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post #1 of 22 Old 12-05-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Possible sound upgrade- opinions?

So, I plan on upgrading my head-unit adn dash speakers in my TJ for under $250 (christmas present budget).

Heres my proposal:

Head-unit---- Kenwood KDC-MP345U CD receiver at Crutchfield.com


Dash Speakers---- Infinity Kappa 42.9i 4" 2-way car speakers at Crutchfield Signature

Can I get a better setup for the money?


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post #2 of 22 Old 12-05-2010, 07:37 PM
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Alpine KTP-445 Power Pack Upgrade your Alpine receiver to 45 watts RMS x 4 at Crutchfield.com

If you go with an Alpine head unit you can add this ^ later on.

Also, I'd go with 5 1/4 inch speakers all the way around. A bracket is made that will allow fitment in the dash. They will sound much better than 4 inchers. maybe someone will chime in with where to get the brackets. Or if you are good at fabrication do it yourself.

I have Polk speakers and really like them. They really woke up when I amped them.
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Im wondering if i get 5 1/4's, will crutchfield give me brackets?

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I don't think Crutchfield has those brackets. My local stereo shop made mine for me and only charged me a few bucks.

Let's do a search for brackets and see what we come up with.
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Can't say much about the speakers, but I just put that HU in my fiance's car. Her stock HU was horrible, so anything was an improvement but we are very happy with the ipod controls and the layout. I just installed it 2 weeks ago and liked it a lot on the 5 hour car ride back home.

Just my $0.02
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post #6 of 22 Old 12-05-2010, 10:11 PM
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For $250 you can get a decent h/u, speakers, a small amp, & wiring kit.

make your own speaker brackets out of mdf (cover in resin to water-proof) to mount a 5 1/4 mid, then mount the tweeter wherever sounds best to your ear (a-pillar, sail panel, door, etc)


tell me what features you'd like out of your h/u & i'll list some gear.
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^^^^^^^^^^^^Nice price on the brackets.^^^^^^^^^^^^


I say shop around for the components after you figure out which you want. I have said many times Crutchfield is great for the beginner, their tech support and customer service cant be beat and they have most all wiring adaptors included with their purchases, but their prices can be beat. If you won't be needing the benefits of the free wiring adaptors for the speakers and HU, then I would go to a cheaper source, but if you will need good tech support for installation and whatnot, well Crutchfield is a good source. This forum can also be a great source too.
KDC-MP345U - Kenwood In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Car Stereo Receiver with Remote
I personally like the Blue-tooth model myself...costs a bit more but
KDC-MP345U - Kenwood In-Dash CD/MP3/WMA Car Stereo Receiver with Remote
I found your HU listed here where I do allot of shopping for a good price too. I would go with the 5 1/4" speakers in the dash with adaptors.
If you were going to be adding more power (amps) in the future, you could use something like these speakers.
5030CS - Infinity Reference 5-1/4" 2-Way 225 Watt Reference Series Component System
But they do require more power. The other options for no amp could be:
SX50 - Boston Acoustics 5.25" 2 Way Component System or
5020CS - Infinity 5.25" Component Speaker System
These speakers are a little more and require remote mounting of your tweeter, but it will sound better than a coaxial with the tweeter firing down in your crotch. JMHO
Good luck and happy shopping. I love Christmas time.

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Thanks everyone, im gonna look into all the suggestions tonight..

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For $250 you can get a decent h/u, speakers, a small amp, & wiring kit.

make your own speaker brackets out of mdf (cover in resin to water-proof) to mount a 5 1/4 mid, then mount the tweeter wherever sounds best to your ear (a-pillar, sail panel, door, etc)


tell me what features you'd like out of your h/u & i'll list some gear.

For now, i just want a headunit that can power both dash and soundbar speakers with ipod hookup. Also, I need it to be easy to install since im not good with that kinda stuff. And I need dash speakers that will be loud enough that i could hear with the top down.

Im not too worried about speakers other than finding brackets.. i just want a h/u that can power the all the speakers really well.

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For now, i just want a headunit that can power both dash and soundbar speakers with ipod hookup. Also, I need it to be easy to install since im not good with that kinda stuff. And I need dash speakers that will be loud enough that i could hear with the top down.

Im not too worried about speakers other than finding brackets.. i just want a h/u that can power the all the speakers really well.


I wouldn't go with components. Coaxials work much better when the top is down.
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Yea I was thinking that.. plus its a b**** trying to find a spot for the tweeters. I need some simplicity..

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Believe it or not the tweeters are heard allot better. I put mine in the A pillars and they sound great. But if ya just want to keep it simple, I agree the coaxial speakers are the easier way to go ( ya don't have to mess with wiring up the crossovers or even mounting them). I actually am working toward a little better imaging and SQ than simplicity myself. But I have to remember most people just want to keep it simple and more stealthy.

Having tweeters mounted in the A pillars do draw attention to the system and rig as a whole, but then again so do the chrome fire extinguishers, GPS, XM radio as well as the Cobra 29LTD too. LOL

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Another plus with coaxials over components with a topless Jeep is coaxials are more efficient than components when it comes to power.

50 watts RMS is louder on coaxials than on components.
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Think im going with infinity 5 1/4" Kappa 52.9i in the dash and a Pioneer DEH-2200UB for my h/u.. Seems like a satisfying setup for a highschool wrangler.

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