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Unread 05-07-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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WJ New HU - New Speakers are Horrible

I just bought an 04 Freedom Edition, first Jeep and I love it! I originally bought it to drive for 14 months and then give to my son who will be 16 by then, but I'm seriously considering keeping it, or getting a newer one after giving him this one

I just replaced the HU with a JVC Arsenal KD-AR959BS and it sounded pretty good, but the stock speakers sounded worn, I do not have the Infinity amp.

I had a pair of Kenwood speakers, I think they were 1664 somethings, and put them in. Now this thing sounds awful No Bass at all and the dash speakers sound mush louder than before.

I've searched thru and read as much as possible on JeepForum and a few other sites. The consensus is that the dash speakers are not just tweeters, but I'm not sure about that. I'm considering disconnecting them to see if the sound improves but I'm betting I need to pull these Kenwoods, at least from the front, and get some deeper 6x9s.

I'm not looking to spend a fortune. I've heard some people recommending Infinity Reference, Rockford Fosgate, Polk Audio, and I think I saw a JBL. Problem is I think most people are using the built in amp or have an aftermarket amp. I do not.

Can anyone recommend a good 6x9 speaker for the front that will run off my JVC that will fill in the bass?

I apologize if this has been covered elsewhere, I could not find it. I'm 43, have 4 kids, 2 dogs, and a hermit crab. I'm no audiophile as you can tell, but what I have now is horrible and I know if I go to a Best Buy, etc and ask, I may not get the best advice. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Unread 05-07-2014, 06:07 PM   #2
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I did a quick look over of the JVC unit you purchased and it looks like a decent player. 4.8volt preouts are nice but useless if you're not going to run an external amp. FYI, Alpine for a mere $130 or so has a 45 watt x 4 RMS universal Power Pack that will really bring most speakers to life. Also I recommend Focal Speakers. You might find a good deal on the Focal CVX Polyglass 6x9's, they are discontinued due to their new Performance series but sound excellent. Nice neutral sound and push out quite a bit of bass. With a matching set of CVX Polyglass speakers in the rear (also discontinued but findable online) and that Alpine Power Pack you will have one rocking stereo all for under $450 matched with that JVC you purchased. Also in time if you decide you could add a loaded subwoofer and have a nice, well rounded system that will leave you wanting to buy your son a different Jeep.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 08:38 PM   #3
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Your new radio is likely 12-15 WPer channel RMS. about the same as stock. If you want to use this withour an amp look for new speakers with high sensitivity(>88). The higher the better the sound.
I put 4-way 5.25 in the front and 3-way 6.5 in the sound pods and they are better than stock. Not a screaming system but better.
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Unread 05-08-2014, 07:50 PM   #4
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You are not going to get bass from a mid. You need to add a sub if you want bass.
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