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MangoTangoRubi 07-15-2013 02:20 PM

Upgrading Sound System: Focal or Polk Audio
While at Car Toys last week looking to upgrade the system in the truck, I was getting the itch to do the Jeep. Now I am in no way an expert in audio, however I do want a great sound. The salesman basically picked out and quoted me a $2000 system. Focal speakers and a JL sub, with a $500 5 channel amp. The Focal speakers sounded amazing. I like the speakers and sub but do I really need a 5 channel amp. I am keeping my stock radio for now. He also put something in the quote that would allow me to turn on or off the bass. Does anyone have experience with Focal speakers? Are Polk Audio speakers better? Can I get Polk speakers cheaper? Thanks

vacca foeda 07-15-2013 03:17 PM

I have focals in the dash and polks in the sound bar with a jl 8" sub and a jl 5 channel amp.

I've been pretty happy with the set up so far. The focals are a better speaker than the Polk, but I wanted marine rated speakers for the sound bar.

The 5 channel amp is great, and is definitely recommend it.

Lynskey 07-15-2013 03:47 PM

I run a JL XD/700 5-channel amp with the remote bass adjust up front. Love it. IMO a 5-channel is ideal for a Jeep. Small, powerful, tuneable and doesn't run too hot compared to others. Currently powering an 8" JL W3 sub and JL components/coaxials.

If you are looking to power a 10" or bigger, I would do the 900 series amp. The 700 is perfect for the 8" but you will want the added power for a bigger sub.

I put mine in the rear drivers side panel and is it protected from thievery by my rear security trunk. Amp is tucked inside of the security trunk. With the rear seat in, you can't even see a hint of it. Sub/box is also inside of the trunk.

MangoTangoRubi 07-15-2013 05:21 PM

If I decide that the Focals and JL 8" sub and amp is the way to go, he wanted to mount the amp under the passenger front seat. Any problems doing that? And he said he could modify the trim on the OEM sub enclosure to fit the JL.

vacca foeda 07-15-2013 06:56 PM

Mine is under my drivers seat, because with the 2door it's easier to get to the back through that side. 4 door is probably no problem.

ahsumtoy 07-15-2013 08:07 PM

Where to Mount

Originally Posted by MangoTangoRubi (Post 3965472)
If I decide that the Focals and JL 8" sub and amp is the way to go, he wanted to mount the amp under the passenger front seat. Any problems doing that? And he said he could modify the trim on the OEM sub enclosure to fit the JL.

I put my 5-chan amp under the drivers seat. Also, I put in the JL 8 into my enclosure and didn't need to modify anything. It fit perfectly, I just couldn't use the old flush grill from the old sub.

sharris806 07-16-2013 01:36 AM

I put 6.5 focal components in dash and the tweeters in stock housing on dash and 6.5 focal coaxial in sound bar with 2 jl audio 10s in a down firing box in the back all running off of jl audio 700/5 amp and it is loud and clear its in a 2010 jk.

Lynskey 07-16-2013 06:54 AM

I put the amp in the rear mostly due to ease. With the heated seats that are tumblers, there was a lot going on under each seat with wiring and a bar directly in the way. I didn't feel like removing the seat and making a bracket. Plus wiring was just easier to run straight back.

I ran my W3 in the stock sub-tub enclosure but it rattled like crazy. I did everything I could to it to get it to stop rattling. I eventually yanked it out and put in a flat factory panel then put the sub in a new aftermarket enclosure. No more rattling and I made it easy to remove if I need more room for cargo.

lukewharton 07-16-2013 08:16 AM

I work as an installer at Cartoys in the Dallas area. I put Focal's in my jeep; I am super happy with them and would recommend them over the polks anyday. Of course, they're both great speakers but that's my 2 cents.
I put the amps under those seats all the time. I put mine under the drivers. I'd recommend the 5 channel if you do a lot of topless/doorless driving. Without it you'll have issues with hearing it over wind and noise on the highway, but that also depends on how much you drive on the highway.
And the option to turn your sub off and on is the bass knob, i'd recommend that too if you're not changing out your head unit anytime soon. Makes the bass adjustable so you can eq it with each song.

MangoTangoRubi 07-23-2013 02:40 PM

I went to Stereo King in Portland and the guy there was going to set me up with a Hertz system. Never heard of them. Listened to them, not very impressed. Tried to find reviews but couldn't find anything more recent than 2010. His other setup was Alpine Excelon system. Very comparable to sound with the Focals. Now I don't know what system I am going to go with. The difference between the 2 is about $1000.

Rubi513 07-23-2013 02:47 PM

Hard to beat Focal

2footin 07-23-2013 04:50 PM

with quality drivers barring enclosure issues(subs mostly for that)I would use sensitivity as a deciding factor 1w@1m higher wins
this advise is keeping in mind that we are talking about in a jeep where output (with quality)is king

Chicago 07-23-2013 11:38 PM

Always thought the Focals were a higher quality speaker than most.

MangoTangoRubi 07-24-2013 12:36 PM

The guy at Stereo King in Portland told me Polk Audio isn't around anymore. They got bought out.

Andrew H 07-24-2013 01:57 PM

Alpine speaker system
I met with a store on Long Island who priced out Alpine Speakers in Front
Spr-60C and Alpine Spr-60 in Sound Bar. 5 channel amp PV-9. any thoughts on this system? They quoted me 1460.00 installed. I have not decided on a sub yet. I like the 8" JL installed in the existing box in the prior posts.

DetailGuy 07-24-2013 02:20 PM

While I cant speak for Polks car audio speakers I can attest to their greatness in my home theatre setup. I have the ones that cost $1200/pair and they sound freakin fantastic! When i get around to replacing the speakers in my JKU itll more than likely be Polk. Im sure there are better speakers out there but the imaging in a Jeep is so horrendous that it kinda defeats the purpose of putting really high end audio in it.

Scott2373 07-24-2013 02:37 PM

Do yourself a favor and research how to buy a speaker if you truly want good sound, but be warned, it's a Jeep. Acoustically it's, let's say, "challenged" to be nice. Not only do you want the speaker to be able to reproduce sound well (it's reproduction range should be as close to 20H-20kHz as possible, or lower Hertz [bass] and higher kiloHertz [treble] is better), you want a speaker to be efficient. The closest you can get to 100% (sensitivity) is the best. Look around and shop smart. Crutchfield lists all the specs of the speakers they sell. This is a good starting point. Keep in mind the RMS power of the speakers - not the peak. The RMS will let you know how powerful an amp you can by, as long as the amp is listing it's RMS as well, rather than than it's total peak output.

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