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I bought my KIA few days ago and I love it, except for the fact that the speakers suck. I really like my music with clear sound and some better bass than what I have now. I mean the speakers are just awful.

What I was planning on doing was replacing the speakers with some nicer ones. I found a post about the replacement right here:
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The post is a great help, but I still have a few questions. So my questions as of right now are:
1. What's the maximum wattage I can pull off without an amp and while still receiving decent volume? ( I didn't find any answers in the manual concerning the wattage of the current speakers )
2. Will I lose any kind of warranty or anything like that by replacing the speakers\taking apart the door? ( This is my first car so I'm very fresh when it comes to cars )

I wouldn't want to spend that much money, but I can see myself spending around 350 max for now. I was also thinking about putting an amp in it but I feel like that requires a specialist due to having to hide the cables within the car etc.

I would greatly appreciate any kind of help.
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I suppose it depends on what you are starting off with. I have an LX with no UVO or Nav. The output is poor. I could replace the speakers, but without adding power it is a bit of a waste.

I am thinking a AudioControl LC2i 2-channel line output converter for adding amps to your factory system at Crutchfield.com a Sound Ordnance™ M-4075 4-channel car amplifier — 75 watts RMS x 4 at Crutchfield.com and 2 sets of Pioneer TS-A1374R 5-1/4" 3-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com would cost about 350 OTD . . . . that's my solution anyways. Do I know how to install? No, but I know how to use the internets, so I am confident enough.
 

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I suppose it depends on what you are starting off with. I have an LX with no UVO or Nav. The output is poor. I could replace the speakers, but without adding power it is a bit of a waste.

I am thinking a AudioControl LC2i 2-channel line output converter for adding amps to your factory system at Crutchfield.com a Sound Ordnance™ M-4075 4-channel car amplifier — 75 watts RMS x 4 at Crutchfield.com and 2 sets of Pioneer TS-A1374R 5-1/4" 3-way car speakers at Crutchfield.com would cost about 350 OTD . . . . that's my solution anyways. Do I know how to install? No, but I know how to use the internets, so I am confident enough.
I have the converter and the Sound Ordnance amp plus Polk Audio DXi650 speakers all around. The sound is vastly improved with fantastic clarity at all volume levels. The bass is much better but still not to my liking. I'm now considering adding the Sound Ordnance B-8P or B-8PT to add the bass I'm looking for.

In answer to the op's question, I doubt that you'll get a ton of improvement by just replacing the speakers. More power equals more clarity. If you're only going to replace the speakers then look for high efficiency numbers. 90 or better is good.

As for the warranty question. You will not void your warranty by replacing the speakers unless Kia can demonstrate that whatever problem you are having is a direct result of the changes you made. Not likely for simple speaker replacement.
 

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Marley, that is fantastic. I was considering installing the converter and amp where a spare would otherwise be. I am considering running extra power in the process while I am running the others to add an amp or powered sub in the future. I want to measure to see how that powered unit might fit onder the passenger.
 

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Marley, that is fantastic. I was considering installing the converter and amp where a spare would otherwise be. I am considering running extra power in the process while I am running the others to add an amp or powered sub in the future. I want to measure to see how that powered unit might fit onder the passenger.
I've done some measuring and I think the B-8PT will fit under the passenger seat, but I think you'd have to remove the seat to get it there. Also I doubt that the adjustment panel would be accessible.

I tried a pioneer enclosed sub today. I bridged my amp and ran the sub off one channel and ran the 4 door speakers in parallel from the other 2 channels. I'm not happy with the sound at all. The sub sounds anemic and running the speakers in parallel has degraded the sound quality. So the Pioneer sub is going back and I'm going to go ahead and order the SO powered sub. I'll mount it beside my amp in the back cargo area. I'm not looking forward to running another power cable to the battery but I guess I have no choice.
 
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