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Old 05-06-2014, 07:34 PM
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

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We only added up rough prices in our heads, but it came to well over $1,000 installed for decent stuff, including replacing the head unit.

Why would you want to replace the head unit??


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Old 05-06-2014, 08:06 PM
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Why would you want to replace the head unit??

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When dealing with a factory installed head unit, getting an aftermarket one is the cheaper route to get a full, clean, powerful signal to aftermarket amps.

Wouldn't make sense replacing an 8.4n because all all the built in functionality. Need to spend lots of money on digital processing equipment instead.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:18 PM
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

Yeah a new head unit is not going to do what the factory one does and you're going to lose something.
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

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When dealing with a factory installed head unit, getting an aftermarket one is the cheaper route to get a full, clean, powerful signal to aftermarket amps.

Wouldn't make sense replacing an 8.4n because all all the built in functionality. Need to spend lots of money on digital processing equipment instead.
Greetings,

Totally correct.

The Mitsubishi designed uConnect 430 series is not a decent headunit. The Becker 730 series is somewhat better for an output signal. Both them do not even compare to the a low end aftermarket headunit. Sad to say at the current time, their is nothing to replace the newer uConnect for the 2014's and up.

Remember, in dealing with the factory Alpine premium system, it is Chrysler who handed out the specifications for the system. Alpine had to make an extreme generic settings and designs to for fill their contractual obligation.

If you are going to do 7.1 surround system right from scratch and depending on the level of sound quality, just in equipment alone you can be starting at $3,500.00. I can tell you that if I did not have any professional breaks, my custom system is well over 5K (don't even ask). My advantage, thru out the years I have dealt in home, professional audio and mobile audio. Thus is how I got those breaks. My installer I know of years and the store that I was associated with sent all of our installs to them. I am using 2 DSP to create the effect that I want. Dealing in professional audio give me that advantage in configuring the DSP. Once you get the basics down in crossover points and delays, which is not hard at all, the rest is a piece of cake.

Like member ANDOSKYY, small and gradual upgrades have been done by many here with great success. From just simply replacing key speakers has made impact. With the addition of a proper headunit brings it to a new stage.

It all boils down to how each of us hears the sound, because the next person will not hear the same way I hear.

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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

Chiming in here a little off topic but I just went through the thread and have some confusion.

Where is the center channel speaker?

I am decently well versed in home audio and I know the center channel is very key to a home theater set up. I never really thought about it with a car I guess but it would make sense it would be no different.
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Old 07-31-2014, 08:41 AM
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

Center of the dash, close to the windshield.
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Old 07-31-2014, 09:30 AM
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

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Chiming in here a little off topic but I just went through the thread and have some confusion.

Where is the center channel speaker?

I am decently well versed in home audio and I know the center channel is very key to a home theater set up. I never really thought about it with a car I guess but it would make sense it would be no different.
It actually makes little to no sense in a car (except for bluetooth phone conversations or DVD watching). A center channel in home audio is primarily for dialogue.

Purists will listen to music with 2 channels or "Stereo" because that's the way it's recorded, and will watch movies in "surround" (5.1,7.1).

99% of the time, you're listening to music in a vehicle because you're moving and DVD playback is suspended.

Most here are upgrading their center channel for improved bluetooth call quality...which I did...and it made an improvement.

"Surround Sound" is always off when I listen to music.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:24 AM
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

keep the 8.4
get an JL CleanSweep and some amps for those Polks and a new sub and be done.
This ain't the 80's 90's or even early 2000's anymore. Don't tear up your nice GC dash just for some tunes
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

The simple replacement of the center dash speaker isn't going to tear up your dash and it does improve the sound quality of what you're listening to in addition to improved call quality.
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

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The simple replacement of the center dash speaker isn't going to tear up your dash and it does improve the sound quality of what you're listening to in addition to improved call quality.
So you finally replaced yours? Did you go with the Polk?
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

Yes I finally put the Polk in for a very noticeable difference. The others are next I'm just trying to figure out what to go with to improve the sound without going crazy,kids tuition cord first. Lol
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Re: Best Speaker/SQ Upgrade for under $500? 2012 Grand Cherokee w/factory sub

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keep the 8.4
get an JL CleanSweep and some amps for those Polks and a new sub and be done.
This ain't the 80's 90's or even early 2000's anymore. Don't tear up your nice GC dash just for some tunes
Greetings,

Right, the JL CleanSweep setup is the best way to sum the signals off the 8.4 and start with a fresh clean signal. From the their you can build a proper surround sound system or a traditional front/rear/sub. It is expensive, but it worth it. You can find them on ebay for less money.

The center channel speaker is not bad to replace it and you do not destroy your dash.

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