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Re: Audio build for beginner: Advice needed

Well allow me to jump on the bandwagon, if I may. I've been researching all of this for some time now. A little background, I have have a 12' GGC Laredo with Focal PS165's in front, Focal's in rear (can't remember which ones but they match the front's), Alpine PDX V9 Amp, and a LOC by Scoche, and a TON of Dynamat sound deadening and open cell foam (huge difference). I previously had an LC7i LOC. It was picking up a lot of noise and buzz and it sounded terrible... I mean worse than stock. My installer went with the LOC from Scoche and it still sounds terrible. I have done every bit of tuning that I can, I've spent hours on it and the bottom line is you WILL NOT get the sound you are looking for with the Stock HU. I wanted the "clean" look and the good sound... let me save you the time, you WILL NOT get good sound from the stock HU. I am not relegated to the fact I need to shell out another 700-800 for a new HU but I've already gone this far and I can't stand that the sound is still so bad. But, what you will get is RCA outputs from the aftermarket deck you select. I can't wait to get the new HU installed in mine so I can get back to the sound I expected from the beginning.
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Re: Audio build for beginner: Advice needed

Thank you for your input guys.


Yes, I agree with you. Stock HU is just outrageous. After using the system for one month I sort of got used to the sound (or speakers really broke in) but it is still nowhere to what I would expect from $5K system. Some tracks sound not too bad (if recording is of very good quality like MJ). However, most of my stuff (I am deep into the 80-s) sounds just pathetic. Very upsetting thing is that different frequencies get louder in not linear way when increasing the volume. Mids prevail and it is impossible to adjust them with HU 3 band equalizer. Lack of bass is also quite obvious but this is explained by inadequate sub.


I have been toying with the idea of putting one of Pioneer headunits in but I do not want to lose any of the features of the stock headunit (like USB port in the armrest which is essential for me). I am also very reluctant to have a new mic with cables flying around.


Most probably I will leave it as it is now and try to work on my other car (Dodge Journey) instead. It is absolutely impossible to replace the HU there as LCD display and HU are two separate parts sitting at different places. This time I will opt for cheaper components but I am hoping to get similar (if not better sound).


My assumption that there is a certain threshold (may be about $2K) after which it becomes pointless to throw money into the system unless you replace the headunit. Getting more expensive speakers, sub, doing deadening etc will not give much difference because of headunitís bottleneck.
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I ran a new mic wire up behind the drivers side a pillar and clipped the mic at the top. Don't see the wire. I also ran the new USB wire from my Kenwood through the center stack and had it come out the same place the the USB hub is. I also ran the second USB cable to my glove box for access for updating. No wires are seen. And again, I retained all the stock functions of the steering wheel controls via a PAC unit. Stop trying to convince yourself otherwise. Lol
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Re: Audio build for beginner: Advice needed

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I ran a new mic wire up behind the drivers side a pillar and clipped the mic at the top. Don't see the wire. I also ran the new USB wire from my Kenwood through the center stack and had it come out the same place the the USB hub is. I also ran the second USB cable to my glove box for access for updating. No wires are seen. And again, I retained all the stock functions of the steering wheel controls via a PAC unit. Stop trying to convince yourself otherwise. Lol
^^^ this here. I did the same, albeit through an installer. Everything integrates perfectly.
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