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Old 06-03-2010, 11:36 AM   #1
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Stock Stereo Wattage

So I did a search and could not find my answer. What is the stock stereo RMS wattage? I have the standard 4 speaker with a CD player in my 2000 TJ. I am leaning towards a Pioneer, but it is only 14 watts RMS and most I see are around 20 watts. If my stock system is 14 then I need to look at a different head unit, but if the stock system is 5 I should be okay. Thanks.

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Old 06-03-2010, 12:53 PM   #2
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I'd be very surprised if the standard factory head units put out more than 6-8 watts RMS per channel.

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Old 06-03-2010, 03:43 PM   #3
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yeah the stock rms power is low around 10. pioneer makes some good head units, the one i have puts out 30rms watts to 4 speakers and had the built in ipod control and a 7 band eq.
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What Pioneer do you have? I have had JVC, Kenwood & Blaupunk sp? in the past and have been happy with then all. I am thinking I will try out Pioneer as I do not want an off brand.
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I have an older Pioneer...I like it a lot. I think you'll enjoy whatever Pioneer you go with.
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Pioneer is the way to go imo,
as long as you buy one of the higher end models.
They will give you more control over the sound and also have better features.
Just so you know,
the 7-Band EQ IS necessary if you really want a decent amount of control over your music.
When I bought mine, the higher end HU's were the Pioneer "Premier" models.
(I'm not sure if those are still available though, at least not in 2010)
They had a 2 year warranty instead of just 1 year.
They included all the needed cables for the USB and Ipod connections.
And at the time, they also had the better pre-outs.

Even though I personally like Pioneer,
I'm not to happy with their choice of now having the USB input in the front,
rather than in the back, like they did in years past.
There's just no option to hide your wires anymore.
To some, that's not a big deal.....
but I run all my music through a HDD that I mounted in the glove box,
so that IS important to me.

If that's also important to you,
I suggest you find a 2008-2009 Pioneer Premier HU.
(Yes, new ones are still floating around on the net.)
You'll have 1-2 rear mounted USB ports along with all the other goodies.
The quality and functionality of a high end 2010 model is still there,
it just won't have the current casing.

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i have an older pionner premier unit (probably 7 years old) and still work great. if / when this one give up i'll get another one.
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my pioneer is 3 years old and only have one complaint and that is the glare on the faceplate during the day. and that 7 band eq makes a world of difference, i have a high end stereo system installed and when i got the headunit it was like night and day.

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