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Old 02-13-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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I started to appreciate being able to listen to better audio when I purchased a set of B&W P5 headphones. It was like I'd never heard music before I used those headphones. So naturally, I feel like I want to optimize the sound in my Jeep. I have the Premium Infiniti sound system in my '12 JK.

So I went out on a limb and replaced the soundbar speakers with Alpine sps-610s. Wow, those speakers (and some poly fill) have made a huge difference just by themselves.

So, I've been trying to read the boards to educate me, but I've got some questions to throw out there.

1. I've read that the real problem with sound in the Wrangler is the head unit and that in order to truly get better sound, I need to replace my head. I'm concerned about doing this because I want to preserve, a) steering wheel controls, b) bluetooth streaming (even though I use the AUX jack most of the time to listen to music because the quality is so much better), and c) the uconnect functionality. But it seems like in order to save those things with an aftermarket head unit, I'm talking about dropping near $1,000. Is that correct?

2. If I don't replace the head unit, should I replace the amp? If so, why? If so, any amp recommendations?

3. If I don't replace the amp, should I bother putting in an aftermarket sub? If so, can I simply put an aftermarket 8" into the existing box?

4. Is there any harm in only replacing the speakers?

Thanks for any insight. I really don't want to drop $1,000-$2,000 on a stereo. Was hoping to get by for somewhere around $500. So far, I've spent $115. ($100 on the Alpines and $15 for the converter wiring.)

And sorry if I'm asking too newb of questions. I'm reading as much as I can, but my head is spinning a bit. This is definitely an area where I have a ton to learn.

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Old 02-14-2012, 12:01 AM   #2
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For what you want you are gonna spend $900-$1100. The head unit is the brains behind any system. Getting a nice set of component speakers with an amp will round out a decent system. Adding a single 10" sub will do a bit in a full sounding system in the end. You can always build a system in steps. Headunit first than speakers powered by an amp and last would be a sub if you are still looking for a bit more bass
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