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Old 04-11-2012, 03:01 PM   #1
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I was hoping someone could help me make some decisions on my possible stereo upgrades. I have a '12 JK sport and have recently switched out my sound bar speakers with alpine type S and done the polyfill mod. While the new sound helps, I am still looking at making a few more changes. All will be done without changing my head unit (for now). My options are:

1) add a new sub and amp (just an amp to push the sub)
2) add a new sub and amp (a 4 or 5 channel to push the sub and all four speakers to balance the power to both the front and soundbar speakers.
3) change out the front speakers, add the sub and amp (to balance out the power)
4) change the front speakers and add a new amp (and eventually add in the sub later on)
5) change out the stock amp for a 5 channel amp and change the speakers and add the sub later
6) some other option I'm not thinking of


I just want to try to make my system sound a little better, not looking for performance sound and don't want to spend a ton of money now when maybe a smaller fix (just adding the amp) could help.

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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i would say to get a 4 channel and front and rear speakers and have a separate amp for a sub, or go with a powered sub.

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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Awesome idea. Might be cheaper too.
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Old 04-11-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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if your looking for a sub that takes up little room take a look at the infinity basslink. its the only powered sub that i would ever use or recommend and it will even out a basic system, not too loud but still able to here it with the top down.
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if your looking for a sub that takes up little room take a look at the infinity basslink. its the only powered sub that i would ever use or recommend and it will even out a basic system, not too loud but still able to here it with the top down.
I'm not that concerned with the room. I found a box that will conceal a 10 inch sub and take up little space on Crutchfield. I'd rather it sound good than just round out. I'd take the sub out of I needed the space.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:33 PM   #6
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Which amp would work best to power alpine type S speakers in the sound bar and the two stock speakers in the front? 4 channel to replace my stock amp?
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what were you looking at spending for all of this? there are lots of options out there, just depends what you want and what you are willing to spend.
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:54 PM   #8
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I'd like to keep it all reasonably priced. Probably want to keep the sub and amp combined under 400 (not counting the box) and the speaker amp somewhere around 150 to 200. I'd like to keep everything under 800 once I change out the front speakers.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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I can look around and come up with a few lists for whats in you limits
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That would be awesome. Thanks
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:36 PM   #11
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you could continue with the alpine s speakers up front, its easier to have the same speakers in the front and the soundbar.

so for the speakers, this the amp i found will power both the front and soundbar speaker

now onto the sub and amp.

this is the sub i found. it is a very powerful sub that can handle far more that what it is rated at and will last for a long time. i owned a few subs from SSA and have been blown away at what they can do. they are great for both pounding bass and quick response when listening to rock.

to power it this what i found to pair up with the sub, and for a better control of the bass when listening to different music you can get one of these to raise or lower the bass.

this should all be in your price range at $767 and leaves you with enough money for a wire kit.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:38 PM   #12
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That is awesome. I really appreciate it. Sounds like this could be an awesome system.
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After a month or two you can crank up the watts on the sub to 900-950. So in the future if you want more bass it will be there
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After a month or two you can crank up the watts on the sub to 900-950. So in the future if you want more bass it will be there
Awesome. And then in two months when I'm sad I don't have a nice head unit I can rip that out and replace it too.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #15
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For a wire kit try knukonceptz.com. They are the leading company for audio wires. You can also check shok industries for wires
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For a wire kit try knukonceptz.com. They are the leading company for audio wires. You can also check shok industries for wires
These are obviously better than the free ones right? Where would you start with the upgrade?
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There's a discussion in the JK page about how to go about integrating the stock head unit with an amp, only because it's can/bussed to the factory amp on the drivers kick. You might want to listen in on that one, as the originator of the thread is really digging around, trying to get the most out of the factory head without compromising his wallet.
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These are obviously better than the free ones right? Where would you start with the upgrade?
the wires from knu are very flexible and great quality.

to start i would say to get your speakers set up first and than work on the sub.

this is the link for knu konceptz

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Awesome thanks.!
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:21 PM   #20
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and if you want to spend a bit more you can get this amp to power your sub, it has plenty of power. so rather than have just enough power from the amp you can bump it up and be ready for cranking up your sub.

so an extra $120 you will be able to make that sub pound hard.
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and if you want to spend a bit more you can get this amp to power your sub, it has plenty of power. so rather than have just enough power from the amp you can bump it up and be ready for cranking up your sub.

so an extra $120 you will be able to make that sub pound hard.
I think I'll just spend the cash and do this right.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:56 AM   #22
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Great thread guys!

I have a few questions for those of you who have driven with the stock and upgraded speakers.

I'm assuming the sound is much better with a hard top than a soft top?
If someone will be driving with the top down and maybe doors off, will the upgraded speakers make that big of a difference with all the wind noise?
Do these Bestop windjammers really help?

I will be re-installing a Kenwood DNX8120 and rear view camera from my current car and was debating if the speaker upgrade is worth the extra investment now or could it wait until the Winter season.

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