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Old 02-09-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm looking to get a little better sounding system in my 04 Rubi. I have the 7 speaker system. I really don't want the added bass (I've outgrown my youth and my hearing is bad enough). I'm looking at the Kenwood KDC-BT752HD
CD receiver that has Bluetooth, pandora, HD radio and iPhone connectivity.
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_113BT75...C-BT752HD.html

For speakers I'm thinking about the Polk DB521 for both the front dash and sound pods.
http://www.crutchfield.com/p_107DB52...Db521&skipvs=T

And to replace the stock sub the Kicker CompVT 6.5 2 ohm
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0036M...dir_mdp_mobile

Let me know what you guys think.

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Old 02-09-2012, 03:53 PM   #2
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BTW I will be ordering the speakers from amazon.com as they are half price there. Just included the crutchfield link because they have the specs in a nicer format.

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Old 02-09-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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I just ordered a Kenwood eXcelon 595 last night. I've always been a big fan of Kenwood head units.

I recommend getting a small amp at least for the aftermarket sub. If you get a 4 channel amp you could bridge the 2 rear channels to the sub and run the other 2 channels to the sound bar speakers and the dash speakers. Just make sure you have all the wiring and ohm loads figured out before ordering.

An amp on the speakers isn't a necessity but I really do suggest one for the sub..
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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Id suggest you move up to the 6.5 speakers in your sound bar, I have them and they work well. They will fit if you are willing to do a little trimming. I actually went with components and modded my pods to hold the tweets too and it looks pretty nice. Good speakers for the price and the moisture wont hurt them as they are marine grade. I also thought about the 6.5 sub but its really a waste. Subs that small can really not reproduce the lows a sub is designed to make so Id stuff a 8 in there. Good luck! Also, I went with the 4" plates in the dash, again not much sound but fill in nicely.
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also you will have to cut a metal brace behind the current dash speakers to fit the 5.25, if your willing to do that you will have more sound than I do coming from the front. If your truly not too worried about the bass try amping the speakers once you have them in and you may be happy with that, Polks have decent bass with enuf power,if not then you can add a sub later.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:04 AM   #6
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Thanks guys!
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:03 AM   #7
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Okay, so I have an update. My new audio system is complete, new deck as well as all the speakers installed including the new Sub. This has made a HUGE difference in sound quality and was VERY easy to do. I wanted to share a few tips that may help others in the future:

1. If you know nothing about audio systems and just want an upgrade to your stock system, the above (earlier post) components work great together and can be had for under $400.
If you are anywhere near handy with basic tools, you can install this yourself easily. This was my first install and it went flawlessly.
2. The Kicker 2 ohm sub is a vast improvement over the stock unit using the stock amp. Only use two of the four wires that the stock sub used. I suggest using the black and red as these are the colors on the sub connectors and match up red to red and black to black.
3. For those of us with the stock 7 speaker system, there is no support beam that needs to be trimmed to fit the 5.25" speakers in the front dash. Using the adapter plate ( I used Nalin's) it bolts right up easy as pie.
4. If you have a 2004 (and likely others) with the 7 speaker system and you want to use speaker adapters to connect your new speakers (to retain the stock connection) the adapter that fits both the dash and the sound pods it is the Metra 72-6514 Adapter. These are readily available on amazon.com or at your local Best Buy store (it doesn't say they have them online, but if they install audio systems at your local store, they likely have them.)
5. Polyfill all areas. I polyfilled the dash, sound pods, and sub enclosure.
6. I chose the Polk DB521 for my sound pods. They sound great and allow me to have a great seal behind the speaker. They also allow the Polk speaker cover to be mounted in the stock position and looks very clean. I don't know how much benefit I would see with the larger speaker, but the ease of install and the clean looks leaves me very happy with this choice.

If anyone has any questions, I'm happy to help.

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