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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.

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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!

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Re: Car audio questions

I don't know much about the 6 speaker system, but I assume it consists of full-range speakers in the rear, and a mid with tweet in front. I don't think you have a full-range signal in front, so simply swapping speakers in the front doors, will not help much. If you start getting creative with amps and processors, and get a full-range signal, I'd suggest components in the front doors.

If you read SQ forums, you'll rarely see Kicker mentioned, unless you are referring to their Q-series components. Many will suggest listen, and buy what you like. That's often difficult when car audio shops are very scarce.

Yes, their is a major difference in a $100 Boss/Lanzar/Dual (etc, etc.) amp vs. a $300+ Alpine, etc. I'd stick with respectable brands when it comes to amps.
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Re: Car audio questions

One thing I noticed about playing my sansa mp3 player through the 6 speaker basic stereo (2 in the rear doors, 2 in the front doors and 2 in the sail panels) is that with a great digital recording, it sounds great! A well recorded cd sounds great too. But bad digital copies and old cd's not properly made sound bad too!

So, I have been weeding out poor quality recordings from my on the road collection.

The sat radio fidelity is not so good and fm and am fidelity ok ie, the same as everyone else. I don't have any phone Bluetooth capability, so have to use an ear piece to stay legal. And my wife would like a rear view camera to help back up the car. I am looking to upgrade at some point.

Hope this helps frame your thoughts.
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