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Old 08-26-2013, 09:17 PM   #1
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Yet another JK audio question

I am the proud owner of a 2013 unlimited Sahara. I would like to upgrade the audio system but stay as stealth as possible. This means keeping the factory head unit. It's the 430n. I know that I have read on here of some people tapping the wires after the factory amp and using hi/low converters but my question is... Can I just grab the wires right out of the back of the 430n and use them as low level inputs? Basically cutting one end off of an RCA cable and connecting it to the speaker wires from the head unit. I have yet to take the dash apart so I'm not sure what the harness looks like back there but it would seem to me that it should be low level outputs. Am I completely mistaken in this assumption?

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Old 08-26-2013, 10:42 PM   #2
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I am the proud owner of a 2013 unlimited Sahara. I would like to upgrade the audio system but stay as stealth as possible. This means keeping the factory head unit. It's the 430n. I know that I have read on here of some people tapping the wires after the factory amp and using hi/low converters but my question is... Can I just grab the wires right out of the back of the 430n and use them as low level inputs? Basically cutting one end off of an RCA cable and connecting it to the speaker wires from the head unit. I have yet to take the dash apart so I'm not sure what the harness looks like back there but it would seem to me that it should be low level outputs. Am I completely mistaken in this assumption?
No you can't. You need an adapter if you want to bypass the factory amp. PAC makes one but you loose fading ability and tone controls. Or you have to tap after the factory amp and use a summing device to rid of the crappy EQ - otherwise you are just amplifying poor sound.
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