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Leonidas 08-22-2013 10:48 AM

Consensus audio solution?
Hi, first timer here, and first time Jeep owner. Lurked here a little bit, and I can see i am not the only one who is not a fan of the sound the '14 JGC produces.

Is there a consensus solution to upgrade? Preferred speakers to install, etc.

I have had my JGC two months and I am constantly changing the audio settings, the sound is driving me insane, way too much bass.


kkreit01 08-22-2013 01:03 PM

Re: Consensus audio solution?
If you have the Alpine system, you'll have to spend a lot of time and money to make a significant difference.

Leonidas 08-22-2013 01:10 PM

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Which JGC have the Alpine system?

kkreit01 08-22-2013 02:44 PM

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How many speakers do you have, and do you have a sub? Your window sticker should have the details.

Icetech 08-24-2013 07:45 AM

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Lion, there is no consensus is the issue.. i have the 9 speaker setup myself.. and with good input its not horrible.. but lacks volume badly.. having a hardtime justifying 1500+ to upgrade:) but im sure i will eventually

Icetech 08-24-2013 07:46 AM

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I am actually hoping someone will make a plug in adapter to pull the high outputs and such.. hate cutting my harness..

Radknight 08-25-2013 05:09 AM

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Haven't received my 9-speaker SRT yet but I get the feeling (from lurking and other research) that a good way to go is connect high level (speaker) inputs into a 6 Channel Line Out Converter (LOC). LOC output to a 4 channel amp for the Front and Rears Speakers and a Mono Amp for the sub. Front Door speakers are components with 6.5" and 1" Tweeters with 6x9 to 6.5" adapter. Rear Door Speakers go Coaxial 6.5" although it looks possible to go component and connect a 1" tweeter higher in the doors. Rear liftgate tweeters/highs and front dash 3.5" can probably be left connected to stock system and but replaced with higher quality speakers. Subwoofer enclosure must be reinforced with internal bracing/Dynamat/Fibreglas/Bedliner spray and sub replaced with high quality sub. Does this sound about right guys?

My SRT arrives in November and I'm looking at going with the either the Rockford Fosgate 3Sixty.3 or AudioControl LC7i LOC with Focal, Audison or Hertz speakers. Still have to audition them with the right amp combo to see which suits my taste. I was in the car audio store the other day comparing the same speakers with different amps and couldn't believe the difference it makes.

kkreit01 08-26-2013 03:20 PM

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^ If you have the funds, I would go with a DSP right off the bat (MS-8, 360.3, etc.). I have the LC6i. It works great for what it was designed to. It sums all signals, and combines them into a full-range output to my amp. However, it still has no control over that signal. The OE signals are very crappy, and need a lot of leveling. Don't get me wrong, I made a huge improvement, but the more I do, the I itch for better sound yet. I wouldn't waste the extra money on the LC7i. You won't need the extra bass boost. I currently have my bass at -4, and treble at -4. You will want more EQing, or leveling of the signal. I thought of adding an AQ EQ after the LC6i, but I think I'd be better off saving up for the MS-8. It has so many capabilities: you can run center channel and rear speakers off it's internal amp, etc.

You don't have to spend $1500 to make a significant difference. I already made a huge difference between the 430N system in my Ram vs. WK2. I spent <$500, but countless hours. A good start is: front stage (components), sub upgrade, amp (4-5 ch), and summing device (Lc6i+, Kicker Summ8, etc.) You can always replace the LCx with a DSP later on.

Radknight 08-26-2013 05:10 PM

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Great feedback. Its good to hear users experience with equipment. After some more research, I think I might just be going with the 3sixty.3. it looks pretty awesome and is pretty good bang for your buck compared to the Audison and JBL. Rockford Fosgate's website has quite a bit to it including video instructions.

BTW: AudioControl also make the LCQ1 which has multichannel equalization.

kkreit01 08-27-2013 12:27 PM

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Just a FYI, you can buy the MS-8 for $400-range new, or $300-range slightly used. Yes, retail is $799, and I would never be able to swallow that (besides the wife killing me). For another $100 or so, I may try adding an AC EQ first. However, I would much prefer auto-EQ, time-alignment, internal amp for center and rear fill, etc.

Radknight 08-28-2013 10:42 PM

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Just read a really good review of the JBL MS-8 on Amazon. It's interesting to know that unlike the other processors it has a internal 240 Watt 8-channel amp (4 ohms) at 18 watts rms/20 peak per channel plus you can add external amp(s) for some speakers (front, rear, sub) but use the internal amp for others (Center channel and liftgate speakers). 18 watts is pretty weak but thats all you need for the cc and liftgates but everything will be in synch with each other without having to worry about delays etc. this is looking better all the time.

What are the stock speakers rated at anyway?

Leonidas 09-05-2013 04:32 PM

Re: Consensus audio solution?

Originally Posted by kkreit01 (Post 880597)
How many speakers do you have, and do you have a sub? Your window sticker should have the details.

I have the 6 speaker set up with the 5.0 radio.

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