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Old 03-31-2011, 12:33 AM   #1
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sound system???

Hey all, Id like some better sound in my jeep yj but im afraid of it getting stolen. And i dont want to spend a whole bunch of money so if it did get stolen. I have some old 6/8 speakers in it right now. I dont need anything super fancy, or crazy, i just want some good simple sound. What do you guys have in your jeep? What do u suggest?

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Old 03-31-2011, 12:58 AM   #2
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Start with the radio. Aftermarkets like Kenwood, Alpine, JVC or Pioneer are good brands and affordable. If you want to connect an ipod to your radio make sure it has a USB port. I prefer this set-up b/c I can control my ipod through my radio and the i-pod is in the glove box. If you do get an aftermarket radio, don't forget the wire harness and face/aftermarket dash plate. It might not be necessary to get a dash plate if you get a double din radio. Check with your retailer or Crutchfield. That should put some life into your speakers. One last thing, most single DIN radios have a removable faceplate that you can hide.

If you want some bass for those low notes you can find an affordable system (sub/enclosure/amp) at flea markets or pawn shops. If you want to spend the extra money and do it right, check at your local retailer (Best Buy, Mickey Shorr's or some car audio retailer). The car audio speciality shops can customize your enclosure to fit in your yj if space is an issue. I hope this helps.

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I forgot to say I do have an aftermarket radio. Ya I'll check the pawn shops and stuff. Thanks for your advice
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Cool. Be careful when purchasing from a pawn shop or any place that really doesn't specialize in selling audio sound systems. Ask to hear the subs before leaving the shop. If you can get an amplifier, try to get one that is a "sub amp" (class d or mono block). They have the Low passive filter, subsonic level or some kind of crossover so you get low frequencies going to the subwoofers. If the amp is a class a-b (generally 2 or more channels) that's ok as long as it has a switch/knob to switch it to low frequency. Crutchfield's website can explain this a little better if you're new in this area.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:12 PM   #5
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I just had a thought. If you already have an aftermarket radio and your speakers that you are using right now are in good shape and just want more volume (especially driving topless) and have no interest in a sub then just get an amplifier for those speakers. Just be careful of not blowing your full range (2-4 way or tweeters). A $50-100 cheap amp will work.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:51 PM   #6
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Do the stock speakers in Jeeps suck? I'm getting mine tomorrow, but I'm used to the bose system we have in our GMC, am I looking at a huge difference?

I may need to upgrade cause everyone is gonna need to hear my country tunes when I'm crusing around
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:31 AM   #7
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Personally, I don't have a Jeep...YET, but I am an audiophile. I didn't get to hear the radio and speakers in the Jeep Wrangler I got to test drive (2011 Sport). I was wanting to get a feel for the engine and the get-up and go. Anyways, it's all a personal preference. Me personally, I like it LOUD and CLEAR. If it's a bone stock radio (not the Infinity system, Bose, Mach or whatever the auto manufactures call their premium sound systems) then it's ok. With my current car (Ford Fusion) had a descent radio with 6 speakers but it needed more volume. I changed the head unit (radio) b/c they have more wattage output and it had a USB for my i-pod. Then I put a subwoofer in the trunk. The sound is pretty balanced. I can hear the lyrics and high notes and the subwoofer doesn't drown them out (depends what I listen to). If I was committed to keeping the car (which I'm not. I need a Jeep!) Then I probably change the stock speakers that could handle at least a 4 channel amp for the mids and highs.

Basically if I got a Jeep Wrangler today I would definitely put a subwoofer in it for the lows and if the head unit didn't have a usb for my i-pod I would change that. If the stock speakers didn't sound loud enough (especially with the top off) with an aftermarket head unit I would change them and get an amplifier for them. To protect my investment I would have an alarm system.

If you don't want to spend the money on all the speakers (good set $100 and up) you could amplify the stock speakers but be careful. They aren't rated that high like the aftermarkets (100 watts or more) I tried it with my previous car with stock speakers and I barely had the volume half way up and it sounded it loud and clear vs. no amp and the volume 3/4 max. Like I told the other guy you can find an inexpensive amp at pawn shops (test it before you buy) or flea markets. On the previous car I had, I bought a Legacy 4 channel 200 watt (50 watts per channel)amp at Gilbrator Trade Center (flea market in MI) for $50-60 and it sounded nice.

I hope this helps. IF I get a Wrangler soon I'll keep you guys updated what I do to the sound system.
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I forget to mention, The Legacy amp hooked up to the stock speakers, the radio was stock (too expensive to swap-for aftermarket dash and install).
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Go to crutchfield.com. If you buy a stereo you get wiring harness and all other hardware you need to install it for free. Shipping is free too.
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Go to crutchfield.com. If you buy a stereo you get wiring harness and all other hardware you need to install it for free. Shipping is free too.
Crutchfield has always been a preferred place of mine for audio equipment. Least 8 years
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Do the stock speakers in Jeeps suck? I'm getting mine tomorrow, but I'm used to the bose system we have in our GMC, am I looking at a huge difference?

I may need to upgrade cause everyone is gonna need to hear my country tunes when I'm crusing around
I'm used to the Bose as well. Its only a matter of time and I'm going to blow the stock infinity speakers on my jeep. They are not great Im looking at head units now.
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Just picked up a really nice marine grade polk audio sub and amp at best buy! The amp was open box 800 watts peak but I got it for 100 bucks and the 10"dvc sub was 92... picked up a cheap box for now until I find a better one but it hits HARD for 200 bucks!!!
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I have all polk audio in the dash, sound bar and now the sub and amp, it's all marine grade so if it gets a little wet with the top off it's fine... And it was all fairly priced I also have a 95 yj and the sound is awesome

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