02-24-2017 10:52 PM
I recently purchased a dual 12 inch kicker subwoofer with an amp and other needed items to go along with it, in order to get installed in my 2006 Ford Five Hundred. It's taken a while between having all the parts for the subwoofer system and actually getting it installed. Two days ago, I realized my car's stock speakers are either blown, or partially blown. Either way it sounds like they need to be replaced. They mostly consist of 6x8, 6x9s, but would buying brand new versions of the same stock speakers be in ANY way a bad move considering my dual kicker subs addition? When I get my kickers installed finally, I don't want awesome bass from those pounding, while fuzz is coming from the speakers already in the car. Any tips or advice anyone has for what my next move should be is greatly appreciated!
02-28-2017 09:51 AM
Terribly sorry about my late response to your question, usually I am much more punctual! It does appear that you have a grasp on the basics of car electronics and also it was nice to provide me with the "sound quality" that you are looking for in your post, so thank you for providing me with all the necessary information. The sub setup for your dual package is the only thing that I won't be able to be 100% exact with, but Ill work around to hopefully help you out as best as possible.
Lets start with your vehicle and the basics of what your audio system is currently doing. You do have 4 6x8 (or 5x7) speakers in your vehicle that are doing full range the highs, mids, and lows, but the 6x9's on the back deck are strictly low frequencies. Those speakers are the "subwoofers" of the vehicle that came stock so even if you were to replace those with a full range speaker they would only allow the lows, unless you were to run your own speaker wires from another amplifier.
I personally like to put the "complete setup" in a vehicle like this. You will have the speakers in the car playing the highs and mids, and very very little bass, while the subwoofer in the trunk will do the low end and create the perfect sound. Let the speakers do the talking and your sub to do the bumping. When you pair up your system this way, it really saves on your speakers longevity of life as they are really not working to hard to supply the ranges that you are feeding them, and your subwoofer can do what it is intended to do. Should you want to drive alot of bass through the speakers because the subwoofer isn't pulling its weight, I would recommend upgrading your subwoofer or adding on an additional one to supply more bass.
On that vehicle I mostly see my customers replace the 4 speakers and disconnect the ones on the back deck once they have a subwoofer. Normally when a customer driving this car comes to me, those back 6x9's are already blown and starting to create very bad rattling and crackling noises that nobody wants to listen to. You can simply open your trunk and disconnect these if those are the only speakers that are showing these signs. I think I read your post correctly, but I did want to add that if you are wanting to upgrade speakers do not waste your money on factory OEM speakers, simply visit any Best Buy to purchase your next 6x8 or 5x7 speakers, this will save you money in the long run and should you want more sound you can always amplify any of our speakers with ease by adding a powerpack or 4 channel amplifier down the road.
There are tons of options to increase the sound of your vehicle such as more subwoofers, better upgraded aftermarket speakers, dynamat or ballistic sound damping material, adding a 4 channel amplifier or powerpack, and also to upgrade from the factory stereo. Even just adding an aftermarket stereo can all you to have a better EQ which will allow you to toggle the ranges of the sound from a 3 band EQ (bass, mid, treble) to a 5 band EQ or more. The more bands that you have the more you are going to be able to experience a wider range of flexibility to really target the sounds that you are wanting, since every ear is different, it is nice to have more options to play with.
All in all I would recommend starting off with the speakers in the doors for upgrading with aftermarket speakers. Hook up your dual amp and subwoofer with the recommened guage wires. If you haven't already replace the stereo, and maybe do this first to allow your speakers to sound better right away, even the ones that are in there, especially if you are on a tight budget. A salesman will always say start in the trunk and work your way to the front so sub, speakers, radio. I personally recommend for people that cannot fork over that much money right away to start in the front and work your way back. Our Citi Best Buy credit card is a fantastic option to allow you to spend our money first so that you get the setup that you are wanting right away, and pay it off over time instead of skimping and not being happy with the sound.
I hope this helps you and should you need further explaination or have more questions please do not hesitate to let me know. I will be out of the office starting tomorrow until the 9th. Thank you for taking the time to ask such a great question with the community, and continue this thread should something not make sense! Have a fantastic day!
02-28-2017 05:17 PM
Alright so I will be switching up questions to an extent. The information you have provided has been very useful and appreciated. Thank you. Now my question advances to how to go about getting this system actually installed. I have been sitting with all the parts needed for a while now, and need to get it installed. I have been planning on having Geek Squad services install it for me, as long as it is a service provided. I would like if Geek Squad would install my new aftermarket radio, my amplifier(kicker), my dual 12" kicker subs, and use the radio and amp kits I have also gotten. I understand that there should probably end up being a service fee alone, as well as maybe another for providing tools for the job. I made a visit to my local Best Buy in Lee's Summit to ask about what kind of fees I would be looking at, as well as the soonest date I could request it to be installed. Both questions failed to be given an accurate answer by the people working at the desk anyway. I then tried talking to an online live chat rep for Geek Squad and they basically told me I need to go pay another visit in person to another Geek Squad agent. I've not much knowledge on this all so I apologize if I end up sounding dumb throughout any of this. When I added the Geek Squad subwoofer install (service or whatever it would be called) to cart, how does that work? Question inside a question, which services online would I need to include to get my system installed and tools provided for me (or more like for geek squad who is installing)? Then once I know I have the right services in my cart, I purchase, and then how do I go from there, to actually getting my car in and getting my order fulfilled? To sum it all up. I've waited long enough, I need to get my system installed, and I want to figure out the next time I can have that happen, which I do not necessarily expect you to directly answer.
