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Premium Audio Upgrade for less than $250

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by bshammer0, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Jun 11, 2018 at 10:39 AM
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    itsmike

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    @Mod fan. Looks good! Thanks for posting the pics!
     
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  2. Jun 12, 2018 at 4:13 PM
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    Crutchfield has a BOGO 50% off sale on most Kicker speakers right now, like the OP. So 4 DS series 6.5in are under $100 and 4 CS series 6.5in are $105.
     
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  3. Jun 13, 2018 at 7:13 AM
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    Awesome write-up and info here. Ended up purchasing from the OP links. I'll probably install next week as I have time off.

    Thanks again TW.
     
  4. Jun 13, 2018 at 8:32 AM
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    Not sure if it has been covered, but has anyone replaced the speakers with just a woofer like comes from the factory or is everyone replacing them with woofers that have tweeters in them? I would like to keep the set up similar to the component set up from the factory if at all possible.

    Looked up the OEM. Front look like components and the rear look like they are the combo
     
  5. Jun 13, 2018 at 8:35 AM
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    The component route would be a good way to go. You won't be doing it for $250 however. Fitment could also be a concern so be sure when ordering. I'm sure that's why this particular upgrade is so popular.
     
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  6. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM
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    Yes, I did. I had left over PPI 6.5" woofer drivers, and they work fantastic.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/coastierons-progression-of-idiocy-journal.527020/#post-16919534

    I was concerned with there being to much high going on in the front, plus those speakers are just to good not to use.
     
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  7. Jun 13, 2018 at 10:23 AM
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    Very nice!!!! Exactly the idea I had. I have even found some 6x9 woofers as well. I have the same concern. I literally listen to every style of music but blue grass, so having the versatility to listen to R&B as well as classical with no subwoofer in the back is big for me
     
  8. Jun 13, 2018 at 10:53 AM
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    Yes, quite few people have replaced the front speakers with components (and coaxial in the rears - coaxials are the combo woofer/tweeter speakers).

    It's actually recommended that you do it this way, but since it's so easy and cheap for people to just do as the OP has done, many have gone with coaxials in the front instead of just a woofer. It's not a bad thing, but they either live with the extra treble, or they tweak their settings through an EQ, amp, or a sound processor.
     
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  9. Jun 14, 2018 at 1:32 PM
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    Money well spent! Enjoy and come here if you need help w/ install
     
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  10. Jun 14, 2018 at 2:09 PM
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    Just want to chime in- Thanks for the info @bshammer0 -speakers ordered arrived and ready to install this weekend-
     
  11. Jun 15, 2018 at 12:01 PM
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    After several weeks of changing all the door speakers I am still very pleased! I am getting a bit of a rattle from the drivers side door so I ordered some Noico and as soon as it arrives I'll add some too all four doors for good measure. Starting to look at amps/subs. Really can't decide where I want to go with this next. This is a great thread and have learned a lot from everyone's purchases and experiences! Many thanks to you all!
     
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  12. Jun 18, 2018 at 6:51 AM
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    for those who have added an amp, which did you go with. And did you hook up all 6 speakers or just the 4 door speakers? Also, did you get an am with an extra channel incase you wanted to add a sub at a later date?
     
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  13. Jun 18, 2018 at 7:53 AM
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    Haven't done mine yet, but plan to do that Kicker Key amp. Keep hearing great things about that one. Tweets and front doors are wired together, so you'll get all 6 with a four channel amp. 5 channel amps are pretty pricey i think; may be better off with a separate amp for the sub. Many folks on here are doing a self-powered sub which have an amp included.
     
  14. Jun 18, 2018 at 9:57 AM
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    I have noticed that i start to get some crackling on the passenger 6x9 on very bass heavy music cranked up to roughly 47. guessing that has to do with the speaker starting to react to being under powered. anyone else run into this? may be adding the amp if that is the case.

    also should say that i have the bass set to +3 against center
     
  15. Jun 18, 2018 at 11:29 AM
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    I did the Alpine Powerpack then last week replaced it with the Kicker Key. Kicker Key is the way to go. Reduces the “too much tweeter” sound with this setup and raises the sound stage like the Alpine cannot. I used the front stage only with the Alpine bridged at 90x2. Kicker Key running the front only right now. Rear replacement speakers coming soon. There’s no comparison if you care how it sounds. Get the kicker Key smart amp.
     
  16. Jun 18, 2018 at 11:57 AM
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    did you end up adding a sub or did the doors give you enough low end after adding the amp?
     
  17. Jun 18, 2018 at 12:07 PM
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    I already had the Kicker Hideaway, but I think most people would be happy without it. It’s an easy add on later.
     
  18. Jun 19, 2018 at 9:00 PM
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    The tweets to me sound more like midrange than tweeter. You’re running 90 rms to the fronts?
     
  19. Jun 20, 2018 at 6:05 AM
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    Hey guys, did this mod not too long ago and I love it! However, recently I've noticed a popping sounds at high volume. What should I be checking out? It sounds like it might be from the tweeter...but I could be wrong.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  20. Jun 20, 2018 at 6:42 AM
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    Cardsallday13

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    most likely the front doors not getting enough power at the high volumes.


    To fix, add an amp.
     
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