Kind of long, so bear with me. I have a '99 Buick Regal LS w/ Monsoon
sound. The rear left 6x9 speaker started to buzz all of a sudden. It would
rattle during decent bassy music. Sat back their quick and verified it was
the woofer itself, not the grille. Fine.
Went to Best Buy and asked for a 'comparable replacement' for the speaker.
They found some Alpine 6x9's and said they should be replaced in pairs.
Fine. On sale for a decent price so had them put it in. Fine.
Worthy note: The Monsoon system by itself with a flat EQ and a good
remastered CD signal puts out a very nice sound. Nice impact bass with very
good frequency response.
Started it up and the bass is GONE! Nothing! Totally gone. Before I left
the install bay, I went right back up to the guy and said 'There's NO bass!'
He explained that the factory Monsoon speakers have a certain power
requirement that isn't very high (apparently because the system comes with a
200 or 220 Watt 8-channel amp to drive the 8 speakers) and that the new set
had a higher power requirement (250W max, 70 RMS/channel). He said I needed
to purchase an additional amp to drive just those speakers. Fine.
Went in, and the fun begins. Found an Alpine amp for sale, then I needed a
$85 wiring kit, plus the additional labor to put it in. Great. We're up to
$400 now to replace a stupid speaker. The spent a LONG time installing the
amp (up to about 5 total labor hours) and got to a point where when they
turned the key to ACC, both amps would work. When they then started the
car, the new amp would cut out, no sound. Lovely. It was 9pm and they said
to come the next day (last Saturday) and they would fix it. At that point,
here were the issues: when the sound was muted, there was a decent amount of
speaker hiss coming from the new speakers...the balance from front to back
was TOTALLY in the back, plus, it would intermittently power the new amp
every other time I started the car. Bad shape. Fine.
Came the next morning, and the two head guys worked on it and 'fixed' it.
They fixed the hiss, fixed the front to back balance. But, one moderate
item remains. When the car is on, it works fine. When I switch it to off,
the new amp turns off. They front speakers stay on until I open a door.
That stinks. Plus, they left one of the right rear panels not back
together, just cosmetic. Also, with these new speakers and new amp, the
sound quality is as good if not a little worse than before. I guess that
shows how good the stock Monsoon system is.
SO, I'm going tomorrow night to have them put it ALL back to normal: take
out and return the new amp, take out the new speakers and replace the
original ones. I am a decent audiophile, but after this, I'll live with the
buzzing for now. My wife is expecting her first any day, and I didn't
realize $110 speakers would turn into $450 total parts & labor (and this is
after a $50 credit so far for my troubles).
Moral of the story (and point, if there is one) is that sometimes, Best Buy
stinks. My main beef is that NOONE at all ever explained to me that these
new speakers would have no bass output and that they needed to be powered,
and that all this equipment would come to over $450! That's what I'm most
Beyond that, if you've read this far, I read a few other Usenet posts saying
'stay away from adding or changing anything on a Monsoon with any
non-Monsoon parts,' and a GM dealer would charge $360 for parts & labor to
replace both 6x9's in the rear with the correct OEM speakers and labor. I
guess that's an option. What's stupid is that I could have spend less money
(probably $350 to $375) and got a subwoofer complete setup from Best Buy
that includes the box, 2 subs and an amp! Very silly.
Any other options for what I could down the road? Would it be a big help to
do a sub-$400 subwoofer addition?
Thanks for reading and for any input.
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