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Amp and sub on factory radio

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by atvabc34, Apr 5, 2017.

  1. Apr 5, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    atvabc34 [OP] atvabc34

    Aug 29, 2015
    First Name:
    Cal Calkins
    Janesville Wisconsin
    2015 Toyota Tacoma Pro
    Just started working on it
    I know someone else has touched on the radio and amp but I can't find it. I have a 2015 pro that I would like to install a amp with sub on factory radio. I don't like the idea of changing out the radio for anything new when it is already new. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Apr 5, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Norton Senior Member

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    I found a number of threads on this and similar topics when looking to do the same thing. The Audio & Video forum is a good place to start. Crutchfield is a good place to get an idea of what's available/suitable. Armed with that info, visit a (couple of) local shop(s) to listen to various combos. (In the end, it's about what sounds good to you, rather than what anyone else used.) Narrow your choices and buy from where you get the best "bang for your buck." FWIW, I'm happy with the following...
    - AudioControl LC2i Line Out Converter
    - JL Audio XD200/2v2 Amp
    - Focal PS165V1 Speakers
    - Sound Ordnance B-8PTD Sub
    - Hushmat & Noico Liner Sound Insulation

    Stereo Upgrade 1.jpg Stereo Upgrade 2.jpg

    Unless money is burning a hole in your pocket, comparison shop! I got all my stuff for an average of 40% off MSRP.
  3. Apr 5, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    3coma my kid says my truck is "Boss"

    Sep 19, 2015
    First Name:
    19 dcsb sport cement 4x4
    I have Alpine components up front, standards in the rear, an 8" type R sub behind the rear seats in a ported box and a 5 channel amp running them all. Plus all the necessary cables, loc, and whatnot. It is possible to keep the stock HU and get very good sound. I paid for the install though.
  4. Apr 5, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Shawn14Taco Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    First Name:
    High Desert
    2014 Tacoma DCLB TRDSport
    Pop and Lock tailgate lock
    Amp with speaker level inputs, but might have to be 5 channel if you want to keep all speakers and a sub. Agree with above, shop around. Equipment can be super cheap online, but make sure seller is authorized if worried about warranty.
  5. Apr 6, 2017 at 5:42 AM

    mikaymusic Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2017
    First Name:
    07 Tacoma 4x4 SR5 TRD
    There's a lot of crap out there. And a lot of great stuff. If you're not terribly comfortable with the knowledge that you have, I have found that Crutchfield is a pretty good resource. Their customer service is great and they're very helpful and knowledgeable. You might pay a little more, but you won't be led astray, in my experience.

    It would be helpful to know your budget for this project, as well.

    You mention an "Amp with Sub". I would check out the powered subwoofers, as the amp is built in to the sub and probably has speaker-level inputs. That will run you between $100 and $150 on the average.

    This one from Crutchfield should fit under a seat.

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2017
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  6. Apr 6, 2017 at 5:45 AM
    TA 4

    TA 4 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2015
    Ontario, Canada
    2015 SSM Taco access 4x4 2.7
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    I just threw in an amp on my factory radio a few days ago. Really easy to do, get an amp with speaker level input and you dont need a line out converter. Im running MTX components for speakers with a pioneer amp....it is a night and day difference!!

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