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    Looking for New Stereo Ideas

    I'm really wanting to ditch the POS bone stock stereo unit in the 2012. I read jkristie's write up on installing new speakers and now feel confident enough to tear into it and get some decent music going in my Jeep. I don't want to spend a fortune I only have around $500 to $600 for the head and speaks. The only thing holding me back is picking out all the parts Im going to need to get it done. I guess it doesn't matter if its double din or not. I'm just wanting quality sound dynamics ( crisp clean highs and deep bass punch ) I mostly listen to 80's and up metal. There's literally hundreds out there to choose from. What you got ? Pros and cons please.
    POG MO THOIN

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    Here's what I did

    Kenwood DDX470



    Hertz components


    JL Audio HD 900/5 not pictured

    Totally did away with the overhead speakers

    Built a box that fits behind rear seat with one RF P3 sub firing toward rear and two Focal 6x9 s firing upwards for rear passengers




    Then I added the cable for IPod/Iphone4 but haven't quite figured where I want it ran yet. Any ideas?


    Needless to say it was definitely overkill for my old ass but with the top and doors off you can definitely hear and feel it. One of the car audio shops here did the install for a discount to use the jeep in a photo shoot (still waiting to get the pics from that) but its clean sound as loud as you want to play it.
    Bryan

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    I get around gold knight's Avatar
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    That looks awesome. Very clean install. So did you remove the soundbar or just disconnect the speakers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gold knight View Post
    That looks awesome. Very clean install. So did you remove the soundbar or just disconnect the speakers?
    Sound bar is still there for now and the speakers are disconnected in it. When I do my roll cage I am pulling the sound bar and will be using some sort of LED for an overhead light.

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    Looks good! I'm having to do mine as well. Ive lost the right channels on my stock amp. I'm building 2 under the front seat sub boxes for a 10 inch sub under each seat. Going to build a water proof box for under the rear seat for the components. Im prototyping a mount for a planar speaker center channel. Which Hertz speakers did you use? I wanted to listen to them but no one carries them here. I'm probably just going with Focal K2's front and rear.

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    Hertz HKS 165. They are very clean sounding. On some older rock I turn down the sub and enjoy the bass from these and the Focal 6x9

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    Ill get pics and model number of the alpine I put in tomorrow, I do like it, also added a sub and replaced the rear woofer


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    How do you like that ddx 470? Been eyeing one on amazon for days now. I inherited a p3-12 in a probox and bought an alpine mrp-500 to power it. It is about time my music sounds normal again!


    Vandy

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvandy50 View Post
    How do you like that ddx 470? Been eyeing one on amazon for days now. I inherited a p3-12 in a probox and bought an alpine mrp-500 to power it. It is about time my music sounds normal again!


    Vandy
    I love the kenwood so far. Bluetooth works great, Sirius works, the IPod cable is good great reception on FM don't have to worry about the screen mechanism breaking and easy to install. Price is great too at $450 ish.

    You're gonna love that P3, it'll take all that amp can give it and sound great. There's a song called "Bass Test" by the Chemical Brothers and the bass coming out of the P3 with volume set to 32 will shake a pen off the dash.

    Anyways any questions don't hesitate to ask and if you are back in the Dallas area hit me up and maybe we all can go to B'port or the least go grab some Tequila

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    Quote Originally Posted by davesrb View Post
    Looks good! I'm having to do mine as well. Ive lost the right channels on my stock amp. I'm building 2 under the front seat sub boxes for a 10 inch sub under each seat. Going to build a water proof box for under the rear seat for the components. Im prototyping a mount for a planar speaker center channel. Which Hertz speakers did you use? I wanted to listen to them but no one carries them here. I'm probably just going with Focal K2's front and rear.
    That's gonna sound great

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREYBEARDSJK View Post
    I love the kenwood so far. Bluetooth works great, Sirius works, the IPod cable is good great reception on FM don't have to worry about the screen mechanism breaking and easy to install. Price is great too at $450 ish.

    You're gonna love that P3, it'll take all that amp can give it and sound great. There's a song called "Bass Test" by the Chemical Brothers and the bass coming out of the P3 with volume set to 32 will shake a pen off the dash.

    Anyways any questions don't hesitate to ask and if you are back in the Dallas area hit me up and maybe we all can go to B'port or the least go grab some Tequila
    Dude you oughta see the amazon price now! Givin em away lol. I may have some questions for ya, never fails no matter how much I read beforehand I always run into snags. And we are gonna try to make it to Dallas to see queens of the Stone Age I hope!


    Vandy

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    That's a funny ass show right there, just don't eat a lot before you go cuz you will be laughing uncontrollably

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    where you get your install kit and wiring harness? and did you hook it up to run sirius?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREYBEARDSJK View Post
    Hertz HKS 165. They are very clean sounding. On some older rock I turn down the sub and enjoy the bass from these and the Focal 6x9
    Do you run with the top off the Jeep a lot? that is the only concern I have with going with high end components, is how they are going to handle the Florida summer humidity. I thought about the polk MM series, as they sound decent and are Marine rated. To a certain extent we are wasting our $ on high end components top down on the highway. But around town or top up its possible to get a decent set up. That being said, I am hooked on the Focal K2's and the Boston Acoustic Pro60's....

