Audio Suggestions for a soft-top Wrangler - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > General Technical Discussions > Electrical, Audio, GPS, & 2-Way Radio > Audio Suggestions for a soft-top Wrangler

Savvy FREE SHIPPING!Year End Clearance Sale! Save 20%Artec Holiday Sale!

Reply
Unread 03-20-2012, 05:40 AM   #1
Burlsworth
Registered User
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Harrison, Ar
Posts: 1
Audio Suggestions for a soft-top Wrangler

I have a 2000 Wrangler and i recently upgraded the speakers in the soundbar. They definitely sound better than the stock speakers. I still have the stock stereo in the dash and id like to put in a new one so i can add an amp and maybe a 10" Sub in the back. I dont know a whole lot about car audio so i was hoping i could get some suggestions on how to make the sound better. Thanks

Burlsworth is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-20-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
peytonimor7
Registered User
2004 WJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Posts: 1,064
Definitely get an amplifier for your upgraded speakers. I'd say get the same kind of speakers you put in your soundbar, and put them up front (in a different size of course). The amp will let your music get real loud without distorting, which is essential for taking the top off in the summer.
__________________
l 04 WJ l OME HD+3/4" spacers l Bilstein 5100 l 245/70/17 Firestone M/Ts l IRO Adj. CAs F & R l
peytonimor7 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-22-2012, 01:00 PM   #3
turtle05LJ
Registered User
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rapid City, SD
Posts: 154
I am also looking into upgrading my audio. just purchased 6.5" and 5.25" Polk DB Marine speakers and am looking at a Fusion IP-600 head unit since it comes WITH a class D 70wx4 RMS rating so an extra amp is not needed for the 4 speakers. It has an RCA preamp channel for a sub as well. Also is a Marine Head Unit and has a watertight design for iPod placement.

http://www.fusionelectronics.com/mar...eries/MS-IP600
turtle05LJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-22-2012, 01:50 PM   #4
NalinMFG
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Posts: 2,047
Quote:
Originally Posted by turtle05LJ View Post
6.5" and 5.25" Polk DB Marine speakers[/url]
That's your best option.
__________________


5.25" TJ Speaker Adapters

Linkedin:
Andrew Nalin
Email: NalinMFG@gmail.com
Website: www.NalinMFG.com
Facebook: NalinMFG
NalinMFG is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-22-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
gily25
Registered User
2005 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 3,260
Def look at installing some dash speakers in the same brand. Amping the speakers depends on what model speakers you installed. However adding amp and a quality hu is best for topless wranglers, you shouldn't need to turn the volume up to the point of distortion. 10" sub will fill in the lows for your beach cruisin tunes. If you add a sub consider a "trunk style" enclosure that downfires and maybe use a tonneau if you don't have passengers.

While that fusion is an interesting setup it requires a custom install. I considered a similar mechanism less setup back in the day for my YJ and bought a west marine close out Jensen headunit (turned out to be a good hu for the $) since it was single din. The cost probably ends up being around the same as a mainstream hu and amp with less install effort. Alpine with the power pack is an easy comparable (altho iPod doesn't store inside).
__________________
iPhone app user; excuse typos...thanx.
gily25 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-22-2012, 06:52 PM   #6
turtle05LJ
Registered User
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rapid City, SD
Posts: 154
Just got a message back from Fusion as I thought the 70x4 RMS was a little wierd. It is in fact peak power do RMS is like 26-27 watts at 4 0hms and 43 watts at 2 Ohms so I think I will end up passing on that HU.

Sounded like a great idea though :-)
turtle05LJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-22-2012, 06:54 PM   #7
turtle05LJ
Registered User
2005 LJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Rapid City, SD
Posts: 154
Oh and I purchased the NALIN 5.25" speaker adapter!!
turtle05LJ is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #8
NalinMFG
Registered User
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Posts: 2,047
Quote:
Originally Posted by turtle05LJ View Post
Oh and I purchased the NALIN 5.25" speaker adapter!!
__________________


5.25" TJ Speaker Adapters

Linkedin:
Andrew Nalin
Email: NalinMFG@gmail.com
Website: www.NalinMFG.com
Facebook: NalinMFG
NalinMFG is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-24-2012, 08:37 AM   #9
rdnck_8
Registered User
2009 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lake City, MN
Posts: 108
I am in the same spot, to amp or not to amp. I got an 09 Unlimited, put a Kenwood hu in and the stock speakers can't handle it, gets very distorted at med volume, can barely hear it with the top off. Unless I remove all bass. So I ordered Kicker DS65.2 componets for the front and DS65 for the sound bar. Now the question is do I want an amp with them? My thought is that the speakers will handled the higher volume fine for me to hear it just fine so I am leaning towards no amp. Don't need it blaring, just want to hear it.
rdnck_8 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-24-2012, 10:49 AM   #10
peytonimor7
Registered User
2004 WJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Posts: 1,064
You'll definitely want an amp for a component system.
__________________
l 04 WJ l OME HD+3/4" spacers l Bilstein 5100 l 245/70/17 Firestone M/Ts l IRO Adj. CAs F & R l
peytonimor7 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-24-2012, 12:04 PM   #11
gily25
Registered User
2005 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 3,260
Amping a comp set is a good idea. Did you already have the dash tweeters in your oem setup? If so you'll probably want to run new wiring to eliminate any factory crossover that might be inline.
__________________
iPhone app user; excuse typos...thanx.
gily25 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #12
Kurtmccormick
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 4
Hay guys i just put this years newest Kenwood model, i have infinitely speakers installed in the sound bar. Just the deck itself does a great job at powering the speakers. It wicked loud, plus i have the deck that has blue tooth capability so i can talk on the phone without hanging on the cell and shifting at the same time. It also has the out board mic so the people you talk to can actually hear you, unlike previous Bluetooth stereos. The price tag on this stereo was only three hundred, but if you look around on the internet you might be able to get it cheaper.
Kurtmccormick is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-24-2012, 07:09 PM   #13
rdnck_8
Registered User
2009 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lake City, MN
Posts: 108
There are OEM tweeters, which is surprising since it does not have an infinity amp, but I figured to bypass any issues I will rewire direct to the hu. It a good thing I ordered them the other day cause one of the tweeters fried today.
rdnck_8 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-24-2012, 11:49 PM   #14
peytonimor7
Registered User
2004 WJ 
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Posts: 1,064
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kurtmccormick View Post
Hay guys i just put this years newest Kenwood model, i have infinitely speakers installed in the sound bar. Just the deck itself does a great job at powering the speakers. It wicked loud, plus i have the deck that has blue tooth capability so i can talk on the phone without hanging on the cell and shifting at the same time. It also has the out board mic so the people you talk to can actually hear you, unlike previous Bluetooth stereos. The price tag on this stereo was only three hundred, but if you look around on the internet you might be able to get it cheaper.
Which model is this? KIV-BT901? I have that and love it.
__________________
l 04 WJ l OME HD+3/4" spacers l Bilstein 5100 l 245/70/17 Firestone M/Ts l IRO Adj. CAs F & R l
peytonimor7 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 03-28-2012, 06:27 PM   #15
Kurtmccormick
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 4
its the K D C - X996, my only problem with this is that when i stream through the blue tooth i can only hear the two front speakers working. I can't figure out why.
Kurtmccormick is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Tags
audio , jeep , speakers , wrangler

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.