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I'm not sure where that NPR stereotype comes from other than receiving public funds. It's not as political as it may seem. Most of their shows are routed in science and and very self questioning on confirmation biases.
I used to listen to NPR during the morning drive to work. Definite liberal bias.
 

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I used to listen to NPR during the morning drive to work. Definite liberal bias.
I avoid political shows and discussions as much as possible! I stick to programs related to science, sociology, and music for the most part.

Anyway, I got a USB C to Aux adapter to compare audio quality.
 

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I’m one of those batshit crazy audiophiles that use vacuum tubes and vinyl and silly expensive cables and the like for my home system. But I stopped trying to go crazy in the car as the environment is too noisy. I did upgrade the 3.5” drivers to infinity kappa but otherwise plain stock and flat settings. The Alpine system is plenty fine for my needs.

Here’s a great system I listened to last week:

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And here is a cool pix of one of my home preamps to prove my craziness:

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I’m one of those batshit crazy audiophiles that use vacuum tubes and vinyl and silly expensive cables and the like for my home system. But I stopped trying to go crazy in the car as the environment is too noisy. I did upgrade the 3.5” drivers to infinity kappa but otherwise plain stock and flat settings. The Alpine system is plenty fine for my needs.
Which Kappa's did you use? 32.9CF?

Did you get any imbalance from the increase in impedance in the highs? (I'm assuming the stock speakers are 2 ohm from other posts, still waiting to take delivery of the truck)
 

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Here’s a great system I listened to last week:
I use a little tube amp at my desk, with an external DAC, feed it from USB via the iPad, some Sein 6xx (for open) and a Byers Studio 80s (closed). The tube stuff is fun, I'll occasionally try something different, picked up an 6SN7 adapter, but haven't scored any tubes that require it yet, I kind of keep them under $25/each.

Years ago I used to be pretty hardcore into audio, Krell, Adcom, B&W, $500 interconnect, etc.

That looks spectacular, what's the gear involved?
 

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Just some thoughts while I'm waiting for our 4xe, apparently held up be Gorilla Glass, so I have no actual reference to the system.

From what I've read, the Alpine Amp takes the head unit output, actively xovers and amps to a 2ohm load for 12 channels (2x dash 3.5, 2x knee 4.5, 2x soundbar 3.5, 2x soundbar 4.5, 4x 2ohm VCs on the sub). The 3.5's are described as tweeters in some locations. The amp integrates ANC and chimes.

Initial thought is to try step 1 retaining the stock amp and active xover (if the xover point is high enough for tweeters), and replace speakers with either highly sensitive 4 ohms or as close to 2 ohms as I can find. Thinking 6.5 Components in both locations, leaving out the included xovers until/if amped.

Something like:
Metra 82-3016 - Dash Adapter for Tweeters
Metra JP-1014 - Knee Pods for 6.5 mids
Metra JP-1015 - Sound bar adapter for 6.5 Comps
Budget options: Infinity PR6510CS, 2.7ohm/88db or REFERENCE 6530CX 3.0 ohm/93db
No ideas on a source for a quad 2 ohm sub, but that's probably not worth touching without a separate amp anyways.

Even more budget friendly, I believe the BMW specific component kits have mids that can mount up into the 4.5" spots (4" with 3 way mounts), would eliminate the need for the pods. Noticed this when the Rockford Fosgate kit listed for 9 speaker upgrades on XT include the BMW components.

For Amp upgrades, PAC has an amp bypass kit, but it's ~$400. A 4 channel would be an easy addition with the component xovers to drive the components, and that opens up the sub options.

Biggest question for this speaker package would be the Xover high pass point for the dash/sound bar "tweeters"
 

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For an owner to keep the stock system, are there speaker upgrades that would be "plug n play" that would be worth doing?

We have the Alpine system.

Thanks!!
 

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I'm somewhat of an audiophile, but why bother with all the road/wind noise?
 

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I'm somewhat of an audiophile, but why bother with all the road/wind noise?
I'm with ya here….. I did a few minor\cost effective things….but to me it’s not worth the bucks to try to get it there. I like being topless and if I want primo audio…I’ll snag my wife’s ride.
 

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I actually went the opposite direction. I thought the bass levels were way too high. I've also not seen a premium audio system with only 3 levels on the EQ. That may no be an issue if it has a proper flat tuning from the factory.

But I'm having a dilemma in that SiriusXM and Andoid Auto are way off. I don't know that my Samsung S21 Ultra+ has a good enough DSP to work with.

However, it must be because I'm getting old, I just like driving in silence. I mostly listen to Howard 100, NPR, and Netflix Is a Joke. Occasionally I'll crank up some Scandinavian Folk Metal or Nine Inch Nails.
My wife hates that I seem to be stuck in the early 90's with my musical tastes. In truth, there's a wide variety that she ignores, but there is a heavy representation of NIN, Rage and Tool when I drive. I think what she really hates is that I will listen to a full album by any of those three straight through and she can't seem to stand to do that with any band these days. Two songs by the same group in a row and she starts scratching at her own skin.
 

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My wife hates that I seem to be stuck in the early 90's with my musical tastes. In truth, there's a wide variety that she ignores, but there is a heavy representation of NIN, Rage and Tool when I drive. I think what she really hates is that I will listen to a full album by any of those three straight through and she can't seem to stand to do that with any band these days. Two songs by the same group in a row and she starts scratching at her own skin.
I get stuck with Yach Rock…..kill me now….
 

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