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2020 Sub Upgrade, JBL, why so difficult?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by rob4092xx, Sep 19, 2020.

  1. Sep 19, 2020 at 3:19 PM
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    rob4092xx

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    I am really unhappy with the base in my 2020 Pro. The base in my 2017 Limited was so much better! I am not an audio expert by any means but it seems like there should be some type of plug and play amplifier and subwoofer available. Why can't this be done? Thanks!
     
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    Why would there be? Toyota didn’t build it so you could take it apart.
     
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    Man up and build your own system, you may learn a thing or two
     
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    I put in an Image Dynamics 12 and am feeding it 800w RMS. It slaps decently for being in such a small enclosure I built for it.

    There is a plug and play adapter you can get to hook a sub up to the headunit. Then just run power to your amp like normal.
     
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    Pretty much all oem sound like shit . Have to agree toyota is by far the worst stereo I have heard even with the so called upgraded jbl setup .
     
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    It should be the same as 2017 maybe mess with the settings? My 2016 has plenty of bass considering what it is.
     
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    Does anyone here have front and rear door (2 ohm) speaker upgrade recommendations please that work with my JBL head? Been scouring all the threads and not having much luck.

    I have a 2020 Limited and bringing it into an audio shop in a couple weeks and going to upgrade my dash speakers with the JBL GX328's and may as well do my front and rear doors same time.
     
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    Yes saw that. I want to start with my speakers first. This is $2600 proposition without install. Thank you for the info.
     
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    Infinity kappas are low impedance.
     
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    I just upgraded my dash and door speakers via an car audio shop and notice a significant difference in sound. The dash speakers are much clearer and the base in the front of the vehicle is very noticeable.

    Dash speakers from Amazon. 2 ohm door speakers from Crutchfield. With install best ~$500 spent.

    Looking for some input on next steps with upgrading the subwoofer please.
     
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    Oem audio plus . It’s pretty pricey all plug and play .
     
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    I run a jl audio 8’ micro sub sounds great . And it fits in the plastic bin behind the seat . I ran the amplifier from one of the rear speakers using a low to high converter to get signal to the amplifier .
     
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    OEM Audio is the only plug and play available and the cost of the system is pretty steep. Actually, it WILL be available would be the correct statement as it isn't actually available yet.

    If you want to upgrade a JBL system like in the Limited Taco version, you are in for some custom work. Not necessarily difficult, but it will take a little time and research. The nice thing about going this route is that you are totally in control of what direction you take your system - mild to wild.

    For the OP who just wanted more bass, you can add a LOC, amp, and replace the sub in the OE box and get pretty decent bass. I did this in a 2015 Limited and it definitely hits much harder and deeper. Also, you can put the amp and LOC in some otherwise pretty much unusable space behind the back seat so your truck still looks pretty much factory - no plastic removal, etc. Let me know if anyone wants a pic of the setup. However, you are still limited by the signal that you get from the factory amp and it (at least in my case) starts to distort at even relatively low volumes. Much better bass than factory but still restricted output. I never hit this distortion issue when I did the same thing in a couple of GMC Sierra's I had that had the Bose system. Kind of disappointed in the JBL system for that.
     
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    Do you have any more details on this please. Meaning a model for the JL sub? You say it fits in the plastic bin behind the seat.. does that mean you replaced the JBL sub in the same spot as the current?
     
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    I believe previous poster was referring to adding a small pre-fab sealed box made by JL. It likely fits inside the plastic bin behind the seat. I'm a fan of JL stuff.
    As far as replacing the JBL sub in the OEM box, I don't know about the JL fitment. I know you can replace the sub, but know it will take a little fitting as the JBL OEM sub is not quite a standard size. I replaced my OEM sub with a Rockford Fosgate shallow 8" sub and amplified it separately. It really does sound very good. My only real complaints are that the factory amp starts to clip too early and since you are using that factory signal to power your new sub amp, you are limited a bit on volume. You can crank down the factory bass in the head unit EQ, which will allow you to play a little louder because the OEM amp won't be working so hard. I did that and it works pretty well.
     

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