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What amp are some of you using to push the jbl box?

Between box, amp, and install it looks like it would easily go over $1k.

How do the stock speakers sound together with an aftermarket aun loke the JL? I would think it might need upgrading in ther other speakers as well.
Alpine Pdx v9. Class D five channel for my speakers and sub. More than enough power.
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Thanks for the info. I have always liked jl audio or kicker amps, but haven't used
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Thanks for the info. I have always liked jl audio or kicker amps, but haven't used
Ughhh sorry on the cell...

Havent used them in ages. Any one using kicker or jl audio amps for an application like this, with the jl audio stealth box?
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Re: JL Audio Stealthbox install

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Alpine Pdx v9. Class D five channel for my speakers and sub. More than enough power.
900 rms class d, this looks to be the one in amazon? Amazon.com: Brand New Alpine PDX-V9 5-Channel 900 Watt RMS Class "D" Amplifier With Stackable Chassis Design for Compact Installations: Car Electronics

Can you confirm?

Im going to have a local shop install it, but want to be able to compare prices online vs locally on top of the labor . Too bad amazon doesnt have the stealth box .
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Re: JL Audio Stealthbox install

That is the one yes.

I bought everything off Amazon from reputable dealers except the Stealthbox, that I bought direct from JL AUdio.
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Re: JL Audio Stealthbox install

Would adding a bass control knob be recommended?
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Would adding a bass control knob be recommended?
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Yes. Depending on the type of music being played, a bass section could get pretty loud with the stealth box. Well worth it.

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Re: JL Audio Stealthbox install

Okay then . . . from what I've pieced together from this thread, we could have a pretty solid build (still using stock head unit and speakers with added 5 channel amp and subwoofer at this time) with:
  • JL Audio Stealthbox ($650)
  • Alpine PDX v9. Class D five channel for stock speakers and sub ($410)
  • Alpine Rux Knob ($24)
  • Low line converter ??? (brand and model#)
  • Amp kit/RCA cables ??? (brand and model#)
  • ???
Any input from you guys on which converter and Amp kit (plus any other needed components) which would finalize this build with Stealthbox and PDX 9?

Ideally, I want to order ALL components (including the wiring used) and drop off at the Auto Audio installers (already set this plan up with a local installer) so I just pay them for labor. Not trying to be cheap, it is just that the quotes on components from a couple installers are way more bucks then what you can purchase on your own via the internet.

So, any members here want to offer a purchase list to comlete the build? Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2013, 11:20 AM
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Re: JL Audio Stealthbox install

Don't waste your money of a line output converter. I ran an Audiocontrol LC7i, and while it did work and did do its job, I noticed between a certain Hz range there was dropout, meaning that music and sounds between this certain range was missing.

Since I was already 1500 deep into this, I just splurged and bought a Kenwood Excelon 890HD double din head unit. And boy, did this system wake up. I have full 12 band equalizer control, digital timing alignment, balance, fade, you can set distances to speakers and such to get the best sound. It was so worth the extra money. All in all I was in around 2500 and that was including replacement speakers with Focals.
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Re: JL Audio Stealthbox install

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Thanks for sharing your experience and build. The line output converter (LOC) would be employed so I could still use the stock head unit and speakers, albeit the added JL Stealthbox (speakers will be upgraded down the road). So essentially what you are recommending is to replace the head unit. Thanks for talking prices too -- but $1500 to $2500 is a solid bump, and let's face it, with audio systems you can always upgrade and improve = more $$$. That must some head unit subbie!

The 2014 JGC OEM head unit doesn't have output ports for the aftermarket amp correct? If no converter is used and I stick with the stock head unit, are there any other options for running the 5 channel amp?
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Re: JL Audio Stealthbox install

I drive a 2012 so I can't compare to the 2014, all I do know is that everything is intergrated into the 8.4 system, meaning it cannot be replaced anyways. In that case, I would recommend the MS-8.
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I drive a 2012 so I can't compare to the 2014, all I do know is that everything is intergrated into the 8.4 system, meaning it cannot be replaced anyways. In that case, I would recommend the MS-8.
Getting my ducks in a row for installing a sub in my 2013 GC. Can any of yooze guys tell me if there is a remote turn on connection on the factory unit (730)? It is my current plan to take the speaker leads off the factory sub with a speaker level converter and power for the amp direct from the battery.
Sheesh! Back when I was a kid this was so simple...yank out the factory crap, put in a good Alpine or Kenwood am/fm tape player ...maybe an amp, some speakers and BAM! Best stereo on the block! But now I'm grown up, the cars are new, wiring gets more complicated with every car I buy, and it's just not as eady to crawl around in the footwell anymore.
The factory stereos are never quite up to par, even when you get the best they offer. Thier approach to quality stereo is to install 10 - 20 speakers in the damn car. If they could just use decent electronics, 2 or 4 GOOD speakers and a GOOD subwoofer we'd all be better off!
I've installed two speaker aftermarket systems that sounded better than this 10 speaker system in the GC.
Phew! Glad I got that off my chest....It's been there for years! Thanks!
P.S. Next rant will be about this SIRIUS system....cd quality my ass! But that's next time
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