I have to disagree. I updated my door speakers and then got an active processor (JBL MS-8) and it made a HUGE difference with stock head unit. It actually sounded amazing. I did amp my door speakers and rear speakers as well.Change the crap speakers. Makes it a lot better. But without spending big money on the stupid dash kit for an aftermarket radio. There's no way to make it that much better for cheap
The problem with only changing the HU is they don't have enough power to drive the speakers properly. So after spending all that money on a HU, you still end up with a system that lacks high fidelity.I changed all the speakers with some high-end models and it's only slightly better. I really think the headunit sucks but also the car is just not very acoustic-friendly. I'll do a headunit/navi down the line and might even order door panels that will alow the door subs to be mounted.
Exactly this. If you are just doing a simple speaker upgrade on the stock units. Then just get low rms wattage rated speakers. Dont think getting expensive high wattage rated speakers will upgrade the sound even bigger, unless your adding an aftermarket amp with it. I want a 12" sub now tho...That's what so great about an audio upgrade, its all good. You can do whatever you want, spend as much as you want. Tons of good stuff out there.
If I wanted a fairly cheap upgrade I'd just replace the speakers. But be careful, high power speakers will sound like crap when connected only to a HU. 50w speakers will sound much better for that application.
For a $100-200 more you can add a 4 channel amp.
The sky is the limit from there.
I just ordered 4 TS D6802R Pioneers ( 2 for each car ) for 72.00 a pair from a company called onlinecarsterio.com in California. Free shipping in the US !I also found the speakers on my 2011 base v6 to be lacking. I ended up upgrading to the pioneer TS-D6803R speakers and the sound difference is amazing. So much clearer than stock, and should probably sound good for any type of music (although I mostly listen to rock and metal)
TS-D6802R - 6" x 8" 2-Way Speaker | Pioneer Electronics USA
I'm still using the stock radio and amp as I didnt want to shell out the cash to get the adapter to install an aftermarket radio and am very happy with the results. You should be able to find them for a cheaper price on ebay. The only other thing you need is a wiring harness adapter so you don't have to solder the wires to the speakers.
Thanks Hog. You have the 3 way, I ordered the 2 ways . Hopefully they will sound good. For sure better than the stock ones.You're going to love them Randeez. I didn't know you had to break speakers in, but you do. You will have a hard time dialing them in until they do break in. I would say after a week or so of commuting back and forth to work they started sounding like I expected them to.
What's funny to me is that my little Fiat 500 came with a Bose Premium sound system, and my Shaker 500 sounds a million times better IMO.