Originally Posted by pdc214
1. Do all aftermarket stereos retain use of steering wheel controls with an adapter (metra for instance?)
2. How much better does it sound than stock (in terms of bass and just the overall quality of the sound?)
3. Can you run a chance of blowing out the stock speakers with the additional 200W aftermarket stereo?
4. What are your opinions on:
a. Alpine stereo: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...o_cart_title_1
b. Pioneer stereo:
I really appreciate any questions that you guys may be able to answer for me! Thanks
if you buy the metra steering wheel control it will retain the function on the wheel. i have the metra control kit and im very happy with it.even after the battery died on my truck,it did not require and reprogramming,so thats a big plus.
it can be used with stock speakers and it doesnt do any harm to them,it adds a good amount of power in them to make them sound not so stock imo.i installed a pioneer avic x930bt in my 2000 land cruiser with stocks speakers,and the sound is like 3xs better,but i would like to get pioneer door speakers just to make them even better.
i dont think you can really blow the stocks out unless youre really cranking the volume up ALL THE TIME..just in case you do, i hate best buy,but they have decent sales on speakers and they arent too bad..but if you buy new speakers,you will have to buy the adapters for them,unless you are skilled enough to dremel out the old ones,but thats a lot of time.
as far as my opinions on units,i will always favor pioneer units heavily. reason being is that i like the brand,its user friendly,and it does everything i need it to do,plus a little more.the only complaint i have on it is that gps on my unit isnt very fast to recalculate distance,but its a great unit to have and quality is great.
good luck OP and heres a pic of my unit