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if its anything like the harmonkardon 'upgrades' on m*rcs and jaguars, theyre still fairly crappy speakers when you look at them
nearly as comical as the £650 'bass upgrade' on the landrover disco.. for two 6" drivers in the tailgate.
grouching aside, the 9000 has some of the best designed standard speaker mountings of any production car- good solid metal mounts, excellent image positioning with separate mids and tweeters, and excellent vibration damping at high power levels..
two words - rockford fosgate
 

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Don't be impressed just because it says "Harman Kardon". It is just another brand of Harman International - probably the largest audio company on the planet (JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Lexicon, BSS + loads of others). They also supply more automotive audio systems than anyone else and because of this they have an incredibly arrogant attitude.

It is now common to see a brand on the optional extra "premium" sound system. This was unheard of until a few years ago when Bose did a deal with Mercedes in the USA (note: Bose is not a tier-one supplier as they get the kit made by other companies which are). Think about this: where else do you see brands in a car apart from the main manufacturer? That's right, you don't, apart perhaps on the tyres. Therefore it ws quite a move on their part and now copied by others, notably Harman. Car OEM's want the brand because it makes the car look more upmarket and they pay a premium for it. However, because it's Harman's brand on the outside they call the shots regarding the specification. This can mean that the sound is not to the taste or requirements of the OEM but there is little they can do.

The other issue is that all car speakers are poor when compared to home audio. Even the Bose speakers in the Mercedes S-Class would not find their way into domestic speakers costing over £100. That means that a considerable performance upgrade can be achieved by fitting good aftermarket units. However, do shop around and remember that the most expensive is not always the best. Also, find a good installer with lots of experience. If he's already done a 9000 he'll know what to recommend.
 
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