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Upgrading '09 SOUND... HELP

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dustin81, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. Apr 27, 2009 at 7:17 PM
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    I am looking to upgrade my stereo in my truck, a little at a time. Does anyone know what brands of head units will work with the steering wheel controls? Or is it just a mod? i guess i am basically interested in just getting better sound quality and more bass. the stock speakers such ass, and all i us is my ipod. Is it possible to just upgrade the speakers? will it sound any different, if i'm still using the stock HU? any suggestions?
     
  2. Apr 27, 2009 at 7:19 PM
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    If you get good speakers and install them correctly it will make a HUGE difference. Especially if you amplify them. The head unit can help to by providing more power (if you dont amplify the speakers)
     
  3. Apr 27, 2009 at 7:48 PM
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    does it make a big difference not upgrading the HU or installing an amp? just speakers?
     
  4. Apr 27, 2009 at 8:14 PM
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    wander over into the AUDIO forum and check it out. There are already threads addressing this very topic, and recently. :thumbsup:
     
  5. Apr 28, 2009 at 4:40 AM
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    I put a image dynamics speakers all around in my 09 and they make a world of difference. I have them hooked up to an amp, and it really sounds like I have a pair of subs. These things are really heavy duty.
     
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    I replaced my stock speakers with Kenwood Excelons...6x9 up front and 6.5 in the back, all running off the stock HU. It's definitely an improvement, but still not what I would consider a quality sound. The sound is cleaner at moderate volumes, but there's still the issue of not enough power from the stock HU. Once you get up to 50+ volume even the aftermarket speakers gets some distortion. I'm also struggling with getting all of my bass from my front doors. Just doesn't have the same feel as a nice sub from the rear of the vehicle.

    My ultimate plan is to keep the stock HU, but get a 5 channel amp to push the doors and a single sub.
     
  7. Apr 28, 2009 at 7:15 AM
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    I like the idea of still using the stock head unit...how would you go about hooking up the 5 channel to it? Would you use a clean sweep or just use line out converters to the amp. I have heard not so good things about the line out converters.
     
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    I'm not enough of an audio junkie to justify the additional cost of a clean sweep type product. I ran a 4 channel amp off of my factory HU in an F150 (pushing 4 speakers and a sub). I started with the line out converters and was pleased enough. At the urging of my sound guy, I later gave in and had a Rockford Fosgate 360 installed (mostly for the ipod connection). While the sound quality was improved, for my needs it wasn't improved $300 worth.
     
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    just to add to my post, I still have the factory head unit. I'm just running a 1000 watt 4 channel amp. I'm no audio guru, had to have it done for me, but it was well worth it!
     
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    I have an 09 and installed a new head unit (Alpine), front 6.5" components, rear 6.5" two-ways, two amps & sub. I wanted to utilize the steering wheel controls also. Unfortunatley the stock radio in the 09's is slightly different than the 05-08 tacomas (mp3 playback, ipod jack, etc.) and the steering wheel adapter (seen here http://www.crutchfield.com/p_127SWIJACK/PAC-SWI-JACK.html?search=pac+steering+wheel&tp=3405) is not compatible for the 2009 model.

    PAC will either have to release a new adapter specifically for 2009+, or publish a diagram showing how to make the current adapter work. The technical support at PAC says to keep calling back every few months b/c eventually they'll work on an 09 and figure out how to make it work. It just hasn't happened yet.
     
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    Yeah I was looking at Alpine and the steering wheel controls for the 09 won't work, Kenwood and Pioneer work I think...
     
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    Kenwood and Pioneer Pac steering wheel adapter units work but are different Pac part#s.
     
  13. Apr 28, 2009 at 8:55 AM
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    that is what I thought, it steered me away from the Alpine...there are some comprable models from Kenwood for sure. Sonix Electronis has the new 712 or something, it is bad to the bone...$648 I think.
     
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    I have the JBL system and upgrading to my Premier HU has made a huge difference. ( I have a DEH-P660 from years ago in my old ride, still works great!) as for steering wheel controls, you'll need an aftermarket interface. I think all pioneer decks have the input, its identical to a headphone jack on the back. The interface is a SWI-ps from PAC. I'm looking at buying one maybe on this paycheck, we'll see.


    EDIT: shit nvm on the SWI-PS, the earlier poster is right, it doesn't work on 09.
     
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