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I'm looking to possibly swapping out all the stock speakers sometime soon for after market ones,
First i dont know anything bout speakers, i dont know any recommended brands, or the size of the stock ones.


Anyone able to help me out?
 

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I just went in to a car audio shop to fix something on my brother's accord and we started talking about the CT. Pretty much the car has a new sound cancelling system that can make the audio system go crazy if its not disconnected. They know how to disconnected in regular accords but the CT has a newer more advanced version of it that the guy needs to examine before suggesting anything to me. I'm actually about to go back to him now to check it out I'll let know you it goes. In terms of speakers I only look at 4 or 5 brands and nothing else lol. Pioneer, Alpine, Rockford Fosgate, Sony, And Boston Acoustics. I have experience with these brands and know they're good... I'm focusing on Pioneer because they make the radios in our CTs so maybe they'll work better lol. They provide a good combo of bump and clarity if installed right. You also gotta decide if you want an enclosed sub, for which you'll need to buy a box, or a free air that can go in the stock location so you don't lose trunk space. Any upgrade sub wise will most like require an amp. You got a component system up front and you can either upgrade the entire system or keep the tweeters and change the bigger ones. The back speakers definitely need to be replaced. The speakers are 6 1/2 in the doors I believe and the sub is 8 in. Hopefully I will have a better idea after talking to this guy.
 

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Spoke with car audio guy.

He checked out the car and he said any kind of audio upgrade will require disconnecting the noise cancelling system in the CT. He said that the magnets inside the aftermarket speakers and subs will cause a very annoying background noise. Disconnecting it is simple though you just unplug it from the back of the radio.

I asked if it was possible to replace the stock sub with an aftermarket sub. He said that of course its possible but without installing an amp and connecting it to the sub you will barely notice the difference.

I told him I wanted to keep the utility of the CT but I don't haul large things everyday. He gave me endless suggestions lol. He said I can buy a bass tube and those have built in amplifiers and he can install it on a mount. If I ever need to use the space it takes up, you can just unclip it from the mount and unplug the one wire.

He then said I can buy a thin sub in a small enclosure hook an amp to the back of the enclosure and tuck it in one of the sides. And that also can be made with a mount so you can remove it if you need the space.

He said the best bass comes from a full size enclosure and amp. The important thing he said to keep in mind is that anything I want can be made to be removed when the space is needed.

He said depending on what I want and the amount of work he has to do, he can do a sub, enclosure, amp, installation for 400 to 500 bucks all Pioneer components as "favor" to me lol.

He said that the front door speakers are actually a lot better than he's seen in other Hondas but the back speakers are no where near as good. He suggested swapping those out immediately lol. He said swapping those out will be a significant upgrade because they're not good at all. He even said he wouldn't even rush changing anything else. Let those things get old and worn and then change them they're that good lol.

He was selling me two Pioneer 6 1/2 4 way speakers for 95 bucks and then 60 for installation. I told him I had to think about it. I wanna go look up how much they really cost lol.

A kicker component system for the front is 180 no installation and he said an amp would be necessary to notice the difference especially if you wanna keep the stock radio because they're not made to handle so much power.

He offered me what he installed on my brother's accord coupe for 700 bucks. He charged my brother 800. That includes 4 Pioneer 4 way speakers, a Pioneer 12 in sub, enclosure, Crunch 5 channel amplifier, and labor with a 3 year warranty.

I would probably leave the front speakers as is because they're great, its the rest of the car that needs help lol

Decisions, decisions lol...

I hope this helps you out a little but I'm really indecisive about what I would want lol...
 

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Why would you want to disable the factory noise cancellation?....I'd also question whether changing speakers would have any difference if the NC was left on....
 

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I asked him and he said there's a magnet in the speaker that causes some background static noise that's very annoying... If he says it needs to be disconnected it probably does cause he really knows about car audio... I can easily ask him to leave it plugged in so I can see what he's talking about lol... I spoke with a different guy at customs shop and he actually worked on a CT and he said that he had to disable it because it wasn't allowing the aftermarket speakers or woofers to work properly...
 

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I'm looking to possibly swapping out all the stock speakers sometime soon for after market ones,
First i dont know anything bout speakers, i dont know any recommended brands, or the size of the stock ones.


Anyone able to help me out?
The EX-L has a pretty good system. A car stereo installation guy told me not to tinker with the stock system, they are tuned for the car and usually you don't get the bang for your buck or notice a real difference. I had a Venza with their base stereo, now that was a lousy system. The CT's system in the EX-L is far superior. It's rare that an aftermarket speaker replacement makes a difference on new cars.
 

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Yea that's what I was told pretty much... You need an amp to see a noticeable difference because the stock radio can only produce so much power... But the back speakers are terrible compared to the front ones... Honda should have upgraded those speakers two. The accord system produces 270 watts but the CT produces 360 watts because honda decided to upgrade just the front speakers. If they upgraded the rear doors speakers we would have a 450 watt premium sound system and no one would not be complaining lol
 

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The EX-L has a pretty good system. A car stereo installation guy told me not to tinker with the stock system, they are tuned for the car and usually you don't get the bang for your buck or notice a real difference. I had a Venza with their base stereo, now that was a lousy system. The CT's system in the EX-L is far superior. It's rare that an aftermarket speaker replacement makes a difference on new cars.
I have had the same thing said to me, even for that matter any car stereo is made and set up for that particular car. You have all these Dimensions that you have to go by for a vehicle to get that sound pure and perfect. I dont think I would mess with the CrossTours system but thats just my opinion :)

But a Bluetooth, upgraded sound system with XM hmmm yea Id keep it!
 

