Originally Posted by AU DIGG3R
Thanks Mr Marv! The funny thing is, Im moving to San Jose in two weeks, for work. (will be working in Oakland for the railroad) I was going to ask if maybe sometime I could visit you.
I like to do thing right the first time, and Im very naive, when it comes to properly matching an audio system. Im not sure about changing the door speakers, basically, I would like to upgrade my whole system a level or two. Does that make sense?
Question- since I like would like to keep the HU stock. Would that hinder the performace of any other componets?
Oh, Im checking out PA15 TOY. Any opinions?
"PA15 TOY – UPGRADE from the PA12 TOY. Displays song title & Artist info on all radios with “Text” button, Works with all radios, including in dash 6 Disc CD Changer. PA15 allows connection through XM or CDC port, works on all 1998-2008 RADIOS including 07/08 Tundra, and Avalon. Works on all new 07/08 Delphi radios !!! Works on newer NAV radios through the SAT port and works flawlessly on all the older GEN 4 Nav radios !!"
You are welcome to visit any time and if you happen to be in the area this weekend you can witness a "full on" install I am doing in a 2008 double cab for another member here (I'll be starting a thread tomorrow as I plan to photo/text document the entire procedure for a tutorial to hopefully make it easier for you guys to do this yourselves
Using the factory headunit without one of the interfaces will definitely hinder the performance of aftermarket speakers. If you want to keep the factory headunit and think you may end up changing the door speakers now/in the future I would suggest getting the Cleansweep. The only drag to this device is you will need to use the supplied external volume control as you lose volume function at the deck and in the steering wheel. If you think you will only add a subwoofer/amp the MTX interface I mentioned will override the "bass limiter" in your headunit to allow you the best performance.
Now I'll start preaching a bit
Since speakers are what actually make the sound I always make them the first priority in any system I design/build. I have found that most people want to improve the factory bass quality/quantity so that is where they usually start. After listening to that for a while they realize just how bad the factory speakers really are
and end up calling me again for suggestions on front speakers!
If you want to "do it right the first time" as you mentioned I'm sure you could put together a nice simple system within your budget that would absolutely blow the factory system away!