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So I've been reading literally hundreds of posts on the 4-5 forums I'm a member of in an effort to make a decision on an upgraded audio system I think I can live with without second guessing myself after the fact, (If that's even possible). *I have a 2012 CVO Road Glide. This setup doesn't required any alteration to the bike other than replacing the stock bag lids and adapter rings to increase the 5x7 fairing speakers to the 6.5". *I'd say this topic of "audio upgrades" ranks right up there "header pipe, muffler, & tuner" combo's when it comes to the endless possibilities one has to choose from. *Just wanted to throw it out here so anyone who's interested in audio can comment either positively, negatively, or indifferently about the choices I've made. *

1. Head Unit: Alpine CDE-HD149BT Just released March 2013 (looked at Kenwood & Pioneer as well). Was going to send stock HK to Iron Cross but decided if I'm gonna do it all the way I might as well go with Bluetooth for streaming my Pandora stations and also get HD radio signal for the FM stations that have it. *Including Biketronics module to keep stock hand controls. Also has usb hookup in back to use my stock ipod connection in right bag. http://www.alpine-usa.com/company/pr...-cd-receivers/

2. Amp: JL Audio XD400/4. 4-Channel Class D Full-Range Amplifier, 100 W x 4 @ 2 Ω / 75 W x 4 @ 4 Ω - 14.4V
(Considered the Arc 125.4 and Alpine PDX F-6 as well) http://www.jlaudio.com/xd400-4-car-a...plifiers-98261

3. Fairing Speakers: 6 1/2 inch Hertz HSK 165XL (300w max, 150w continuous, 4 ohm, dB/SPL *94) I ride with guys who have JL Audio and Focal, I wanted something different. This model has the separate tweeter that replaces my stock ones, crossover inc. http://www.hertzaudiovideo.com/doc/h...y_hsk165xl.pdf

4. Bag Speakers: 6x9's Hertz HCX 690 (260w max, 130w continuous, 4 ohm, dB/SPL *94) http://www.hertzaudiovideo.com/Doc/H...rgy_HCX690.pdf

5. *Cycle Sounds Speaker Lids: http://www.cyclesounds.com/bagger-au...lids-only.html

If you've never heard of Hertz like me before reading about it on these forums, here's from their site: Hertz is a product of Elettromedia. Elettromedia, was founded 1987 in Potenza Picena, Italy. *Is today considered a global leader in the production of car audio amplifiers, signal processors, speakers and accessories for professional installation. *In 1979 a group of technicians from various fields of electronics united by the pursuit of high fidelity audio reproduction gathered around a dream called AUDISON. *After several years of study and experimentation in 1984 , the completion of the first amplifier (HP 110) Ė AUDISON was born. *Elettromedia-USA was created in June of 2006 to import the elettromedia Italy brands into the United States. *

Picking up lids from painter tomorrow then taking bike and all speakers to installer. http://www.benchmarksoundworks.com/home/ (I bought these on my own because my installer is a Focal dealer, not a Hertz dealer). I'll buy amp and head unit from them.

I research shit to death before I pull the trigger on something, so I'm hoping this setup will serve me well. *With that said, I refuse to ever pay full retail on anything. *I'll negotiate the price down or spend my money elsewhere. Word of caution!!!! *Beware of FAKE speakers online. *If you buy knockoff shit from Bulgaria or Phillipines because it sells for $100-$200 cheaper, forget it, your screwed! *Work the price down with an AUTHORIZD DEALER! *

I"ll have everything done before I leave for Daytona on March 13 and when I get back home I"ll record a video on my iPad and post so you guys can get an idea of how it turned out.

Peace! *Phil
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Sounds like you have some great options.


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Ok. I may have chosen an underpowered amp. Thinking about going with Alpine PDX-F6, which I'd have to mount in a bag, or the JL HD600/4. I was hoping to keep the amp in the fairing but...
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I have the xd600/6 w/2 ohms speakers & it beats.


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You got it mounted in a bag or in fairing?
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All that power can't be confined in the fairing... LoL I got it in the bag..


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I hear ya, not much room behind that fairing. Does anybody make a powerful badass amp that will fit in fairing that you know of. Guys tout that Arc 125.4 but its only 125w per channel at 2 ohms
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Ok, so I've switched amps. Bought the Alpine PDX-F6. evrything else in original post is the same. Picking up painted speaker lids in Marietta this afteronn, taking bike to Alpharetta tomorrow morning. They tell me it will be ready to pickup on Monday. Looks like the total pricetag is just north of $4000. Gonna move the stock ipod dock from the right bag up to the right storage cup (glovebox what HD calls it i think). I'll be able to hook ipod, I-Phone5, and USB flash drive in here. Should be one badass system
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Ok, so I've switched amps. Bought the Alpine PDX-F6. evrything else in original post is the same. Picking up painted speaker lids in Marietta this afteronn, taking bike to Alpharetta tomorrow morning. They tell me it will be ready to pickup on Monday. Looks like the total pricetag is just north of $4000. Gonna move the stock ipod dock from the right bag up to the right storage cup (glovebox what HD calls it i think). I'll be able to hook ipod, I-Phone5, and USB flash drive in here. Should be one badass system
Wow! This thing is going to be loud!

If you dont mind me asking, since there is not any modifications being done to the bike besides the lids, is there a reason why you didnt want to attempt this yourself?


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Id, that a lot of $. You must be some kin to Richie Rich & GB from Cali. LoL .. You could've saved 100% of the install fee by doing it yourself..it's not hard at all. I could've help out,


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