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Old 03-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #1
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Infinty vs stock- need assistance

I am ready to pull the trigger on a 2012 JKU, but I need help. I have been searching for information about the avaliable stereos & possible upgrades. I have yet to find any straight answer to the following questions:

A good comparision of the Infinty & the stock JKU system for quality of sound? And is one more upgradeable than the other? I don't desire a thumping bass, but rather a crisp clean sound that I can enjoy with the top off at 70 mph listening to rock and country.


Also, how to correctly upgrade speakers & amp utlizing the stock head unit.

Any information will help since I am planning on purcahing tomorrrow.


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Old 03-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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Infinity < Jeep. You'll understand once you have one.

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Old 03-09-2012, 10:02 PM   #3
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If you plan on upgrading then don't spend the money on the Infinity. If not then definite;y get the Infinity. I recently switiched out my stock speakers for the stcok Infinity speakers donated by another member. They are night and day better.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:06 PM   #4
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Buy stock and replace to a good after market system
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:15 PM   #5
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just keep the stock and upgrade everything else. sound is sound with the top back
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:02 AM   #6
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If you plan on upgrading then don't spend the money on the Infinity. If not then definite;y get the Infinity. I recently switiched out my stock speakers for the stcok Infinity speakers donated by another member. They are night and day better.
X2...I have the infinity's in my rubi, my brother has the stock speakers in his sport...it really is night and day better
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:20 AM   #7
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i have the infinity (stock) system in my arctic. i can find no fault with it.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:27 AM   #8
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If you plan on upgrading head unit and speakers get stock. If not get the infinity system.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:38 AM   #9
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I have the infinity in my 08 Sahara. Bought it in Aug '11. Just recently poly filled the sound bar and the sub. Soon after I just replaced the sound bar and the dash with polks. Dxi 650 and Dxi 6500. Only advice is to not use the crossovers on the fronts. Wire them directly with the existing wiring. System sounds fantastic. Only complaint is not enough bass for all the highs. Gonna build and enclosure with an amp rack to fit a 12 under the rear seat. Wanna keep everything stock appearing and stealth. Also plan on upgrading the stock sub as well. But all in all. Very very satisfied with the way it turned out. $300 and a bit of my time gave me a great system.
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:03 AM   #10
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being a sound snob, I would agree with the stock and upgrade.. have always taken that approach. This time with the rubi, we went with the upgrade and .... well... it is ok. the sound engineers did a very good job balancing out the filling sound. But, the soundbar speakers are anemic. it seems they over compensated with the fronts to push the sound through the vehicle instead of balancing the sound field from all speakers. Have gone the poly fill route, didn't help, and now have popping when high volume driving full range sound. so - the next step will be to upgrade to either Infinity Kappa's or the Polk 650's. Have used them both before both in my vehicles and a buddy's Hummer 1. (he has hearing problems now, but that is from ignorance)

net:net - if you can plug wires in yourself, go stock speakers, spend the $100 at BBY or Crutchfield and upgrade to aftermarkets
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This is the upgraded Infinity speaker. Curious as to what the stock speaker looks like. I think the Infinities are OK sounding at least for now.
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This is the upgraded Infinity speaker. Curious as to what the stock speaker looks like. I think the Infinities are OK sounding at least for now.
Picture the magnet being no more than 1/4 the size and all the metal parts being plastic.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:18 PM   #13
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These just came out of my 2010 JK U. Replaced all of them last week with Polk and Polk Components up front. New Kenwood head unit being installed Monday.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:21 PM   #14
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My thoughts

It depends on how much of an audiophile you are. I would say that on a 1-10 scale, I consider myself a 7. I'm definitely not super hard core, but I absolutely appreciate upgraded sound. To me, if you really love music, you've got to have a sound system that allows you to hear all of the music!

I bought my Wrangler off of the showroom floor. Had I special ordered, I probably would not have ordered the Infinity system, knowing that I eventually would upgrade. But the Arctic that I picked up had it, so I thought I'd try it out for a while before deciding.

To me, the speakers in the sound bar just don't fit the bill, though that's the stock head unit's fault more than it is the speakers' fault. The head unit prevents a full signal from making it to the speakers in the sound bar. I speculate that it's a liability concern on Chrysler's part. Anyway, I decided to go ahead and upgrade the system, little by little.

I've poly-filled everything and replaced the sound bar speakers (Alpine SPS-610) and the dash/tweeters (Alpine SPR-60C). HUGE improvement over the stock Infinities. Much more full of sound overall, and you can really crank it if you want. My next steps will include replacing the stock head unit, amp, and sub, in no particular order.

Bottom line, if you really crave high quality sound, the Infinity system just doesn't quite cut it (IMHO), and you'll probably end up wanting to upgrade later. If that's the case, go stock. But, if you just want something that's noticeably better than your typical stock setup, you'll be very happy with the Infinity system.
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I has standard in the 2011 I had and now have the Infinity in the 2012 I have.

Massive difference, I din't bump bass much - the first time I really noticed much better sound was with the Doobies. Night and day.

If you are going to rip out the stock anyway, don't bother though.
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I has standard in the 2011 I had and now have the Infinity in the 2012 I have.

Massive difference, I din't bump bass much - the first time I really noticed much better sound was with the Doobies. Night and day.

If you are going to rip out the stock anyway, don't bother though.
How many Doobies we talkin about here???!!!LOL!!!
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:13 PM   #17
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Unless your an audiophile then the Infinity is pretty good. I really didn't want to do an aftermarket system so I have the Infinity. I like it. Though, I really don't think it's as good as the Infinity from my 08 Rubi. Though I might just be going def from age.....

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