Sound upgrade for Streetwise plus a little body work

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Sound upgrade for Streetwise plus a little body work

#1 Post by Kibradders » Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:12 pm

Good afternoon all. My rover streetwise S factory speakers had all blown (exploded magnificently) So I've just upgraded them and the head unit. Original was a Sony so I kept it Sony with added bonus of USB so i can store a tonne of music and Bluetooth so I can make/receive call with no hassle.
-Head unit is a Sony MEX-N4300BT
-2x 6.5" Kenwoods in the front. They didn't fit as originals only had the holes for 3 screws so i made a bracket for them so I didn't have to start drilling into the sheet metal
-plan to fit 2x 6x9" Edges in the rear (need to find a way to do it without cutting the parcel shelf or any of the trim) Couldn't find matching Kenwoods of the right size (5") with the correct RMS wattage. Yes I know it's a bit '90's boy racer but I'd rather have the sound than blowing more speakers.

even with only the two Kenwoods Fitted the sound is a thousand times better (if I ignore the garbage can rattling from the rear speakers)

Also Buffed up the plastic and fixed the eyesore at the front of the car

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Re: Sound upgrade for Streetwise plus a little body work

#2 Post by Johnny 216GSi » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:18 am

Real wood surrounds... that's true hi-fi :laughing2 Now if you could only fashion the entire front NS and OS doors out of chipboard, add some acoustic wadding and replace the door cards with a hardboard frame covered in acoustically transparent cloth, you'd be a real audiophile... :laughing2 I expect Rover didn't do that because they couldn't get a good exterior paint finish on wood...

It looks like a good job, though. I also had in mind some wooden speaker mounts (currently using the originals in an R8). 6 x 9" ellipticals are pushing things to a fundamental limit at the rear I would have thought. I've contemplated the same but was concerned about the frame width and whether I'd need to take a file to the frame (or a saw... :o ) to make them fit. I was looking at some 5 by 7" ellipticals at one point which might have gone in without modification as long as the mounting frames where thick enough.

Despite the original speakers looking well made, you're right about the sound. Things have moved on after 20+ years and you can better the sound quality fairly easily. The Kenwoods (when I last looked) have a good frequency response and sensitivity, so they were my choice for the fronts too.
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Re: Sound upgrade for Streetwise plus a little body work

#3 Post by Kibradders » Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:59 pm

I dunno.....if you put enough paint on anything you can get a good enough finish, might end up being an inch or so thick tho (real widebody) :D

Decided I'm going to build a couple of half trapeze shaped boxes for the rear speakers and Velcro them to the parcel shelf. Means i dont have to file/sand/cut/hammer bits of the car away.
Also means when i come to sell it (god forbid i ever do) i can keep the car stock and keep my rears atleast.

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Re: Sound upgrade for Streetwise plus a little body work

#4 Post by Kibradders » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:12 pm

Johnny 216GSi wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:18 am
Real wood surrounds... that's true hi-fi :laughing2 Now if you could only fashion the entire front NS and OS doors out of chipboard, add some acoustic wadding and replace the door cards with a hardboard frame covered in acoustically transparent cloth, you'd be a real audiophile... :laughing2 I expect Rover didn't do that because they couldn't get a good exterior paint finish on wood...

It looks like a good job, though. I also had in mind some wooden speaker mounts (currently using the originals in an R8). 6 x 9" ellipticals are pushing things to a fundamental limit at the rear I would have thought. I've contemplated the same but was concerned about the frame width and whether I'd need to take a file to the frame (or a saw... :o ) to make them fit. I was looking at some 5 by 7" ellipticals at one point which might have gone in without modification as long as the mounting frames where thick enough.

Despite the original speakers looking well made, you're right about the sound. Things have moved on after 20+ years and you can better the sound quality fairly easily. The Kenwoods (when I last looked) have a good frequency response and sensitivity, so they were my choice for the fronts too.
the 5x7's sound a good idea. I went to local timber shop and took some cut offs from their bin. only charged me £1.19 for it. The thing with wood is it's easy to get the thickness you want and if its not right its cheap enough to just try again, so i say go for it.

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