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Rear speakers replaced - Sounds worse?

I ended up replacing my old 6x9 Rear deck speakers because the factory ones were blown and sounded bad, I replaced them with some HD 6x9s from Walmart because my buddy has them in his car and they sound pretty good, Even a good amount of bass.

anyways, Installed them in my '00 300M, And well, They sound horrible. Hardly any bass, Aren't near as loud as the stock speakers and just general suck. I thought maybe it was the ones I got, so I exchanged them for a new pair - Same problem.

Was wondering if maybe adding different speakers messed up the cars built in amp or something? I made sure all the wires would connected right and tight, To no avail.

Also, Would adding an aftermarket head-unit mess up stock AMP by any chance? Looking for something with more power and an AUX input for my phone.
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you need 2Ohm speakers for them to sound correct with the stock amp.
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You can also upgrade to the '00 LHS AC amp to wake up the rears
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Also, Would adding an aftermarket head-unit mess up stock AMP by any chance? Looking for something with more power and an AUX input for my phone.
no, it won't mess it up if wired correctly. use adapters for the make and year.
more power will require seperate wiring to the speakers, as you will have to bypass the amp wiring. may also need new speakers capable of handling the new power.
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no, it won't mess it up if wired correctly. use adapters for the make and year.
more power will require seperate wiring to the speakers, as you will have to bypass the amp wiring. may also need new speakers capable of handling the new power.
I already have new speakers in the door and rear deck, That explains why the sound is off. Are the door speaker 20ohm too? Where can you ever get 20ohm 6x9s? o_o

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You can also upgrade to the '00 LHS AC amp to wake up the rears
How would one go about doing this? I honestly thought about just bypassing the whole stock amp once I get my new headunit. But someone said it's also part of the cars electrics and can't be bypassed?

EDIT: I was thinking about getting a Line-level to RCA output converter and just run another amp for the back speakers to get the ohm rating right. Would that be okay? Or should I try to get some 20ohm 6x9s?

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Two ohm - not 20 ohm.
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Two ohm - not 20 ohm.

Wow, I feel like an idiot. I was reading this thread from my phone.. and I thought it said 20 Ohm. My bad!

Anyways. What I have now are 4ohms, No bass response at all, Volume seems to not be as good... and it seems like there is no stereo separation at all.

Are the OEM 6x9s used as woofers, Or what?
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You have them phased correctly?
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You have them phased correctly?

I do. Unless, Of course... Chrysler made it so the Wire with the black stripe is not negative. But any car audio I've worked on before, Anything with a black strip is the negative.
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...Unless, Of course... Chrysler made it so the Wire with the black stripe is not negative. But any car audio I've worked on before, Anything with a black strip is the negative.
That rule doesn't apply to the base audio system (no black stripes), but does happen to apply for the higher end factory systems on our cars.
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That rule doesn't apply to the base audio system (no black stripes), but does happen to apply for the higher end factory systems on our cars.
Fair enough. So does that mean I did it wrong, Or what?
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I'd say you did it right.
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I'd say you did it right.
Fair enough. Everything I've read pointed to the ohm difference. So what I am gonna do is, Since I cannot find a decent (affordable) pair of 2 ohm 6x9s is I am gonna get s Line output converter and get a small amp to push the 6x9s. Good idea?
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Fair enough. Everything I've read pointed to the ohm difference. So what I am gonna do is, Since I cannot find a decent (affordable) pair of 2 ohm 6x9s is I am gonna get s Line output converter and get a small amp to push the 6x9s. Good idea?
http://www.sonicelectronix.com/cat_f...peakers-2.html
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Weird. I looked at those, And all were rated at 4ohm despite using the 2 ohm search filter.
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