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Old 5th February 2009, 19:25   #1
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I'd like to understand how a 9 speaker setup like that in the Outlander is placed in a car or SUV ? How are the speakers placed, to get similar sound stage for all passengers ?

Is it :
2 speakers ( components ) in each of front door= 2x2=4
2 speakers ( components ) in each of rear doors = 2x2=4
1 sub
totalling to 9

or is it :

components in front doors = 2x2 =4
center speaker = 1
2 coax speakers in rear door = 1x2=2
1 sub =1
2 rear surrounds ?? = 2x2
leading to a 7.1 type of setup ?

How effective would a 7.1 type setup be in a car /suv ?

I have basic understanding of speaker placement/ sound stage etc,. in a Hometheatre, but such placements may not hold good in a automobile.

Any suggested reading on this ?

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I would also like to hear other people on this though yes setup 1 you have defined here is correct its one one comp set in each door along with a sub in the boot. though I've always found the onboard amps lacking punch even then. which is true for the expensive montero too.
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Stock ICE will remain Stock.
Unless it is an Audi or something for that instance.

I'd always take
4 speakers( 2 compos up front and 2 compos / coaxs at the back)
Sub(s)
A 4 channel amp for the speakers and a mono for the sub(s)
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From what I saw in the Volvo XC90, their 8 speaker system is
2 way components in each front door
co-axials in each rear door
tweeter on each rear pillar
4x40W amp

I don't think subwoofers come as standard. These are generally optional add-ons, in which case they are powered subs (having their own amp). The Volvo has an 8" sub powered by a 140W amp, placed behind the load compartment's left panel.

In case of a 9 speaker setup, I guess a center speaker is added to the Volvo configuration.

In the top end Volvo with a 12 speaker Dynaudio setup, they have:
3-way system in the front doors
2-way center speaker
Co-axials in the rear doors
tweeters on the rear pillars
5x130W digital Class D amplifier
This features Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound and a digital sound processor.

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From what I saw in the Volvo XC90, their 8 speaker system is
2 way components in each front door
co-axials in each rear door
tweeter on each rear pillar
4x40W amp

I don't think subwoofers come as standard. These are generally optional add-ons, in which case they are powered subs (having their own amp). The Volvo has an 8" sub powered by a 140W amp, placed behind the load compartment's left panel.

In case of a 9 speaker setup, I guess a center speaker is added to the Volvo configuration.

In the top end Volvo with a 12 speaker Dynaudio setup, they have:
3-way system in the front doors
2-way center speaker
Co-axials in the rear doors
tweeters on the rear pillars
5x130W digital Class D amplifier
This features Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound and a digital sound processor.
B pillar ? C Pillar ?

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Old 6th February 2009, 13:53   #6
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B pillar is between your front seat and rear seat. C pillar is the support behind rear seats.
In case of a Station wagon would placement of 2 speakers coaxial or mono have an effect on improving sound quality if placed on the rear hatch door, like they have it in the Scorpio? I already have 2 speakers 4" ones in the stock location in my Marina, which is just beneath the rear quarter glass window.
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B pillar ? C Pillar ?

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The tweeters are behind the rear seats. C Pillar.
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