Is Upgrading Your Car Speakers ACTUALLY Worth It?

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    4 саат мурун

    Love the video, Absolutely need an audio system for my 99. Tip 1 though, always attach the positive terminal to the battery before the negative, if you're working on the negative, just leave the battery out or unconnected.

  2. Obeanos


    17 саат мурун

    Jurassic park reference?

  3. Tombs Clawtooth

    Tombs Clawtooth

    20 саат мурун

    I just put a kenwood head unit and kenwood speakers in my crown vic, without an amp. I'm not sure an amp would really add much to my interest, the audio quality is amazing, and since I hate rumbling bass I just trimmed the lows to keep the speakers tight, with the built in cross over. I'm curious what difference an amp would really make for them, because they're loud enough to get my ears ringing as it is.

  4. Blake Lively

    Blake Lively

    Күн мурун

    You kinda sound like Daniel Tosh

  5. Avraham Austynn

    Avraham Austynn

    Күн мурун

    The dreary parent primarily touch because produce electronmicroscopically rain through a conscious laundry. languid, onerous number

  6. XxSlayer255xX - Minecraft/Roblox/AND MORE

    XxSlayer255xX - Minecraft/Roblox/AND MORE

    Күн мурун

    100dB isn't that loud? rip your hearing my guy

  7. dean hodges

    dean hodges

    Күн мурун

    Zack I want to upgrade the stock radio in my 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee what do you suggest ?

  8. Thescoop


    2 күн мурун

    Crazy that I’ve been watching these guys for more than a year. Best KGkey channel EVER

  9. Dwane the rock Johnson_ XxZTunnezxX

    Dwane the rock Johnson_ XxZTunnezxX

    2 күн мурун

    Bruh that battery seems bigger than my Nissan rouge qr25de for startup with audio equipment

    • Dwane the rock Johnson_ XxZTunnezxX

      Dwane the rock Johnson_ XxZTunnezxX

      2 күн мурун

      OEM auto 08' boise ampand sub woofer in the trunk that fits in the spare tire

  10. Hy dra

    Hy dra

    2 күн мурун

    wow...the miata is already good and ur making it much more fun to drive making in comfy...deng i wanna buy that dont have monehhhh

  11. Jesusabel Farias

    Jesusabel Farias

    3 күн мурун

    Spot on Dr. Grant!

  12. Nick S

    Nick S

    3 күн мурун

    You need a subwoofer too

  13. Ankit H

    Ankit H

    3 күн мурун

    This mod Added 200HP

  14. Johnnie Ratliff

    Johnnie Ratliff

    3 күн мурун

    So I noticed some things that didn’t make sense to me. Why did you get a 4 channel amp for only 2 speakers? I’d understand if the remaining two channels were used to power a sub but they’re just being unused now. Also why would you go with component speakers if you just wanted to use two door speakers? I feel like full range speakers would have worked a lot better

  15. Robert Steffy

    Robert Steffy

    3 күн мурун

    An Akron Zips hat? Kent State is better 😏

  16. Travis Gagne

    Travis Gagne

    3 күн мурун

    What is the test song used

  17. Error Sk

    Error Sk

    4 күн мурун

    The title is useless. New speakers are always worth it xD

  18. Rick Rdz

    Rick Rdz

    4 күн мурун

    Why the ad telling me period is natural lubricant 🤢🤢

  19. An extremely important man

    An extremely important man

    6 күн мурун

    Well if you’re looking to upgrade your speakers then I guess it would be worth it what kind of stupid ass question is that

  20. n “Derpy Derp” r

    n “Derpy Derp” r

    6 күн мурун

    you should have mentioned, the reason youre checking for which blue wire is the right one, is one is for power antenna, which will act like a amp turn on while youre on the fm tuner source, but will shut off when you go to another source. Usually when youre installing the headunit fresh, it'll default to the fm source so they may think that its the right one.

  21. generic dude

    generic dude

    6 күн мурун

    You could use a drill/tap combo bit to create your mount points.

  22. Sean Moore

    Sean Moore

    7 күн мурун

    The most important information to look at when selecting audio equipment is to verify the number are referring to RMS or peak ratings. While working with batteries, disconnect the ground terminal first and reconnect ground terminal last.

