2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
- Plano, Texas, USA
Thanks for posting your speaker upgrade experience. Your opinion of using a 3" mid-range Infinity Kappa Perfect 300m speaker as the center channelJust installed. They're legit! With the Infinity 3022cfx speakers already in the left and right dash spots, the difference is subtle but good. Things became more articulated. I noticed things like the guitar pick of a bass guitar's pluck and clearer project of voices. It added just what I was looking for.
I was initially concerned about running a mid-range component without a crossover, but whatever the Bose system does seems to do nicely. I had tested the speakers on a full range signal before installing, and it was a little tinny, but they sound much better once plugged into the center dash. Whatever the Bose amp has by default does a good job.
Just to note, my fade before the installation of this Infinity Kappa Perfect 300m was a couple clicks to the rear speakers, but it now sounds better with less back fade. I'm still deciding whether just one click back or even (i.e. no fade) sounds better. Definitely worth it to me - recommended.
Pro-Tip: The grey wire is positive (+) for the center speaker.
speaker makes perfect sense to me. But consider the price at $149.99 a pair and we only need one, that's pretty expensive speaker upgrade for a center channel. Since Infinity Reference REF-3022cfx 2-way 3" speakers are cheaper at $89.99, what is your opinion using REF-3022cfx as the center dash replacement? Or do you think it's really worth it to use a more expensive 300m than a REF-3022cfx as center dash speaker for 2016(.5) CX-5?
Just went to my dealer on the other day to compare the Bose system in 2017 CX-5 to our 2016 CX-5. I used the same song from memory stick in MP3 format in 2017 Bose (would prefer to use a better sound quality CD for comparison but couldn't) with the same Bose setup and found the high notes do improve with 2 new A-pillar real tweeters; but the spare-tire sub-woofer sounded not much better and strange due to the placement at the rear IMO. The worst part is the 2017 Bose sounded different in a way that all instruments and vocal seem muddy and mixed all together, it has no clarity like my 2016's. Didn't like the result from the 2017 Bose at all other than better high notes!