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Aftermarket Amp to 2013 Laredo stock Navi

Hey guys, I have a 2013 Laredo E package and wanted to do some upgrades to the sound system.

I have the stock navi (no clue what its called) with the oem 6 speakers, the reason I don't want to upgrade the navi is because the audio portion has probably the greatest UI I have ever seen. The ability to switch between bluetooth devices and aux devices just blows me away and helps me out tremendously because my wife and I can switch between each others iphone's almost instantly. In my old outlander sport, I had to turn off my connection and she would have to attempt to connect.

Anyways, here's what I wanted to start off by doing.

Step 1:

Add amp + subwoofer to stock navi.


Step 2:

add all new speakers + 2nd amp to stock navi.


Is this possible to do? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Hey guys, I have a 2013 Laredo E package and wanted to do some upgrades to the sound system.

I have the stock navi (no clue what its called) with the oem 6 speakers, the reason I don't want to upgrade the navi is because the audio portion has probably the greatest UI I have ever seen. The ability to switch between bluetooth devices and aux devices just blows me away and helps me out tremendously because my wife and I can switch between each others iphone's almost instantly. In my old outlander sport, I had to turn off my connection and she would have to attempt to connect.

Anyways, here's what I wanted to start off by doing.

Step 1:

Add amp + subwoofer to stock navi.


Step 2:

add all new speakers + 2nd amp to stock navi.


Is this possible to do? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Greetings,

Welcome to the club.

If you browse thru the first few pages on this forum, you will find all the options out their. First of all, the question is how much money do want to spend and the quality you are looking for?

The best option of the subwoofer is the JL Audio Stealthbox of the JGC, which will require at least the minimum of 400 watts of power into 2 ohms. Idealy, 500 watts is the best. Then for your second stage a 4 channel amp is needed. Speakers is a matter of personal choice. The best way if you have the funds is to get a 5-channel amp and run everything at once. With JGC, look for amp that are rated Class D, they are better for electrical system.

Finally, I recommend using the Audiocontrol LC7i to integrate into the stock system.

Best for now.
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Re: Aftermarket Amp to 2013 Laredo stock Navi

I replaced everything in my Laredo E. Speakers, headunit and installed an amp. Check out my ongoing thread here: Spring A/V upgrade project
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Re: Aftermarket Amp to 2013 Laredo stock Navi

Hi,

I did a little upgrade to my ’13 JGC Nav Laredo E with 6 speakers and it didn’t cost me a fortune. Maybe this will give you an idea of what options are there. Currently I’m running the stock speakers as they sound pretty decent after I installed an amplifier to run the 6 speakers.

The setup I installed consists of:

Alpine KTP-445U Power Pack Class D amplifier 45 watts RMS x 4 at 2 or 4 ohms
$150

Small size, very efficient and does not require separate power cables, I connected the amp directly to the wiring harness going to the back of the factory Nav radio. Fits directly below the radio in a small space behind the A/C controls. I connected the amp through the high level input option. The system sounds twice as loud or more.

Rockford Fosgate Punch PBR300X1 class D amplifier 300 watts RMS x 1 2ohms, 150 watts RMS x 1 at 4 ohms
$180

Powering a set of Pioneer 8” shallow sub-woofers.
$80each

A sealed dual box. About .40 cu ft per side.
$40

They hit very hard and complement the front door 6x9 speakers bass output.


The amp was also connected using the high level input option. All connections were done right behind the radio except for the power cables which was connected to the battery.

So far I am happy with the setup but I wish the AUX function (possibly firmware issue) sounded better. I am experiencing a noise issue (present since new, no upgrades to stock system). I hear a constant hiss when using the AUX function. The noise is not present when playing CD or SAT radio.
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Re: Aftermarket Amp to 2013 Laredo stock Navi

Mininuke - great idea with the 445U! What is the "high level input option"?
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I'm guessing speaker level signal.
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I'm guessing speaker level signal.
You guessed correct.
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