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post #1 of 32 Old 05-15-2018, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Best audio upgrades and speaker placement?

What have folks found to be the best bang for the buck in terms of audio upgrades? I am not so much interested in brands but in general approaches--especially speaker locations where they will not interfere or take up valuable storage space.
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post #2 of 32 Old 05-16-2018, 01:40 PM
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It shouldn't cost you an arm and leg to upgrade, as technology and competition in the market have made stereo equipment pretty inexpensive. So far, I replaced my front door speakers with some $60 Polk Audio speakers, and the difference is night and day compared to stock speakers. As far as location, everyone has different ideas, and purpose for how to build out their van, so you will have to decide what works best for you, as most speakers will not take up much room.
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set of speakers for doors, and a powered compact sub are definitely best bang.

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I plan on the speakers below. Ideally you want just a woofer in the door unless you decide to turn off the tweeters up top, then you can go with 2-ways in the door. I dont plan on replacing the tweeters because ive seen people say its a real pain. Last time I looked this head unit was the best bang for the buck on a Android Auto capable unit. A must for me.









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I went with these Focal speakers in the doors and pillars. The tweeters in the pillars aren’t that hard to replace and since the stock teeeters are awful it’s well worth doing. You really need to put some sound dampening in the doors and some sound absorbing mat will really help.

https://www.focal.com/en/car-audio/c...kits/ps-165-fx
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I insulated doors with Thinsulate and replaced the factory speakers with these $44/pair JBL's for a significant improvement.




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Dave,

I'm a JBL guy.. those look like a good upgrade to the factory door speakers. Did they mount easily in the factory holes? Did you use factory grill on top or use JBL grills?

Very interested!

As far as better sound in the back, I added a Kenwood "house radio" and 4 Kenwood shallow mount speakers in the ceiling... I really like the no-CanBus-issues, and it sounds great!


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I also did an installation like 30 Ounce, same speaker set and thorough deadening /dampening, absorption, and blocking. Then I added a small amp and a compact sub under the driver seat connected to the stock UC5 head unit. Best system I have installed. Enjoy the upgrades.

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I went with these Focal speakers in the doors and pillars. The tweeters in the pillars aren’t that hard to replace and since the stock teeeters are awful it’s well worth doing. You really need to put some sound dampening in the doors and some sound absorbing mat will really help.

https://www.focal.com/en/car-audio/c...kits/ps-165-fx
Where is the factory crossover located
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[QUOTE=Showtime;619169]Where is the factory crossover located[/QUOTE

On the back of the tweeter. It’s simply a capacitor. The door speakers run full range, well, at least best they can.
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