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Replacing stock sound system. Any suggestions?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by bcb97, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Mar 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM
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    bcb97

    bcb97 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I love me new tacoma but hate the factory speakers. I wanted to see what you guys have done to your tacoma's regarding sound. I'm thinking all new door speakers/twitters and adding a amp. Whats your suggestions and also brands of speakers/twitters/amps?
     
  2. Mar 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    I am in same boat..already replaced HU..have same taco..need suggestions.

    Thx
     
  3. Mar 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    D13

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    Yep same.

    After a bit of driving over the weekend, I realized how much I'm missing with the tacoma stock stereo. My previous vehicle had decent sound, and when comparing the two systems with the same cd, theres a lot that doesnt come through on the taco.

    I'll be keeping an eye on this thread, cause the stereo system is going to need an upgrade sooner than later.
     
  4. Mar 19, 2011 at 6:04 PM
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    DevL

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    Head Unit - Kenwood DNX9960
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    Rear Speakers- Focal 165 CVX
    Subs - Image Dynamics 10" IDQs v3
    Amp - JL Audio HD 900/5
    Steering wheel controller - SWI JACK
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    Thats what I got. I like it.
     
  5. Mar 19, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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    Aod

    Aod Ex STi enthusiast www.iwsti.com

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    Assuming you have the Non-JBL system? I've got the JBL one and it cranks pretty good.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2011 at 8:34 PM
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    CoalMedic

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    Check out the Audio section. Lots of good info there. Not trying to be a jerk, but you might find more info in that section. Good luck. I'm looking into options for my truck as well.
     
  7. Mar 19, 2011 at 8:35 PM
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    Sweet set-up..heard good things about Focal...but..WAY out my price range...been looking at the Hybrid Audio Image Series speakers
     
  8. Mar 19, 2011 at 8:40 PM
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    krimson

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    Do you know the mid sizes?
    If not.... 6X9s Front. 6.5 Back.

    IMO Pioneer makes really good mids and head units.

    Subs
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    JL (if money aint a problem)..
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    Im kinda biased when it comes to sound, but that's just from personal experiences
     
  9. Mar 19, 2011 at 8:45 PM
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    Think the 6.5 will work in all doors.
    The Hybrid Audio Image with the tweeter that seperates would be good for the front and another set in the back leaving the tweeter attached.
     
  10. Mar 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM
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    Total cost including pro install $600. Plenty good enough and waaaaay better than stock....

    Nothing cut or removed from the rear.



    Audio is too subjective. Some people like the JBL system and consider it plenty good enough and others have to spend $3000+ and make it a hobby before they are satisfied. Others are never satisfied. Its not like the content many listen to is mixed with any dynamic range to need an audiophile system.
     
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    How do you like the Kenwood Head Unit? I am looking at getting a DNX 6960 as my GPS was recently stolen, plus hands free is now law.

    Just trying to convince myself it is worth the money.....

    Shawn
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, I definitely overlooked that entire section, but information overload theres a lot in there!

    and yep.. non JBL system.
     
  13. Mar 20, 2011 at 6:29 AM
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    You are correct in the fact that I do not have the JBL factory system. If I did I don't think I would be complaining about the sound. I also will check the audio section too. Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  14. Mar 20, 2011 at 6:52 AM
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  15. Mar 20, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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    I would suggest starting out by doing a head unit upgrade first and using the stock speakers. Just doing that will significantly improve the volume and sound quality.

    If you are not satisfied with that, then do a speaker upgrade, and then an amp and sub.

    Take in phases until you get what you are trying to get to..... no sense replacing things and spending money you really need too.
     
  16. Mar 20, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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    For simplicity and space saving I installed an Infinity Basslink. It sits between thye two storage compartments. Changed nothing else. Granted it's not a window shaking sub but it does sound surprisingly good.
     
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