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Audio System Upgrade Ideas

Hello everyone,

I currently have a 1995 Grand Cherokee and am beginning to look at purchasing a new one in the near future. I am pretty big on having a great sounding audio system in my vehicle and came here seeking advice on what kind of upgrades I would be looking at making.

First question is replacing the head unit. Can this even be done, and if so, is it as big of a challenge to do in these newer models as I think it would be? Is it really worth doing, or does the stock provide good enough source sound to suffice as long as everything else in the audio chain is upgraded? If I did upgrade the head unit I wouldn't want to lose the other capabilities such as GPS and vehicle functions. At the same time it might be more cost efficient to opt for the cheapest system and replace the head unit that way??

Second is speakers and amps. I personally am not familiar with a surround sound setup in a vehicle, but I do know the few times I've heard music played over one in a home theater, I've always leaned toward the traditional stereo approach. I also listened to the surround in a loaded SRT the other day and to say I was not impressed would be an understatement. Would I end up liking the surround feature once some decent speakers were in place, or is it really not worth it? My main concern here is what is involved in getting some decent speakers and amps (and crossovers if applicable) in place?

Last is the sub. Is the built in box good enough if the speaker itself is replaced, or would I be better off just using an external box? I'm picky about my bass, and if it isn't full and sitting well in the mix, it ain't gonna work for me.

Couple things to remember when making recommendations. I'm less familiar with what to do when using the stock head than an aftermarket, so I'm really looking for how to properly integrate everything in this aspect more than an all aftermarket route. Also, I'm not so picky that I want to drop thousands of dollars on a project like this. I'm just looking for something middle of the road I guess that is nice quality but cost efficient as well. Hope that makes since

Any help on this will be greatly appreciated and will give me a better idea at what I'm looking at getting into.

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Re: Audio System Upgrade Ideas

Replacing the "head unit" in current generation vehicles (Jeep and non-Jeep) is usually not something for the faint at heard because these systems are not just sound orienter...a good part of the vehicle is controlled by them that's well beyond "sound". At least for trim levels above the minimum. Most folks seem to concentrate on speaker improvements for that reason and there are many threads here about that. That's certainly where I would start if I ever wanted to do something like this. (But I'm quite happy with my Summit's sound system for how I use it)
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Re: Audio System Upgrade Ideas

I just did an upgrade on my 2012 GC stereo system. I used the following:
- Rockford Fosgate 3sixty.3 from the stock HU to balance inputs
- Rockford Fosgate digital 500x1 since it's insanely small and I could completely hide it
- Started with an RF 8" subwoofer but it sounded like crap so I went with an 8" Kicker Comp VR in a custom MDF/Fiberglass enclosure. The original factory sub was removed and the new (larger) enclosure was built in it's place. Ended up with around 0.45 cu/ft. I even used the stock trim plates. I lost 0...and I mean 0 cargo space!

The entire system is hidden and honestly you can't tell anything has been upgraded until you turn on the radio. I'm into sound Q more than SPL these days but it will crank out the tunes just fine . My next upgrade will be new Focal components all around.
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