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Old 04-02-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Upgrading sound system

I have a 2014 jku with the stock 430 head unit. I'm considering upgrading the sound system because I don't like how the factory speakers sound. Any recommendations on what to get? Just want something to sound good not anything to be heard blocks away from.
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Are you looking to change out the head unit? Just speakers? Add an amp?

Is there a price range you're looking to stay within? Will you install it yourself or pro install? Does your budget include installation?

If you give us a little more information, we will be much more able to give you valid advice.

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OP,
There are a zillion threads and opinons on this.

The one good thing is that you have the non-Alpine system, so it is actually easier to upgrade. The bad thing is that you wasted your money on the RBZ upgrade (which is fine, I have an RBZ myself), but you would have been better off spending that money on an aftermarket HU instead because the best way to get the best sound is to tear the whole thing out and start over.
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OP, There are a zillion threads and opinons on this. The one good thing is that you have the non-Alpine system, so it is actually easier to upgrade. The bad thing is that you wasted your money on the RBZ upgrade (which is fine, I have an RBZ myself), but you would have been better off spending that money on an aftermarket HU instead because the best way to get the best sound is to tear the whole thing out and start over.
I want to keep the head unit all I want to do is replace the speakers and install a amp just looking for opinions
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Here's what I did

o (2) 6.5” Hybrid Audio Imagine Speakers for Dash 161-2
o (2) 6.5” ARC Audio Speakers for Light Bar XD1602
o (2) Hybrid Audio Tweeters going into Dash Tweeters (from above spkr)
o Kenwood 5-Chan Amplifier under Passenger Seat x700-5
o 8” JL Audio Subwoofer 8W1v2
o Stinger 8 GA Pro wiring kit SPK5681R
o Stinger 12’ 4chan RCA SI4412
o PAC RCA Line Level Controller LC1
o AAMP Gold RCA Couplers GRCAS
o PAC 2ch Adj LOC with Auto Remote SOEMT
o PAC 4ch Line Output Converter SOEM4
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I want to keep the head unit all I want to do is replace the speakers and install a amp just looking for opinions
I'm with you I have 730n alpine speakers, looking for best sounding speakers and amp with my head unit. Anyone know how many watts currant speakers have?
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Maybe 20 watts clean, probably less.
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Has anyone found a good write up on how to add an amp to your factory system?
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Has anyone found a good write up on how to add an amp to your factory system?
I used a Line out converter from the speaker outputs, I left the subwoofer alone though. The amp is mounted under the driver seat.
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I want to keep the head unit all I want to do is replace the speakers and install a amp just looking for opinions
There's probably a new thread on this topic every day. Search for speaker upgrade and you'll get a lot of hits.

If you just want speakers and an amp just get what your budget allows. 6.5" will fit in the front and soundbar with plenty of depth in both locations.
With a 2DR wrangler you can fit approximately 10x10" amps under the front seats.

That being said, getting rid of some of the road noise will probably improve the sound you get inside the Jeep more than just tossing in some low end speakers and an amp. It's hard for anything to overcome the 94db of road noise inside a hardtop Rubicon. Up to you though.
But, if I wanted to do things on the cheap and easy, I'd pull the carpets put down a layer of good dampening like second skin and a layer of luxury liner, then put the carpet back in and call it a day. Then look at where I needed to go with the speakers.

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