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Old 03-07-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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New HU or basslink?

Have a 2013 jku sport with the base factory radio. I have replaced the speakers with Polk db651's and poly filled everything. This made a great improvement to the sound but it is still lacking something but I can't decide what it needs. It's loud enough for my taste but the sound quality isn't great. So my question is which would be the best bang for the buck? My thoughts are a basslink would take some of the lower end out of the polks and improve their sound but a new HU might improve overall sound and push the polks more into the range they are designed for. Any thoughts or input would be appreciated.

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Old 03-07-2014, 09:40 AM   #2
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I suggest going the new HU route with this footnote: it can get pricey. On top of the new HU cost factor in a wire harness(that will work with the can-bus), antenna adapter, dash kit, and steering wheel controls interface= +/- $150
If you're not happy with the factory radio now, the basslink probably won't make you happy either.

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I suggest going the new HU route with this footnote: it can get pricey. On top of the new HU cost factor in a wire harness(that will work with the can-bus), antenna adapter, dash kit, and steering wheel controls interface= +/- $150
If you're not happy with the factory radio now, the basslink probably won't make you happy either.
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Check out this section of the forum, lots of threads on headunit replacement: Communications and Electronics - Jeep Wrangler Forum
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We have the Polks and the BassLink. We also changed out the HU to a pioneer 8500. The complete sound system is awesome; loud and clear.

We bought the whole setup, including all adapters, harnesses, etc. from Sonic Electronics, and all in we spent about $1500. Oh, that also includes an amp and a REALLY cheap backup camera.

Definitely a worthwhile mod for us! Now I'd just like to do the same in my jeep!
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I have the factory HU in my JKU Sport. I wanted to keep it so I did not have to mess with the steering wheel controls/Uconnect and also to keep the possibility of theft down when the doors or top is off. I installed a amp for the for the Kickers I installed and after poly filling the sound bar. I then added a Basslink to the rear speakers. Woke it up! I am satisfied with the outcome.






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Have a 2013 jku sport with the base factory radio. I have replaced the speakers with Polk db651's and poly filled everything. This made a great improvement to the sound but it is still lacking something but I can't decide what it needs. It's loud enough for my taste but the sound quality isn't great. So my question is which would be the best bang for the buck? My thoughts are a basslink would take some of the lower end out of the polks and improve their sound but a new HU might improve overall sound and push the polks more into the range they are designed for. Any thoughts or input would be appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:38 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input. I'm not to concerned about the steering wheel controls, I never use them and don't have uconnect. I do like the look of factory but sounds like it might be time for a new HU. I have owned several clarion products in the past, what are your thoughts on their HU?
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For sound quality, you want a good EQ. Most Headunits don't have them, but some aftermarket double din radio's do. Clarion makes a awesome 1/2 din seven band EQ. I mounted mine below the single din radio, in the same space without cutting my dash.
I think your space is double din, so either you could get a double din radio with a graphic EQ, or a single din and the clarion. This will greatly improve the sound quality.

Amazon.com: Clarion EQS746 1/2 DIN Graphic Equalizer with Built-in Crossover: Car Electronics


Without a subwoofer though, the music will just not have very good bass. So, It depends on what you are looking for, when you say sound quality. A headunit alone will not push the Polks properly either. Most headunits are only 14-17wattsRMS. When they say 50x4, that is unregulated distortion from a built in amp that can blow out speakers. Sound Quality will not improve with unregulated distortion, nor properly push the Polks. More likely, it will blow them out.
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Clarion makes nice stuff. I've used the graphic equalizer mentioned above. It allowed for fine tuning. I had it hooked to a KDC series Kenwood system. Check that line out. Kenwood products in this series typically have 22RMS. Sound good out of the box and accept other components easily. Good luck with your choice. It's all about the tunes!

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Thanks for the input. I'm not to concerned about the steering wheel controls, I never use them and don't have uconnect. I do like the look of factory but sounds like it might be time for a new HU. I have owned several clarion products in the past, what are your thoughts on their HU?
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This is the one I've been thinking about

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_020CX50...FFDouble%40DIN
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Looks like a nice unit. I assume it fits? I did not check. If it fits I believe you'll be in good shape. Keep us informed.


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Old 03-07-2014, 06:28 PM   #12
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So if I don't have uconnect and am not concerned with my steering wheel controls will I need any adapters other than factory harmed to HU?
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You should be good to go. However, since you have steering wheel controls now would be a good time to buy the adapter so you can maintain that function. I've heard some folks say they work good and others say they don't. That is one of the reasons I chose to stay with my current HU so as not mess with any of the internal Jeep wiring. I made a special harness from factory plugs so my amps are plug and play. I also made a quick connect so I could remove the subwoofer should I need to while the top or doors are off. Crutchfield should have the adapters for your steering wheel controls. If not, look at Sonic Electronix. I've had good luck with them. That is where I bought my Infinity Basslink that I am currently using. Make sure whatever route you take that you use wiring adapters so you do not have to splice any wiring. This will give you a better end result.

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Old 03-08-2014, 07:43 AM   #14
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I went Kenwood KDC BT758HD and it's a huge improvement over factory. Crutchfield has everything needed for install and it cost $265 to my door.

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So if I don't have uconnect and am not concerned with my steering wheel controls will I need any adapters other than factory harmed to HU?
I used this: Amazon.com: Axxess XSVI-6522-NAV Non-Amplified Non-OnStar Harness to Retain Accessory Power: Car Electronics

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