  23. Kris Wade

    Kris Wade

    7 күн мурун

    I added 6x9s in my Miata behind the seats you can cut that metal and fit them in there and amplified those also. Sounded great

  24. Soviet Scrap Mechanic

    Soviet Scrap Mechanic

    7 күн мурун

    You need dat B A S S

  25. Yosef MacGruber

    Yosef MacGruber

    8 күн мурун

    Step 1: Get rid of the little dinky Miata. Get a proper family car or van or SUV with at least rear doors.

  26. prawny12009


    8 күн мурун

    if you don't want to mess with wiring to the doors you can run the amp wires upto the dash with a matching plug for the loom, disconnect the speaker loom from the head unit and plug it into the amp wires instead. that way you can swap back easily if you remove the amp.

  27. prawny12009


    8 күн мурун

    head units tend to clip on the internal amplifier too, if you tested the internal amp for distortion/clipping you would probably only been able to use 2/3 - 3/4 of the volume control. some will clip on the rca outs but most will not allowing you to use the full range of the volume dial (always best setting volumes and gains with an oscilloscope) if you use speaker level inputs to your amp instead of rca's you will end up just amplifying a clipped signal unless you test the head unit for clipping and limit your volume level to that point..

  28. aimlessbutton


    9 күн мурун

    anyone else notice the black nuts hanging off his keychain

  29. Don ellis

    Don ellis

    9 күн мурун

    We need a link for that crimper

  30. emathew97


    9 күн мурун


  31. Jonathan C

    Jonathan C

    9 күн мурун

    ferrules are nice also putting some solder helps to keep it from fraying.

  32. Luis Rosales

    Luis Rosales

    9 күн мурун

    “Do your speakers sound like they’re underwater?” Me: my speakers don’t even sound at all 😭😭

  33. Luis Rosales

    Luis Rosales

    9 күн мурун

    To someone who knows car audio. I have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata with the basic ass audio system. It’s very not good (lol). What can I get with 800-1000 bucks and do I need to replace all the speakers. I think the system has 6 in total.

  34. Josh Gomez

    Josh Gomez

    9 күн мурун

    My stepdads cousin got some new speakers at a audio place and they told him not to blast the music for the first 3 days. Might be wrong but that's what I remember hearing

  35. Buzz A

    Buzz A

    9 күн мурун

    Man JL sure is trying to copy other manufacturers a lot these days. Those speakers look like Focals.

  36. 40Cal Reef

    40Cal Reef

    9 күн мурун

    Those are not component speakers, they are coaxial.

  37. Maykil107


    10 күн мурун

    yes its worth it

  38. TheKingOf Cr1nge

    TheKingOf Cr1nge

    10 күн мурун

    18:47 "it just slides right in" thats what she said

  39. East Coast Blaque

    East Coast Blaque

    10 күн мурун

    Premium aftermarket headunit have a lot of power in them. Yes you need a good quality speakers and an amp, but most premium units have built-in amps. While the built-in amp may not be as good as an actual amp it will help the oem amp you have on your car, if your car came with one. Also if you're installing an amp depending on the wattage it's best to also use a separate battery to power it. But really for premium sound you have to know how use the in dash tuning system in whatever premium unit you got and tuning the amp also. Also also Kicker speakers and Pioneer Headunits for life.

  40. Elliott Dyson

    Elliott Dyson

    11 күн мурун

    If I were to fit an amp into my car I would need custom insurance here in the UK. The cost would literally increase 10 fold. Luckily as long as the headunit power is clean and you have efficient speakers, an amp isn't really needed.

