I just purchased a 2015 Grand Cherokee Altitude with the factory 6 speaker stereo. I think the stereo sound pretty decent (better than the Bose Center Point system in the wife's 2010 Mazda 6, which sounds like complete crap), but I would like to improve the sound. The bass seems sufficient until you turn it up, but the mids and highs are a tad muddy. I've dabbled in car audio in my youth, but mostly low end stuff that I've parted together from different manufacturers. I'm looking at the Kicker 6x9 and the Focal 6x9 components to maintain the bass output, but clean up the highs and mids. Sounds like Focal is the preferred speaker here, but I'm wondering if you really get the bang for your buck with the $100 difference between the two.
I may add an amp if really needed, and I have an old Infinity Kappa 10.1d sub I may install later. I also have an old Audiobahn A8002T that I formerly used to power the Infinity sub.
Are the Focal's really worth the extra $100? Can anyone with experience with both the Kicker and Focal units explain the difference in sound? Any difference with bass output?
Will I really get more quality sound using something like the AudioControl LC7i
Amazon.com : LC7i White - AudioControl 6-Channel Line Output Converter with Bass Restoration (Add Amps to your Factory System) : Car Electronics
over a simple LOC like the one below, or is it more in the adjustments you can do and the 'Accu-bass'?
Amazon.com : Kicker KISLOC 2-Channel K-Series Speaker Cable to RCA Adapter with Line Out Converter : MP3 Players & Accessories
Does a more expensive amp really provide better sound? What specs should I be looking for in an amp for the component speakers over just plain 'watts RMS'?
I want 'good' system, but I'm not wanting to spend 1000's of dollars. If I can build a good system for $500 using the sub and maybe the amp that I already have, I'd be happy.
Sorry for the long post, and thanks for the information!