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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Stock stereo vs afternarket

My Tj doesn't have a radio. I can buy a stock unit for 20 bucks or get a nice head unit for 50-90 bucks. I do appreciate good, loud music with the top off And have polk/Sony speakers in the jeep. Will the stock unit be a significant let down compared to a nicer one?

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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:51 PM   #2
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Probably should have put this in the electronics thread. Oops
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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #3
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And I'd use the cassette for my iPod. I do that in my xj
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Unread 06-17-2013, 12:56 PM   #4
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Just one note I want to put out there.
Stay away from those with the stupid removable face plate unless you're in a high-theft area. Our Jeeps are dusty, the electrical connections on the back of the face plate don't like dust or vibration. I can't get the buttons on mine to work the way they should consistently. Sometimes while driving the damned face plate just turns off or scrambles itself, resetting the pins on the back fixes it.

One minute the volume button changes volume, next it's changing the station, next it's changing the settings. It's not broken, just frustrating.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:02 PM   #5
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I prefer a good "Head Unit" when cruising the streets at 2am.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:05 PM   #6
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Just one note I want to put out there.
Stay away from those with the stupid removable face plate unless you're in a high-theft area. Our Jeeps are dusty, the electrical connections on the back of the face plate don't like dust or vibration. I can't get the buttons on mine to work the way they should consistently. Sometimes while driving the damned face plate just turns off or scrambles itself, resetting the pins on the back fixes it.

One minute the volume button changes volume, next it's changing the station, next it's changing the settings. It's not broken, just frustrating.
I am dealing with that right now with my removeable face plate. Though, I do need to have one out here.

And, I would go with a new head unit. Easy to install, and more features then the stock unit. Mine is a sony, and I can plug my classic Ipod right into the stereo itself and control it through the stereo.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:06 PM   #7
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I installed a $130 pioneer a couple years ago with a USB plug on the face. I'll never install a stereo again without something like this. I must have a few hundred songs in different directories that has me never listening to the same song on any given day.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:08 PM   #8
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I have an alpine head unit which I've had a few yrs now. ..its gotten pretty wet more than once. ..I've removed the face plate almost every single time I've gotten out of the jeep & its still holding up with NO issues. ..the writing on some of the buttons is mostly rubbed off...but I had my doors off for September-April a yr or 2 in a row when I was at school & all the dirt getting in didn't help that.

As for sound, I have stock speakers & the sound quality was greatly improved over my stock radio.

I say get one with a removable face plate; just get a quality one. I've had my jeep "broken into" 5 or 6 times in the last 2 or 3 yrs...I like having the removable face plate

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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:41 PM   #9
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Yeah I need the removable faceplate. No getting around that. I think I'll stray from the stock unit, although $20 dollars sounds so nice
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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:42 PM   #10
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My Kenwood Excelon should be here today and I can't wait to get that baby installed. The ability to hook up my iPhone or any other USB device to play music off of is totally worth it. The specific one I ordered has both a front and rear USB connection. I plan to route the rear cable into my glove box and keep an external hard drive in there with a library of music.

I'm also anxious to see how much of a better quality of sound it puts out.
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...I plan to route the rear cable into my glove box and keep an external hard drive in there with a library of music.
You may want to stick with a solid state drive.
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You may want to stick with a solid state drive.
Ya good point. I'll probably just use a USB thumb stick, 32 gb for $20 would work out great.
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