  41. AF_1892


    11 күн мурун

    1000 times yes! I am lucky and drive an 03 Fast n Furious Ford lighting. (I've installed my gear except the first time, a physics PHD did it. When things broke in my first car he helped me troubleshoot problems. I was already in college physics by then. If you know how to install it a ported 15' sub box in the back of a dinky car is pretty cheap. Heartbreaking to go though the thefts bc I design them to never be stolen again. Currently my 18 year old baby has 2 amps, a capacator (not big enough) sound insuluation. all basic speakers have been replaced and have their own amp because you have to have balance. Life pro tip; get your dad to help you unbolt the seats to make it impossible to get one of my amps. Right now electric problems. A "security" shop targeted the hell out of me and hacked up my wiring bad. For the most part it still goes. Depressed I payed a mechanic 2k+ to screw up the electronics bad. I think I can wire a seperate hot when key on relay. windows downt roll down. AND SUPER BUMMER the Lightning is 18 yrs old. I wanted fresh shocks, belts, supercharger and intercooler stuff to be top notch. Now I only get 8psi of boost. It always slapped up to 12psi. I rarely lose street races. As far as the audio not powering up its just the deck. also the AC cluster. And overhead console when engine on. Kill the engine they magically work. Thank God my dash cluster and compass work. I miss scaring people w 3800W of sound. Capacitors so underrated. I've got shocked pretty w a 5 F one with a lose cable. I suspect they give your alternator less work too. No dimming headlights or AC strain. Thanks for reading my TED talk. Lightning gurus I have a salvaged 02 L wiring harness if that helps. Never selling the truck I can drive to you! Last tip, get a drill and screw through car's metal and the speaker box. Thow in odd screw types. Then screw in the subs that weigh 20 pounds each. similar deal with your amps. Throw in the most random metal plates with drill bits they wont have. It's satisfying af to see the someone made a pathetic attempt on it. Ha ha.

  42. ledzpg


    11 күн мурун

    Why no subwoofer? 🤔🤷🏻‍♂️

  43. Fotosynthesis858


    12 күн мурун

    This video should be titled “does upgrading your speakers AND adding an amp yadda yadda yadda…”

  44. Turbo Fungus

    Turbo Fungus

    13 күн мурун

    The promo code for the Truck didn’t work 🤕

  45. PP van dorst

    PP van dorst

    13 күн мурун

    For real bass for tour 6,5inch you need to prep the Doors SILENT COAT!!! Than you wil get bass out of you 6,5 drivers Trust me dude

  46. Khalid Sheikh

    Khalid Sheikh

    13 күн мурун

    Enjoyed every step.. Keep it going

  47. Ricky Booth

    Ricky Booth

    13 күн мурун

    He has 4 gauge amp wires for a 400 watt amp them there’s me a 8 gauge amp wires for a 1500 watt amp😂

  48. toolshed1979


    13 күн мурун

    Dude, you’re a straight up old school audio gankster! You TOTALLY simplified this for the video’s purposes. It seems obvious that you understand much more about car AND likely home audio than this video can reveal. I’d love to see a video of a modern, more integrated system from the factory. NO SPEAKER LEVEL INPUTS OR CHEATS SUCH AS THIS. ALSO, ONLY ONE OR TWO 8” SUBWOOFERS CAN BE USED? Other than that, maybe do a HI LOW of this. Punchy, flat, clean audio that can make your hair stand up on your arms at a nominal volume. “Think B@W 800D pair processed and powered by McIntosh in a car.”Just an example.

  49. Ray Bensinger

    Ray Bensinger

    14 күн мурун

    Sounds like ass needs a lowpass filter and a sub minimum

  50. Ricardo Tellez

    Ricardo Tellez

    14 күн мурун

    Hey can u also add a sub into that exact set up ?

  51. MastaSquidge


    15 күн мурун

    Oh man please do a video of setting the gain properly. With a cheap oscilloscope. Cuz damn.

  52. Jacob Villarreal

    Jacob Villarreal

    16 күн мурун

    Why did they decide to sue a 4 channel amp when they only ended up using 2 channels?

  53. Griffin W

    Griffin W

    16 күн мурун

    People always think because there speakers are distorting it's because the speakers can't handle it but it's actually because there's not enough power going to them

  54. zach sturm

    zach sturm

    16 күн мурун

    Yoooo is that a Zips hat???

  55. Green Patriot

    Green Patriot

    16 күн мурун

    What year miata?

  56. MEL0H


    17 күн мурун

    Can I use the factory head to power the amp and speakers or do I need to change the head unit as well

  57. Raivils Kārklis

    Raivils Kārklis

    17 күн мурун

    where did you learn all of dis about cars???

  58. Stefan A.

    Stefan A.

    17 күн мурун

    Yes it is.

  59. Herman Green

    Herman Green

    17 күн мурун

    The cumbersome pail startlingly judge because touch basically cause on a rhetorical jump. plastic, jagged jacket

  60. prosky_ tube

    prosky_ tube

    17 күн мурун

    You guys should do a video on component speakers or sound deadening the vehicle. I’m about to sound deaden my vehicle

  61. Andy Coraly

    Andy Coraly

    17 күн мурун

    next level i a new recear aka head unit

  62. Van White

    Van White

    18 күн мурун

    Any info on tweeters? LOVE your videos! MO POWAH BABEH

  63. Jeremy Senko

    Jeremy Senko

    19 күн мурун

    Out of all the 6×9 or door speakers I have owned nothing sounded better than the infinity brand. Bass wise jl and old school orion were my best.

