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Harmon Kardon Speakers

30th June 2008

Harmon Kardon Speakers

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I wrote about the BMW E36 Harmon Kardon Audio System and it seems there is a lot of confusion about the number and locations of the speakers in that system. Today, I found a photo that will show the exact locations of the 10-speakers in that audio system. Take a look:

Also, pay attention to the location of the amplifier in the trunk.

After I saw this picture, I think there are two speakers in the footwell of the BMW E36, but I’m not sure if they’re working in my car or not. I know that my BMW E30 used to have 2 speakers in the footwell (left and right) and 2 speakers in the back. In the BMW E36, I just thought that the speakers inside the doors are just a replacement for the front speakers in the BMW E30. I should’ve checked these speakers in the footwell to verify their existence when I saw them, but it’s never too late. I’ve checked them today and they’re working fine. It’s cool to discover that there are actually 6 speakers inside the non HK systems.

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  1. 1 On June 30th, 2008, DG888 said:

    hi.. i have a non hk audio system.. it seems like my driver side footwell speaker is screwed up… does any one know which size speakers fit there?? btw.. i also tried locating the speakers.. i know they are in the footwell.. but i cant seem to locate them.. 🙁

  2. 2 On July 1st, 2008, zouza said:

    in fact tony , this pic is for the non hk system.
    the real HK doesn t have that type of speakers in the back (in the pic) . it s not boxy like in this pic. it s in fact rounded.

    the non hk is 10 spkrs.(in the back, check it in your car tony , take off the cover and u will find a spkr and a 2 front,4 on the door panel, and 4 on the back=10 spkrs.

    the hk is 8 spkrs since in the back ,it s replaced by one big woofer .will upload pics but i cant on this site.

  3. 3 On July 1st, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @zouza: Thanks for the info. My car has only six speakers, not 10. 2 in the footwell, 2 on the doors (left and right) and 2 in the back. Take a look at my previous post Installing stock speakers inside your BMW E36 without making any damages!

    About the pictures, please send them to my email and I will publish them here.

  4. 4 On July 4th, 2008, M_Parallel said:

    There’s 3 audiosystem versions on E36’s.

    – 6 speaker system, non amplified.
    – 10 speaker “Hi-Fi” system, amplified
    – 10 speaker “Harman/Kardon” system, amplified (more powerfull)

    All models (except convertible) with the H/K system come with a “Hi-Fi” switch that alters the soundstage.
    On verts, this is done my the roof module, changing the stage when roof is lowered.
    Vert H/K systems also come with a dedicated subwoofer, installed inside the ski-pass through-load.

    Here’s a pic from the BMW ETK (that the dealer uses) from teh vert’s H/K system.

  5. 5 On July 10th, 2008, Mark Trooper said:

    Hey Guys,
    I have an E36 316i. I thought of replacing my head unit and thankfully for what M-Parallel just posted that my car falls under the category where my audio is non-amplified.
    Now my question would be is that if I decide to replace my broken head unit with a bahamas mp46, would it require the anti-theft lock code?
    I was told here that if i decide to replace it and do not install a “module” of sorts, my car wont start at all just because the anti theft system was disengaged.

    Can somebody help me out?

  6. 6 On September 20th, 2008, M_Parallel said:

    I went to far to (almost) completely retrofit the H/K system in my vert to have acceptable sound without it becoming a “chav’s boombox”. And to keep it “OEM”.

    I picked up an original subwoofer, amp and later on, original rear vert H/K speaker pods from a US forum.

    Then I ordered the complete, main audioloom for the H/K system as I had the non-amplified system with no amp connections and all.

    So during my vacation, I just pulled out the interior and installed everything. Was a major bitching job to do, but once finished, I was very, very happy.

    I went as far to install the non-vert specific Hi-Fi switch I mentioned before so I can alter the soundstage at will and not because my roof is up or down.

  7. 7 On October 1st, 2008, ruzzell said:

    i want to upgrade the sound system in my car. before i rip all my panels off, does any1 know tha speaker sizes for convertible 318i, there’s speakers in the front doors and in the rear door cards, im pretty sure there are some in the footwells 2. im a newcomer to BMWs so any suggestions of what ones are best would be helpfull.
    cheers guys