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Old 10-10-2011, 01:22 PM
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Not impressed with 2012 Infinity system

The highs sound muffled as if a blanket is covering them......I played with the settings and they still don't sound clear. That was a option I should have skipped.

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yup. ive NEVER heard a "top of the line" factory system that sounded halfway decent outside of higher end lux vehicles (and ive only heard a couple of those).

my 08's infinity system sounds like pure garbage. my 89 gmc work truck is comparable. seriously.

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Yep - I bought the base stereo and pulled it out right away. Put in an Alpine system, dynamat'ed the soundbar and put in insulation. Sounds alright now. Still not great bass, but i don't want to give up the space for a sub now
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Agreed, all the factory systems are over priced with not much quality sound and full of limitations. Took my system out the second day I got my Jeep.
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Agree. The Infinity sound system is OK, but not great. Not sure where they come up with the high wattage this system is supposed to put out because I'm not hearing it.
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That sucks....I could have used that money on better speakers. If you want to keep your factory head unit...then I guess you have to run a seperate amp to the four new speakers...correct?
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The highs sound muffled as if a blanket is covering them......I played with the settings and they still don't sound clear. That was a option I should have skipped.
Plastic tweeters will do that
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:37 PM   #8
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I think changing out the factory tweeters to a metal dome (not silk) will clear up the highs right away. Hopefully the Infinity crossover network (whatever order they are) will translate over to aftermarket tweeters easily, as long as you keep an eye on the parameters of the driver.
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I'm satisfied with the Infinity system and stock sub in my JKU. Sounds fine to me. I'm sure I could've gotten more for less aftermarket, but I don't dislike what I have.
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I really don't know what every body expects. Mine sounds fine, bass is decent, loud enough to hurt your ears and still very clear. If you want a contest quality sound system you won't find one on the Jeep option sheet, but for the money I'm glad I went with it. It's a lot less then it would have cost me to have someone else install a comparable system aftermarket because I don't want to mess with it.
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Mine sounds good to me! The bass shakes the Jeep a little, and the rest of the speakers sound great. It's not a high-end system, but then again I don't have high-end ears. It was worth it to have the system come installed from the factory.
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^not to offend but for the "average" listening i guess it will do. i have an $9000 (not trying to brag, just sayin) home theater system not counting the tv, and have always had aftermarket audio in any car ive owned. its amazing how much better quality audio equipment will make your music sound. you will hear things you never heard and enjoy music a LOT more. its well worth it if you enjoy any sort of music at all.

so ya, the factory system (to me) sounds like the speakers were installed in a tin can that was placed in a wet paper bag.
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^not to offend but for the "average" listening i guess it will do. i have an $9000 (not trying to brag, just sayin) home theater system not counting the tv, and have always had aftermarket audio in any car ive owned. its amazing how much better quality audio equipment will make your music sound. you will hear things you never heard and enjoy music a LOT more. its well worth it if you enjoy any sort of music at all.

so ya, the factory system (to me) sounds like the speakers were installed in a tin can that was placed in a wet paper bag.
Some just don't get it, some of us do. That's all there is to it.
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^not to offend but for the "average" listening i guess it will do. i have an $9000 (not trying to brag, just sayin) home theater system not counting the tv, and have always had aftermarket audio in any car ive owned. its amazing how much better quality audio equipment will make your music sound. you will hear things you never heard and enjoy music a LOT more. its well worth it if you enjoy any sort of music at all.

so ya, the factory system (to me) sounds like the speakers were installed in a tin can that was placed in a wet paper bag.
M'eh, it's about what is important to you.

It's not necessarily true that thousands upon thousands of aftermarket enhancements are "well worth it."

For me, it's about getting to the "good" level with automotive audio, which the stock set up with the sub does. It's plenty loud over any road noise, is pretty balanced, and doesn't distort.

Going beyond that is expensive and produces a diminishing return for me when compared with other things I could do with that money. I've got LSDs, wheels/tires, gears, winches, etc. to think about. All of which may matter less to you than they do to me.

Notably, I understand the stock audio set ups on the TJs were truly awful and needed assistance just to get to the "acceptable" point. I don't know this for sure, though I can say that my dad--who never modified anything in any vehicle he ever had--swapped out the speakers on his TJ. That's saying a lot.
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M'eh, it's about what is important to you.

It's not necessarily true that thousands upon thousands of aftermarket enhancements are "well worth it."

For me, it's about getting to the "good" level with automotive audio, which the stock set up with the sub does. It's plenty loud over any road noise, is pretty balanced, and doesn't distort.

Going beyond that is expensive and produces a diminishing return for me when compared with other things I could do with that money.

