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Old 12-03-2012, 01:11 PM   #1
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Making 2013 sound better for least cost

What is the best I could make a 2013 access cab sound for a couple hundres. I would really rather not replace the factory head unit.

Is my best bang for the buck going to be to replace the factory speakers?

Does the factory head unit have a pre-out for an amp?

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Replacing the speakers and keeping the factory head unit wont change much, if any sound.

If you wish to retain the head unit you will need a line out converter to take the high power speaker signals from your head unit and provide RCA pre-out.

From there you'll want an amp and a decent set of components. Line-out converters can go from 20 bucks to a couple hundred. For your budget, I'd go with a less expensive one and save that money for an amp and components.
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How does converter work? Wouldn't volume stop working then? How clean is sound coming off converter? With average speakers and amp would quality loss due to converter be noticeable?

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Since you don't want to replace the stock head-unit, more than likely the stock head-unit wont have RCA out-puts. Therefore you need a line out converter (1) which is connected/tapped into your rear speakers (2). That will provide you a RCA outputs for your amp.

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I have a line converter for sale, paid $45 used for 2 weeks yours for $20 or $25 shipped
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I'll keep that in mind. Did you end up replacing head unit?
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upgrading the speakers is the most effective thing to do.......stock cone speakers have very bad high freq reproduction and are made of the cheapest crap......get a good component set or a true coaxial set with a good tweeter and crossover system.......I have had the same set of mb quarts in my tacoma since new in 1999......nothing i have ever heard has ever come close.....next would be to add an amp....and you will need a high to low level converter to add this to stock radio.....head units typically dont offer much diff in sound quality....for the most part....a cd player is a cd player.......they all have low power....and power is key to sound quality.........upgrade: speakers , then amp.....then head unit...as far as upgrading sound quality
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upgrade speakers

I just upgraded my 2013 to mid level Alpine components in the front and coaxils in the rear. I used Tacotunes adapters and also sealed my doors with sound deadening material. The highs and mids sound quite a bit better and the lows, I think, are better reproduced but not as loud then with the stock speakers. I still have the stock head unit as I like the way it functions and I already paid for it anyway. I may add a powered sub in the future to fill in the lows but I am satisfied for now. Hope this helps.
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These last two posts are exactly what I wanted to hear. I picked up truck Tuesday, and sounds very muddy. My $200 setup in my beater trucker sounds way better: $50 jvc deck, 6" kicker 2 way set, and 4"no audio in dash. I am going to start by just uprading speakers then. Did you do the tweeters too?
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Yup, 6.5 mids up front with tweeters in stock location and the coaxial have tweeters also. I thought the highs would be too much but it sounds fine. In hindsight I think I would have gone with 6X9's in the front doors for a little more bass. A couple manufactures make 6X9 component set ups.

Check out Tacotunes for the speaker adapters also Mr. Marv sells adapters on this site. They both are a lot beefier adapters than what come with aftermarket speakers. They both make adapters for tweeters as the stock tweeter mounts are an odd shape and won't accommodate an aftermarket tweeter
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Did you componant speakers come with a crossover, or did you use just use the existing wires to the tweeter location (which I assumed are crossed over by the deck)? Would 6x9's fit in the rear locations?
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Head Unit is the single biggest improvement you can do to a stock system
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If it was me, I'd get an aftermarket head unit. You'll save some cake off getting a line converter. Generally speaking, head units are pigs. You can dress it up but it's still a pig.

If you can scoop up a used HU that might be a good way to keep costs down..then just get speakers as you go.
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