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Old 08-16-2016, 07:27 AM   #1
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Better sound system.

Has anyone upgraded their sound system? I have the shaker system in mine which I think is pretty good for stock. The only complaint I have is that when its in higher volumes it's not as clear. Anybody have any suggestions?


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so many ways to go here. Have a budget? I was looking at about $3,400 to swap to all Focal mid/high level speakers, 2 12" JL subs and ARC audio amps. Keeping stock radio. There was a cheaper quote for Kicker stuff. A more expensive one for another brand.

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1. Check speakers for a tear. A small tear in a speaker can really distort stuff especially at volume. I had one replaced when under warranty they didn't even see, I had to point out tear but I hear it. Probably not under warranty but if you listen to all speakers and isolate a bad pair it might be as simple as just replacing that pair with aftermarket
2. Know going in that the 8" door subs are very odd and as of 6 months ago no 8" subs fit that were worth anything. This means to really do anything you would swap these to speakers maybe even component and put a sub or two in trunk.
3. Like anything cheap prices get you cheap stuff. Car Audio is no different and may actually be the best example of this.

I have always had good luck with Rockford Phosgate for reasonable stuff. JL is good. a true audio shop will try to push you to high end stuff. I swapped the 4 speakers and added a 12" plus amped it all with a head unit for $1,800 in my Chrysler 300. Dont expect to do much good for an upgrade beyond that.
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What brand would you recommend for the two door speakers?


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Don't know about your speakers but here is the unit I bought to replace the Bose 500.

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If you are talking about the door 8" woofers I am not sure if anyone other than Focal makes a good fit for that and it is expensive plus probably needs more power than stock gives. You could use that spot for a good 2 way and the factory probably has enough power to feed a mid level JL Audio but if you go that route I would ask a few questions to someone who does it for a living first.

As for other door speakers if you are not going to amp it up just go with a decent mid level like Polk or Rockford Fosgate. if amping it up then they could still work but I would look more towards JL or Focal.

The thing is going to really good speakers but not feeding them enough power will be a waste of money and actually hurt the sound over a mid level speaker with proper power
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I've done mine. Focal flax 3 ways in the doors (factory locations 6.5" in the 8" door sub location, 4" and tweet in the upper 5x8 location). arc audio ks300.4 on those (passive, bridged), an Audiomobile 12" with an Arc 300.2 on it, pioneer 4100nex. Aside from install problems. Which is an issue now. Depending on what your goal or budget is...id do a set of 2 way components, a sub and a 5 ch amp with a processor if I could do it again. And probably try to do the tweets in the sail panels. Which you could do for a decent price if you're resourceful.

If you do t want to add an amp or anything, there's some drop in co axials that'll work with the factory rig. Think they're Kicker, and others I'm sure JL, RF, Focal, etc. They're supposed to be somewhat of an improvement.

Want to do amps and custom stuff and spend a decent amount... A lot of options as far as brands and configurations. If so, you'll need to do something to correct the output of the stock head unit...dsp ,line converter etc (JL, Helix, Mosconi, jbl ms-8, Rockford 360.3, mini). The new jl twk looks decent and fairly reasonable.

Honestly I was disappointed in my set up after I got it back. Aside from install issues. The sq wasn't worth the money. A dsp is key. And I think a decent 5 ch class d amp (alpine, jl, etc would've been no different.) as well as keeping the stock hu and adding a dsp. Then one of those iPad mini dash kits later if you want. In hind sight that would've probably been a better/cheaper route.
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I've done mine. Focal flax 3 ways in the doors (factory locations 6.5" in the 8" door sub location, 4" and tweet in the upper 5x8 location). arc audio ks300.4 on those (passive, bridged), an Audiomobile 12" with an Arc 300.2 on it, pioneer 4100nex.
Great info man. Like I said I have been looking into but no pulling of trigger yet. This may point me into a bit of a cheaper direction which I appreciate. Only wish someone could have done same for you
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so many ways to go here. Have a budget? I was looking at about $3,400 to swap to all Focal mid/high level speakers, 2 12" JL subs and ARC audio amps. Keeping stock radio. There was a cheaper quote for Kicker stuff. A more expensive one for another brand.

