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A few years ago I did the awesome PRS mods on my 2013 JKU with Alpine Premium sound. I replaced the factory sub with the Pioneer TS-SW2002D2, soundbar speakers with the Infinity 6032si, did the tweeter mod, peel/seal, and polyfill.

So now it's a few years later I'm thinking about replacing the 430N headunit. If I just replace the headunit with something in the +/- $500 range and keep the factory amp, do you all think there will be a noticeable improvement in sound quality?
 

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A few years ago I did the awesome PRS mods on my 2013 JKU with Alpine Premium sound. I replaced the factory sub with the Pioneer TS-SW2002D2, soundbar speakers with the Infinity 6032si, did the tweeter mod, peel/seal, and polyfill.

So now it's a few years later I'm thinking about replacing the 430N headunit. If I just replace the headunit with something in the +/- $500 range and keep the factory amp, do you all think there will be a noticeable improvement in sound quality?

Really? The stock alpine sub is a quad coil while I believe the Pioneer TS-SW2002D2 is a dual coil. How did you manage that?


If you wish to keep the alpine amp then you will need a head unit which works with the idatalink maestro steering wheel controller. It's one of the few controllers out there that has the ability to tie the (special) needs of the alpine amp to another head unit.


A list of units that work with the Maestro:


iDatalink - Maestro - iDatalink-compatible radios
 

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Really? The stock alpine sub is a quad coil while I believe the Pioneer TS-SW2002D2 is a dual coil. How did you manage that?
It was a while ago but it was a simple plug/play replacement based on this thread.

I was looking on Crutchfield and it said the PAC RP4-CH11 would also work for $55 less (but I'd lose the U-Connect and fade control).

Any thoughts on overall sound improvement by replacing the head unit with something like the Alpine Ilx 207?
 

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It was a while ago but it was a simple plug/play replacement based on this thread.



I was looking on Crutchfield and it said the PAC RP4-CH11 would also work for $55 less (but I'd lose the U-Connect and fade control).



Any thoughts on overall sound improvement by replacing the head unit with something like the Alpine Ilx 207?

Unless you amp the sub with a separate mono amp I doubt you’ll hear any noticed improvement in sound. The problem is the crappy factory amp. It’s under powered for the sub.
 

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It was a while ago but it was a simple plug/play replacement based on this thread.

I was looking on Crutchfield and it said the PAC RP4-CH11 would also work for $55 less (but I'd lose the U-Connect and fade control).

Any thoughts on overall sound improvement by replacing the head unit with something like the Alpine Ilx 207?
Ahhh... okay. I understand. That's the older alpine sub. The one I thought was being discussed was the newer floor mounted sub. Those are quad coils.


You need the Maestro if you wish the system to work properly. Fade to the alpine amp is handled through Can Bus and the maestro is the only controller which is sophisticated enough to have full communication with can bus. Unfortunately the maestro is fully compatible on the more expensive alpine, pioneer, kenwood, and jvc head units.


If you don't use maestro then you will lose fade control because fade is handled in the alpine amp as opposed to the normal route (in the head unit).


The Maestro also allows you to continue use of uconnect if you wish.
 
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