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I currently have a stock system in my Tundra. It has the compact disk with cassette and stock speakers with separate tweeters in the door. It just doesn't sound the sharpest. Should I replace the deck with a aftermarket deck or replace the speakers. I am not sure if the deck does not have the frequency output or power or what. Or it is possible that the speackers can not handle the frequency response. I haven't really seen any stats on output or power or response.

The only negative about switching decks is that it seems that the am radio does not come in too clear on aftermarket decks and I am a sports fan.

Anyone change the deck and not the speakers?

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Anyone change the speakers and not the deck?
 

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11 hits and not one post.............

someone throw me a bone..........I may have to buck up and pay the 25 for a tundra solutions subscription. Posting replies on my own post is getting old, fas.
 

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The speakers will sound better with a clean, strong signal. So if I were you, I would start with a deck first! Every sound system I have ever played with, I started with a deck and built from there.
 

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Thanks for the info, haven't put in a stereo for over 8 years. Wasn't sure if stock stereos are up to par yet. Sounds like it, I guess not.
 
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The speakers make the sound and they need power.

I'd say change your seakers, get an external amp, and a LOC like the NE-774V from www.davidnavone.com

For general stereo help, check out the Audio Video Forum here on TN. Tons of good info in the posts and the Stickies.
 

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Well, I really don't want to cut into my truck. There is nothing like factory carpet etc. I have installed alot of amps and stereos and speakers in the past and they all were good jobs. I just don't want to cut into my new truck. It always seems that everything is perfect up until about 3 years go past and you notice something small. I need chest pounding bass, my rear view mirror shaking and I don't want to loose any storage space. Basically want to keep as much stock as possible, but have better clarity and a little more power or ability to turn it up a few more notches.
 

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Speakers are a pasive devise. Curent flows throught them. Different speakers will sound different. But if you take and install an amp but not change the stock deck, you'll be amplifieing any inperfections from the stock deck! I have done this in the past, I didn't want to change the look of the factory dash. But after speakers, amps, and subs, I still wasn't happy. I then bit the bullet and installed a new deck. WOW, the system came alive!

A new deck of good quality puts out cleaner sound, that can be amplified to sound better and inturn save your speakers.

A little something to think about when your listening to some systems. when you turn it up, and it hurts your ears, thats bad! if it urts your ears, the speaker is hurting! Now a good system is when its turned up, and you can't hear your self talk, or even yell, and it doesn't hurt your ears! Thats quality! And when it comes to load, clean music, you HAVE to start with a top quality deck.

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Are you only noticing this poor sound quality just with the radio or is it with the CD as well? I posted a similar message about 2 months ago with no response about poor sound quality when listening to the radio but great quality when listening to CD. The radio almost sounds like its in Mono mode.

Does anyone know if the OEM jbl systems have preouts for an amp?
 

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Actually........now that you mention it, the system sounds that same to me either way with the radio or cd. I have had systems in the past and when I saw the door tweeters in my tundra I was excited. The highs just aren't as crisp as they should be, even if the treble is all the way up.
 

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Change the deck, and solve the problem....period! Stock speakers will work fine with clean sound signal. The poor sound is not the speakers fault. Not this day and age.

I'll have a Tundra next month, if I don't like the sound, the deck will be the first to go.
 

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Are you only noticing this poor sound quality just with the radio or is it with the CD as well? I posted a similar message about 2 months ago with no response about poor sound quality when listening to the radio but great quality when listening to CD. The radio almost sounds like its in Mono mode.

Does anyone know if the OEM jbl systems have preouts for an amp?

So...........I was looking to replace my factory deck with an Alpine head unit. Sounds like if your tundra has the door speakers it has a factory amp and in order to change the head unit all of the speaker wires will need to be re-routed. Since I found out that it has an amp I started to play around with the controls. I found for bass heavy music (rap, hip hop) that the following settings work well. Bass 3 mid 1 or 2 and treble 5. I was having a hard time getting that teble crack. I found that my mid was set too high and almost made it sound muffled. Try it.
 

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radicalwillie said:
Are you only noticing this poor sound quality just with the radio or is it with the CD as well? I posted a similar message about 2 months ago with no response about poor sound quality when listening to the radio but great quality when listening to CD. The radio almost sounds like its in Mono mode.

Does anyone know if the OEM jbl systems have preouts for an amp?
No Toyota HU's have preouts.
 
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