Aftermarket Speaker Upgrades?

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Has anyone upgraded their non-B&O speakers yet? If so what size speakers did you use and did you run into any issues/speedbumps?



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I think so few have gotten theirs that probably none has done so. I was hoping to do the same but the dealer screwed up my order. With that said, I'm going to take a wild guess that it will be pretty similar to the latest Ford Escape speakers.

The locations and grille sizing are pretty similar except obviously the B&O setup will be different.

With that said, one of the forum members tried to take some speaker measurements for me.

https://www.broncosportforum.com/forum/threads/took-delivery-have-questions.1426/post-30035
 

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Still hanging around in the shadows I see... lol. Welcome back, kinda.
Well.. I might be coming back for good. Thank you!!! Lol, I think I'm going to buy a dealer stock one. I need to go test drive one first to see how I like it.

Not from the dealer that screwed up my order because they're really very unprofessional.

It's still one of the better looking, Capable, and decent gas mileage vehicles right now.

At this point, the only other vehicle I would buy is a 4Runner (even with the horrible gas mileage).
 
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I think so few have gotten theirs that probably none has done so. I was hoping to do the same but the dealer screwed up my order. With that said, I'm going to take a wild guess that it will be pretty similar to the latest Ford Escape speakers.

The locations and grille sizing are pretty similar except obviously the B&O setup will be different.

With that said, one of the forum members tried to take some speaker measurements for me.

https://www.broncosportforum.com/forum/threads/took-delivery-have-questions.1426/post-30035

Yeah, that's what I figured, and that's basically what I've been using as a proxy when searching Crutchfield for compatible speakers. I'm not getting the Badlands package, so it wont be getting the Bang & Olufson speakers. And honestly, I test drove a Badlands that had it, and I wasn't impressed. They sounded really muddy and just not that clear. Plus the center dash speakers creates a weird soundstage. I'm coming from a 2018 Impreza that had some aftermarket Rockford Fosgate speakers that only cost like $90 and they sound WAY better than the B&O system. Too bad they wont fit (they're 6x9") because I loved those speakers. They were coaxial, so this time I'm likely going to upgrade to the component Rockfords. Just don't know if I'll add an amplifier (I've heard their Punch amplifier is really good), and if I do add an amp if I'll come across any weird compatibility issues like losing steering wheel volume control or something similar.
 

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Yeah, that's what I figured, and that's basically what I've been using as a proxy when searching Crutchfield for compatible speakers. I'm not getting the Badlands package, so it wont be getting the Bang & Olufson speakers. And honestly, I test drove a Badlands that had it, and I wasn't impressed. They sounded really muddy and just not that clear. Plus the center dash speakers creates a weird soundstage. I'm coming from a 2018 Impreza that had some aftermarket Rockford Fosgate speakers that only cost like $90 and they sound WAY better than the B&O system. Too bad they wont fit (they're 6x9") because I loved those speakers. They were coaxial, so this time I'm likely going to upgrade to the component Rockfords. Just don't know if I'll add an amplifier (I've heard their Punch amplifier is really good), and if I do add an amp if I'll come across any weird compatibility issues like losing steering wheel volume control or something similar.
Everything depends on how much $$$$ you want to spend and how much more "awesome" you want it to sound.
My goal was to:
1) Use FORScan to flatten out stock EQ.
2) Get or build an adapter to pull the clean signals out before the stock amp....
3) Get a DSP for tuning... that goes to aftermarket amps.. to power aftermarket speakers


At least that was my plan...
 

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I think the stock speakers sound pretty good for stock. I'm not impressed but they are far better than some other cars' stock speakers. Mine are still breaking in a little bit. I'd be interested to see the response curve. I think once I drive it past the 30,000-mile warranty I'm going to upgrade. I'd love to see somebody take off the door panels and give the specs. I'm not confident enough to want to do that while it's basically brand new still.
 

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I think the stock sound system will serve me well considering that I'm at that point In my life
where I tend to turn down the stereo to see better :D
 

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Soo I'm now very curious to see what's under the panels. I might poke around this weekend and see what we're working with. I have a badlands without the audio upgrade. So it seems there is a subwoofer area but did not come with a subwoofer. I really want to take a look and see if there is wiring already in place. I also want to see what wattages and resistance the stock speakers come in so I can just do an easy swap and get an aftermarket speaker that doesn't make me upgrade the amp if it's hard to get to. Where is the amp located usually in cars/is it easy. I have so many questions now

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Is 18808G the sub woofer? Where is is located (hard to tell from diagram). One thing I liked about my old Forester is that Subaru always made it super easy to do audio upgrades and other mods. The Subaru amp was located under the front passenger seat.
 

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Is 18808G the sub woofer? Where is is located (hard to tell from diagram). One thing I liked about my old Forester is that Subaru always made it super easy to do audio upgrades and other mods. The Subaru amp was located under the front passenger seat.
Its located on the passenger side in the trunk. Good to know where the amp was on your Subaru. I'm going to look under there soon and see what I'm working with
 

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Everything depends on how much $$$$ you want to spend and how much more "awesome" you want it to sound.
My goal was to:
1) Use FORScan to flatten out stock EQ.
2) Get or build an adapter to pull the clean signals out before the stock amp....
3) Get a DSP for tuning... that goes to aftermarket amps.. to power aftermarket speakers


At least that was my plan...

I drove the Badlands without the audio upgrade tonight. I will not buy this car unless I can improve the sound system. It's just awful (and I care about these things). The B&O would surely disappoint, but I don't want that brown and black leather. . . .

I tried looking into what people were doing with Escape's audio but it seems to depend on whether they had the Sony upgrade or not. I can't figure out what the non B&O BS is equivalent to in the FE.

I wonder if the FORScan mods work for the BS. The PAC adapters probably won't, since they required the upgraded Sony audio in the FE.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
 

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Soo I'm now very curious to see what's under the panels. I might poke around this weekend and see what we're working with. I have a badlands without the audio upgrade. So it seems there is a subwoofer area but did not come with a subwoofer. I really want to take a look and see if there is wiring already in place. I also want to see what wattages and resistance the stock speakers come in so I can just do an easy swap and get an aftermarket speaker that doesn't make me upgrade the amp if it's hard to get to. Where is the amp located usually in cars/is it easy. I have so many questions now

6speaker bs.PNG


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So this is pretty clear to me, the B&O system ADDS the center channel in the dash (much smaller than the unnecessary size of that grille opening up there), the tweeters in the rear doors (different from those in the corners of the dash), and the sub (shown as absent in that location in the 6-speaker system). The sub must fire into the cavity below the cargo floor? I have to say, I could not locate it by ear on my quick test drive -- though I didn't turn it up much with 2 dealer folks in the vehicle with me. So glad to have found this, thanks for posting!
 

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