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This is a discussion on Installng new Focal 3 way component speakers... within the Mustang GT350 Electronics forums, part of the Mustang GT350 Garage category; Originally Posted by racer172 This is a really interesting thread, and complicated. My installer said that just replacing the speakers with more powerful speakers would ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer172 View Post
    This is a really interesting thread, and complicated.
    My installer said that just replacing the speakers with more powerful speakers would create distortion at the higher volume levels, I asked why? and this was his reply:

    "The new speakers are designed to handle more power and they are not as efficient as the factory speakers. The minimal amount of power available from the factory amplifier will not provide enough the power to the new speakers and you will experience more distortion at higher volume levels (because there is not enough power from the amplifier to control the movement of the heavier speaker cone)."

    That explained it so even I could understand, LOL.
    Makers sense to me and while I can't say the sounds are necessarily worse after installing the Focals, they definitely aren't any better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by racer172 View Post
    This is a really interesting thread, and complicated.
    My installer said that just replacing the speakers with more powerful speakers would create distortion at the higher volume levels, I asked why? and this was his reply:

    "The new speakers are designed to handle more power and they are not as efficient as the factory speakers. The minimal amount of power available from the factory amplifier will not provide enough the power to the new speakers and you will experience more distortion at higher volume levels (because there is not enough power from the amplifier to control the movement of the heavier speaker cone)."

    That explained it so even I could understand, LOL.
    As a previous auto-audio installer, this is absolutely correct. You will actually experience more distortion with under-powered upgraded speakers than you would with overpowered upgraded speakers.

    I'm glad I found this thread as I was about to create one discussing how EXTREMELY poor this audio system is (`17 GT350 Electronics Package). My `05 Camry with JBL (stock) audio system blows this out of the water. Considering the cost of this vehicle, this is (in my opinion) a major deficit for this vehicle. Sure, the exhaust note is great, but you simply can't listen to it on long hauls without developing tinnitus (ringing of the ears).

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    Just pinging everyone to see what is new on the audio system front.

    Happen to hear the system in a 2019 Bullitt last night. While the looks of the car is so so (nothing like the rear view of the 350) the audio system sounded pretty decent.

    I'm still jhappy with the upgrade I did.
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    Update since my last post over a year ago.

    Disconnected the center speaker under the dash – no reason for it.

    Next installed Morel's 3 ways - they sound very good.

    https://www.morelhifi.com/product/maximo-ultra/

    The shop where I bought the speakers added CAP's to the bass speakers. That really brought them out. Sounds really great - this brought out the bass, very clean.

    Next we are adding a DSP setup with an AMP. For now the stereo sounds dramatically better with all of the mods so far.

    Keeping the sub setup including the JL Audio MX 500 I installed from Auto Fanatic.

    Adding the following for the front setup:

    Ford plug and play harness -

    DSP setup -

    New JL Audio AMP for the front 6 Morel speakers - https://www.jlaudio.com/products/xd6...plifiers-98605

    The plan - Shop is going to install the AMP and tune everything right after Memorial Day.

    A few photos attached. I used the old speaker harness to create new harnesses and mounts.

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    Got some info for Hobbie1

    [QUOTE=hobbie1;57598]Update since my last post over a year ago.


    Hey Hobbie1,

    We might want to talk. I live out in Walnut Creek and also have a 2017 GT350 and put a 'big' system in my car. I've run into a major problem though with the DSP cutting out at high volumes and motor under load. Turns out the stock alternator is crap and only generates 70 amps at idle and only 150 at RPM. I swapped out the alternator to a 250 amp Tuff Stuff and same problem. One of the forums mentioned there being an alternator power savings mode in the PCM that restricts or governs the juice going to the car when the motor is under load - URRGG!!!
    Currently trying to figure out how to disable it, but Ford says they won't do it and that it's part of the voltage regulator, which I think is BS. Email me at [email protected] and maybe we can discuss you doing a bigger system. (ya, used to have Chevys)

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    [QUOTE=Craigers;58106]
    Quote Originally Posted by hobbie1 View Post
    Update since my last post over a year ago.


    Hey Hobbie1,

    We might want to talk. I live out in Walnut Creek and also have a 2017 GT350 and put a 'big' system in my car. I've run into a major problem though with the DSP cutting out at high volumes and motor under load. Turns out the stock alternator is crap and only generates 70 amps at idle and only 150 at RPM. I swapped out the alternator to a 250 amp Tuff Stuff and same problem. One of the forums mentioned there being an alternator power savings mode in the PCM that restricts or governs the juice going to the car when the motor is under load - URRGG!!!
    Currently trying to figure out how to disable it, but Ford says they won't do it and that it's part of the voltage regulator, which I think is BS. Email me at [email protected] and maybe we can discuss you doing a bigger system. (ya, used to have Chevys)
    Checking in - how is it going with the audio. Mine is actually sounding pretty decent with the latest tune on the DSR1. Not sure if I mentioned but I swapped the Morel's for a set of Hertz speakers.
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