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Planning to upgrade sound system. Opinions and advice would be greatly appreciated

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Hawaiian Shrek, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Aug 21, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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    Hawaiian Shrek

    Hawaiian Shrek [OP] Member

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    I am new to this forum and would really appreciate some opinions and/or advice from people who have done stereo upgrades in Tacomas.

    For starters I have a 2011 Tacoma Double Cab without JBL upgrade. I wanted to purchase my system in three stages. Stage 1 (DVD receiver), Stage 2 (Subwoofer and 5 channel amplifier), and Stage 3 (Door Speakers). I have done a little bit of research over the last week and have decided to go with the following setup. My entire goal is to get a complete system, that slams, for $1,500-$2,000, so please take my budget in to consideration when considering alternatives.


    Stage 1 (Already Purchased):
    • PIONEER AVHX5600BHS In-Dash DVD Player
    • Scosche Dash Kit
    • Metra Axxess Universal Steering Wheel Control
    • Metra Radio Wiring Harness
    • MicroBypass Automatic Vido In Motion Interface
    Total spent so far: $462.96 (Amazon)

    Stage 2 (Will purchase soon):

    Stage 3 (Door Speakers):
    I haven't researched brands for door speakers yet, but have decided to go with 6.5 components in the front and coaxials in the back. Brand recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Between stage 1 and 2 I will have spent $1,291. I will most likely install the DVD player myself and have one of the local shops install the amplifier and subwoofer. I am estimating that install to cost about $200. So I am now at $1,500, which means I have $500 remaining for my 6.5 component speakers and 6.5 coaxials in the back. I would appreciate any brand recommendations for these speakers.

    I welcome any and all opinions and advice on any of these products, or even opinions on which stage to do first. I have researched a lot of forums and many of them recommend to do the door speakers before the subwoofer. The only reason I am planning it this way, is because I am going to lose some of the mid/bass by upgrading the head unit, and would like to replace the bass as soon as possible. Also, the guy at one of the local install shops said that the stock speakers running off of an amplifier still sounds amazing. He even said that he had to take of the door panel to prove to one of his clients that he did not change the door speakers out, as his client thought that they had to have upgraded the speakers for them to sound that good (Might just be a sales pitch).

    Any and all opinions will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You
     
  2. Aug 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM
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    liveload

    liveload Active Member

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    While I don't have anything for your specific setup, I can point you towards the Audio/Video forums here and also to *********.com

    hope this helps!
     
  3. Aug 22, 2014 at 11:26 PM
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    Harkonnendog

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    Someone in the a/v forum fit that sub behind the rear DRIVER seat and it barely fit after he removed the plastic storage tray & the plastic behind the seat. He posted pics and said he was amazed by the performance. (He had a different amp.) haven't seen anyone post about that sub behind the passenger side.
    Like the poster above said, check the a/v forums.
     
  4. Aug 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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    RobD

    RobD Well-Known Member

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    I have the older Pioneer 5500, two JL Slash series amps, and all Hertz speakers in my truck. I custom built my own sub box and amp rack, since I was unimpressed with what was available and the prices.

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    Made my own adapter rings out of cutting board material. Use the old speakers as your template.

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