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Unread 11-12-2013, 09:55 PM   #16
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I run a Pioneer X6500BT it's awesome. $130 at Best Buy. Definitely worth the money. Check out my build thread for pics if you're interested in it. You would also need a Deck trim kit and wiring harness to get it all to fit and run. Not too much work at all and really straight forward.
This. It's probably my second-favorite single-DIN unit on the market right now. (My first being the X8500BS)

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Unread 11-13-2013, 01:12 AM   #17
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This. It's probably my second-favorite single-DIN unit on the market right now. (My first being the X8500BS)
I love the deck it's flawless. Definitely a well worthy buy!
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Unread 11-13-2013, 07:00 AM   #18
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I second the Pioneer. Always happy with the sound, and the models with OLED display look great. Changed all my dash lights out with blue LEDs, and the blue Pioneer matches perfectly.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 09:43 AM   #19
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Any of these utilise the steering wheel controls?
You'll need the PAC SWI-(whatever model works with the radio you end up getting). There's another brand out there that supposedly works better than the PAC, but it doesn't work in our Jeeps. It'll work in a WJ though. Anyway, I have a PAC-SWI-JACK for my Alpine 9855. It worked flawlessly for about 2 years and then started acting up. I reset it, reprogrammed it, and it appears I'll be good for another 2 years. It's all in my build thread in my sig if you want to take a look. I even took a pic of the wire you need to use in order to make it work.
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Personally I have a Pioneer X8500BH. I'm still kicking myself for not getting the Sirius a compatible one though. Its really good, however if you have an infinity set-up, you have to change speakers and bypass your factory amp. If you were closer I'd give you my factory radio for 20 bucks to get you going again.
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You don't have to bypass the factory amp. I'm fairly positive I covered the work-with (not work-around) in my build, again, in my sig. Check it out. I ran my 9855 for a couple months with the stock Infinity Gold system without issue.
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You'll need the PAC SWI-(whatever model works with the radio you end up getting). There's another brand out there that supposedly works better than the PAC, but it doesn't work in our Jeeps. It'll work in a WJ though. Anyway, I have a PAC-SWI-JACK for my Alpine 9855. It worked flawlessly for about 2 years and then started acting up. I reset it, reprogrammed it, and it appears I'll be good for another 2 years. It's all in my build thread in my sig if you want to take a look. I even took a pic of the wire you need to use in order to make it work.
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You don't have to bypass the factory amp. I'm fairly positive I covered the work-with (not work-around) in my build, again, in my sig. Check it out. I ran my 9855 for a couple months with the stock Infinity Gold system without issue.
To add to this: you don't HAVE to bypass the amp. However if you intend to do anything crazy with the speakers, or add a substantial subwoofer, you should bypass the amp and use the head unit's amplifier controller with an aftermarket amp for superior results.
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To add to this: you don't HAVE to bypass the amp. However if you intend to do anything crazy with the speakers, or add a substantial subwoofer, you should bypass the amp and use the head unit's amplifier controller with an aftermarket amp for superior results.
I don't see how the 20w x channel in the head unit can be better then the Infiniti amp lol. With my head unit when you turn the subwoofer outputs on it changes the settings so that it only sends mid's and high's to the main speakers and then all the bass goes to the sub.

When my speakers are getting the bass I can turn it up to 25 and it starts getting far to distorted but when I have the sub on it and it changes the settings I can go all the way up to 40 with clear sound... It's nearly 100db which is far too much but it's nice to know it is clear sound.
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The Infinity amp is better than any internal amp in a head unit. Regardless, of you're just looking for a new head unit and don't plan on upgrading speakers anytime soon, there's no sense on bypassing the factory amp. I'm 90% certain I had to connect the HU's remote turn on to the wiring harness's power antenna lead. Apparently that's the pin Chrysler used for the remote on the amp.
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Unread 11-16-2013, 11:38 AM   #26
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The Infinity amp is better than the internal amp, but I'm unsure if it'll interface with the head unit's amp controller; I'm not aware of when a lot of the standards we use today went into place. Actually my only experience with factory amplifiers is in Nissans ca 1990, which will not interface with an aftermarket head unit's controller, and must be bypassed, because the HU will use its internal amp, and that'll get fed into the factory amp, and your speakers will hate you forever.

Hell, my 240 uses the amp control wire to signal the power antenna. How do you figure that works?
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The Infinity amp is better than the internal amp, but I'm unsure if it'll interface with the head unit's amp controller; I'm not aware of when a lot of the standards we use today went into place. Actually my only experience with factory amplifiers is in Nissans ca 1990, which will not interface with an aftermarket head unit's controller, and must be bypassed, because the HU will use its internal amp, and that'll get fed into the factory amp, and your speakers will hate you forever.

Hell, my 240 uses the amp control wire to signal the power antenna. How do you figure that works?
The hell if I know. I buy American cars. I'm telling you it does not have to be bypassed on a ZJ. The amp takes the line level in from the factory unit or your aftermarket unit. The trick is getting it to turn on. It's all in my build thread.
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not sure if it's the same for yours but mine, a 95, the power antenna control wire also is the REM line for the Infinity amp. That solved the problem of getting the amp working. I just tied in the REM amp power wire from the HU and spliced that into it. I can't remember the color of the wire offhand, i'd have to pull the HU out of mine. Sound isn't the greatest but that's due to el cheapo walmart speakers. cheap junk was better than blown speakers till I can give a full overhaul. It sound's pretty decent nonetheless. I haven't notice any distortion caused from that set up. As ejschultz stated, you should be perfectly fine using the jeep's amp.
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