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    Planned Sound System Upgrades? Speaker Sizes?

    Anyone thought out any audio upgrades they plan on doing? Any specific speakers you're looking at? Specific woffer? Ported or sealed? I was thinking speakers first, see how that sounds. Then a new amp. Then new sub/amp. Head unit staying stock and run a nice line output converter. Currently have 2 12" type Rs, will probably go to a single sub set up in the RS to save trunk space (if I go as far as a new sub).



    Also does anyone know all the sizes? I've looked online and it seems to be mixed. Looks like the front and rear doors are 6 1/2 with an unknown size tweeter, a 3 1/2 center, and an 8 inch woffer with a 9 channel amp pushing everything at just under 400w.

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    I will be curious what you come up with!
    I just want to be able to play Google Play through the system from my android phone without wires, loud enough to hear over the sound of the car. Couple detachable subs in the back that I can take out when I need to move stuff would be nice. I do prefer people to glare at me because of the volume of my car itself over the volume of my music. Sony is not my favorite company for audio but I will let the stock have a chance before i think about gutting it.

    The versions of Sync were not too friendly with Apple products but I do not know about Android and the Sync 3 for ease of connectivity.

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    This is my trunk at the moment, so I'm with you on a detachable sub! Excited to get a usable trunk for once in the RS Name:  059.JPG
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    I'd like to know how you'll improve it as I thought the amp wasn't upgradable. I've always been disappointed by the sound system in my ST which is just adequate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebyutoo View Post
    I'd like to know how you'll improve it as I thought the amp wasn't upgradable. I've always been disappointed by the sound system in my ST which is just adequate.
    if you upgrade your system the amp becomes obsolete. if you want to reuse the stock HU, get a harness adapter (scosche), tap into the speaker leads (on the harness adapter) for the front and rear mains, connect them to a line out converter. run rca's from the loc to your amp or amps, run power, ground, remote on, speaker wire, etc...

    so I guess you are correct, the stock amp is not upgradeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lymerock View Post
    if you upgrade your system the amp becomes obsolete. if you want to reuse the stock HU, get a harness adapter (scosche), tap into the speaker leads (on the harness adapter) for the front and rear mains, connect them to a line out converter. run rca's from the loc to your amp or amps, run power, ground, remote on, speaker wire, etc...

    so I guess you are correct, the stock amp is not upgradeable.
    But that means killing MFT system and possibly integrated controls too?

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    When I bought my ST I knew I would be getting rid of it for the RS and didn't bother putting my system in. I like the extra space but really miss the high quality sound, especially with some good rock. The Sony system can be really lacking at times. I sold most of my stuff but still have a 10W7 in a sealed box so I may do that along with some Focal K2 components. I could always do a JL HD 900/5 and just have one some what compact amp to run everything, but that W7 loves juice so 2 amps will still be the best thing for it.

    There are tools out there that should let you keep MFT and everything intact providing a Hi V output for RCAs to your amp and also a digital sound processor.
    AudioControl DQ-61 (Blue) Factory sound processor with equalization and time delay at Crutchfield.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crooked Letta View Post
    There are tools out there that should let you keep MFT and everything intact providing a Hi V output for RCAs to your amp and also a digital sound processor.
    AudioControl DQ-61 (Blue) Factory sound processor with equalization and time delay at Crutchfield.com
    that thing is bad ass. the loc game has come a long way since my last factory hu system i installed in 2010.
    400 is steep but ill figure out how to justify expense when im dead

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    Quote Originally Posted by lymerock View Post
    that thing is bad ass. the loc game has come a long way since my last factory hu system i installed in 2010.
    400 is steep but ill figure out how to justify expense when im dead
    LOL there are cheaper ones too, it just depends how crazy you want to go. I think they have basic ones that still process sound for around 300 and they go from there. You still want a sound processor though just due to the way factory head units alter frequencies and when hooked up to an amp it gets way worse. I will say I have had some friends that used just an RCA output converter and did work ok just for a sub, I would not try it with any type of speakers though.

    They have something like this for $100, but it is just a converter a good one, but won't help with the poor quality of the factory unit.
    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_161LC2I....html?tp=61671
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    I'm not sure if I will bother.

    Although I do have a CDT SQ sub, a couple Audison and a McIntosh amp laying around. Used to run the Mac to power the front stage (2 way active), audison for rear fill (sometimes, I usuall prefer no rear fill), and a mono audison for the sub.

    Not a huge bass guy though so I just ran a SQ focused 8" in a sealed box and sent 350W RMS to it.
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