2003, 01:56 PM
hotskillet
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Thumbs up w126 four speaker system doesn't cut it, advice and experiences appreciated

I love music, sometimes a in a bit richer form than my stock 4 speaker system can provide. I'd also appreciate more substantial midrange and bass. I'm certainly not looking for a boom car or anything elaborate like that. However I'd like to hear opinions on what combinations would work well. My main idea would include four speakers (perhaps component speakers), an amp and small subwoofer. I'm leaning towards a straight forward head unit with an in dash cd player.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-27-2003, 01:58 PM
hotskillet
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I forgot!

How have any of you overcome the limited speaker size and location options?

Thanks again
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-27-2003, 04:19 PM
ned2683's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 693
i have done this one 2 of my cars because the 3.5" or 4x6" opening just doesn't cut it. what i did is make a speaker pod that fits a 6.5" and put it on the doors. if you look under the door handel (or would these be door latches?) inside the car there is enough space there to put a speaker pod. it doesn't get in the way either. and perhaps you can get a 6 speaker hook up that way too.
__________________
198? 300D ???K - Future DD
1989 300TE 285K - traded in '12
1984 300SD 186K - Sold in 08
1978 300SD 330K - Died in 05
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-27-2003, 07:12 PM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
my freinds......6x9's in the back shelf is the answer!
Attached Thumbnails
w126 four speaker system doesn't cut it, advice and experiences appreciated-6x9%5Cs_2.jpg  
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-28-2003, 06:19 AM
hotskillet
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
how exactly did you fabricate the pods?

What materials did you use? How was the sound and appearance of the final product? 6x9's seem like an intelligent and feasable choice for the rear. Did you gut your storage compartments and fabricate mounting brackets?
Thanks for the response.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-28-2003, 09:24 AM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
Stencil was used to sketch the speaker size on the boxes and then they were cut carefully with a jigsaw a beleive and then the speakers were placed in and screwed. Took about an hour. Then I went and found speaker grills at an audio store to place over the speakers.
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-28-2003, 09:26 AM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
Stencil was used to sketch the speaker size on the boxes and then they were cut carefully with a jigsaw a beleive and then the speakers were placed in and screwed. Took about an hour. Then I went and found speaker grills at an audio store to place over the speakers.

The sound is excellent with any type of bass you want, created from the speakers. They are 120watt Pioneer speakers powered by a 50wx4 Pioneer MP3 head unit with all the bells and whistles and upgraded BOSE 4x6 dash speakers.

Not to long ago I went in a freinds 87 560 sel with the stock system and you can't compare at all.


__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-28-2003, 05:17 PM
hotskillet
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Question how are the 4x6's

To me it almos seems like the dash speakers are the weakest link with the exception of tweeter location. Like the 6x9 idea. Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-17-2003, 11:00 PM
moparmike's Avatar
You will rue this day...
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: NW Arkansas
Posts: 732
6x9's behind the storage pods?

Is it possible to make ports for mounting 6x9's behind (closer to windshield) the storage pods in the rear deck?

If this is done, is it also possible to cut a hole under the rear 4x6 pods to make bass ports from the trunk for an audible subwoofer sound from the trunk? Mind you I havent seen the under side of the 4x6's, so its just a theory at this point.

thanks for your help!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-22-2003, 09:08 AM
MB, love..hate..love..
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: NB Canada
Posts: 1,173
Sound improvement for the 380SE

I finally settled on a Kenwood powered subwoofer unit, model KSCW62RC. I fabricated a simple mount for it that sets it tight against the inside of the left rear fender in the trunk, right in the left side 'pog hole'. It has a wired remote, and produces a nice tight thumpy bass. This technology doesn't require cutting any sound ports at all. It was the lack of bass that drove me to something other than shelf speakers/subamp, and I didn't want to cut up the package shelf. I plan to add a small amp to augment the output of the head unit, which is a Blaupunkt Denver CD player.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 05-22-2003, 02:16 PM
Emu Rancher
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 664
I got an updated panasonic cd player headunit, blaupunkt 4x6s in the rear, stock speakers up front and an 800w amp powering my 2 12s in the trunk. It sounds great and it was very economical. It might be a little too much bass for you though.
__________________
W126 1983 300SD 286,000 miles and ticking
Baby blue exterior Grey MB tex
Recent work:
Replaced air cleaner mounting brackets and heat shields
Replaced alternator, fan and power steering belts
Replaced positive battery terminal
Replaced negative battery terminal and cord
New Duralast Battery

My car needs work.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-22-2003, 07:51 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Shalimar, FL
Posts: 79
I tried asking before and got no replies, maybe I'll have better this luck with this thread. It looks like the late model parcel shelfs take a 6 or 6 1/2'" speaker instead of the horrible 4X6 in the early cars. Will a late model shelf fit an old 126 and what year did they change. I think a pair of 6 1/2 would fill in the bottom nicely, I have a 10" sub in the trunk and I have to set the crossover higher than I would like because of the lack of bass that the 4X6's provide.

Bob H.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-23-2003, 08:21 AM
Alan Hamm's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Kensington, MD
Posts: 461
I am just going thru this as I just bought a 1987 SDL. I chose to put in a new Alpine head unit and replace all the speakers. I got 3.5" for the front (with an adapter) and 5" x 7" plate for the rear deck. The stock rear speakers were 6" with the funny eye socket integral adapter. This adapter compensates for the VERY shallow pocket for speakers. I used a 3/4" plywood block to raise the new plate speakers up so the depth worked. Not real pretty, but I am able to use the original grills which hides everything.

BTW, Plate speakers are just components mounted on a plate, so the woofer and tweater are seperate.

It sounds rich and clear but I am still unhappy with the level of (or lack of) bass. I am now considering a subwoofer for the trunk. What are peoples experience with this? I am trying not to do too much surgery to the car.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-23-2003, 12:07 PM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
I still dont understand why people are putting subwoofers to acquire some bass when a pair of 6x9's neatly put in the back can give you what you need!
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-23-2003, 01:07 PM
ned2683's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 693
Quote:
Originally posted by BenzOnline
I still dont understand why people are putting subwoofers to acquire some bass when a pair of 6x9's neatly put in the back can give you what you need!
well for some people that's not enough.
__________________
198? 300D ???K - Future DD
1989 300TE 285K - traded in '12
1984 300SD 186K - Sold in 08
1978 300SD 330K - Died in 05
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page