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Old 07-02-2015, 10:57 AM   #1
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Front speakers?

Has anyone tackled this yet? I'm wanting more sound up front as the ceiling speakers just aren't adequate.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:08 AM   #2
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Yep, those speakers really suck! Here's what we did. Since we listen mostly to an iPod while driving, we got a Bose Soundlink Mini bluetooth speaker. The battery will last most of a day's drive and I got a 12v power cord to it that I will eventually hook up so it's powered continuously. Costs about $180 plus the power cord and a protective rubber case if you want that. We sit in in the center of the dash against the windshield. Since Bose speakers are designed to be used while set against a wall, this works great. A great deal of the sound actually comes out of the rear of the speaker and it uses the huge, flat windshield like a gigantic speaker, making the sound extremely high quality and clear. My wife keeps the iPod next to her seat, plugged in and charging from the armrest outlet, and controls the music selection from it. Works great! Only thing I use the piece of junk Magnadyne for now is the cameras and if I occasionally want to listen to XM (through the crappy factory speakers!).
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:31 AM   #3
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Yep, those speakers really suck! Here's what we did. Since we listen mostly to an iPod while driving, we got a Bose Soundlink Mini bluetooth speaker. The battery will last most of a day's drive and I got a 12v power cord to it that I will eventually hook up so it's powered continuously. Costs about $180 plus the power cord and a protective rubber case if you want that. We sit in in the center of the dash against the windshield. Since Bose speakers are designed to be used while set against a wall, this works great. A great deal of the sound actually comes out of the rear of the speaker and it uses the huge, flat windshield like a gigantic speaker, making the sound extremely high quality and clear. My wife keeps the iPod next to her seat, plugged in and charging from the armrest outlet, and controls the music selection from it. Works great! Only thing I use the piece of junk Magnadyne for now is the cameras and if I occasionally want to listen to XM (through the crappy factory speakers!).
We actually have one of the mini Bose that we use outside in the TV compartment. Funny I never thought of using it up front, I will give it a try next week.

As for the Xm, download the Sirius/Xm app and get a mobile subscription, cheaper than the regular. It works great and you can Bluetooth stream it through the Bose or any other Bluetooth or AirPlay capable stereo and sounds good. We had a Sirius acct for every vehicle we own which was kind of ridiculous and I consolidated a few of the accts and now use pretty much only the mobile and my wife's vehicle acct.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:35 AM   #4
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Good idea on the XM - I'll have to look into that more. Someone else had mentioned something similar and I balked at it due to the data usage (we have 10 GB per month combined and if we're on the road we tend to have high usage anyway). Thanks.
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Good idea on the XM - I'll have to look into that more. Someone else had mentioned something similar and I balked at it due to the data usage (we have 10 GB per month combined and if we're on the road we tend to have high usage anyway). Thanks.
I doesn't use as much data as video. The money you can save on combining plans may allow you to increase your data plan if needed and really simplifies things. If your able to connect to wifi where your camped then you only really use it while driving. It's one of these things that you really can't determine until you see how it works for you. I balked at it for a while myself but haven't had any issues to date with my plan.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #6
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If they are like the Berkshire, here is what I did:

Budget Berkshire Speaker Upgrade
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:33 AM   #7
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For the time being, I added two infinity outdoor patio speakers. The factory little speakers are now adjusted to just hear them and the infinity are the primary speakers. I also added a front camera for a true 4 camera system. So far I like the system, but still deciding on the navigation accuracy/routing.
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