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i actually dont mind the stock system on the k5 gt line!. i know its not upgraded bose but bose is just a consumer brand anyway and not an upscale audio company any way. Very highly over rated audio name.
 

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I went to a car audio place and asked about getting the speakers changed out to get a bit better bass out of the stereo and the dealer told me he didn't think that it would help at all and of course then tried to sell me a $459 sub that sits in the trunk in the spare tire well. Uh..no. Has anyone changed out just the stock speakers and seen a difference?
 

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I went to a car audio place and asked about getting the speakers changed out to get a bit better bass out of the stereo and the dealer told me he didn't think that it would help at all and of course then tried to sell me a $459 sub that sits in the trunk in the spare tire well. Uh..no. Has anyone changed out just the stock speakers and seen a difference?
Very curious about this. I have plans to upgrade the stock system (EX) because to me it's pretty garbage. I mean, my Honda Civic sounded better...
 

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Very curious about this. I have plans to upgrade the stock system (EX) because to me it's pretty garbage. I mean, my Honda Civic sounded better...
I too have been looking to upgrade my 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line sound system. The stock (non-Bose) system has clear highs, but at any volume level the mids lack depth and there is no bass fill or punchy bass. On this forum as well as searching Crutchfield and reading 15-20 reviews of various 6.5 and 6 3/4 inch component speaker reviews, nothing is wowing me to do an install. I haven't found a speaker review that is consistently good for a factory replacement (without an external amp), the only thing I could find was HOW to install the door speakers
but even then, this guy doesn't comment on how they sound (ugh!). If I find anything that sticks out to me or something I am considering going with, I will be sure to check back in here and share some knowledge. Lastly, I cannot find any info anywhere that has the factory speaker and head unit specs, nor any other recommendations from experience and there is a thread in this forum of some pretty experienced folks trying hard to dig up info for us. Hang in there, something is bound to give!
 

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I too have been looking to upgrade my 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line sound system. The stock (non-Bose) system has clear highs, but at any volume level the mids lack depth and there is no bass fill or punchy bass. On this forum as well as searching Crutchfield and reading 15-20 reviews of various 6.5 and 6 3/4 inch component speaker reviews, nothing is wowing me to do an install. I haven't found a speaker review that is consistently good for a factory replacement (without an external amp), the only thing I could find was HOW to install the door speakers
but even then, this guy doesn't comment on how they sound (ugh!). If I find anything that sticks out to me or something I am considering going with, I will be sure to check back in here and share some knowledge. Lastly, I cannot find any info anywhere that has the factory speaker and head unit specs, nor any other recommendations from experience and there is a thread in this forum of some pretty experienced folks trying hard to dig up info for us. Hang in there, something is bound to give!
Thanks for video link. I will be replacing my stock speakers probably some time in the next week or two. I've seen very good reviews for the Infinity Reference 6532ex and 6532ix for 4 ohm systems without an amp which is what I will likely get. They're about $60 per pair on Amazon. Crutchfield has them at $99 though you do get the mounting brackets ($20/pair) and wire harness ($10/pair) for free which for all 4 speakers is worth $60 according to their site. So basically I could pay $200 through Crutchfield alone or $180 with Amazon for just the speakers and Crutchfield for the hardware.

Think I'll go for the ix as their frequency response very slightly better, also they have angled tweeters and a button to toggle up to +3dB of treble. Will post with an update.
 

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If you could, maybe have a video of what it sounds like before then after install? Sometimes it's hard to judge them with only an after install vid, especially depending on what you use to record with. lol Would be good to have a base line of what it sounds like with your recording set up, then the Infinity speakers with the same recording set up.
 

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If you could, maybe have a video of what it sounds like before then after install? Sometimes it's hard to judge them with only an after install vid, especially depending on what you use to record with. lol Would be good to have a base line of what it sounds like with your recording set up, then the Infinity speakers with the same recording set up.
That’s not really going to be much help since the quality of the sound in the video will be almost entirely dependent on the speakers on your computer or phone that you watch the video on.
 

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That’s not really going to be much help since the quality of the sound in the video will be almost entirely dependent on the speakers on your computer or phone that you watch the video on.
True, but at least you have a base line comparison between the two. Obviously, it's not the same as comparing it in person but it's good to know what it is comparing against using the same equipment, especially with so many other variables in between, like sound quality of hosting sites and how the compression algorithm make something sound worse than they are.
 
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