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Upgrading base stereo (keeping oem head unit)

So I have read over some past threads, but they typically deal with Bose systems. Im trying to gauge how feesible it would be to put for example hertz component

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Old 11-08-2013, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I have read over some past threads, but they typically deal with Bose systems.

Im trying to gauge how feesible it would be to put for example hertz component speakers and sub in the spare tire enclosure along with an amp while keeping the stock head unit.

Is there something you can use to bypass the head unit and connect the amp to something else? So you can use the full potential of the hertz speakers and sub?

It has been a long time but the higher the volt the better the sound quality correct.

I guess for the most part I want to have a quality sound system but for it to look oem and completely hide the amp etc.
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While i'm certainly no expert when it comes to this area, I've been doing a bit of reading around as well. It looks like you can use you stock head unit and add after market speakers, sub and amp, so long as you buy a LOC (Line Output Convertor) of some sort.
There are cheap ones and better quality ones that come with features like DSP (Digital Signal Processing) that really improve the sound quality greatly.

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While i'm certainly no expert when it comes to this area, I've been doing a bit of reading around as well. It looks like you can use you stock head unit and add after market speakers, sub and amp, so long as you buy a LOC (Line Output Convertor) of some sort.
There are cheap ones and better quality ones that come with features like DSP (Digital Signal Processing) that really improve the sound quality greatly.

My understanding is that bigaudiofanat really knows these things inside & out
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Thanks yes he is. I have read a lot of threads and in many of them he throws down a ton of great info.

I have been reading about the jl cleansweep seems promising (although I read something a separate audio knob or something) and it looks like you can put a single amp big enough to power a sub and 2 higher wattage speakers under a seat.

Still a lot to figure out though. For instance can you still use the volume on the steering wheel with this setup. But that is what the forum is for I suppose.
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Thanks yes he is. I have read a lot of threads and in many of them he throws down a ton of great info.

I have been reading about the jl cleansweep seems promising (although I read something a separate audio knob or something) and it looks like you can put a single amp big enough to power a sub and 2 higher wattage speakers under a seat.

Still a lot to figure out though. For instance can you still use the volume on the steering wheel with this setup. But that is what the forum is for I suppose.
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Ok so I was mistaken about the spare sub. I didn't realize you would need to have a cut out in the carpet.

But i saw In a thread where someone put a bass tube behind the strut bar. What would my options be fore something that would fit there but with a little bit better sound quality?

If I am going to put in hertz components and the jbl ms8. I don't really want to match that with a bass tube.

Would it be possible to put say a 6" sub and amp there and the jbl ms8 under the seat? I know that is not much sub AT ALL but with all combined it would be adequate and should tons better then my base stereo.

Thanks for any help or recommendations.
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I am comtemplating adding a sub between the space tire well and the area in front of the strut bar (see pic). The dimensions are approx. 8" wide, 20" long, 7" deep. Any thoughts on the angle of the sub would be appreciated.
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