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Old 03-02-2014, 04:55 PM   #1
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My camper is at the dealer getting a speaker fixed. This has me thinking of upgrading the stereo. Has anyone upgraded their head unit or speakers? Maybe just adding a subwoofer would help. Any ideas from those of you who are more stereo savvy than I am?
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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My camper is at the dealer getting a speaker fixed. This has me thinking of upgrading the stereo. Has anyone upgraded their head unit or speakers? Maybe just adding a subwoofer would help. Any ideas from those of you who are more stereo savvy than I am?
When we picked ours up, this fit in the category of "probably have to do that before two long." Well, it remains undone and has slid way down the list. I still think about it sometimes. Here are my thoughts:

Not sure I would do anything with the head unit. Assuming yours has the same Jensen integrated head unit, the size is a problem, and finding something that incorporates as much as it does with multi-zone speakers would be tough. Speakers on the other hand would make a pretty big difference. Problem again is size and location. Replacing the small pod sized speakers with a conventional 6.5 inch round speaker would require some interesting customization.

I think adding a sub would be best bang for the buck. I am thinking something like an all in one Bazooka that takes line level inputs and can be hidden somewhere would work well.
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Thats the way I was leaning too. Figured it would be the quickest and easiest as well.

BTW, did I read that you were looking at a new 5er? Want a new rig just 'cause or are you having problems with yours?
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Chances are that a head unit replacement won't get you any better sound. Suggest you first focus on the sound quality from you EXISTING speakers as most are crap and easily replaced for a significant quality improvement. You don't say what size speakers you have presently...but my "hint" would be to avoid brands that are either not well known or known for their electronics. Focus on companies known for their home or car speakers...Polk, JBL, AR, MBQuart, JLAudio, Boston, etc.

Assuming you don't want to boost the sound LEVELS a lot ... then the next thing to look at is filling in the missing bass with a powered subwoofer. As JeepLG8 suggests...Bazooka makes some nice tubes.... but is tough to find a home for the space needed. There are some compact car sub systems like the Infinity BassLink (10"Woofer + 200w amp) that give nice impact in a small space worth considering as well. (If you add a powered sub...make sure you're plugged in somewhere or add another battery!! )
What exactly do you have now (radio & at least speaker sizes) & how much of a budget do you have & what would you like to see most improved that has you unhappy now?
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Chances are that a head unit replacement won't get you any better sound. Suggest you first focus on the sound quality from you EXISTING speakers as most are crap and easily replaced for a significant quality improvement. You don't say what size speakers you have presently...but my "hint" would be to avoid brands that are either not well known or known for their electronics. Focus on companies known for their home or car speakers...Polk, JBL, AR, MBQuart, JLAudio, Boston, etc.

Assuming you don't want to boost the sound LEVELS a lot ... then the next thing to look at is filling in the missing bass with a powered subwoofer. As JeepLG8 suggests...Bazooka makes some nice tubes.... but is tough to find a home for the space needed. There are some compact car sub systems like the Infinity BassLink (10"Woofer + 200w amp) that give nice impact in a small space worth considering as well. (If you add a powered sub...make sure you're plugged in somewhere or add another battery!! )
What exactly do you have now (radio & at least speaker sizes) & how much of a budget do you have & what would you like to see most improved that has you unhappy now?
I have stock everything right now. Don't know what brand (if any) the speakers are. I believe they are 4" surface mount. The head unit a brand I don't remember. Its not a Jensen. My trailer is at the shop so I can't go out back to look up that information. I basically just want to have a nice, clear sounding system with a little more ooomph to it. Not trying to anger any neighbors, but I would like to jam some 80's rock every now and then.
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leave the radio alone and buy quality speakers. Doesn't matter how much radio you have, your still playing through $5 worth of speakers.
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The piece of junk that came with mine just died and I'm thinking of replacing it with a Harman Kardon AVR 1510. Of course, I'll need speakers, too. I'm not sure what I'll get.
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My camper is at the dealer getting a speaker fixed. This has me thinking of upgrading the stereo. Has anyone upgraded their head unit or speakers? Maybe just adding a subwoofer would help. Any ideas from those of you who are more stereo savvy than I am?
I upgraded my speakers along with put in a 200 watt amp with outdoor 8" sub
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I upgraded my speakers along with put in a 200 watt amp with outdoor 8" sub
O dyna mat works great too. Keep the sound from rattling the walls when outside speakers are up.
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Thats the way I was leaning too. Figured it would be the quickest and easiest as well.

BTW, did I read that you were looking at a new 5er? Want a new rig just 'cause or are you having problems with yours?
Negative, love our rig. Got it all sorted now. Heading for Florida on Friday.

On ours both the head unit and all speakers are Jenson brand. Take a few pictures of yours, it might help pick something.

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