Good value, especially for factory head units
2010 MINI Cooper
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
The head unit on a Mini Cooper is a nightmare to replace and the sound on the "boost cd" system seemed like garbage no matter how I adjusted the settings. After some research, I found the factory front door speakers consisted of a 6 1/2" woofer at the ankle and a 4" midrange at the knee. There was no tweeter, which is why the frequency response for the car is spec'd to only get up to 14kHz. (oh, so THAT'S why it sounded like garbage) The factory wiring has these two speakers wired in parallel. After removing the door panels, the (crutchfield supplied) speaker mounting plates worked well for installing the lower woofers, and I used universal backstraps which were installed in the location of the 4" midrange as a place to mount the RF R165-S tweeter. The crossover network is in the speakers themselves, so that was a non-issue. Once installed, I was glad I went through with it. I could finally hear the snap in snare drums, hi hats, and esses in the vocals. I didn't expect bass to change too much because the surface area wasn't changed, but there actually is better efficiency of bass even with the factory head. Music played and sampled ranges from Coltrane, James Brown, and lesser compressed older music to newer stuff like St. Vincent, Queens of the Stone Age, Beck, and Iggy Pop. All of it manages to sound much better, even over road noise. No, it won't sound like you got a sub, but it was an easy step for phasing out the paper cone treble blues.
Pros: Inexpensive for a component set, Great response to a lower RMS factory head unit, very good balance at flat EQ settings, no regrets
Cons: wiring leads may be flimsy if you need to remove the connection more than once