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Below my experience in replacing the factory speakers, of the non HiFi version
Mini Cooper S (MkII/R56). FRONT
- Factory speakers are 6.5" and 4" with no tweeters.
- The sound quality will improve significantly if you go for a set of 6.5" (bass) and 1" (tweeter), with a seperate crossover.
- The factory unit delivers only 4x15 watt RMS so you need a set of sensitive speakers (91-95dB). I used the GTO 609C from JBL.
- The 1" tweater will take the place of the 4". You can create a wooden bracket to install that.
- You can also point the tweeter a bit upwards to improve the sound stage without installing A pillars.
- There's a set of cables hidden next to the factory bass speaker, so you don't need to destroy the original cabling to install these. REAR
- Factory speakers are 6x9"
- You can also fit a set of 6x8" with a wooden bracket.
- Again go for a set with high sensitivity (91-95dB). I used the GTO-8629 from JBL.
- If possible go for the same brand front and rear. You don't need to worry about specific speaker characteristics in terms of sound this way, which are hard to alter without a proper equalizer. The head unit doesn't have one. NOTES
- My budget was 200€. The installation took one full day.
- You don't need to redo the cabling. It's fine by the factory.
- To install the rear speakers you need to remove only
the lower part of the back seats (by pulling it upwards), and the side panels, starting from the front seats side. You will need a friend to lift the panels as to remove the speakers from underneath.
- You can further imporove the sound by installing some accoustic material behind front and rear speakers.
- High sensitivity speakers will play much louder that you think - you don't need a seperate amplifier to drive those.
- The crossover box fits on the armrest, it wont get stuck to the window mechanism there, and there's no moisture either.
- The factory unit has a crossover build-in, but when I tried that with a set of cheaper speakers, the difference to the factory speakers was minimal. So I returned those and bought a set with a seperate crossover.
- The 6.5" front speaker might need new holes, but those are easy to make as the door panel is made of plastic.
Difference in the sound quality was well worth the money and time spend!