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7 Speaker System

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by RiderOnTheStorm, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Mar 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    RiderOnTheStorm

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    Hey,

    I am considering a A/C 2.7L SR5 Taco. One of the options (because I love music) is that 7 speaker audio system.

    Is that 7 speaker system the same as the TRD JBL option or is it something different?

    I would love to do aftermarket audio at some point, once I pay down some of my debt, so will that system be a pain to switch out for aftermarket...or is aftermarket really necessary with the 7 speaker system?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM
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    I have yet to hear a factory audio system that actually sounded nice. I say go with the base stereo and swap it out for an aftermarket stereo. Aftermarket will always sound better.
     
  3. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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    JKD

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    My '09 has the non-JBL audio system with the subwoofer. Two in the lower front doors, two in the upper front doors (highs), two panel speakers in the roof, one big mutant X-men subwoofer in the back.

    I like it. Sounds nice. Bass is solid but not obnoxious.
     
  4. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:27 AM
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    i love my stock system. sounds really good and i have the non-JBL
     
  5. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    If you love music then stay away from the JBL system. It doesn't sound terrible but it also doesn't sound great. Once you crank it passed 42 you will not be loving music so much. I've noticed that certain type of music sounds better than others through this system. I've had my truck for 2 months and I will be doing a complete audio system upgrade within the next couple of weeks. On top of that, if you decide to replace a JBL system head unit then you will need to buy a special adapter for it. Save the cash and just upgrade your audio system in stages.
     
  6. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:49 AM
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    It's all a matter of preference really. My buddy says he thinks his stock 08 tacoma sound system sounds great. I think it sounds like ass.

    IMO once you have an aftermarket stereo system. I.e. Amp powered components and sub tuned properly w/ correct crossover points, etc. You will never like a factory stereo system again.
     
  7. Mar 16, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    42!? wow, I didnt realize you had to turn it up that high with the stock system. 12 is super loud w/ my alpine headunit and I'm not cranking a lot of power into mine. 50W RMS per channel to my Alpine type-s components, and 175 Watts RMS to my Infinity reference 10.
     
  8. Mar 16, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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    Volume is just numbers. They don't mean anything from one manufacturer to the next. I think the Toyota non-JBL system I have stops going up at 70 or so.

    Normal volume for me around town is 30-34, on the highway is 40-44, and playing the super-soft local NPR retransmitter on the highway I sometimes have it at 62-64.
     
  9. Mar 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    yeah true, having all that would make it better.
    but for the time being i love it. just waiting till other things happen before i start messing with it
     
  10. Mar 16, 2011 at 1:32 PM
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    Stock audio is pretty mediocre.

    I would suggest installing a quality after market audio system, and deadening/soundproofing the cab in the process.
     
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