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Update on the speaker system...

From Honda website:
"Active Sound Control
The Crosstour's Active Sound Control system is new to the Honda lineup. It helps reduce low-decibel, high-frequency sounds by using microphones in the headliner to detect unwanted sound frequencies entering the cabin. The system responds by emitting precisely timed reverse-phase audio signals through the vehicle's speakers to cancel out the undesirable noise."


Supposedly, you can swap out all the factory speakers and sub with no effect on the ASC system. What messes up the ASC is when you start adding amplifiers because it distorts the sound waves being emitted by the mics. This is a new feature exclusive to the CT that regular Accords don't have so I decided not to go to the first guy I spoke with. I spoke with the guy that actually worked on a CT and he said if I just want to add some better quality rear speakers to get them with a low power rating so it can work well with the system. Disabling that also disables the Bluetooth link so it's not worth it to me anymore lol...
 

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Update on the speaker system...

From Honda website:
"Active Sound Control
The Crosstour's Active Sound Control system is new to the Honda lineup. It helps reduce low-decibel, high-frequency sounds by using microphones in the headliner to detect unwanted sound frequencies entering the cabin. The system responds by emitting precisely timed reverse-phase audio signals through the vehicle's speakers to cancel out the undesirable noise."


Supposedly, you can swap out all the factory speakers and sub with no effect on the ASC system. What messes up the ASC is when you start adding amplifiers because it distorts the sound waves being emitted by the mics. This is a new feature exclusive to the CT that regular Accords don't have so I decided not to go to the first guy I spoke with. I spoke with the guy that actually worked on a CT and he said if I just want to add some better quality rear speakers to get them with a low power rating so it can work well with the system. Disabling that also disables the Bluetooth link so it's not worth it to me anymore lol...

Please do post pics of the process when you replace those rear speakers. I may just copy-cat ya.

-fred
 

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Yea I definitely ima try and do this myself and I always try and take pics to retrace my steps lol
 

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Gents,

The discussion on the OEM speakers piqued my interest. I have owned a Honda since 1987. The CT sound system is the best Honda has put out to date except for the 2011 Odyssey Elite 12 speakers and 650 watts. I wanted to see if the CT front and rear speakers were different. They are the same speakers. I checked Bernardi Honda's parts website. The speaker part# list a quantity of 4. I don't know why the front speakers sound better, if I did, I would fix the rear speakers to sound as good as the front. Any suggestions on how to improve the rear sound?

http://www.bernardiparts.com/SearchOptionsV7.aspx?Search=MODEL&ModelID=honda-accord-crosstour-parts
 

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Gents,

. . .I wanted to see if the CT front and rear speakers were different. They are the same speakers. I checked Bernardi Honda's parts website. The speaker part# list a quantity of 4. I don't know why the front speakers sound better, if I did, I would fix the rear speakers to sound as good as the front. Any suggestions on how to improve the rear sound?
The fronts (at least in my EX-L) have tweeters in the A-pillars aimed right at you, that's why they sound good, no tweeters in the back. . .I think any speaker that is behind you, at foot level, is bound to sound sort of muddy no matter the quality. Even when they are up at ear level rears are typically used for "fill" in the automotive environment except in slightly unusual cases where the audio system is of super high quality or some sort of good design luck (I'm thinking of my sister's old A3 bodystyle Jetta that had tweeters in the rear door handles aimed at the passengers).
 

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Update on the speaker system...

From Honda website:
"Active Sound Control
The Crosstour's Active Sound Control system is new to the Honda lineup. It helps reduce low-decibel, high-frequency sounds by using microphones in the headliner to detect unwanted sound frequencies entering the cabin. The system responds by emitting precisely timed reverse-phase audio signals through the vehicle's speakers to cancel out the undesirable noise."


Supposedly, you can swap out all the factory speakers and sub with no effect on the ASC system. What messes up the ASC is when you start adding amplifiers because it distorts the sound waves being emitted by the mics. This is a new feature exclusive to the CT that regular Accords don't have so I decided not to go to the first guy I spoke with. I spoke with the guy that actually worked on a CT and he said if I just want to add some better quality rear speakers to get them with a low power rating so it can work well with the system. Disabling that also disables the Bluetooth link so it's not worth it to me anymore lol...
This is true, but all you have to do is disconnect the plug behind the radio to those mics, and more than likely you will replace the radio or add a signal processor to the factory head unit when installing an amp upgrade.
 

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I have to agree this is a very interesting discussion. Personally, the only thing I would change about the "Premium" system is the sub-woofer and the two speakers located on the sides of the cargo area. I believe replacing them will make a signifigant difference. So much so that I'm going to make that my weekend project. Wish me luck!
 

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I love my CT but the PREMIUM system that it comes with, I really doubt about it. I can't believe my ear when I was driving home after purchase. I'm not looking for prefect system but at least it won't sound like radio while you are playing mp3.....

Hope your weekend project work out great and I can copy it next week, I may not have intention to replace the sub. Wish replace 2 or 4 speakers can make it sound good.
 

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I love my CT but the PREMIUM system that it comes with, I really doubt about it. I can't believe my ear when I was driving home after purchase. I'm not looking for prefect system but at least it won't sound like radio while you are playing mp3.....

Hope your weekend project work out great and I can copy it next week, I may not have intention to replace the sub. Wish replace 2 or 4 speakers can make it sound good.

I checked with Crutchfield today, it recommend Pioneer TS-A1675R to replace all 4 doors speakers.

Any people has experience replaced with this speaker? sound good?
 
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