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Old 11-18-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Stock Head Unit+Aftermarket Speakers= My Situation

Hello everybody,

Hope everybody is gearing up for the winter coming ahead. I come to you with a question...one that has been answered many a times with many answers, to which I have no idea which one to go with.

The layout= I am getting a downfiring box to put in my cargo area (no backseat so it will rest close to my front seats) holding 2 10" or 12" sub woofers giving off around 400 RMS a piece. I will be getting the appropriate amp (mono), and a hefty gauge wiring kit.

The problem= No, I do not want to replace my HU (I like the look of it), No, I will not be replacing my speakers.

I understand people buy LOC's (2-channel or 4?), and splice them into the front speakers and have that run to the subs and amplifier. is that what I need for the setup, or is there more? I would like to have a bass control, since I am a very odd duckling and listen to both Hip-Hop and County music the majority of the time.

All-in all, please, let me know WHAT I need, HOW to make it work, and work with what I have. I see multiple posts of people suggesting an aftermarket Head Unit, but I am not in the market for one since I enjoy my non-infinity head unit just fine. Model numbers appreciated if you have any!

If there are any suggestions for this, I would love to hear them. Also, with this setup, would it be possible (if I did not have a bass control) to control the bass of the sub by the bass control on the stock HU? No, I am not a ghetto junkie wanting to thump down Compton Ave with my Jeep, but rather have something similar in my old vehicles. The lady friend is a fan, and no children in sight, so might as well live it up while I can.

You guys are all knowing and all powerful, and I cannot wait to hear what ya got!

Thank you,

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Old 11-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #2
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Amazon.com: Lc7 - Audiocontrol Six Channel Line Output Converter with Auxiliary Input: Car Electronics

And would think Audio Control Tech support could give tips on the sub hook up

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Old 11-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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The limiting factor is that the stock system is going to sound like hell with an aftermarket sub and amp. I tried this in my 2008 Grand Prix, which had much better acoustics and while the bass was there, the sound sucked! With the amount that it will take to make the stock head unit work, save up the extra cash for an aftermarket head unit. I hate to tell you things you already know, but I had the base stereo, and anything over volume 20 sounded like garbage. When you take the top off it will only sound worse. I added a Kenwood HU, Infinity Kappa 6.5's in the sound bad, PPI 650.1D amp and single RE Audio Sex 10D2 in a sealed box. It sounds 100% better and the back seat still functions. I like all varieties of music, but wouldn't ever trade more bass for sound quality, hence the sealed box. Let the flaming begin.......
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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There is some truth to this - I kept the oem head unit, used an existing amp I had, but bought speakers and the LC6 ( no sub ). It did save a bit - as the LC6 is cheaper than a head unit, and did not have to mess with steering wheel controls. And it does sound pretty darn good ( 6 channel ampflication with bi amp separates in front ). But I believe I will get an aftermarket head unit down the road.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:50 AM   #5
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I went with the smaller and cheaper LC2i. I think you can save a few bucks if you bought an amp that accepts line inputs and had a bass control knob. Please, please, please never use the bass boost feature on any amp.
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