GMC Terrain, Equinox, and SRX Forum banner

1 - 14 of 14 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello
I am new to the board and this is my 1st post. For the past few days I have read through this forum in regards to speaker upgrades.
I just purchased a Black 2011 Equinox last Friday upgrading from a 2005 Equinox. I love the car but one of my biggest gripes is the stereo. I have a LT1 that has the standard 6 speaker system.
I replaced the front 2 speakers in my 2005 Equinox. I was then advised by Best Buy to switch out my door speakers with Infinity 629i kappa series speakers which sounded horrific. They squeaked/rattled when the volume was low. I later went down the road to a local audio shop and they installed this single sub with a built in amp on the side.


The sub addition made the system sound good enough for me. only drawback is that the sub would get hot and shut off after long use.
So fast forward to now.
I now want to install the same sub in my 2011 Nox and switch out the front door speakers and tweeters.
I been calling around for price estimates and been getting ridiculous quotes back for what I perceive is not much of an upgrade.
So I think im better off taking advantage of Best Buys default pricing and just buying the speakers myself and having them install it.

So my question is what tweeters & front door speakers do you suggest I buy??????
I am not big on speakers in regards to people hearing me coming down the street. I am more about the crisp sound quality in the car. Nice clean treble and strong clean bass

Your suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
95 Posts
You dont have to go for pricier speakers. And certainly. Do not listen to "best buy" the dont know jack. Personally i always stuck with two ways "premier" speakers and if going for a sub. Jl audio sound awsome. Btw i have a zappco 100w(dont let it fool you) competition mono amp and a box with 2th e jl 10w0'sfor sale
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
341 Posts
I would most definitely take the JL Audio route - all around. I've been through A-Z in brands and I must say, the most consistent in audio fidelity excellence, build quality, and even aesthetics has been JL's.

They make a nice sub/amp StealthBox (see link below) that will allow you to retain your precious cargo space while giving you clean thump - top that off with 6x5 replacements for the doors (should also be at the bottom of the page from that link - just choose your package, or should I say, how much you're willing to spend) and you will have a very, very nice system and a tremendous upgrade from stock.

+1 about the comment on Best Buy morons. :eek:hno:

http://mobile.jlaudio.com/products_stealthbox_detail.php?fit_id=1657
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,106 Posts
I like JL audio for the sub..

look at Polk Audio, CDT's, Focals...coaxial with pivotal tweeters...external crossovers is nice too..looks like from that JL site the doors are 6.5"..of course this is JMO...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
341 Posts
wrusprod said:
I like JL audio for the sub..

look at Polk Audio, CDT's, Focals...coaxial with pivotal tweeters...external crossovers is nice too..looks like from that JL site the doors are 6.5"..of course this is JMO...
Russ, I just thought of something: If the engine rattle comes back, we can just install some speakers in the engine bay and reprogram the noise cancellation module to drown out the knock during start ups - MAGNIFICENT! You and I should patent this idea and go touring around the states! haha
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
TerrainLem said:
I would most definitely take the JL Audio route - all around. I've been through A-Z in brands and I must say, the most consistent in audio fidelity excellence, build quality, and even aesthetics has been JL's.

They make a nice sub/amp StealthBox (see link below) that will allow you to retain your precious cargo space while giving you clean thump - top that off with 6x5 replacements for the doors (should also be at the bottom of the page from that link - just choose your package, or should I say, how much you're willing to spend) and you will have a very, very nice system and a tremendous upgrade from stock.

+1 about the comment on Best Buy morons. :eek:hno:
thanks for the reference but that is waaaaay out of my price range.
In regards to the sound I am looking for, I don;t care for people to hear me coming don the street. I care more about the sound quality inside the car.
I like clean crisp balanced treble & bass sound quality.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
wrusprod said:
I like JL audio for the sub..

look at Polk Audio, CDT's, Focals...coaxial with pivotal tweeters...external crossovers is nice too..looks like from that JL site the doors are 6.5"..of course this is JMO...
Thanks for the advice yall. that goes for everybody. I really appreciate it.
hmm i will check this out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,106 Posts
TerrainLem said:
Russ, I just thought of something: If the engine rattle comes back, we can just install some speakers in the engine bay and reprogram the noise cancellation module to drown out the knock during start ups - MAGNIFICENT! You and I should patent this idea and go touring around the states! haha
HA! great idea!! :cheers:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Update

Photos are attached below of my set up
including the CAR AUDIO RCA LINE-OUT CONVERTER W/ REMOTE TURN ON

I got it all installed for $175.00
Already had the sub and amp from my old vehicle of course
Bought the Pioneer speakers off ebay for $50 replacing the front door speakers and the converter for $12.99

My system sounds a lot better but it is now very top heavy in regards to too much treble in the front of the car and sometimes you can hear the separation from the bass in the back on some tunes.
But definitely a lot more volume & power compared to the factory speakers.
Another downside is I think it greatly affected the volume call quality of the on tar phone system or if you use your cell phone bluetooth hands free.
In the near future i think im definitely gonna replace the back door speakers in hope of balancing out the sound.
Oh and I think they didn't touch the noise cancellation system at all. Car is still quiet.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
Hello All

I just upgraded to the 2016 LT1 Equinox with the basic stereo system. Excluding my sub I left everything in my 2011 NOX
I want to do the same thing I did to my 2011 Equinox upgrading the system like I stated above.

With the new 2016 Equinox are the door speaker dimensions the same?
Can someone please reference me to what I need to upgrade in regards to what Audio Line-out converter to use?
I also need a new amp
Should I stick with the same style pioneer speakers?
Help Please!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,550 Posts
Well. .. . welcome back! :cheers:

How was the 2011 and how many miles did it have on it? Did you trade it in or sell outright? Any issues while you owned it?

Main reason you decided to get the 2016?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Sorry for the delay in response. Sticky threads threw me off smh
I had a little over 108,000 miles on it. I traded it in for the 2016.
I never had any major issues. The most money I ever spent on it to repair something was the Windshield wiper motor.
I also got over 100k miles on the original tires.
Camshaft Actuator was replaced but it was covered under warranty.
Live in MD Have a son in Ohio. I drive a lot back and forth visiting, picking up dropping off.
Car was still in great condition but with the high mileage and expired warranties I didn't feel comfortable in it
I don't like surprises. I actually traded it in a day after I paid for an oil change and got the inspection.
Needed new front brakes and a engine filter I later bought off Amazon that day.
Local dealership made me a great offer plus paid to cut me a sunroof.
 
1 - 14 of 14 Posts
Top