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Old 12-07-2014, 12:27 PM   #1
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Exclamation sound system upgrade time

i have a 2007 trd dbsb non jbl all stock sound system

i am looking to upgrade my cd player and speakers..

what i want in my cd play
1. single din
2. blue tooth for Pandora and iTunes
3. plenty of audio adjustment
4. maintain my steering wheel audio controls
5. cd capable

what i want in audio package
1. more power then stock!!!
2. clear highs
3. strong low and mid with good hit for my rock music
4. reliable problem free experience ( isn't that why we all are on here)

what i have specked out through the research i have done

1. pioneer deh x6700bs $130 14wattsrms, front aux, front usb, sirius, 6 channel pre amp outputs, blue tooth and hands free

2.pac swi-rc steering wheel control adapter $35

3. cd player wiring harness kit and dash kit FREE

4.metra receiver wiring harness. FREE

5.kicker component 40css654 6 1/2 front door speakers 2-100 watts rms 4
ohms (2 woofers 2 tweeters 2 cross overs) 90 db

6. front door speaker brackets and speaker wire harness FREE

7. kicker 40cs654 5-1/2 2 way rear door speakers 2/100 watts rms 4 ohms 90

8. rear door speaker bracket and speaker wire harness FREE

9. mtx thunder 75.4 amp 75 watts rms at 4 ohms, class ab

10. efx pa4bx wiring kit 4 gauge , amplifier wiring kit with power, ground, and audio connections, 17-foot blue 4-gauge power cable, 2-foot black 4-gauge ground cable with Ultimate Ground Terminal, 17-foot blue remote turn-on lead, 17-foot twisted pair RCA patch cable, 100-amp fuse and in-line fuse holder, 6 feet of flex loom 11. stinger pro series speaker wire 14 gauge $.65 a foot.

11. efd 17 foot rca patch cable $8

12 arista speaker wire 16 gauge 50 foot $15
total $647

my questions
1.what am i missing? does this all add up to a complete system that will make me happy? i am new to this whole audio system technology. yes i have basic knowledge through research and talking to friends about what they have

2.also i have good mechanic skills and basic wiring skills and tools
do you guys feel this is a project i could tackle if i do my research? i have installed plug and play speaker and deck systems in the past

3. what youw you guys recommend for connection my speaker wire from my amp to my speakers. i am thinkin about just soldering it and heat shrink over the solder???

all helpful comments are appreciated
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:16 PM   #2
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1. You have everything you need to do the install from what I can see. However, you are selecting a lot of lower end items. They will sound better than stock but it may not meet your needs. It's hard to say as everyones idea of what sounds good is different.

2. This is a big job and will take a lot of time. If this is your first stereo install I'd highly suggest to get help from someone who knows what they are doing. Lots can go wrong, lots of little tricks you need to know.

3. I always order more wire than what I need incase things change. 50ft is always more than enough and gives you tons of extra to play with.


Are you planning on adding subs?

I'd HIGHLY suggest you look into sound deadening your doors for more mid bass response. I'd talk to Jason at Raamaudio if you have any questions. Their help page will show you how to deaden the doors. Since you are taking the panels off, this the best bang for your buck you can get for your truck when it comes to increasing audio.

Good luck. If you run into major issues PM me. I don't follow the forums too often anymore.
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:57 AM   #3
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i will look into Raamaudio thanks for the tips.
i also changed the amp after doing more research and changed the wiring kit. also added the rca patch cable, as i missed that while setting up the system when i first started looking
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What the hell are amp watts
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What the hell are amp watts
He's talking about the wattage of his amplifier, as in "p=ei," not making up new units of electrical measurement.
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i did the math for my speaker to find out what the min and max my amp watts should be at
front speaker 100 watts rear speakers 75 watts
take the 75 watts for the rear speakers because it is the lower watt output of the two speakers
multiply 75 watts by .75 for min amp watt out put
75x.75= 56.25 (lowest amp watt output at 4 ohms)
multiply56.25 by 150% (1.5) for max amp watt out put
56.25x1.5=84.375 (max amp watt output at 4 ohms)
but.... why?
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but.... why?
Who can say, really? Just buy an amp that puts out an RMS per channel that your speakers can handle. Look at RMS, not PEAK.
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Who can say, really? Just buy an amp that puts out an RMS per channel that your speakers can handle. Look at RMS, not PEAK.
I'm all for carefully planning how much power you should feed your speakers, but I've never heard of the 75% - 150% thing that he was talking about. I usually give my speakers more than their peak rating, along with some very careful tuning.
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