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Old 03-23-2016, 01:20 PM
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My Radio Sounds Tinny

1998 TJ. The previous owner installed an aftermarket (JVC stereo)radio and left the original/stock speakers. It sounds, well, pretty bad. What would you recommend I do to improve the sound without going to big subwoofers etc; that is, what would be an inexpensive fix? Or, is there one?
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It shouldn't sound that bad even with the stock speakers. Some aftermarket radios have confusing menu-based controls for bass, midrange, treble, loudness, equalizers, etc. and if you don't have them set properly, it can indeed sound tinny. Check that the 'Loudness' is on, that your bass, midrange (if it has one), and treble are where they should be.

If those are all correct, he might have jacked up how he connected it to the speakers so the speaker polarities are backwards which puts the speakers out of phase with each other so individual speakers can partially cancel each other out.

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1998 TJ. The previous owner installed an aftermarket (JVC stereo)radio and left the original/stock speakers. It sounds, well, pretty bad. What would you recommend I do to improve the sound without going to big subwoofers etc; that is, what would be an inexpensive fix? Or, is there one?
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I wanted better audio in my TJ as well...so I started by changing out the stock radio with a $99 Sony from Walmart (CD, USB, MP3 inputs, remote control). Then I stuffed the sound bar with poly-fill, and changed those OEM speakers to 5.25" Kickers. Lastly I removed the 16 year old dash speakers and installed this: https://www.wranglerforum.com/f282/se...l-1638649.html This pod also has Kicker speakers, and the Skypod is great for listening to your music when riding topless.

I am not one who needs the highest quality sound system for my Jeep listening pleasure, just good sounding and loud if I want it to be, and not too expensive of a set-up. So everything listed here I installed myself for less than $300.00, but just checking the radio wiring, and perhaps changing the speakers might get you where you want to be..

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Be sure to examine the wiring. The PO may have spliced in some extensions. My PO did this and used too thin of strands. There wasn't enough wire to carry the bass frequency. Only my highs came through.
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Thank you; Great suggestions. I'm taking off the center bezel to paint it anyway so I'll check the wiring to see what I have...and go from there.
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It shouldn't sound that bad even with the stock speakers. Some aftermarket radios have confusing menu-based controls for bass, midrange, treble, loudness, equalizers, etc. and if you don't have them set properly, it can indeed sound tinny. Check that the 'Loudness' is on, that your bass, midrange (if it has one), and treble are where they should be.

If those are all correct, he might have jacked up how he connected it to the speakers so the speaker polarities are backwards which puts the speakers out of phase with each other so individual speakers can partially cancel each other out.
^^^ Definitely what Jerry said!
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It shouldn't sound that bad even with the stock speakers. Some aftermarket radios have confusing menu-based controls for bass, midrange, treble, loudness, equalizers, etc. and if you don't have them set properly, it can indeed sound tinny. Check that the 'Loudness' is on, that your bass, midrange (if it has one), and treble are where they should be.

If those are all correct, he might have jacked up how he connected it to the speakers so the speaker polarities are backwards which puts the speakers out of phase with each other so individual speakers can partially cancel each other out.
Going with Jerry on this one too. I just installed a new marine rated head unit on my jeep, and the sound was horrible. Took me about 2 hours playing around with the settings to get it close to where it was before, then tweaked it a couple times over the weekend (it's amazing what you'll hear after walking away for awhile) and now it's back to where I like it!

One thing I discovered too, was that it helps to set the fade a couple notches to the front. I noticed most of my sound was in the sound bar and wasn't as full as I wanted it. I made the fade front +2 (max is like 12 or 15) and it balanced it out much better.
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Also check the fuses to make sure you're getting all the speakers working. The sub or something might be blown.

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