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3. Like anything cheap prices get you cheap stuff. Car Audio is no different and may actually be the best example of this..
$3400 without a head unit?!
Now I'm all about using the best stuff for your car, but I'll advise against spending a lot on the sound system in this car for one reason - It's a mustang. The sound dampening and noise reduction in this car sucks. Any gains you'd get from going to top level stuff will be lost in the car's terrible acoustics, road noise, and rattling panels (and for many of us, loud exhaust).
Most importantly, the head unit is a big part of the lack of sound quality in this car. It starts distorting heavily around half volume and has a weird EQ that you can't adjust properly.

You can do a very, very nice setup for this car for around $1500-2500, including a nice kenwood head unit, dash kit, Alpine 5 channel amplifier, 2 pairs of nice speakers, and a sub setup, and still have some money left over for sound dampening materials.
If you did that without the new head unit it would be $800-2000.
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I got a base model 13' GT, 4 basic factory speakers were horrible. I ended up upgrading the front door speakers to a set of pioneer 3 way speaker and added a 500 rms 10" alpine sub in the trunk. Audio in my car sounds so much nicer now and so enjoyable to listen to. You can upgrade the rear speakers too but doesnt really do much as you cant hear much of it anyway so doesnt really matters.

It doesnt have to cost much for audio upgrades, the front two pioneer speakers were on sale for $45 a set and with sub box, alpine amp n sub only ran around 300$. Also im still on stock head unit.

Forgot to mention, buy the parts yourself online, i ended up saving over 150$ doing so.
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At first I was against upgrading the stock head unit because of the price but after deciding not to upgrade the car to a newer one I've decided I'm going to do it. I'm thinking of going with a pioneer avh-4200nex and using the iDatalink Connec KIT-MUS1 Factory Integration Adapter. I'll also use the iDatalink Maestro ADS-MRR Interface Module. I already upgraded the door speakers a while ago and I have a fosgate amp and 10" woofer for the trunk. The head unit, mus1 and maestro will be under a $1000.
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Be careful where you get the nex from. I got mine (4100) on eBay which was supposed to have been brand new. But it was probably a b stock and pretty messed up, their "warranty" was bogus and wouldn't honor it. I'll post the seller when I can dig the name up. The shop I went to to have the one I bought installed had the 4200 for $650. Which isn't bad considering the eBay ones are 500. And you get a warranty. Working properly, it's a cool unit though. Make sure your harnesses match the dash kit you get. I think there's one or two that won't match up with the other Scosch/idatalink or whatever.
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Be careful where you get the nex from. I got mine (4100) on eBay which was supposed to have been brand new. But it was probably a b stock and pretty messed up, their "warranty" was bogus and wouldn't honor it. I'll post the seller when I can dig the name up. The shop I went to to have the one I bought installed had the 4200 for $650. Which isn't bad considering the eBay ones are 500. And you get a warranty. Working properly, it's a cool unit though. Make sure your harnesses match the dash kit you get. I think there's one or two that won't match up with the other Scosch/idatalink or whatever.
Going through crutchfield and spoke with someone over the phone about everything I need to make it work. So hopefully they sent me in the right direction. Also when I chose the radio on their website, everything you need to install shows up in a separate bundle. I dont need navigation so that saves me some money right there. I chose the mus1 because the radio sits a little higher than the other two.
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Going through crutchfield and spoke with someone over the phone about everything I need to make it work. So hopefully they sent me in the right direction. Also when I chose the radio on their website, everything you need to install shows up in a separate bundle. I dont need navigation so that saves me some money right there. I chose the mus1 because the radio sits a little higher than the other two.
IMO the Mus1 is the best and best-looking kit.
Kenwood has some very affordable head units now that work with the maestro adapter to include full HVAC control right on the radio. Some are under $300 on amazon now which is incredible.
You can get everything you need to replace the head unit with a quality unit and retain all functions for under $600, or go for something a little more advanced if you want.

A couple years ago when i first looked into this you couldn't really do it for under a grand.
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Or save some money, open up the exhaust a bit, turn the radio off and just listen to the "soundtrack of america".
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Or save some money, open up the exhaust a bit, turn the radio off and just listen to the "soundtrack of america".
Some people need their music to sound good too.
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