    On another note, If any one is looking to make a huge improvement with affordable speakers..look at the JBL MS-62c. Under $200 and I swear these are nearly as good as the Boston Pro's and Focal polyglass line. Great mid bass, tight and accurate. And the tweeters are very sweet and natural..no harsh/ brittle edge. I helped a friend install these in his POS Hummer the other day and was AMAZED at the sound quality from these with a 50 watt RMS amp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvandy50 View Post
    where you get your install kit and wiring harness? and did you hook it up to run sirius?
    I've got the full install sheet ill scan for all the parts numbers. A stereo shop was wanting to do a build spread on a JK so they installed everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by davesrb View Post
    Do you run with the top off the Jeep a lot? that is the only concern I have with going with high end components, is how they are going to handle the Florida summer humidity. I thought about the polk MM series, as they sound decent and are Marine rated. To a certain extent we are wasting our $ on high end components top down on the highway. But around town or top up its possible to get a decent set up. That being said, I am hooked on the Focal K2's and the Boston Acoustic Pro60's....

    On another note, If any one is looking to make a huge improvement with affordable speakers..look at the JBL MS-62c. Under $200 and I swear these are nearly as good as the Boston Pro's and Focal polyglass line. Great mid bass, tight and accurate. And the tweeters are very sweet and natural..no harsh/ brittle edge. I helped a friend install these in his POS Hummer the other day and was AMAZED at the sound quality from these with a 50 watt RMS amp.
    Yes I run with no and doors every weekend. I was told not to worry with getting the speakers wet, not submerged, but rained on. I had Boston Pros in the front before the Hertz and I have to say that the Hertz have quite bit better soundstage

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    I've been looking around for a new head unit and speakers. The biggest problems/desires I've got now are

    a) The volume when using Bluetooth for phone calls is so low that I can't hear shit, even with the hard top, doors on and windows up.
    b) The factory GPS/NAV maps suck donkey balls, are 2x the price of an entire new GPS to upgrade, and have zero off-road capability
    c) Many Samsung devices do not recognize the aux audio input jack on Chrysler head units. Some kind of impedance issue.
    d) Don't want to loose my backup camera -- can't see shit out the rear window.
    e) Don't want to loose cargo space. I like bringing my dog and having my 12V fridge in the back of my 4-door, with room for 4 passengers.
    f) I've had up to 6" (that's 9" if you're female) of water inside the Jeep. So mounting stuff on the floor or under the seats is a no-no. Plus I'm forever getting caught topless/doorless in the rain, so water resistant would be a bonus.

    So, is there a decent head unit that can do off-road GPS/NAV and a good job at handling bluetooth for phone calls? Is there a sub I can use to replace the stock unit without taking up any extra cargo space? Can I get by with no extra amps, or one small amp just for the sub? Will I have to get a second mortgage to afford all this crap? $600 I can do, $800 makes my nuts sore. I am okay with upgrading in pieces that don't make my nuts sore, but not up to $2000.

    Thoughts:

    * KFC-XW800F in the stock subwoofer enclosure
    * Small 200W mono amp for sub
    * 4x Polk db651s (db = douchebag? sounds right for me)
    * Sony MEX-BT4100P receiver with app control
    * Whatever dongle I need to make the CAN BUS happy
    * Dynamat and polyfill to stop rattling and funtoon leakage
    * Move the rear-view cam display to the rear view mirror (is that gay?)

    All the above fit in my $600 budget. For another $150 I can throw in a 4-channel, 400W Pioneer amp up high in the passenger footwell.

    Am I being a whiny, sniviling, rat-faced miscreant now? Is this shit too ghetto for my hoopty?

  18. #18
    this is what I had installed
    http://www.alpine-usa.com/product/view/ina-w900bt



    Alpind 900bt. The btooth works great, volume is great, and people have no issues hearing me. You can have up to 5 phones linked to it.

    I have two cameras hooked up, one front and one rear, the installers put in a switch so I can choose which camera I want to see. It comes on automatically as a back up cam when in reverse.

    Ipod integration is great, accessing all playlists and such. It also plays videos from the iPod. You can also connect a usb drive if you dont have an iPod.

    The unit is unlocked so I can watch video's on the road if I wanted to. Great for the passenger.

    Has pandora app functionality when used with a compatible iPhone with the app, love this feature. Has hd radio, but I never use it.

    XM radio works great.

    I did replace the stock sub with another 8 inch, not sure of the model, but it fit in the stock enclosure.

    I originally had a mono amp under the passenger seat, but with a creek crossing that got wet and fried. I replaced it with a small mono amp that mounted behind the glove box, so no water issues there.

    It sounds great with the stock speakers. Those will get replaced down the road, but it does sound so much better than the my gig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchlayer View Post
    this is what I had installed
    http://www.alpine-usa.com/product/view/ina-w900bt



    Alpind 900bt. The btooth works great, volume is great, and people have no issues hearing me. You can have up to 5 phones linked to it.

    I have two cameras hooked up, one front and one rear, the installers put in a switch so I can choose which camera I want to see. It comes on automatically as a back up cam when in reverse.

    Ipod integration is great, accessing all playlists and such. It also plays videos from the iPod. You can also connect a usb drive if you dont have an iPod.

    The unit is unlocked so I can watch video's on the road if I wanted to. Great for the passenger.

    Has pandora app functionality when used with a compatible iPhone with the app, love this feature. Has hd radio, but I never use it.

    XM radio works great.

    I did replace the stock sub with another 8 inch, not sure of the model, but it fit in the stock enclosure.

    I originally had a mono amp under the passenger seat, but with a creek crossing that got wet and fried. I replaced it with a small mono amp that mounted behind the glove box, so no water issues there.

    It sounds great with the stock speakers. Those will get replaced down the road, but it does sound so much better than the my gig.
    Thanks, I'll look into it. How is it at off-road navigation?

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    To tell you the truth, I dont know. It is usually off when wheeling, so i can hear the cb chatter. It does show some fs roads.

 

 

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