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Old 01-31-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Sound Setup Recommendations?

I have an 05 Wrangler with a hard top.

Any suggestions in the way of speakers, subs, and amps? I have a new alpine radio and I'm looking to upgrade to some solid sound without going over the top.

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I would put 5.25" speakers in the front dash, instead of the stock 4x6" speakers. They make brackets to fit the larger speakers.

For the sound bar, a great option are the Polk Audio DB651 6.5" speakers. They are 6.5" instead of the stock 5.25" giving a little more bass, better frequency response, and power power usage. They fit without trimming the stock holes, but I did have to drill new holes for the screws. No problem.

I would do that first, and see how it sounds. For me, I needed a little more bass. Did your jeep come with a center console subwoofer? My jeep didn't, so I figured a nice place to put a small sub would be in the center console. I got the Kicker 6.5" Subwoofer and bought the plastic insert that goes inside the center console and holds a subwoofer from someone on here and put that in. I then put an Amp in the instatrunk in the rear of my jeep where it is safe from theft, weather, and out of the way for me.

Let me know if pictures would be helpful for you.

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The 5.25's are actually what I was debating. Is that what you have in yours? And yea, I have a stock 8 inch sub in the console. It isn't fantastic, but it's definitely better than nothing! What kind of options would I be looking at for any type of sub bigger than 8? Where would something like that fit well? Pictures would be great if they aren't too much of a hassle for you.
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I only have 4" speakers in the front because I did my speakers before I joined this forum, sort of made it up as I went along. My jeep sounds really good now, but I know some 5.25" in the front would help with bass and overall sound a little.

Below is where I mounted my amp, the little black plastic insert that is inside the center console that holds the sub, and what it looks like done for me. I first used that cheap Pyramid subwoofer but blew it pretty quick. I have the Kicker 6.5" now and havent had any problems. To fit in the kicker sub I removed the stock amp inside the center console and used some pliers to break off the little plastic tabs inside the enclosure that are meant to support the stock amp. Super easy task, takes a minute or two. Then just put the new sub in and run your amp. I know you can use the stock amp with the Pyramid subwoofer because it is smaller, but to go with the kicker (A much better option in my opinion) you would need to remove the stock amp and put in your own. The stock amp has low power anyway and wouldn't sound too great with the Kicker. Some people I have seen build their own wood boxes to fit in the center console and were able to fit an 8" no problem. If you really need bass some people install 10" or 12" subs into the rear folding seat or put in a box in the back, but if you just want to round out your music, the center console is the best option. Having one already makes it much easier.
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I was actuall considering building a box somewhere, and running a big metal bar of some sort over it and bolting it down to prevent theft. I can't really use an instatrunk as I need more space in the back than that little compartment. I have bigger items I need to haul from time to time that just won't fit with that in there.
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I have an 05 Wrangler with a hard top.

Any suggestions in the way of speakers, subs, and amps? I have a new alpine radio and I'm looking to upgrade to some solid sound without going over the top.

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The 5.25's are actually what I was debating. Is that what you have in yours? And yea, I have a stock 8 inch sub in the console. It isn't fantastic, but it's definitely better than nothing! What kind of options would I be looking at for any type of sub bigger than 8? Where would something like that fit well? Pictures would be great if they aren't too much of a hassle for you.
FYI....factory Sub is 6".....you'll need a mode to add an 8" if you decide to put that size in the console
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I have always wondered if there is a way to hook up a set of computer speakers.

I have had some altec lansing speakers forever that puts pretty clear and loud sound through my whole house.

They are basically these 2 skinny little tower speakers for highs, and a 6" sub in a little ported box. I don't have my tape handy for dimensions, but the box appears small enough to maybe fit in the console. I am guessing there is some sort of mini amp built into the box, and the controls are in one of the tweeter towers. Only a volume knob, and a fader knob (clockwise more bass, counterclockwise more trebble). But it gets it's signal through a standard 1/8" stereo headphone jack.

I am wondering if there is some way to make use of just the box. Supply signal through the wires that go to the sub somehow, and 12v off the battery and fuse it (i think there was a spare fuse slot or 2 in the glovebox). Then put some kind of molded foam around it when you put it in the console to prevent it rattling around in there.

This is all just a crazy idea, but the whole speaker setup was like $60 and that little sub box sounds amazing for the price and size.
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I have always wondered if there is a way to hook up a set of computer speakers.

I have had some altec lansing speakers forever that puts pretty clear and loud sound through my whole house.
X2 on that. I've always wanted to throw my klipsch pro media's in my jeep!
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I was planning on taking the console out to see how bad a shape the stock sub is in anyway. I might as well see if the box fits. If it doesn't then this scheme ain't gonna work anyway.

If it does, any electrical gurus out there that might be able to assist?

I already know it won't be as good as a car audio sub and a good enclosure with a decent amp, but if it sounds like it does in my house it will be far better than the stock sub. And i already have the parts lying around the house.
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I have stock speakers in the bar and front but a 10" sub in the center console. Not sure the brand since it came with it from PO I'm about to put a box with 2 12's in the back behind front seats (took back seats out) and upgrade everything els. The amp is wired up in the glove box (just take the little tub out) I love it there convenient and safe.

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