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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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2016 dash tweeter

I have a 2016 touring model. Non-Bose. I wanted the manual trans so touring is as equiped as I could go.

So I'm just starting the process of better sound. I took the cover off the dash speaker area and the pictures speak for themselves. Mine has just a tweeter.
I planned on putting the kicker speaker in (pictured) with a bass blocker.
I wonder if it's worth it? I wish there were plugs available to splice in the kicker speaker to plug right into the Mazda plug instead of splicing the Mazda wire.
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KK-style pins (.100 nominal) will plug into the Mazda harness and work; that's what I did with mine to avoid splicing.

That's a change from what I had in my dash on my '15......
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I just finished changing out my dash tweeters. I can say the new ones are more efficient than the stock ones as they are louder for a comparable volume and much brighter than stock. The sound is a definite improvement. I read here somewhere that a PC fan connector would fit right in the stock connector so I spent 5 bucks and modified to work. I fits really well. I wrapped wax covered string around the connection to make sure they don't come apart and the string will not cut into anything. If anyone has ever been in a telco central office there is wax covered string used everywhere. Next up will be the doors and a sub in back, that will be awhile before I get to it. S
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Nice work. Changing out the tweeters for DB351's was the best improvement by far that I've made to the stereo system in my 2015. Changing the door speakers out for DB651's isn't even noticeable to the point that I wish I had saved my money. They would probably function a lot better with an amp powering them instead of my 45W chinese headunit.
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I have a 2016 touring model. Non-Bose. I wanted the manual trans so touring is as equiped as I could go.

So I'm just starting the process of better sound. I took the cover off the dash speaker area and the pictures speak for themselves. Mine has just a tweeter.
I planned on putting the kicker speaker in (pictured) with a bass blocker.
I wonder if it's worth it? I wish there were plugs available to splice in the kicker speaker to plug right into the Mazda plug instead of splicing the Mazda wire.
Hi, how do i remove this from the dash?
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Use a flat edge plastic tool to pry up the speaker covers. In the first pictures you can see how they attach by looking at the exposed edges.
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I just installed Kicker KS 350's ..

I don't know .. sound is ok - I think the door's now need replacement as well.

But here is the big question:

Is the non-bose system actual an component system?

I am asking because I am at the crossroad of selecting a composite system VS coaxial speakers for the doors .. I don't mind the extra wiring if it pays off..

I may kick the Kickers since they are still very bright.
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@flyandi - it's a component system in so far as separate midrange and tweeters. However I think the signal sent to both is full-range, and it is split via a connector inside the dash. Only the tweeter has a tiny glued-on capacitor.

The brightness in sound from the dash locations may be partially due to the dash grilles.

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I just re-connected the stock tweeters and the whole audio system is far more balanced and has a much smoother sound.

So I don't know what to do.. I can either dump more money into replacing the door-mid's with full range speakers or get a higher quality component system....
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Put Db351s in there with an appropriate bass blocker. Kickers are horrible on balance.

The Db351s are a good choice even with stock speakers in the doors. I've had them in my '15 now since pretty much right after I bought it and I like it a LOT.
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