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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-03-2014, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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OK. Looking for some input. I put some $$ into my stereo last year and want better sound quality. I'm currently running Hawg Wired 400 RS amp with 4 ZX speakers (2 in the lower fairings). I run my I-phone thru the Aux. port 99% of the time. I've had my fairing off on 3 or 4 occasions to adjust the gain and freq but just not satisfied.
I talked with HW (AFTER I purchased a new head set-Kenwood marine media center) and they said my problems most likely in the way I adjusted the amp. vs the head unit. Also, keep the volume on my phone no greater than 75%.
With my new head unit on the way, I bit the bullet and purchased their instalation kit and a remote amp tuner. HERES my question. Am I going to hear an improvement in sound quality with the Kenwood media center......should I have purchased a different unit. The Kenwood dosent seem to have any ability to adjust the music (no equalizer) but it will allow me to charge my phone/adjust pandora and connects with a USB vs Aux port.Thanks for any input.

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What is it that ur not Satisfied with???
Clarity!?
The Kenwood will give you better overall sound clarity, but then again, 'Power' is the name of the Game for Most Situations.
again I ask tho, What is it that ur not Satisfied with???


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What, specifically, are you not happy with? The clarity? Is it distorting at high volumes? Is it just not loud enough? Do you need better quality parked or just at speed?

It takes me several rides to dial in the EQ on the alpine unit for me to like it. Then I pull a fuse to make some changes to something else, and I have to do it all over again.

They're right about not maxing out the volume on the iphone. When you start maxing out an amp (the tiny amp in the phone) you start to get distortion and then that distortion is amplified through your system.

Sorry, I don't really have any answers, but from my experience with my system, and reading everyone else's posts here, you DEFINITELY SHOULD be able to have great sound out of that setup.

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When you use the HW remote link to tune the amps make sure you have the bike outside and not in the garage, you will get a better ideas of how it,s going to sound. Also it will take a few rides and re-tuning before you are satisfied. That was my experience.......

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Clarity is my issue. The system is plenty Loud. I feel like I need to adjust the highs and lows. Will the new deck make any significant difference or is my stock deck fine?

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Clarity is my issue. The system is plenty Loud. I feel like I need to adjust the highs and lows. Will the new deck make any significant difference or is my stock deck fine?
You still have the stock deck? I would change that FIRST before I moved on to adjusting anything else. Trust me...changing out that factory deck to aftermarket will make a HUGE difference in sound.

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Sounds like I cant go wrong with changing to the Kenwood head unit. Should improve my sound quality, clarity, which is what im seeking. Thanks for the input

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I just purchased a SS 4.520 amp, BT7.1's for the fairing and a set of Kicker KSC67's for the rear pods for a 2011 RGU. I was going to wait next year to replace the HU. IS this something that I should do now or should I wait? I've never owned a bike with a stereo...
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I just purchased a SS 4.520 amp, BT7.1's for the fairing and a set of Kicker KSC67's for the rear pods for a 2011 RGU. I was going to wait next year to replace the HU. IS this something that I should do now or should I wait? I've never owned a bike with a stereo...
Lots of folks run the stock head unit. Some run w/ a modded stock unit with line-out added. For ME it was an easy choice: I wanted BT/Pandora features. You'll get a LOT out of a headunit upgrade and really get the most out of your audio by doing so.

Is a new HU in your budget? You can sell the stock head unit for $300-400 on ebay to make up the cost of the switch.

Edit: Sorry -- didn't mean to hijack the thread. Just noticed this was tacked on this thread -- might be worth starting your own thread Austinslider

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Lots of folks run the stock head unit. Some run w/ a modded stock unit with line-out added. For ME it was an easy choice: I wanted BT/Pandora features. You'll get a LOT out of a headunit upgrade and really get the most out of your audio by doing so.

Is a new HU in your budget? You can sell the stock head unit for $300-400 on ebay to make up the cost of the switch.

Edit: Sorry -- didn't mean to hijack the thread. Just noticed this was tacked on this thread -- might be worth starting your own thread Austinslider
Hometoast, thanks for the input. I had no idea the stock head unit is worth $300 bones

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