By contrast, I understand the stock audio set ups on the TJs were truly awful and needed assistance just to get to the "acceptable" point.
I agree. My Tj was set up with a decent system. I have yet put the system in my Jk. It really is not all that bad IMO.
As long as I comfortably hear it while driving on the highway, I'm fine.
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I would also agree that the stock infinity system sounds perfectly fine to me...but the fact that I also believe that spending $9k on a home theatre system is a poor investment probably classifies me as anything but an audiophile, so what the hell do I know!
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I would also agree that the stock infinity system sounds perfectly fine to me...but the fact that I also believe that spending $9k on a home theatre system is a poor investment probably classifies me as anything but an audiophile, so what the hell do I know!
To be honest, 9k is in the low end for home theater gear. Not too shabby though.
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That's a lot of freakin' movie threatre tickets...
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That's a lot of freakin' movie threatre tickets...
Lol, sure is
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Don't forget too that people have different ranges for their hearing. I really can't hear the difference between a middle-of-the-road system and a high-end system. Maybe a very slight difference, but not enough to justify the cash.
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To be honest, 9k is in the low end for home theater gear. Not too shabby though.
A few years ago that was true, but last year, for about $7500 I put together:

120" electric retracting high contrast screen
Optoma HD80 1080P Projector
Pioneer Elite SC-37 THX Ultra II reciever (with 900 watts of Bang and Olufson ICE amps)
Infinity Classia speakers 7 Channels+wireless powered sub

Not high end or ultra high end by videophile standards for sure, but low end? No way.

I've been doing home theater before they started calling it that, and the bang for your buck these days is incredible.

My last Pioneer Elite reciever cost 3 times as much as this one ($4800) in 2002, and can't hold a candle to this one.
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A few years ago that was true, but last year, for about $7500 I put together:

120" electric retracting high contrast screen
Optoma HD80 1080P Projector
Pioneer Elite SC-37 THX Ultra II reciever (with 900 watts of Bang and Olufson ICE amps)
Infinity Classia speakers 7 Channels+wireless powered sub

Not high end or ultra high end by videophile standards for sure, but low end? No way.

I've been doing home theater before they started calling it that, and the bang for your buck these days is incredible.

My last Pioneer Elite reciever cost 3 times as much as this one ($4800) in 2002, and can't hold a candle to this one.
I meant money wise only. Nice gear.
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Bang for the buck these days is ridiculous.

I've got well under $3k (not counting the TV) into a Bose AM-15, an VCS 10 center (moving the rear cube to the rear center making it 6.1), a Denon AVR 791, and a Toshiba Blu-Ray in a 15' by 15' room with 8' ceilings.

Say what you want about the Bose cubes, it'll blow the doors off that room and has a huge presence with an excellent, balanced sound. Big difference when I swapped in the Denon over an older Onkyo I had.

Wait, what was this thread about? . . . .
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the Jeep wave, I think...
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When I was first shopping for my JK, the salesman brought me out to one of the '12s they had on the lot so I could see the difference between the base, 430N, and 730N systems. Took a look at the 430N, which I eventually ended up getting, and he said listen to this!! Cranked it up to 11 (for those of you who get the reference) and set the bass and treble to max ... 'bout shot myself. Distorted crap. I said, "Here, let me just ..." and I set the bass to a reasonable level (around 3 or 4) and the treble the same (the standard U-shaped rock/pop EQ curve) and man, it sounded a lot better! I was worried the soundbar speakers would overpower the front sound stage, but I'm happy that they're attenuated appropriately. The high-mounted tweeters do a better job at overcoming the highway noise when naked, compared to coaxials mounted down low in the knee panel.

And since we got onto the subject of home theater, check this out:
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- Mounted on carpeted floor, using TV speakers

BOOYA (just moved into my apartment ... have no furniture, haha!)

To come is either an Energy Take Classic 5.1 or Jamo S606HCS3 5.0 system to round out the sound driven by a Denon AVR-1611 ... and a stand for the TV.
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And since we got onto the subject of home theater, check this out:
- VIZIO XVT3D474SV (47" LED backlit LCD)
- Sony BDP-BX57 Blu-ray player
- Mounted on carpeted floor, using TV speakers

BOOYA (just moved into my apartment ... have no furniture, haha!)

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You've definately got your priorities straight!
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My '95 rocks a Durabrand AM/FM/CD player and 2 rockin' 4x6 stock speakers in the dash... OH, and a Sirius sat receiver...

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I really don't know what every body expects. Mine sounds fine, bass is decent, loud enough to hurt your ears and still very clear. If you want a contest quality sound system you won't find one on the Jeep option sheet, but for the money I'm glad I went with it. It's a lot less then it would have cost me to have someone else install a comparable system aftermarket because I don't want to mess with it.
I agree. The system on my 2010 sounds just as good to me as what's in my mom's RX350. Plus I can run it through a muddy pond, hose it down when I get home, and it still kicks like new. I'd love to see someone try that with a Lexus.
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To be honest, 9k is in the low end for home theater gear. Not too shabby though.

Isn't that the truth. Start pricing out paradigm, yamaha and kenwood elite tv components and you will see how fast you can make it to the poor house

Agreed the stock speakers are ok at best. The Bose system in my trailblazer sounds better...

When you spend lots of time behind the wheel, I want to hear every nuance in the music I'm listening to and at various sound levels
What would be nice is some feedback on what is getting swapped in and what it compares to. Keep in mind some of us refuse to hack up the interior no matter how good it sounds.

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