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2015 F-250 Platinum full stereo upgrade questions
Alright, so I've been scouring the forum for the last week getting info and pointers on my build before tearing it apart. Lots of great info from BIGDZL and HyOctane23 for anyone else interested! I have the stock Sony nav, and will be sticking with that headunit. I also plan on applying 80mm Noico to the doors and back cab during the installation. It is a product similar in quality and thickness to Dynamat Extreme...only it costs much less. My question comes into play with whether or not to keep the factory amp. There are so many options out there now, I just want the best sound output.* Another question I have with the factory system is with the bass rolloff at higher volume.* The LC2i and LC7i both have Accubass to correct for the bass roll off.* I haven't been able to find out if that rolloff is coming from the receiver or the factory amp.* That would come into play over the different sytems below that I have to choose from.* Here is a list of the speakers and amps that I have in my posession at the moment, with the exception of the sub and box. Nothing has been installed yet, just want to make sure I have all of my ducks in a row before I start tearing apart my truck.
Front doors - Focal PS165V1 Component Speaker set with tweeters
Rear cab - two choices - Focal 165A1 Component Speaker set with tweeters, or JL Audio C2-525x Coaxial Speakers w/ optional crossovers and tweeters from C2-525 Component Set
Rear sub - single JL Audio 13TW5v2-2 in SupercrewSound box
Amp - two choices - JL Audio HD900/5 or JL Audio JX500/1D
I don't believe I'm a true audiophile, once I have a system in my vehicle that sounds good...I will leave it alone and enjoy it unless there is an issue with it.
Option 1 - Keeping the factory amp and running an Audiocontrol LC2i off of the front channel with the JX500/1D for the sub, while running the new door speakers off of the factory amp.
Option 2 - Same as above, but instead of the LC2i...changing to the LC7i then running the sub and door speakers off of the JL Audio HD900/5 amp.
Option 3 - Ditching the factory amp for the PAC AmpPRO AP4-FD21 Interface with the PAC APH-FD01 Wiring Interface, straight into the JL Audio HD900/5 amp.
I know it's been recommended to upgrade the wiring to the doors, but the Holy Molex connectors are going to be a huge PITA to deal with! I honestly think I would be fine with the factory wiring, considering the max wattage of the speakers going into the doors. Below is the RMS for all of the door speakers I have. The factory amp pushes around 50 watts per channel, so I wouldn't be overshooting it by that much.
Focal PS165V1 Components - no minimum RMS listed, 80 maximum. Peak - 165 watts
Focal Access 165A1 Components - 6 watts minimum RMS, 60 maximum. Peak - 120 watts
JL Audio C2-525X Coaxials - 15 watt minimum RMS, 60 maximum. Peak - 225 watts
I just want a great sounding system with a Ron Popeil set it and forget it attitude. I know that some fabrication will be required to get the 6 1/2's into the door and cab. I'm not worried about that or the installation in the least bit. I'm just looking for some opinions on which way to go for the amp/LOC configuration. Many thanks!
Last edited by jsukey; 09-02-2019 at 10:50 PM.