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Unread 04-01-2014, 12:55 PM   #1
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Alpine System, why the hate?

When I was doing my research I noticed a lot of people unhappy with the Alpine system in the Limited model. I have to say I'm very impressed with it and I really like car audio. Coming from the Fender system in my Volkswagen this thing blows it away. I find that the clarity is very good, and the sub fills in the lows very nicely. When trying out different genre's of music the bassy rap music hits pretty good. It doesn't rattle windows but its a factory system and more than sufficient for the average adult. Am I really only one of the few that think the system is quite good?

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Unread 04-01-2014, 01:23 PM   #2
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I agree with you. I see a lot of hate of the 9 Speaker system however, I think it sounds great. Granted I am not an audio enthusiast, but for a stock system it is great. My only gripe is how the system limits you to "38" on the dial. I wish it was a tad bit louder.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 02:05 PM   #3
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Same here, totally satisfied with the system.
I'll go as far as say its a step up from what I had in all of my FX35s (4 in a row from 2003 to 2010) and better than what i had in 2002 IS300 with addition of JL 10" sub and JL amp.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 02:13 PM   #4
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I like mine.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 02:17 PM   #5
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Not bad for a stock unit - about equal to the BOSE unit in my CTS-V. The Alpine is MUCH better than the awful BOSE unit in my Z06.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 04:46 PM   #6
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I will chime in and agree with you guys. The Alpine system in my wife's Limited sounds great, especially compared to the factory systems I am used to dealing with.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 07:12 PM   #7
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I agree as well...the stock sound system sounds very good and is better than some of the systems on my previous vehicles
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Unread 04-01-2014, 08:38 PM   #8
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I'm happy with mine. Some folks just need a more refined and powerful system. It's just background to me, more than sufficient. If I want to be all audiophile I'll listen in my living room. I usually have others in the vehicle with me, and we like to talk to each other. I think a lot of folks that are disappointed are in the vehicle alone, or with others who want to be totally immersed in their music. To each his own.
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Unread 04-02-2014, 08:15 AM   #9
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It's better than a 4-speaker Ford system, or 6-speaker Chrysler. It can't compare to Lincoln THX II (not even remotely-close), or a good aftermarket system. It all depends on your point-of-reference. I recently bought a new 200 with the 6 speaker Boston Acoustics system. Even though it doesn't have a sub, it has more bass than my 9+1 Alpine in the Jeep. It also sounds better overall IMO.

People dislike the Alpine system, because it should sound better, and it was very poorly designed. In my previous Ram for example, the rear 6x9s are high-passed, and only got mid-high frequencies. Who does this on a 6x9?! In my 200, the rear 6x9s are full-range -- which is what they should be. The OE Alpine speakers are worse than their lowest aftermarket line. If basic Kicker (Mopar) is an "upgrade", you know they weren't that good to begin with. People really dislike the Alpine system when they try to upgrade it -- because it's not easy, nor cheap. I do like Chrysler's head units. I don't like the Alpine amp, speakers, nor integration.
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Unread 04-02-2014, 08:27 AM   #10
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People dislike the Alpine system, because it should sound better, and it was very poorly designed. In my previous Ram for example, the rear 6x9s are high-passed, and only got mid-high frequencies. Who does this on a 6x9?! In my 200, the rear 6x9s are full-range -- which is what they should be. The OE Alpine speakers are worse than their lowest aftermarket line. If basic Kicker (Mopar) is an "upgrade", you know they weren't that good to begin with. People really dislike the Alpine system when they try to upgrade it -- because it's not easy, nor cheap. I do like Chrysler's head units. I don't like the Alpine amp, speakers, nor integration.
This is what I mean about going all audiophile. When you say "People dislike the Alpine system", you're not speaking for everyone. It's fine for me and many others who just want a little background music when they're in their vehicle. I understand that your tastes are more discriminating, but for the majority of "people" on this thread so far, the Alpine system in their Jeep is just fine. Of course it doesn't compare to the system in my home that costs thousands of dollars, but I don't need it to. As to the original poster's comment about the system, all I can say is, to each their own, you're either gonna like it or not, but many do.
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It's better than a 4-speaker Ford system, or 6-speaker Chrysler. It can't compare to Lincoln THX II (not even remotely-close), or a good aftermarket system. It all depends on your point-of-reference. I recently bought a new 200 with the 6 speaker Boston Acoustics system. Even though it doesn't have a sub, it has more bass than my 9+1 Alpine in the Jeep. It also sounds better overall IMO.

People dislike the Alpine system, because it should sound better, and it was very poorly designed. In my previous Ram for example, the rear 6x9s are high-passed, and only got mid-high frequencies. Who does this on a 6x9?! In my 200, the rear 6x9s are full-range -- which is what they should be. The OE Alpine speakers are worse than their lowest aftermarket line. If basic Kicker (Mopar) is an "upgrade", you know they weren't that good to begin with. People really dislike the Alpine system when they try to upgrade it -- because it's not easy, nor cheap. I do like Chrysler's head units. I don't like the Alpine amp, speakers, nor integration.

This is what I'm talking about. People say there is no bass and their 6x9's are better. I don't understand. My Alpine system has a lot of bass...and I love bass so its not like I'm sensitive to it and OK with flat music. I have my bass at +2 right now and when listening to rock with good kick bass and rap with deep bass I get plenty of low end. I have a hard time believing 2 6x9's have a lower freq response than a 10" subwoofer. But to each their own, its OK to not like the system and its OK to like a 6 speaker system better. This is all just opinion based and I was curious of why some people don't like it while others think its fantastic.

This professional review found the system to be above average.

http://www.edmunds.com/car-technolog...io-review.html
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Unread 04-02-2014, 08:47 AM   #12
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Like a lot of things, it's very subjective. I'm very happy with my 9 speaker system, CD player & all.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 01:02 PM   #13
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I have been into car audio for around 20 years. I am happy with the alpine system in my wifes grand. I agree with it being subjective to each person, I also think alot peoples un-happiness comes from the sirius radio sound quality or lack of sound quality on certian station on the sat. radio.
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I recently bought a new 200 with the 6 speaker Boston Acoustics system. Even though it doesn't have a sub, it has more bass than my 9+1 Alpine in the Jeep. It also sounds better overall IMO.
The 200 is a lot smaller inside. We all know it is a lot harder to get the sound right in a larger interior and what is basically a station wagon. There is no big trunk space available to take advantage of, for example.

I think the Alpine in my 2011 is pretty good, the first OEM system I wasn't tempted to improve, my little SLK had a better sound, but that was a much smaller car.
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Unread 04-07-2014, 06:17 PM   #15
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No hate for 12 JGC limited Alpine system - One of the better systems i've had in any vehicle
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