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upgrade the Monsoon sound system?

hey, i've got the stock monsoon sound system in my '04 golf, and i'm looking for thoughts on how good of quality it is. the rear driver side door speaker is out (i've seen this problem other places in the forum) and i'm looking into replacing some speakers (maybe the receiver too) because of it. i'd like to be able to hook up my ipod somehow, rather than use a crappy fm transmitter.

has anyone else done any modifications to their sound system? and what results have you had? whats the weakest link in the system and should be changed first?

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i am installing an alpine in mine. they charge and control ur ipod. i have one in my 96 jetta and love it. i am sure the newer one will work even better!! check the alpine site!
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Alpine is the shit and has the best sound quality in its price range. I upgraded my head unit first. After doing that I had poor sound quality. Then I upgraded to a 4 channel Alpine, since the rear speakers are 2ohm, I instantly blew them, but had much better sound quality even with only front speakers. Then I upgrade to Alpine type S component sets in the front and rear. Then I thought the sound quality was untouchable intill I added my Audiocontrol EQX, which seperated my highs, mids and lows, now my clarity is clean enough to hear a pin drop. You can hear every note, clearly from a block away.


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Alpine is the shit and has the best sound quality in its price range. I upgraded my head unit first. After doing that I had poor sound quality. Then I upgraded to a 4 channel Alpine, since the rear speakers are 2ohm, I instantly blew them, but had much better sound quality even with only front speakers. Then I upgrade to Alpine type S component sets in the front and rear. Then I thought the sound quality was untouchable intill I added my Audiocontrol EQX, which seperated my highs, mids and lows, now my clarity is clean enough to hear a pin drop. You can hear every note, clearly from a block away.

ok alpine is the brand i was really liking when i looked at them. i've been on the crutchfield website like 24/7 the past couple of days. right now i'm thinking a new alpine receiver, and 4 new alpine speakers (i'm planning on keeping the stock amplifier, is that a good idea?). i probably wouldn't go with the components because i think the work would be a little more than i'd like, and i'd probably be in over my head.

what is this audiocontrol EQX you speak of? amplifier?
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Your going to want to change the amp, because the stock amp is not enough to sufficently push aftermarket speakers. Your car comes stock with components, so it is not any harder to install components as it is coxcoils, and components sound 10X better. The Audiocontrol EQX is a EQ and crossover in one, with it you can adjust your sound how ever you want. While you were on crutchfield you could have checked it out. Here is a link

AudioControl EQX Trunk-mount 2-channel equalizer with 2-way crossover at Crutchfield Signature

Crutchfield is a rip off by the way, unless a good warranty is important to you.


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i know its expensive, but i like the step by step instructions they include with everything. i don't think i'd be able to do any of the work without them. and i'm not trying to break the bank with a new setup, so that audiocontrol EQX is definitely out of the picture for me unfortunately.

it seems to me that components are a lot more complicated to install than regular speakers. you're saying thats not true?
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On a car that does'nt have components to began with, yes it would be more work. But the dub comes stock with components, so its just as easy to install components as it is coxcoils. Crutchfields prices are double that of alot of small stereo shops.


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