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Has anyone started upgrading their factory stereo? I have the 'premium' unit and Nav. It's not bad but a bit light on the low end and sub-sonics.
 

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I agree that its not as great as I was hoping, but its good enough for me to get by.
 

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Its not bad actually. But I do miss the bass I had in my Mustang, so I will be adding a sub soon. Nothing huge but something to make it bump a little more.
 

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I've been thinking about it but have been reading that it's not recommended in cars that have Active Noise Cancelling...

I havent tested it out myself, but i can see how it can interfere in a way..
 

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Has anyone started upgrading their factory stereo? I have the 'premium' unit and Nav. It's not bad but a bit light on the low end and sub-sonics.

If you just got the car, I would give time for the speakers to break in. Then see how you feel. Speakers do have a break in period.

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If you just got the car, I would give time for the speakers to break in. Then see how you feel. Speakers do have a break in period.

So true.
I have a set of Klipsch Reference Premiere series speakers that I loved in the dealers sound room but were disappointed when I brought them home compared to the 20 year old Bostons I had.

One month later and they warmed right up.

Subjectively speaking.

I do understand the need to personalize our Sports.. just give it a little more time.
 

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adding a sub or upgrading your system

Has anyone started upgrading their factory stereo? I have the 'premium' unit and Nav. It's not bad but a bit light on the low end and sub-sonics.
I believe our system is very similar to the ST check this link, I know others have added subs to the existing type of system, it may not be exact, but if you contact these guys they may be able to help out: MUST READ If you upgrade you 2014's stereo to avoid damage. - Page 3
 
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Oh god, with all the other electrical/programming issues these cars have and how integrated the factory stereo is, going after market sounds like a nightmare. Id just add a sub, new speaks and inline amp.
 

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I just added a sub/amp along with a line output converter. Sounds great!
 
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So I hooked up a sealed 12" Rockford Sub (truck style) so that it takes up little space and can be a quick release if I need to fold both rear seats down. I also used a LC-2 line output converter and tapped the rear speakers (don't use the rear center surround) and attached to an old Alpine D-600 marine amp that I pulled out of my Scarab before selling. The hardest part was getting the 4 ga wire thru the firewall grommet under the driver's side dash. I had to remove the battery in order to grab the wire from the engine side of the firewall. As you can see, I used a bungee cord to help hold the speaker in place along with the brackets that hold the sub to the trunk floor. It may not be the cleanest install, but I can remove/install in 30 seconds if necessary. I used the seatbelt bolt under the backseat as a ground location. Lastly, I installed the remote bass knob controller under the dash where my right knee is.

Tapping into the rear speakers:

Remote Bass Control:
 
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I've still got my JL 12w3v2-2 from two cars ago sitting around, and I'll probably add it as well. The JBL GTX500 looks pretty decent for the cost, and seems to be the successor to what the guy was talking about in the linked thread (the GTO-501EZ specifically). Looking at some other options as well.

The issue seems to be with a load situation on the factory amp, due to the second amp being added (basically like a 0-ohm speaker), so you have to add an in-line load for it.
 

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If you just got the car, I would give time for the speakers to break in. Then see how you feel. Speakers do have a break in period.

So true.
I have a set of Klipsch Reference Premiere series speakers that I loved in the dealers sound room but were disappointed when I brought them home compared to the 20 year old Bostons I had.

One month later and they warmed right up.

Subjectively speaking.

I do understand the need to personalize our Sports.. just give it a little more time.
Yea the voice coils have to loosen up a bit...
 

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If you just got the car, I would give time for the speakers to break in. Then see how you feel. Speakers do have a break in period.

Dave
Had her since August. I thought the same as that's what i do with my headphones but still about the same.
 

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So I hooked up a sealed 12" Rockford Sub (truck style) so that it takes up little space and can be a quick release if I need to fold both rear seats down. I also used a LC-2 line output converter and tapped the rear speakers (don't use the rear center surround) and attached to an old Alpine D-600 marine amp that I pulled out of my Scarab before selling. The hardest part was getting the 4 ga wire thru the firewall grommet under the driver's side dash. I had to remove the battery in order to grab the wire from the engine side of the firewall. As you can see, I used a bungee cord to help hold the speaker in place along with the brackets that hold the sub to the trunk floor. It may not be the cleanest install, but I can remove/install in 30 seconds if necessary. I used the seatbelt bolt under the backseat as a ground location. Lastly, I installed the remote bass knob controller under the dash where my right knee is.
Thats a nice setup. Now all I need to do is build a nice box in on of the corners and should be good. thanks!
 

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Yea the voice coils have to loosen up a bit...
Voice coils don't loosen up. If they do, you have a problem.

It is actually the spiders and surround that loosen up.



Break in is fact and will sound and measure differently after 30-100 hours depending on speaker.

One thing about break in, they will sound different but you will also get used to the sound after 30-100 hours. It is best to break them in in the first week so you don't get used to them. So you know if you bought crap speakers or not. lol
 

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So I hooked up a sealed 12" Rockford Sub (truck style) so that it takes up little space and can be a quick release if I need to fold both rear seats down. I also used a LC-2 line output converter and tapped the rear speakers (don't use the rear center surround) and attached to an old Alpine D-600 marine amp that I pulled out of my Scarab before selling. The hardest part was getting the 4 ga wire thru the firewall grommet under the driver's side dash. I had to remove the battery in order to grab the wire from the engine side of the firewall. As you can see, I used a bungee cord to help hold the speaker in place along with the brackets that hold the sub to the trunk floor. It may not be the cleanest install, but I can remove/install in 30 seconds if necessary. I used the seatbelt bolt under the backseat as a ground location. Lastly, I installed the remote bass knob controller under the dash where my right knee is.
Mantra1, I was looking at where to run my cable through and found this post after I was searching. Did you have to take the battery tray out too? Where about is the grommet in the engine compartment? Thanks for the help!
 

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Yes, I had to take out the battery tray for easier access to the grommet in the firewall. The grommet is behind the ABS module. See the link below for better visual identification:
Amp power wiring
 

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Awesome! thats a big help thanks again.
 
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