About to install new Double Din Stereo - Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums
2nd Generation (2005+) Discussion area for the 2nd generation of the Toyota Tacoma

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 Old 03-13-2012, 12:58 AM
Tacoholic
 
currentsupply's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Ventura, CA
Posts: 343
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
(Thread Starter)
About to install new Double Din Stereo

I already put some JL audio Coaxial 6.5" in the doors. I'm about to be installing the new Double Din Clarion 501 radio and dash kit from Crutchfield.

I will relay my experiences here. First I am wondering if I will need an amp for the front speakers. We'll see if the head unit alone is powerful enough to make the JL Coax's sing.

I've already built a custom box that I had from previous system w/ an 8" sub.

I need an amp for the sub for sure, but don't know if I should just get an amp for the sub or for the sub and the front speakers.

We'll see, and I'll keep this thread updated with pictures along the way.

By the way, I am using Coax 6.5's JL's, not seperates, because I got a really good deal on them. They are installed now with the stock radio and they sound just ok. Nothing special.

Soon I will have Bass!

'06 ACCESS CAB V6 MANUAL PRERUNNER TRD

currentsupply is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 03-13-2012, 03:12 AM
lover of teh boobies
 
johnecon2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 2,547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 48
Thanked 75 Times in 71 Posts
iTrader Score: 4 reviews
Obviously an amplifier to the front/rear speakers is the ideal way to do things. Up to you and your listening preferences if you need to do it though.
johnecon2001 is offline  
#3 Old 03-15-2012, 12:56 AM
New TN User
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 7
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by currentsupply View Post

I need an amp for the sub for sure, but don't know if I should just get an amp for the sub or for the sub and the front speakers.
I am currently running a kicker 500.3 and regret it. Performance wise I wish I had bought a better mono amp and saved to run a 4 channel amp in the future.

Personal preference tho
Vonner is offline  
#4 Old 03-15-2012, 06:56 PM
Taco, mmmmmmm!
 
Blackenedsrt-4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Alaska
Posts: 230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
a little install tip, use the stock mounting brace off the stock radio if it will fit the radio correctly. at a minimum... use the the stock screws that are used in the stock radio. they have lock washers attached to them. i had the aftermarket radio screws back out because they didn't have lock washers. something i didn't think about when i was installing it.

06' Silver DC 4x4 V6 6spd TRD Off Road pkg
"When in combat, you will not rise to the occasion. Rather, you will fall to the level of your training."
Blackenedsrt-4 is offline  
#5 Old 03-17-2012, 07:54 PM
Official TN Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Temecula, Ca
Posts: 305
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
iTrader Score: 1 reviews
Another option is to get a 4 ch amp and use channel 1 & 2 for the JL coax's and bridge channels 3 & 4 for the sub. Then power the rear speakers off of the Clarion. Im doing this in my '04 Civic and works very well.

My 05 Tacoma has a 4ch Alpine powering Diamond Audio seperates up front and coax's in back doors. Then i have a 2ch Precision Power 2 ch bridged for my sub.
basshead760 is offline  
#6 Old 03-19-2012, 01:43 AM
First Responder
 
ajenright's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 6
Thanked 16 Times in 12 Posts
Garage
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
As Vonner stated, dont get a 3 channel, or a 5 channel, you will regret it. Not worth the cost savings at all. However, if you insist on taking the least expensive route, use Basshead760's idea. Although not particularly ideal, it will work much better than a 3 or 5 channel. I did this a few years back in my ex's 05 single cab. Ch 1 and 2 for the front door speakers, and ch 3 and 4 bridged mono to the sub. Keep in mind that this will ONLY work if you have a 4 ch amp with individual low pass and high pass filtering for ch 1/2 and 3/4. Some cheaper amps will not have this option, just keep that in mind before you purchase.

With the above in mind, I HIGHLY recommend an amp for your door speakers! They are JL speakers which is an excellent brand (one of my favorite) and although they require minimal wattage compared to some other brands, a typical 50x4w deck is not near enough to produce CLEAN and CLEAR sound quality from those speakers. Yes, they will work fine without an amp, but will be more likely to blow a voice coil from lack of power (yes, a speaker can and will "blow" from being underpowered)

I have installed sound systems in vehicles for years, and am also MECP (Mobile Electronics Certified Pro.) and my .02 would be that if you are going to run a product like JL audio (even though they are just coax and not components does not make a difference) do yourself, your truck, your speakers, and everyone who rides in your truck a favor... get a good quality 4 ch amp for your highs and a 1 or 2 ch for your sub. A system is not complete without 2 amps. I wouldnt be stressing the important of this so much if i knew it really didnt matter. I have installed cheap crap that didtnt even have a brand logo on it to $20,000+ systems in lamborghini's, range rovers, bently's, you name it... and let me tell you this, in my 6 years of doing this, I can personally guarantee you that using decent amplifiers AND the right size power/ground cable will drastically improve ANY systems sound quality and capabilities as well as increase the life of your products. I would say take it to a small shop and see what they say. You dont have to purchase, but I bet they will tell you the same thing.

Let me know if you have any questions about this stuff. I am quite knowledgeable in this area and enjoy helping with electrical and sound system design/product questions. Good luck

5100's @1.75 w/ TSB BFG 265/70/17 - HID's - Pioneer HU - 2 JL Amps - JL Stealthbox - Focal Spkrs - Magnaflow - K&N - Tube Steps - Viper - Bed Lights - Rear Flood Lights - Emergency Response Lighting/PA/Siren - LED Swap - S2 Radar - Parrot BT - Short Ant. - Mobile 1 - and more
ajenright is offline  
#7 Old 03-19-2012, 01:56 AM
First Responder
 
ajenright's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: SoCal
Posts: 208
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 6
Thanked 16 Times in 12 Posts
Garage
iTrader Score: 0 reviews
Just so you know I wasnt full of crap in my last post












5100's @1.75 w/ TSB BFG 265/70/17 - HID's - Pioneer HU - 2 JL Amps - JL Stealthbox - Focal Spkrs - Magnaflow - K&N - Tube Steps - Viper - Bed Lights - Rear Flood Lights - Emergency Response Lighting/PA/Siren - LED Swap - S2 Radar - Parrot BT - Short Ant. - Mobile 1 - and more
ajenright is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums > Toyota Truck, SUV and Van Forums > Tacoma Forum > 2nd Generation (2005+)

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Toyota Nation Forum : Toyota Car and Truck Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome