Speaker options for a gen two?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Audio and Electronics' started by Banksy, Apr 21, 2020.

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  1. Banksy

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    I like the quality of the JBL that is in the car stick but I want something a bit louder and of the same quality sound

    Also I mean something not super expensive would be nice
     
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    I’ve heard it’s hard to upgrade the JBL system for some reason. Trying to find the same info myself. I have a 2005 with JBL system and a JVC head unit. I want to upgrade all speakers and add a subwoofer but not sure how and which speakers to buy.
     
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    Just to update this, i ended up going on the pricier side. Got 4 door speakers with a pair of tweeters for $270, powered P300-12 subwoofer with wiring kit for $250, alpine ILX-W650 head unit ($300) with dash kit ($90) and a little amp for the door speakers which pairs to the back of the head unit ($225) along with $100 of sound deadening material. All together I think I’m in it for 1200 or 1300. Should be a rad system though.
     
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    I bought a pair of JBL GX628 speakers to replace my the mids in my front door. They were cheap at Best Buy, plus I had gift card. They are the same impedance as current ones (I have JBL system), look to be a bit better build quality. I haven't installed them yet, will report once I do.
     
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    TL;DR: upgrading speakers will be a good improvement but speakers+amp will transform it.

    Yes, yes it will!


    I recently configured a similar type system for a Mazda 5: sony headunit, westcoast 6x8 component (front), rockford-fosgate 6.5 inch rears, a Sound Ordinance 75w x 4 channel amp to power them all (under drivers seat), a Sound Ordinance 8 inch powered sub (under front passenger seat) and Crutchfield harnesses and steering wheel controller. I had both sets of speakers and the head unit from previous projects so that really helped with costs.

    I spent about 3 days ripping the interior apart and putting it back together to A) install sound deadening mats (Nico) and home sound insulation anywhere I could stuff it in because the cheaply built 5, like other boxy car designs, is known for being loud and B) to install the new speakers and head unit anyways.

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    It was a crazy amount of work but boy the results were worth it. I haven't built a full system in decades so I was amazed at the difference in quality. The front doors combined with the sub now sound like quality home floor speakers. WOW. I set the head unit (all RCA outs to amps) first at the 90% volume level and then fine-tuned the rears with the amp's controls, next the fronts (more bass+lower crossover points than the rears) and finally the sub-woofer last and use its controller knob for individual fine-tuning of each input source (or song for that matter). Final settings can now deliver 90+% volume before distortion/over-driven occurs (R-F's give up first).

    Now, even FM sounds "decent", higher bit-rate Sirius XM channels sound "very good" and CarPlay sources simply sound "outstanding". I now think of the system's performance in an audio term that I haven't used before: Presence. As the saying goes, "You'll know it when you hear it." ;)


    Back to the Prius, Crutchfield suggested the R-F 6.5's for it but I never got them and just installed that Sony head unit in the Gen2 w/o JBL. It really woke up the car even with stock speakers and all steering wheel controls still worked by using the suggested controller hardware interface.


    GOOD LUCK!
     
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