Thanks for your assistance with this all, it is very appreciated!
02-28-2017 06:24 PM
You should never feel dumb about asking questions that you don't know about, and the people that don't ask are the ones that are missing out on the valuable information that they can learn, so really never feel like that when in the community!
If you are wanting to have one of our Autotechs do the installation, rest assure that all you need to bring are the components that you are wanting installed. Do not worry about bringing tools as we have those all on hand to complete the task, but thank you for that considerations anyways. We try and make it as simple as a process as possible, but it would appear that you have made alot of effort to find out more information and with little to no sucess, I do apologize about this and it is my hopes to help you out further!
Here is a breakdown of all the parts that you will need along with installation costs and time frames that are given to us using a universal quoting tool.
Materials fee $5.00
Dash Kit $16.99
Antenna extension $12.99
Steering wheel labor $59.99 (optional connection, if you don't have ignore this)
Steering wheel adapter $69.99 (optional connection, if you don't have ignore this)
In-dash non video labor $64.99
Amplifier installation $99.99
Dual Subwoofer installation $39.99 (only charged if we have to mount or rewire subwoofer in box)
TOTAL: $386.92 BEFORE TAX
4 HOURS (THIS IS JUST A QUOTE FOR TIME, BUT THE INSTALLER WILL GIVE A MORE EXACT ONCE THE CAR IS IN THE SHOP AND THEY ARE ABLE TO SEE WHAT PRODUCTS YOU HAVE AND SPECIFIC LOCATIONS).
That dual subwoofer installation is just phrased as "dual" meaning 2 subwoofers, but again only charged if we are mouting the subwoofers in the box. Most branded Dual subwoofers will already be mounted and behind a plexiglass front, I just wanted to clarify that so you didn't get confused.
If you are seeing something that you already have just take it off the quote above and recalculate it again, but those are the charges for your vehicle to allow for the installation of a amplifier, subwoofers, and a new radio. It sounded like you already had all the wires (the amp kit) to run to your amplifier, but the installer should re-quote you all of this before starting the installation just in case they see something that cannot be used, or is missing that I didn't catch.
To schedule the installation simply click this link HERE and follow the prompts. Thanks again and Ill be back next week, but I sure hope you have gotten this installed by then, but please understand that some bays can be booked out some time so your patience is all I can ask for until they are able to fit you in. Best of luck!
02-28-2017 06:42 PM
I know I'm probably pushing for time before you're officially off work, but just in case I get a response soon, about the fees listed; Dash Kit, Harness, and Antenna extension. What would those three consist of (like what would they basically do for me, and are they optional)?
02-28-2017 07:01 PM
Still here for another 1 hour, but please don't worry about pressing me for time, you have done so much leg work and I want you to get this rolling. It would be my pleasure to answer this question.
The dash kit for your vehicle will allow the after market radio to fit where you old radio was with a mold that was designed by the spec from the manufacturer. This kit will allow for a seamless and great look to your vehicle so that you don't have it just dangling in your dash.
The harness will allow you to adapt the aftermarket radios harness that comes in the box to the vehicles harness. This allows you to take part in our free factory radio replacement should you decide to trade or sell the vehilce later on down the way. We will uninstall the aftermarket to re-install the factory OEM radio free of charge when you trade or sell that vehicle, please keep a hold of the paperwork at the end of the installation to take part in this.
The antenna extension is the only thing that is optional, but kinda not really Those vehicles don't have alot of length on the antenna to allow many installers to reach behind and plug it in without this extension. I personally have a smaller build which allows me to finagle my arms and hands in a way that allows me to plug this in, but honestly I have started to charge this piece because it is not the easiest task to complete.
Here are the lists so that you can take a look at some pictures on Best Buy.com.
99-5815 dash kit
44-EC12 antenna extension
Basically yes these are all required to replace the radio, the only optional would be steering wheel controls, but those can be added on at anytime if you are on a budget that doesn't allow you to do this right away.
02-28-2017 07:53 PM
Last question, as all others were answered (greatly appreciated). The part where you said click HERE for that link. It seems that "HERE" was supposed to be linked and it does not appear to be. Thank you for helping me out with this all! I gained every bit of knowledge I was searching for thus far thanks to your responses. Thank you again!
02-28-2017 09:01 PM
03-05-2017 08:40 PM
I know you're probably out of the office, and I'm not expecting a quick reply, but my plans still are hitting obstacles. Now I'm facing at least an additional two weeks before there's even an opening apparently at the top four Best Buy's near me. Is there any trick or tips for how to catch an opening sooner than what the online schedule shows?
03-08-2017 08:54 AM