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I got a Dart GT on Friday. The car is great but the Alpine stereo upgrade leaves something to be desired in my opinion. The front door speakers are all bass, which seems odd, and the rear door speakers are full range. The overall bass output is pretty good for some songs.

Overall the system lacks crispness. Songs that have a complicated mix of sounds get muddied. When I listen to the songs that I have always liked, (wide variety of styles) I often have to skip songs because it just does not sound good.

I've read some people describe the Alpine system as a worthy upgrade. Based on my experience I would have to disagree. I'm wondering if I need to adjust something besides the EQ, fade/balance, and surround settings. I'm considering about $600 in upgrades at the local stereo shop.

Just wondering,
Aeron

PS. Does anyone know where the AMP is mounted?
 

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I have been wanting to upgrade my factory 6 speaker system but nobody makes a 6x9 that fits the front doors. After watching a youtube of a guy cutting room in the door to fit a 6x9 I called and talked to the aplications specialist at Cruchfield. Dodge contracted with Alpine for specially made speakers to fit the space constraints of the front doors. I think they are base only. You can get better sound quality from a round full range speaker that fits if you supliment the base with a sub. You already have the 8" free air?
Your Alpine system I think is relying on the 3" dash speakers to get you the full range in the front. I'm not sure how much adjustability there is in the system. Are your dash speakers putting out?
I don't know where they mounted the amp.
 

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Hi David,

I do have the 8" free air and the front speakers in the dash are putting out. I wondered if anyone else had listened to the Alpine system and thought the sound was less than stellar. I'm think I may have had too high expectation based on the brand and the $500 for the option. If this is what you get with this option my opinion is to save the $500 and put it towards higher quality components.

The $600 I was thinking of spending is to buy an amp and a couple round speakers for the doors and separate tweeters to put in the dash. The local shop was expecting some custom work to get the speakers into the doors as well. I don't know what all the magic entailed in his proposal. The wife said to go for it if I wanted to. I'm just afraid I might be starting down a slippery slope. You know, $600 bucks tightens up the mids and sweeten the sound a bit. After a while I'll want to improve the bass a little for another 600 bucks. By the time it's all said and done the stereo cost as much as the car.

I'll keep y'all posted after I get some new speakers installed if your interested. By the way, I like your Dart with the springs and calipers. I'd like to pretty mine up too.

Regards,
Aeron
 

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I don't think I have heard anyone on here bragging about the performance of the Alpine system. I don't think your expectations are to high when you are paying extra for a suposed premium sound system. I think Dodge forced Alpine to sacrifice there good name by building a substandard speaker to fit in the small confines of the door. All so Dodge could say you can get this car with an Alpine system. Maybe someone else will pipe in with an oppinion.

Thanks for the compliment on my ride Aeron. Keep us posted.
 

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I wasnt too impressed with it either
i have run alpine systems in all my vehicles and this just isnt up to par for an alpine system
very sub-par
 

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The car is in the shop getting a new signal processor and some new speakers. I hope it all works out for the best. I get it back tomorrow afternoon.
 
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