  64. R D

    R D

    20 күн мурун

    "Watts RMS" is a bogus meaningless term widespread in the audio world. The correct term is average power.

  65. Keeks Keeks

    Keeks Keeks

    20 күн мурун

    Bro your like scotty k Jr you said new car I say supra wrx or integra .

  66. Eli canup

    Eli canup

    20 күн мурун

    It's still peaking to an uncomfortable degree, though you should never run your sound system at max volume anyway.

  67. FaZe Drtgoat

    FaZe Drtgoat

    22 күн мурун

    Sounds like a distorted subwoofer

  68. Akram Mohammed

    Akram Mohammed

    22 күн мурун


  69. Noel Muñiz

    Noel Muñiz

    22 күн мурун

    Hey, guys! Great video. I would suggest also throwing in some advice on how to make your install more flush or rather more aesthethic as if it came from the factory or like an OEM install. In any case, you got a new subscriber here...thanks!

  70. Hardware 570

    Hardware 570

    23 күн мурун

    Oh man, the sound of that supercharged TRX is something else 1:31

  71. Sleeping Warrior

    Sleeping Warrior

    23 күн мурун

    I was expecting this video to be just about upgrading your speakers. Not a "seats out" rewire and install of a four channel amp with just 2 speakers using disproportionately expensive speaker wire!

  72. Double D Productions

    Double D Productions

    23 күн мурун

    Anybody else notice his tabs expired mar 2020

  73. Cole Fritza

    Cole Fritza

    25 күн мурун

    its worth it

  74. SRK


    25 күн мурун

    So this amp is for 4 speaker at 75W, so you can still add 2 more. right?

    • Sleeping Warrior

      Sleeping Warrior

      23 күн мурун

      Yea, it's a four channel. I don't know if he added two more but I'm assuming he did.

  75. Roman Izek

    Roman Izek

    25 күн мурун

    do you always need an amp for aftermarket speakers?

    • Sleeping Warrior

      Sleeping Warrior

      24 күн мурун

      Depends. Sony headunits output 4x55w and is more than enough for almost everyone. Chinese ones are lucky to hit 40w...they might need one. Anything less than 40w per channel is not enough.

  76. Sourya Sarkar

    Sourya Sarkar

    25 күн мурун

    Wiring for 120 bucks nice

  77. crazynewt


    25 күн мурун

    2:46 camera guy still jamin

  78. Ted K

    Ted K

    25 күн мурун

    9:57 They're not component speakers. They're coaxial speakers.

  79. Terry Rodbourn

    Terry Rodbourn

    26 күн мурун

    Dud you should have a sub wired in too!

  80. Daniel Budzowski

    Daniel Budzowski

    26 күн мурун

    Very informative and well worded video. I was wondering about adding an amp into a car and now I have some answers. Also I want to point out that a headunit by itself can be a godsend for a sound system. I replaced the headunit in my '14 WRX years ago and it sounded phenomenal with my stock speakers, but this was a '94 so that explains some of it. The issue was that the stock headunit was underpowered and could not supply enough power to the speakers hence why the music starts to sound like garbage at a certain volume. After replacing the headunit I could go to almost max volume and still be able to listen without too much distortion but the clarity was superior. Also to note I had used the headunit EQ to turn down lows and divert them to my subwoofer channel because I added an underseat subwoofer which had its own amp built in and also had its own wired remote that you could use to tune the gain and volume much like the amp in the video except the controls were located on the amp itself. This is an easy start for anyone who wants to get into upgrading stuff on their cars. Headunits are slightly more complicated with the wiring and such but I did it as an novice with the soldering iron and learned a lot.

  81. firehazard51


    26 күн мурун

    I want to see you get good sound out of the speakers that were in the OEM seats by your head. Those awkward shape speakers always sucked even when replaced.

  82. zachery leatherwood

    zachery leatherwood

    26 күн мурун

    I liked it as a bass head with two 12" 3krms subs and have a 5k amp making around 145db's with the meter in the kick panel. Also make sure you're grounds are all clean. If not they can mess up the amp. You didn't have to run the wires from the front so for the people that do. Run your power wire and rca's on opposite sides of the interior, or else you'll get distortion in your subs from the power wire next to the rca's if you don't. AND AGAIN CLEAN YOUR GROUNDS TO BARE METAL. paint over after.

