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post #1 of 8 Old 11-12-2018, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Sub woofers?

Im wanting to transfer my two kicker sub setup in a box with the amp and capacitor over into the jeep. For those of you who have a sub setup can you tell me what you ended up doing in terms of the radio and battery?

Im hoping i can keep my stock radio or find a newer jeep oem radio for sale with bluetooth.


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post #2 of 8 Old 11-12-2018, 04:47 PM
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I ended up swapping everything out to new.

I got a dual din JVC head unit which Iím not happy with. 5 channel Pioneer amp which Iím also not happy with.

Up front I got C2 JL Audio components and rear C2 JL Audio coaxials. Sub I went with an 8Ē JL Audio to replace the factory 8Ē. I packed poly fill in all speaker areas and got all necessary battery/amp cabling.

The highs arenít as crisp as I would like and I hear thatís due to the amp but I havenít really invested time in fixing it as the system sounds WAY better than stock.

Iíll have to get the head unit and amp model numbers a little later but the Bluetooth mic and itís connectivity sucks.

The amp, well, if the highs not being as crisp as Iíd like is due to that then Iíd stay away from the Pioneer models.


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After a lot of exhaustive research, I ended up replacing the HU before installing my subs.

The stock unit is marginal at best. Many report the stock HU does not send out a full spectrum of sound (bass), and has no provisions for adding subs other than line level.

I went with a single din Kenwood HU, and added the controller to keep the steering wheel controls and BT. The difference is night and day.

Spend the money on a decent HU, with built in x-overs and a 5V min preamp output.

I run all my stock speakers x-d over and off deck power. I can't believe they are the stock speakers, and are as loud as I ever will need. 2 10's out back that I have x'd over by the HU pre-amp, and I keep the gain to them down as well, yet still have a rich/ full sound

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After a lot of exhaustive research, I ended up replacing the HU before installing my subs.

The stock unit is marginal at best. Many report the stock HU does not send out a full spectrum of sound (bass), and has no provisions for adding subs other than line level.

I went with a single din Kenwood HU, and added the controller to keep the steering wheel controls and BT. The difference is night and day.

Spend the money on a decent HU, with built in x-overs and a 5V min preamp output.

I run all my stock speakers x-d over and off deck power. I can't believe they are the stock speakers, and are as loud as I ever will need. 2 10's out back that I have x'd over by the HU pre-amp, and I keep the gain to them down as well, yet still have a rich/ full sound

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Nice thanks, Which unit did you use?


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KDC-X700. It's not nearly top of the line, but the cost (179) was reasonable, especially for the features.

(Crutchfield is a great place to buy, or at least compare)

I'm an old school (ok, just old) audiophile... it used to be that you needed an an expensive HU, an external cross-over, an external EQ, a pre-amp voltage increase, and separate amps the size of sofa cushions along with a line levels adjuster just to eek out a decent sound experience.

Nowadays, that's all (almost) built into the HU, and works incredibly well. It's less than $100 difference from a decent HU to one that has most all those features built-in. You do not need exotic, just good.

Heck, mine even has an infinity adjustable color spectrum, and I was able to match the dash lights perfectly. It's removable face plate adds security in the summer, overall (again) very happy w/ the upgrade)

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So my HU is the: JVC KW-V330BT

Remember - JVC makes Kenwood which is why I decided to go JVC instead of Kenwood. Figured itíd be the same quality, but I think I was wrong. I havenít had a Kenwood in a long time, probably prior to JVC owning them, but I remember their quality back then.

And my amp is the: Pioneer GM-D9605 GM Digital Series Class D Amp (5-Channel Bridgeable, 2,000W Max)


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Small clarification; JVC/Kenwood merged in 2008, jvc does not own/ make kenwood

I have nothing against JVC products, but I would do a full side-by-side comparison before purchasing; and Crutchfield has a great website for doing just that.

It may seem small, but little things like total harmonic distortion, rms power vs actual, pre-amp out voltage, signal strength, etc all make a difference.

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Small clarification; JVC/Kenwood merged in 2008, jvc does not own/ make kenwood

I have nothing against JVC products, but I would do a full side-by-side comparison before purchasing; and Crutchfield has a great website for doing just that.

It may seem small, but little things like total harmonic distortion, rms power vs actual, pre-amp out voltage, signal strength, etc all make a difference.

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Ah gotcha. Thx for clarifying. Thought I read somewhere they were acquired.

I did do the Crutchfield comparison which led me to the JVC.

Honestly, itís not all that bad. Just has a few quirks that annoy me. However, Iíve always had bad experiences with JVC electronics (specifically camcorders) and knew better but since I had the understanding of the companies creating the same products I figured...Eh, what the heck. Nope! Haha

Again, the acoustics I have now are FAR exceeding stock so Iím not 100% unhappy. BUT I would likely choose a different HU and amp if I were to start over again.


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