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2010 JBL audio question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Firemedic269, May 17, 2010.

  1. May 17, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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    Firemedic269

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    I have the opportunity to drive a 2010 taco for 2 weeks since my 03 is in getting a brand new frame, rear leaf susp, fuel and brake lines ( Thanks Toyota). I noticed that the radio seems a little under powered in this 2010 compared to my 2003 (stock radio). Is the JBL package on the new trucks worth the money? Did anyone buy this option??? I would greatly appreciate any opinions on the matter.
     
  2. May 17, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    I bought the option. Having the bluetooth was worth it. System was plenty loud, but don't expect a lot of clarity. For the money, I wish I hadn't bought it and just replaced all the components on day 1. If you are involved in business where you need the bluetooth, consider it. If not, I might suggest passing and putting in your own system.
     
  3. May 17, 2010 at 8:29 AM
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    I test drove one with the JBL - I thought it sounded horrible. However, the question is, can you get the same offroad package, etc. without the upgraded radio? When I get my next tacoma, I want the top of the line 4x4 package, but don't want the radio.... I'd much rather take that money and add an aftermarket system.

    I want the integrated blu tooth system as well - so I might be forced to get the stock radio.
     
  4. May 17, 2010 at 9:41 AM
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    i didnt like it either, i went without it and installed my own system
     
  5. May 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM
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    tiresmokintacoma

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    I haven't heard one in a tacoma, but i know that the one in my dads 2008 tundra crewmax kinda sucks. I mean it aounds a bit better than just a regular one but its not that much better. I think its because I expected more from JBL.
     
  6. May 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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    If you dont plan on an aftermarket system, it works great. I decided to put an aftermarket system in, and it's a pain in the ass. Right now I'm running the stock jbl amp for my speakers, and I spliced into the factory wires and used a converter so I could use an aftermarket amp also to power my subs.
     
  7. May 17, 2010 at 9:50 AM
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    I hate it.. after about a month or 2 its doesnt sound loud anymore.... but that just me i like my music blasting. the louder the better. i am planning on getting to 10's or 2 12's in the back:) make it bump :) haha.
     
  8. May 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM
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    i didn't turn it up much. it sounded like crap at a low to moderate level. i couldn't care less if it goes loud if it sounds like crap. :D
     
  9. May 17, 2010 at 10:56 AM
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    It came with mine, I personally think it sounds good enough for what I need. Bluetooth is a life saver!
     
  10. May 17, 2010 at 11:06 AM
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    well have you adjusted the bass treble and what not? makes a huge difference.
     
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    yes. i used to install stereos years ago...
     
  12. May 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM
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    hmmm weird.. i dont get why it would sounds bad?
     
  13. May 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM
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    We like it for what it is right now. Our kiddos are still babies so we aren't going to do any audio mods until they are much older. I am not as impressed as I thought I would be with the bass (sp?). It's pretty weak IMO.

    Love the bluetooth though! My dad got a $242 ticket for talking on his cell phone a few months ago. :eek:
     
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    me either. you'd think as much as you pay for it, it would sound decent. of course, decent to one person isn't necessarily decent to another, as it's subjective. i remember the bottom end sounding especially bad.
     
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    yeah i know what your talking about. i would just get a new system :) new speakers and everything :)
     
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    Either you guys are hard to please or we are speaking of diffrent systems. I have an 09 with the 7 speaker JBL - for a stock system it sounds pretty good I think. You can spend thousands in aftermarket amps and speakers and do better of course, but for a stock system I am very happy with it.
     
  17. May 17, 2010 at 8:55 PM
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    Yea I agree, as mine still sounds pretty good after 5 years and I would buy again. It is relatively cheap too, but if you are used to high dollar custom systems then you probably wont like it.

    I think sound quality is definately subjective.
     
  18. May 17, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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    It sounds okay to me. But I did notice, now that I have had the truck for about 6 weeks, that it doesn't seem quite as loud as it did when I purchased it. I'd turn it to level 20 & it was really loud to me, louder than in my FJ. Either I'm losing my hearing because level 30 is loud. lol
     
  19. May 17, 2010 at 9:41 PM
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    I really like the way it sounds. Yes, you can put a killer aftermarket system in, but imo the JBL sounds better than any factory Bose or other system I have heard. I am and have been in the car rental industry for the last 19 years. I have pretty much heard them all and frankly, I couldn't be happier with a stock system. Especially the Ipod through it.
     
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