Bert: Well.... in regards to everything with the Radio 10, the head unit i don't believe is really any better quality than the Radio 9... the only difference is the 6-disc changer. The tweeters, if they were in fact installed, would be visible in one of the small parts along the very front edge of the dashboard closest to the windshield. Can usually see them from the outside. the speakers in the doors, as far as i'm aware, don't really change no matter what factory system you get. As for the sub.... most don't even really consider it a sub. While it can do some decent bass.... it's only like a 5-6" speaker in a hollow box.
You can buy regular 6.5" speakers without tweeters as far as i'm aware.... then there are the Component speakers which have the tweeters and the crossover, and then there are Composite speakers, which have the tweeter sticking out from the middle of the door speaker. To be honest.... if you're not fond of trying to do it yourself, i'd look for someone who can do it..... but i'd say if you want good sound quality, Component speakers are the way to go, not only because they tend to focus on high quality audio, but because i feel the stock tweets are just as crap as the stock speakers in the doors. Not only that, but they're at a horrible position from the start. Too much of the sound gets redirected right towards your face by the windshield, and it just makes the tweeters sound overpowering. The audio shop that installed my speakers for me originally had the tweeters tucked into the stock position, but i took the car back a week later and asked if they could put them on the pillar for that very reason. They did, and even they agreed that even though they were still pointing in your general direction, they didn't seem nearly as loud.
As for pricing.... typically it's just like anything else.... you get what you pay for. A lot of people are happy with the Polk Audio speakers (Think it's model DB651 or something like that). Relatively cheap, but supposedly great sounding. I probably went a little overboard, and got a set of Hertz HSK-165 component speakers.... cost me like $400 for the pair. Expensive, yes, but sound fantastic, and can handle bass extremely well.
Bert, No one set up is wright or necessarily wrong. its really how you fine tune it. the stock #10 tweeters have a very low power handling and thus would suffer distortion with a head unit or amplifier that has more output. With that said they can be used to create a center channel if you choose to add better speakers in the doors. As a quick mention think of the sound system as highs emanating from your tweets, middle to lows emanating from your mid/base, and your low end base comes from your sub or subs. in our cars that have just door speakers we can reproduce the musical stage witch should be in front of us with ease. by replacing the OE door speakers with a pair that has a higher Db rating (louder) and a better power handling (according to how much your head or amp puts out per channel) you will be able to also widen the musical stage that you are listening to. as you put in aftermarket door speakers you have a couple of options with your Kenwood radio. It has four channels out so you can buy a 2way or 3way speaker to place in the door with NO additional modifications or separate tweets to put elsewhere... with this set up you would connect your front tweets to the front 2 channels and the two door speakers to the two rear channels... Its OK the radio does not know front from back... then upon fine tuning you would put your fade all the way to the rear (door) speakers and gradually introduce the fronts ((OE tweets) until you feel the music coming more from the front by a little than the sides.
Keep in mind that the better the door speakers the less need you might have for a dedicated sub woofer... that can cost you anywhere from a couple of hundred to about a grand extra. speakers brands are many and range from absolute crap to unaffordable. you have to factor in your style of music, the volume you like, how good your ears are (truly), and of course your budget. Hertz, Focal, and some others are on the high side of the spectrum and without a separate amp to drive them, they are being wasted on a head units internal amp. I am partial to Polk's MM series due to their use of composite speaker baskets and neodymium magnets that are smaller but more powerful than ferrite magnets. they are used a lot in marine situations and thus are certified to take more climatic abuse than others.
Bottom line is dont over spend on a system that YOU will never put through its true paces. install what you need and save the rest of your money for some other aftermarket doodad for your smart.. you know there is always one more thing!
PM me if you need any help deciding on speakers from Crutchfield.
Finally looked up the price to mount and wire my rear speakers,it was $100.00.So it should be around that for the doors.And the Polks 651 slim mounts are around $65.00 on E-Bay.
CLIFF, THANKS FOR THE INFO...MY ONLY CONCERN WITH SOME COMPANY INSTALLING MY STUFF IS IF THEY KNOW SMART CARS...TAKING THE DOOR PANELS OFF AND SEALING THE "SKIN," AFTER THEY CUT IT, ETC. clicker said:Finally looked up the price to mount and wire my rear speakers,it was $100.00.So it should be around that for the doors.And the Polks 651 slim mounts are around $65.00 on E-Bay.
he has had my car completely disassembled multiple times so they know how a smart works.
Bert Monsen said:CLIFF, THANKS FOR THE INFO...MY ONLY CONCERN WITH SOME COMPANY INSTALLING MY STUFF IS IF THEY KNOW SMART CARS...TAKING THE DOOR PANELS OFF AND SEALING THE "SKIN," AFTER THEY CUT IT, ETC. clicker said:Finally looked up the price to mount and wire my rear speakers,it was $100.00.So it should be around that for the doors.And the Polks 651 slim mounts are around $65.00 on E-Bay.