Long Term Audio Review
About 6 months ago, I did a full swap of my audio system on my 13 RGU. I posted my thoughts on my original audio build thread, but thought I would start a new one, reviewing my long(er) term thoughts. I went with a Kenwood x799 head unit, SoundStream Stealth 4.100D amp, and 4x DD Audio CXS 6.5 speakers (2 up front, two in the tour pack).
From the start, this was a HUGE improvement over stock. Validation came when my wife said she could hear every note and lyric while going down the interstate at 70mph, and also when she said she could hear my radio from inside the house when I pull into the driveway. The DD speakers are fantastic. They do seem to have a "break in" period, as the volume and clarity appeared to get better with time. I listen to a diverse group of music, from country to rock to rap, and it does very well with them all. With the stock speakers, I could hear a little of the music, and most all of the lyrics. With this set up, I can hear all the music notes and all the lyrics crystal clear.
The Kenwood x799 head unit is a great piece for someone starting out. Has 6x higher powered pre-amp out puts and a load of options. Streaming from bluetooth is convenient, just pair your phone once, and every time you start it up, it automatically pairs. Just set your play list, and you don't have to worry with a thing for the rest of the day. My only gripe is that you can't read a thing on the display during the day, but this is a reoccurring trend on most all "car" head units.
All in all, I'm super happy with my setup after riding with it for the past few months. I have loud, clear audio while cruising down the interstate, and can finally change songs on the fly without having to pull my phone out of the glove box. Below is what I paid for everything. I started out with the intent of building a solid audio upgrade on a budget. Took me a couple months to do the proper research and piece everything together, but in the end it was worth it.
Kenwood x799 head unit-$179 (included install kit and sosche handlebar adapter)
Soundstream Stealth 4.1000D amp-$100
Digital Design CXS 6.5 speakers-$200 ($100 a pair)
6.5 speaker adapters-$40
All in all, you can get a great, budget set up for under $500 on an ultra. If you have a RGC, that's $400. If you don't want/need a head unit, that takes the price to under $250. Will you keep up with the guys running pro audio equipment? Nope, not even close. But you'll be grinning ear to ear listening to your favorite tracks much louder and clearer than before. Thanks to everyone that helped me out in the process. Hopefully I can return the favor to anyone else that needs it.
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2013 RGU BBP. Detachable Tour Pack, aftermarket slip ons (no name), Wild 1 WO612s, Avon Cushion Grips, 13" Madstad, Kenwood Excelon x799, 8x DD Speakers (4x VO-M, 2x CXS 6.5, 2x B3), Diamond Micro 4v2 Amp.