  83. zachery leatherwood

    zachery leatherwood

    26 күн мурун

    Put rubber grommets in between the amp and body to keep from vibration messing the amp up.

  84. Jax Redding

    Jax Redding

    26 күн мурун

    Actually the Miata has six speaker there in the stock seats headrest

  85. Arthur


    26 күн мурун

    why you do all that and no woofer

  86. KingSheva2699


    27 күн мурун

    Those were aviation snips not tin snips technacly speaking but most places will show up as tin snips anyways

  87. Rohitt Viswakarma

    Rohitt Viswakarma

    27 күн мурун

    When is this puppy going to get a paint job?

  88. Aryan “Aryan” Rayborn

    Aryan “Aryan” Rayborn

    27 күн мурун

    How long does it take and how expensive is it to build up the tool set you have to do all of this on your car?

  89. Sir Loin

    Sir Loin

    27 күн мурун

    You didn’t really talk about the important stuff, you didn’t show how to set gains. It’s not a volume knob!! You didn’t talk about ohms and loads, you didn’t talk about polarity and speaker phase....

  90. Jose V

    Jose V

    27 күн мурун

    Isn't the TRX pronounced T-Rex

  91. Declan Tanksley

    Declan Tanksley

    27 күн мурун

    Just put a sub in brah do it for tha culture

  92. rleoNIU


    27 күн мурун

    Why are you running a 4 channel amp but only using 2 speakers? Could have saved some money with a 2 channel. Doesn't look like 2 more speakers are in the plans. (Unless you are bridging the rears to run a sub later? )

  93. Riccardo Cagnasso

    Riccardo Cagnasso

    27 күн мурун

    This videos disturbs me on so many levels 1 you don't need 120$ of wirings 2 you don't need 120$ of wirings 3 you don't really need 120$ of wirings, you probably don't really need 12$ of wirings 4 if you are the crazy audiophile type that needs 120$+ of wirings, you don't run an unbalanced audio line through your whole car near the whole electrical system (and you consider balance audio a horrible thing, so you are pretty much screwed. but if you are the crazy audiophile type you are pretty much screwed anyway) 5 The pioneer dmh-1500nex has 4 50W channels amplifier, which's perfectly fine to drive your 6.5" speakers. You don't need an external amplifier for this configuration. Yes, in theory the speakers are rated up to 75W, but you don't really want to go up there (and you can hear distortion when you put your volume to the max). Yes, in theory that Jl amp might be "better", but I'll eat my hat if you can spot the difference in a blind test, especially considering that Pioneer is not horrible stuff. Congrats, you just threw away 230$ for nothing. 6 you don't really need 120$ of wirings. 7 the speaker cables you changed because "they might be corroded" looked just fine 8 the pioneer dmh-1500nex has a low pass/high pass crossover. the hint to filter out frequencies that the speakers cannot reproduce is a good way to improve your audio quality without spending a penny, but you don't need the amplifier to do that 9 90+ db sound will damage your hearing after some time 10 you don't need 120$ of wirings Conclusions: you spent 500$ to get exactly what you would get spending 120$ (buying the speakers alone)

  94. C Taylor

    C Taylor

    28 күн мурун

    I just knew it was going to be "Pop up Up and Down Headlights"

  95. Ville Koivusalo

    Ville Koivusalo

    28 күн мурун

    ever heard of GROUNDZERO............

  96. Joshua Beecher

    Joshua Beecher

    28 күн мурун

    if they are old sure.

  97. Cesar Aguirre

    Cesar Aguirre

    28 күн мурун

    No fuse from battery to amp? I know it's just 75 watts, but...

  98. Mack Moyle

    Mack Moyle

    28 күн мурун

    You need a subwoofer so badly with that

  99. Shotz


    28 күн мурун

    any speakers cant make that garbage music sound good.

  100. Robert Ramos

    Robert Ramos

    28 күн мурун

    87 DBa and you still want them louder? don't be surprised when you go deaf lol. Anything over 85 on a regular basis is a bad idea. Ask me how I know. Nothing wrong with wanting better quality, but the volume should be about 4-5 points down on the list.