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Old 04-23-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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Keeping stock speakers with aftermarket head unit

The exact opposite of the thread below this

Picking up a 2013 DCSB. From all the reading on here the best first step to upping the sound quality is replacing the stock HU. However I haven't found many suggestions on what to replace it with... Most of the upgrades listed here are the high-end nav + dvd models around $1k... I'm looking to spend around $3-500.

My criteria? Needs to be a touchscreen, to keep the similar "look" of the stock HU. Doesn't need nav- the iPhone5 covers that. The HU also needs to be compatible with said iPhone 5. I'd like to retain the steering wheel controls as well. I do listen to the radio, but would most often be playing music off the iPhone (pandora, mp3) via BT or aux connection.

Replacing the HU is the first step. Down the line I'm planning on replacing the stock speakers, adding a small amp, and a single 8" or 10" sub (don't need window-rattling sound, just want to have a great sound quality!).

I'm not a car audio guy- I'll be paying a shop to install this, just because I don't have the time or electrical experience to go through all of it. But I'd like to hear some HU's that have worked well for people in their 2013's. Thanks for any info!
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #2
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best thing to do is got to crutchfield.com and enter your truck specs and browse the radios, im partial to kenwood, had there products for a long time with no issue. it have the ddx418 its a touch screen that i paid 350 for. the stock speakers sound alot better but now i am at the stage of needed them replaced.

also if you puchase through crutchfield they send you everything you need to install the radio.
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I like Clarion... never given me any issues off road with my VX401
Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine are all good
Some Eclipse plug straight in without a wiring harness, but they are pricey

To retain steering wheel controls you will need the appropriate SWI adapter from Pac-Audio, which is about $85.
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I'm a big fan of Pioneer HU's. I like Alpines hardware/sound but the interface blows goats.

Find someone in your local area on here (TW) to install it for you. Installing a HU is about as easy as wiping your ass. Save cash, no need to pay a full installer for something that takes about 30 minutes to do.
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I've ran Sony, Alpine, Pioneer, and Kenwood between various vehicles in the past and only ever had problems with Sony. I wouldn't hesitate to own any of the other 3 again. Currently have a Kenwood now. Only double DIN touchscreen I've ever had however was a pioneer.
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I'm no audio geek myself, but here's what I did FWIW.

First I replaced the stock front speakers in my '10 extended cab. I can not over-state how incredibly cheap & crappy stock Toyota speakers are. They are literally the cheapest speakers it's possible to buy. I would think it would be fairly useless to install a new head unit while keeping the stock speakers. I replaced with some nice 6X9's in the $80 range and it made a great improvement. I kept the useless "tweeters" in place, as well as the $0.50 "rear" speakers (nothing more than tissue paper under the headliner).

That's all I had planned to do, but then my wife called Crutchfield and ordered me a $180 kenwood unit last x-mas. When I finished this install, the improvement in clarity was simply amazing! I had not appreciated just how cheap & crappy the stock head unit was either, but I should have figured this to be the case.

My only complaint was that I did not add the thingy to make the steering contols work. The controls on the Kenwood are ridiculously small; it's a major PIA just to change radio stations. So that's now on order and I'm going back in for some minor surgery this weekend.

I also suck at electronics, etc. but I must say it has been very easy & straightforward installing all this stuff. For under $300 I feel as though I have vastly improved my truck's audio... worth every penny IMO.
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Are there any that will accomodate the use of the Aux port that is already in the truck?
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Thanks for the info. I started on Crutchfield but everything says "modified fit"... Does that mean it'll require a dash kit as well? Tacotunes sells a full kit... required for the Crutchfield suggestions?

What's the size screen on the stock HU?

Found some items I like on the Pioneer, Alpine & Kenwood websites... Unfortunately none of them are listed on Crutchfield. Guess I'll have to do some more digging.

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Find someone in your local area on here (TW) to install it for you. Installing a HU is about as easy as wiping your ass. Save cash, no need to pay a full installer for something that takes about 30 minutes to do.
That's good to hear. I figured out the wiping bit about a year ago- may be some hope for me yet In all seriousness I'm just concerned about breaking something if I start digging around in the guts of the car. But if it's not that bad, I should be able to figure it out.
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Really, installing a HU is freaking easy. Step by step guide. Do you have JBL package?

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/aud...w-2nd-gen.html
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Thanks for the info. I started on Crutchfield but everything says "modified fit"... Does that mean it'll require a dash kit as well? Tacotunes sells a full kit... required for the Crutchfield suggestions?

What's the size screen on the stock HU?

Found some items I like on the Pioneer, Alpine & Kenwood websites... Unfortunately none of them are listed on Crutchfield. Guess I'll have to do some more digging.



That's good to hear. I figured out the wiping bit about a year ago- may be some hope for me yet In all seriousness I'm just concerned about breaking something if I start digging around in the guts of the car. But if it's not that bad, I should be able to figure it out.

Avoid taco tunes at all expenses!!!!!!!!
All screens will need a dash kit and if when you purchase through crutchfield they send you the kit also
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Doing some more HW. Looks like Crutchfield only lists single DINs as fitting the 2012/13- but some threads on here say that if you call they'll get you sorted out correctly.

Looking at the Pioneer, Kenwood and Alpine double DINs that range up to five bills. Once I narrow it down to a few I'll go from there...

** Non JBL. Not really interested in the entune, and I figured I could get better sound for my 2k if I went aftermarket.
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2k can get you great sound. The JBL system sounds about as good as a muffled fart.
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Head Unit.
Wiring harnes that goes from stock harness to head unit.
Steering wheel control unit.
Fit kit for dash.

Thats what you need.
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Thanks for the info. I started on Crutchfield but everything says "modified fit"... Does that mean it'll require a dash kit as well? Tacotunes sells a full kit... required for the Crutchfield suggestions?

What's the size screen on the stock HU?

Found some items I like on the Pioneer, Alpine & Kenwood websites... Unfortunately none of them are listed on Crutchfield. Guess I'll have to do some more digging.



That's good to hear. I figured out the wiping bit about a year ago- may be some hope for me yet In all seriousness I'm just concerned about breaking something if I start digging around in the guts of the car. But if it's not that bad, I should be able to figure it out.

The "modified fit" means it requires an adapter, and I believe you lose the functionality of the AUX and USB ports. Crutchfield only carries one double din head unit that fits, and I think it runs around $1000-$1500, all the rest are single DIN, but they do give you the dash adapters and all necessary harnesses. If you click on the "modified fit" link, it will tell you what it entails. Good luck.
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