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Trying to solve my problem of no mid bass in my 07 focus. Not sure whether I should ditch the current speakers, upgrade. Get an amp for the current ones, or both. I have 4 sound ordnance p57’s 2-way speakers from crutchfield, paired with their 10” powered sub, and a boss CarPlay HU. Started out with the speakers and HU, as the factory ones were blown and I wanted the convenience of CarPlay. Recently added a sub to make up for the lackluster bass response.
I’ve found that while the low end has a strong presence now, the mids are arguably worse since there’s decent low end to expose how weak it is. The system in general is fairly cheap, not breaking the bank or winning awards. The speakers are rated up to 40W RMS, they’re ran off the internal HU amp which is “rated” at 20W but with no cert to back it up.
Should I get an amp to power them and try that first, or upgrade and get one?
Also what is the general consensus on adding additional speakers/is it worth the hassle? The car only comes with 4 mounting spots in the door but I know most modern vehicles have more than 4 speakers.
would adding two dedicated mid drivers either additionally or replacing the back two be frowned upon? All externally powered mind you.
 

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not much experience with mini amps, maybe other members here can give suggestions. you wont be disappointed with the ID57's for sure though, i have plenty of experience with image dynamics and even those specific speakers. my suggestions are budget oriented based on your current gear, but it you wanna spend more there are more options
 

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not much experience with mini amps, maybe other members here can give suggestions. you wont be disappointed with the ID57's for sure though, i have plenty of experience with image dynamics and even those specific speakers. my suggestions are budget oriented based on your current gear, but it you wanna spend more there are more options
not sure how I didn’t find the iD’s when I originally got my door speakers! Quick question though, someone else on this for recommended I get a set of components put those up front, mount the tweeters in the A pillars, power those with a 2 channel amp and leave the back two be. Is there any sense to that?
 

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yeah, if you want to go though the effort, you can do a component set up front. whether or not you amp the rear is a matter of personal preference. most here would say dont even run rears, and i can appreciate that, but a lot of cars ive helped friends with aren't 2 channel audiophiles, they just want sound all around them in their car, in which case rears help
 

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#1 biggest change from a stock system.. a subwoofer. I like a single 12" sealed (or ported if you like high output) the 12" and 15" have more cone are and will get louder than most any 10" or smaller subs..and they cost about the same.

#2 upgrade I would do is an amplifier on your mid/high speakers. essentially all speakers outside of your subwoofer. unless they are very efficient speakers and you have a high quality headunit then you will likely benefit greatly from an external amplifier on your speakers. a headunit.. especially a boss headunit.. is not going to sound great using the stock built in amplifier on the headunit.. im sure the RCAs are just fine, so I would spring for ditching the internal amp on your headunit and use its RCA outputs to power an external amplifier.. you can get some decent choices for cheap.. and i bet your headunit has EQ, crossovers, etc so you can probably even run active without a DSP !

What model is your heaudnit?
 

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If you've got power mirrors get yourself a pair of sail panels for the manual mirror model and you can install a set of tweeters in the opening for the knob. They're matched side to side so it'll be even. Of course you won't be adjusting your mirrors really anymore but then again when was the last time you had to... Those are fun cars, cheap and easy to maintain for the most part.

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