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Hyundai Sonata, Sedan
#1 of 151 Aftermarket Sound
Aug 28, 2001 (7:34 am)
I replaced the entire sound system in my Sonata GLS. Although I liked the OEM head unit, the sound of the system was weak. I had the top end, double-din, CD/cassette, and six speakers, but the sound was not all that pleasing, especially compared to my girlfriend's Tiburon.
I debated replacing just the speakers, just the head unit, or doing both. I decided to have everything replaced by a local sound shop, and boy am I glad I did.
Let me say up front that the first reason I'm glad is that I didn't do it myself. In the past I've done my own installs, but the Hyundai is different than the Mopars I'm used to, so I didn't want to risk breaking something. The stereo shop techs took nearly eight hours to do the install—that's two guys for eight hours. I know because I watched them from the waiting room, and I'm really glad they had to deal with it. I'm sure they estimated about 4–6 hours total for the job, so you can see they ate the labor. Just the effort on removing the rear package shelf and removing/installing the speakers was enough to make me glad it wasn't me.
To their credit, they didn't break anything, and they did a good job.
The rounded Hyundai dash opening makes it difficult to get an exact fit, but I got a Pioneer FH-P4000 200 watt head unit with CD/cassette/AM/FM/XM and changer controls. It sits right behind the rounded opening with the gaps filled by some kind of matte material they put there. When the detachable face is in place, it fits inside the rounded dash enclosure for a very good look.
I replaced the factory speakers, which were simple paper speakers that had paper "buzzer" cones. They really looked cheap. In their place are Blaupunkt poly separates up front (6.5" in the doors with a crossover and composite tweeters in the pillars) and Blaupunkt poly tris in the back (6X9" in the back shelf).
In the trunk, there's a Pioneer 12 CD changer and an amplified Kenwood subwoofer. The changer and sub are components I already owned which the shop installed for me.
Let me tell you, the sound is terrific. The Sonata makes a good soundstage when quality components are installed in the factory positions, and the trunks is a good chamber for the sub. I'm not getting any rattles or harmonics out of the car, so life is good.
How much? Well, I spent $800 on this install, including the installation of components I already owned. I'm pretty sure the dealer got nipped on this one, so the next Sonata install might cost more. (I did tip the installers.)
Why did I replace the stereo so soon? I figure I'll be driving this car for at least three years, and I want to enjoy great sound every time I drive, instead of waiting for six months or a year, then regretting that I waited so long.
When (if) I sell the car will I reinstall the OEM stuff? Maybe the head unit, but not the speakers. It's just too much work to get them out.
Sep 07, 2001 (10:31 am)
"I replaced the factory speakers, which were simple paper speakers that had paper "buzzer" cones. They really looked cheap. In their place are Blaupunkt poly separates up front (6.5" in the doors with a crossover and composite tweeters in the pillars) and Blaupunkt poly tris in the back (6X9" in the back shelf)."
How about the front speakers How does it look?
did you remove the original cover with the 4" speakers and the back did you cut hole to fit the 6x9?
#4 of 151 Speaker size
Sep 16, 2001 (8:51 am)
Before I took the car to the auto stereo shop, I looked at several Web sites and store displays, and all of them indicated that the front speakers were 4" and the rear speakers were 6.5", but my direct observation of the rear speakers was that they were 6x9. Maybe it's because I had the GLS Leather with the six speaker layout (tweeters in the front pillars), but the spaces for all the speakers, including the separates in front were already there. No cutting was needed.
You might look at your rear speakers from underneath to see if you have 6.5' or 6x9", and this is easily done from the trunk.
#5 of 151 To Dougndo (or to others)
Dec 22, 2001 (1:13 pm)
Your post was very helpful in my planning to replace factory installed speakers.
Could you please let me know the specs of the speakers you chose in more detail?
More specifically, it seems like that you installed Blaupunkt component system for tweeters and front speakers. If so, do you remember which model you bought? How about rear speakers? Since Blaupunkt has various kinds of speakers from high end to low end, I am wondering what kind of model you exactly chose.
Thanks in advance,
#6 of 151 Speakers
Dec 26, 2001 (8:49 pm)
The rear 6x9 tri-axial speakers are Blaupunkt PCxt693 models. They handle 70 constant watts but will soak up 210 watts peak. With my Pioneer head unit, there's plenty of room to spare. My ears give out before the speakers do. The speakers have a blue poly VFP (vacuum formed poly cone) which is very tight and precise. I've frequently preferred the clean sound of polypropylene in small speakers, such as 6x9s, and they handle power well. The speakers also have EXP (extended pole design) for a little more travel.
At the moment the model number of the front component speakers escapes me, but it was a step up from the PCxt series.
I should point out that these speakers, while very capable, still require the use of a competent, powered subwoofer to fill out the sound. In fact I've never been satisfied with 6x9s alone to provide the low end in car audio, 'though I came close with some JBLs in a Dodge Ram 1500 (along with a 300 watt JBL power amp). The 80 watt, tuned and ported 8" Kenwood I put in the Sonata's trunk works well. I can't compete with the hobbiests, but then I'm focusing on the sound INSIDE the car, not outside.
My girlfriend still thinks it's too loud and "thumps too much." I think it's nearly perfect.
Mar 19, 2002 (4:40 pm)
It appears that www.hdkautosport.com is the mecca of all things cool for our Sonatas.
#8 of 151 Stereo removal
May 31, 2002 (6:07 am)
I cant figure out for the life of me where to begin to remove my stereo in my 2000 Sonata. Nothing looks obvious. Any help?
#9 of 151 Any one use k&n filters?
Aug 29, 2002 (6:40 am)
Not sure where I heard about k&n filters, but thought it was here. Since it isn't here already I thought I'd give the link, http://www.knfilters.com Has any Sonata owner used the air filter and what were your results?
#10 of 151 Heated Seats in Sonata?
Oct 22, 2002 (10:44 am)
Anybody know if there is such a thing as after-market heated seats or a kit to convert the leather seats into heated seats? Thanks in advance!