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audio upgrade for 04 xtra cab

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by sbtaco04, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Dec 13, 2010 at 9:14 PM
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    sbtaco04

    sbtaco04 [OP] New Member

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    Hey brand new to this forum, I'm sure my question has been answered in another thread but I'm looking to upgrade the speaker system in my 2004 xtra cab tacoma.

    recommendations for head unit, speakers, sub, amp?

    I want to keep the truck as stock/functional as possible, especially the back two seats, I've seen people put subs in the storage area under those seats... any other ideas/tips appreciated
     
  2. Dec 13, 2010 at 9:34 PM
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    also how much should I be expecting to spend? Dont need high end, but certainly not looking for the cheapest route either
     
  3. Dec 13, 2010 at 10:06 PM
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    boshak

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    if you're willing to buy used... i suggest you do it especially if you're looking for a budget system.

    i picked up my entire system used/refurbished. PM me for more info... I might be able to get you some good leads on refurbished head units.

    honestly, anything is an upgrade from your stock system. I upgraded my head unit first and the sound was much crisper.

    subs... you don't need much more than a 10 for it to hit. i've got a 12 and it's overwhelming.

    speakers... 2-way vs 3-way vs component. 2-way: standard is woofer/tweeter. 3-way: standard is woofer/tweeter/midrange. people say 3-ways sound better but they'll come at a cost. i suggest listening to different speakers at an audio store. it will be worth your time. i picked up a component system... speakers separate from tweeter. great clarity and control..

    rear speakers... if you run a sub, i suggest you disable your rear speakers. mine are still hooked up but they don't play unless i have someone sitting in the back... which is rare. remember, you're most likely pleasing yourself and not a rear passenger if you've got an extra cab. the idea here is that with a sub mounted in the rear, it will drown our your rears and sound stage / timing is set better with only fronts setup.

    amps... with 2 speakers and a sub... you'll need a 4-channel... bridge to the sub. either that or a mono amp for the sub and a 2-channel for the speakers. just depends how much power you require and price you're willing to pay. more power = more heat. might be able to get you an amp contact as well. PM me.

    GL!
     
  4. Dec 13, 2010 at 10:08 PM
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    boshak

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    i spent 340 for... 12" infinity sub, infinity components, alpine head unit, and cables etc.
     
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