Originally Posted by Michael Baker
Hello. Wanted to jump in on this thread as I'm the happy new owner of a 2016 Accord sport.
I was wondering if replacing the four factory speakers with better speakers would make much of a difference in sound. I'm not terribly unhappy with the sound as is but it's a step down from the system that was in my 2014 Mazda6 GT. After reading some of "keep hope alives" posts I'm not sure if I'm the person who should do the install itself.
So my question would be if I wanted to spend no more than $500 would I be able to upgrade the sound quality of this accord and what advice could anyone give me on this.
Thank you in advance for any advice
Hi, and welcome. I moved your post into a new thread since it's a different vehicle with very different challenges.
I have 2014 Accord Sport. I've done a lot of testing and have some extensive modifications to my own car in the quest for a competitive sound quality system. my build log link in my signature is worth reading if you haven't already.
The biggest challenge with a simple speaker upgrade is in the install details. Getting good seals to the door panels is a challenge. Even with the Scosche mounting adapters you have to add foam gasketing to get a seal with the door panel.
Even with the best speakers, the factory head unit is woeful. It has internal DSP that removes bass and filters the response to match factory speakers. Once you change them, you change the EQ need and it can sound worse.
The best approach on a budget is to get an amplifier to power the new speakers and focus only on the front. buy a component speaker set and use the EX-L tweeter mounts (i order them from hondapartsdeals.com). run new speaker wiring to an amplifier (can mount under the passenger seat or in the trunk). the amplifier should have high-level inputs and bass boost to overcome the factory DSP. This approach can be had for $500 or less including materials, if you install it yourself.
installation is very easy in our cars. everything is like legos - comes apart and goes back together very easily. i highly recommend doing it yourself if you have the tools, a location, and the patience.