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Hello,
it's been some time sice I last posted.
Where can I purchase replacement speakers.
I need to replace the speakers located in the rop center console and the speakers located by the seatbelt.
They start to crackle at high volume. I think they are blown.
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Slkstore is back open n I saw a center speaker there
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Slkstore is back open n I saw a center speaker there
Can I upgrade my OEM Speaker System to a better one changing only the Speakers ?
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if your current speakers are old/defective then yes. what audio system is in your car? audio 20 or 50 or hk? get your datacard to find out.


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if your current speakers are old/defective then yes. what audio system is in your car? audio 20 or 50 or hk? get your datacard to find out.

I have a AUDIO 20.
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Another doubt that I have is:

If I change AUDIO 20 to a Aftermarket Stereo can I Use the FADER Control ?
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Vinny,
The large door speakers in the SLK are a combination setup of a mid and a tweeter with an integral crossover. (See pic) The only replacement "in kind" I have seen done was using Hertz Space 8's because they are so shallow. Here's a link to a previous install.

https://www.slkworld.com/general-modi...ete-w-pix.html

With you being in Europe you have a shot at getting the Hertz speakers, but they are pricey. Interestingly enough there are several comments in the aftermarket head threads that refer to "better sound" after replacing the A20.

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An aftermarket headunit does make the stock speakers sound better, and you benefit from a fader control too, but not in the conventional sense.

The front channels drive the mids and tweeters (plus the centre) that are in the doors, and the rear channel drives the door bass drivers AND the rear speakers near the seatbelts.

The rears are more of a 'presence' speaker and are not full range.

I'd try Ebay for used - they do appear now and then, or a main dealer - you'd be surprised with the main dealer costs - not as expensive as you may think.

I upgraded to Harmon Kardon all round and may still have the old rears and centre speaker, but shipping to SF may prove more costly than buying them ..

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I'm sure that this will be deemed a silly question, but I'll ask it anyway: If the car was built with Audio20, is there even a wiring harness present at the location of the HK rear speakers flanking the console extension where the first aid kit resides? Or would a wiring harness have to be retrofitted there? I've upgraded to an Alpine head unit and the stock door speakers do indeed sound worlds better, but this has me pondering the addition of the little rear speakers. I'm sure the head unit would drive them.
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If I get your question, you are asking if the H-K wiring harness was installed into your car even though the H-K system wasn't because of your A20 HU.

The uninformed answer is I doubt it, but if you want you can register (free) for the EPC tool, put in your VIN#, and it will tell you what wiring harness(s) are present in your car.

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An aftermarket headunit does make the stock speakers sound better, and you benefit from a fader control too, but not in the conventional sense.

The front channels drive the mids and tweeters (plus the centre) that are in the doors, and the rear channel drives the door bass drivers AND the rear speakers near the seatbelts.

The rears are more of a 'presence' speaker and are not full range.

I'd try Ebay for used - they do appear now and then, or a main dealer - you'd be surprised with the main dealer costs - not as expensive as you may think.

I upgraded to Harmon Kardon all round and may still have the old rears and centre speaker, but shipping to SF may prove more costly than buying them ..

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The large door speakers in the SLK are a combination setup of a mid and a tweeter with an integral crossover. (See pic) The only replacement "in kind" I have seen done was using Hertz Space 8's because they are so shallow. Here's a link to a previous install.

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With you being in Europe you have a shot at getting the Hertz speakers, but they are pricey. Interestingly enough there are several comments in the aftermarket head threads that refer to "better sound" after replacing the A20.

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Thanks, I'll try to get a good deal on a new HU !
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It won't be installed - the A20 headunits didn't have the 'extra' two speakers.

If it was, it would end up in the front electronics bay where the HK amp would live ...

It's a pretty straight forward job to add the speakers and a harness - I have them hooked into the same circuit as the 'outer' rears, and after some careful fiddling I managed to get an impedance that worked.

The tricky bit is drilling out the covers ... (unless you buy a HK cover for the centre armrest)

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In ebay you could find many harman kardon speakers and harman packages!!
Also they are available in the forum in lower prices!
Please ask!!
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An aftermarket headunit does make the stock speakers sound better, and you benefit from a fader control too, but not in the conventional sense.

The front channels drive the mids and tweeters (plus the centre) that are in the doors, and the rear channel drives the door bass drivers AND the rear speakers near the seatbelts.

The rears are more of a 'presence' speaker and are not full range.

I'd try Ebay for used - they do appear now and then, or a main dealer - you'd be surprised with the main dealer costs - not as expensive as you may think.

I upgraded to Harmon Kardon all round and may still have the old rears and centre speaker, but shipping to SF may prove more costly than buying them ..

Cheers
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I have buyed a new S100 HU. I'm waiting for it near this end of the month.
Do you thing I will get great gains if I replace the OEM speakers to?
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