Originally Posted by GoT midlife CS View Post
I can appreciate your opinion, as I shared it with systems that I installed in some of my older cars, but the head unit in the shaker systems is actually a very good unit. Will you get better and cleaner with something aftermarket, you can with the right unit. But let's not forget that some of these systems like mine have sync, navi, bluethooth, ipod integration and steering wheel controls. I like the functionality of these features, and don't see the need to re-install them aftermarket. I did that in my '06 F-350, but it had a standard BS ford stereo. With regards to your comment on the signal processing, units like the LC6i, take signal from your factory subs, front, and rear channels. It is not "reconstructing" anything, it is summing the signals together in order to create a full range output. In my system i use individual LOC's, one for the sub signal and one for the fronts. Quite frankly it is the one of the best sounding system i have installed. Plus it looks and acts completely like a stock system, unless you open the trunk, that doesn't look very stock.
As far as a cap goes, I have one in my '85 T/A with a small 5 channel amp and 10" sub, it definitely needs it. But in the 5.0, i am running a 400x4 and a 1000x1 (to 2 12" jl audio subs). I have no cap, no noise, and zero dimming headlights even when i pump that hip hop sh!t.
Now I am just here offering an opinion as someone who used to feel like you, who gave this new approach a try, and was very pleasantly suprised. Keyser Soze is a legend and has my respect so please don't kill me and the family for my opinion. (Usual Suspect was an awesome movie)
Well thought out post, and that's very heartening about your system on a newer Mustang with no lack of current coming out of that alternator. However, I thought the OP had the base stereo in his Mustang... thus he wouldn't lose any functionality by swapping the unit for something with better processing. If he wants the OEM look, definitely something to be said there, especially from a theft perspective.
With respect to the Shaker system, I'm sure it's not bad, but you're still summing outputs that have already been filtered by the Ford head unit, line-out-converted or not - and if it's lowered (or downright eliminated) part of your subwoofer spectrum, you won't get it back as if you'd had a dedicated output from a quality aftermarket head unit. Taking the relevant lowest-frequency signal, the head unit lowering the response of anything below, say, 50 Hz, and then adding that signal to the others that don't include this frequency to 'reconstruct' that content seems a little suspicious to me. Maybe that's not how the Ford radio works, but from what I've read in this thread, the head unit lowers bass response based on volume (probably to keep the stockers from blowing the unit or rattling the doors). If you find the response to be satisfying with your equipment, I'm probably wrong about something, not sure.
Of course, in YOUR case the LC6i solution is 1000x more logical, as you retain all the OEM comforts you paid for and trash those Chinese paper cones Ford gave you for something much better. Matter of fact, I'm looking at a 201x GT Premium whenever my car manages to die, and I was planning on doing much of what you said above. I'm glad to hear it sounds awesome. But for Fake, it seems like he'd be better served swapping that unit: from a sound perspective anyway.
As for your family, they'll remain safe
. Hopefully I'll have a ride worthy of my namesake soon.