Affordable Sound System Upgrade
Hey guys I just wanted to share a recent upgrade I made to my stereo system in my 2008 Crew Cab Lariat. It was quite affordable and the sound is perfect for my wants/needs.
I started by replacing the stereo with a Kenwood DNX570HD navigation unit. I got the unit and all the parts/kits to install it for under $700 via Amazon and eBay. It pairs with my iphone 5 perfectly and with the Axxess Metra controller my steering wheel controls work perfectly. I also bought a relay switch and rigged up the parking brake override. Coupled with a $20 CCD reverse cam and this really gives me everything I want. I ordered the Kenwood ipod cable for $25 on Amazon and the Apple 30pin to Lightning adapter on ebay for $25 and I can control the music on my iphone from the unit and steering wheel. The bluetooth phone feature pairs great and works well. The sound if very clean and according to callers, the microphone works well too.
The next thing I installed was 4 Kenwood KFC-C6894PS door speakers to replace the factory speakers. Coupled with 2 setas of adapters I was able to install these quickly and the cost was under $80 for everything. These make quite a difference indeed.
The Kenwoods, while producing more bass than the factory speakers, really couldn't fill my need for a little low end sound in my music. So I went out and got a scratch and dent Sound Ordnance B-8PT from Crutchfield for $120 shipped. I think it has been replaced by the Sound Ordnance B-8PTD now but it is only $150 shipped. To save you a google search, this is an 8" compact powered sub that fits perfectly behind my back seat. Installed with a Boss amp kit from Amazon for $12 and it was a snap. It wont rattle your windows or those of the car beside you, but it really fills the cab once you tune it correctly and I have to say it is perfect for a 32 year old father of 2 who just likes to crank up the music every now and then.
I'll post up some pics later but I wanted to post this for anyone looking to upgrade their factory stereo but not break the bank. I got out of it for right at $1000 and I have a sweet navigation, dvd, back up cam system that couples with Siri on my iPhone and is a good challenger to the factory nav system with sync. Add the speakers to the set up and I think I have the factory system beat. Overall I am very pleased with what I have and more importantly what I paid. If you are looking to upgrade without waking the neighbors then dont hesitate to buy any of these products.