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What do you guys think of these two systems? I no nothing on audio other than I am unhappy with what the factory provided. My wife complains it is too washed out when loud.

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Description Quantity Price
Choose Your Motorcycle
Road Glide 1 $0.00
Choose Your Road Glide
2014-2018 Road Glide 1 $0.00
Pick your existing options
King Tour Pack w/ Pods? 1 $0.00

Choose Your Front Fairing Speaker Series
Soundz Carbon Series 1 $799.00

2014+ Radio Replacement Options
Sony XAV-AX100 1 $550.00

Would you like to purchase speaker lids?
Iron Series 6x9 1 $1,100.00

King Tour Pack
Soundz Carbon Series - Suggested 1 $799.00

Choose your Amplifier
Soundz SC4.100 1 $749.99

Improve your Sound Quality
Rockford Fosgate DSR1 1 $499.99

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Flat Rate Shipping 1 $25.00
Total : $4,522.98
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I'm gonna get bitch slapped saying this, but here goes. I have a biketronics set up with hertz sv165 in the lowers that I purchased just for the speakers, all toll more than $1,500 in the system. It is very loud but lacks bass and depth. I have been to a couple of bike nights, the only good system I have heard was in an SG with 2, 8" subs in the bags and three amps, pretty much useless storage.. This was still crappy compared to a mid range set up in a car. Without a structure around you low frequency sound just goes away. I did not ride this guys bike, but I would assume at speed the lower mids and bass just goes away. I bought a $27 set of Anker Bluetooth ear buds and they sound better than any motorcycle system I have heard. Unless you want other people to hear your music, ear buds are the way to go. There is some safety concerns with wearing ear buds, so I will need to be vigilant when using them. If I had to do it all over again I would invest in quality Bluetooth ear buds and save $1,300. Now with the "you never heard my system" comments, let the crucifixion begin. I know this did not help to answer your question, I'm just putting it out there as a financial statement.
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True but not everyone can wear ear buds very long . I'm one who after a 1/2 hour or so my ear gets sore.
As to the OP. I look to at least 500 watt amp. Maybe more if you're running 4 speakers. Like woody said you lose lows and high fidelity going down the road. If you can hook up a system. I'd piece mail a system together . you can do better than those kits. JMO

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I'm gonna get bitch slapped saying this, but here goes. I have a biketronics set up with hertz sv165 in the lowers that I purchased just for the speakers, all toll more than $1,500 in the system. It is very loud but lacks bass and depth. I have been to a couple of bike nights, the only good system I have heard was in an SG with 2, 8" subs in the bags and three amps, pretty much useless storage.. This was still crappy compared to a mid range set up in a car. Without a structure around you low frequency sound just goes away. I did not ride this guys bike, but I would assume at speed the lower mids and bass just goes away. I bought a $27 set of Anker Bluetooth ear buds and they sound better than any motorcycle system I have heard. Unless you want other people to hear your music, ear buds are the way to go. There is some safety concerns with wearing ear buds, so I will need to be vigilant when using them. If I had to do it all over again I would invest in quality Bluetooth ear buds and save $1,300. Now with the "you never heard my system" comments, let the crucifixion begin. I know this did not help to answer your question, I'm just putting it out there as a financial statement.
Interesting. Can You link the Bluetooth buds to the HD infotainment or do You have pair them with a phone or Ipod? How do You control volume and track selection, etc.?
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Interesting. Can You link the Bluetooth buds to the HD infotainment or do You have pair them with a phone or Ipod? How do You control volume and track selection, etc.?
I just do it on my phone. I don't have a lot of love for the infotainment system, it basically serves as a digital oil pressure gauge for me. I am sure the functionality is more advanced on the head unit, my comment was strictly on sound quality, ear buds vs open air speakers. I also understand the comfort level as well. I am reading tons of reviews trying to decide on the best sounding and most comfortable ear buds. The OP second set up sounds like it would be nice, but for $4,500 it seems quite pricey, but my bank account is likely very different.
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True but not everyone can wear ear buds very long . I'm one who after a 1/2 hour or so my ear gets sore.
As to the OP. I look to at least 500 watt amp. Maybe more if you're running 4 speakers. Like woody said you lose lows and high fidelity going down the road. If you can hook up a system. I'd piece mail a system together . you can do better than those kits. JMO
Like Gary said I to can't do buds for long and I like having the sound outside. It's like having a moving concert, sure it doesn't have the bass that you have in a car but to my ear it still sounds good and loud.
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Holy crap, there isn't any way that I'd pay $4500 for a bike audio system. If your thing is parking lot competitions that's one thing, but for a serviceable system that just sounds loud and clear running down the road you could do better and not spend anywhere near that kind of money.
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I'm gonna get bitch slapped saying this, but here goes. I have a biketronics set up with hertz sv165 in the lowers that I purchased just for the speakers, all toll more than $1,500 in the system. It is very loud but lacks bass and depth. I have been to a couple of bike nights, the only good system I have heard was in an SG with 2, 8" subs in the bags and three amps, pretty much useless storage.. This was still crappy compared to a mid range set up in a car. Without a structure around you low frequency sound just goes away. I did not ride this guys bike, but I would assume at speed the lower mids and bass just goes away. I bought a $27 set of Anker Bluetooth ear buds and they sound better than any motorcycle system I have heard. Unless you want other people to hear your music, ear buds are the way to go. There is some safety concerns with wearing ear buds, so I will need to be vigilant when using them. If I had to do it all over again I would invest in quality Bluetooth ear buds and save $1,300. Now with the "you never heard my system" comments, let the crucifixion begin. I know this did not help to answer your question, I'm just putting it out there as a financial statement.
After chatting with you last month I got the biketronics kit. I pre-wired the lowers but decided it sounded good enough with just the 2 speakers. It's clear enough on the highway without distorting. Like you said you'll never get any bass so I'd rather kept the glove boxes in the lowers. However, I am real curious to hear your Hertz 165's to see the difference.

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If you're looking for a high end system here's a proposed parts list;

AMP
ARC Audio Moto 600.4
https://www.arcaudio.com/store?p=90850
$649.00

Fairing Speakers
ARC Audio Moto 602 V2
https://www.arcaudio.com/store?p=97183
$379.00
(Link is to the Coax version but you could also go component which would be even better if you want to mess with the separate tweeter and crossover installation)

Line Out Converter (need 2 to run 4 speaker setup)
Biketronics BT355
BT355 HD Radio Line Leveler And Pre-Amp Adapter for 2014 and Up - Biketronics Inc
$79.95 x2
(Call Bill at BT and mention you're a member here and he should slide you a discount)

Bag Speakers or Lowers
Personally I think that both you and your passenger are better served when actually riding, by installing speakers #3 and #4 into Lowers than you are into Bag Lids, but that's just IMHO.

Parts and pieces to install the whole thing;

Plug and Play harness makes it easier if you don't want to hack your factory wiring
Some extra speaker wire just in case
Positive power wire
Negative power wire
40A Fuse block
AMP mount (if you want to be all fancy) but there are backyard riggin' methods that work as well
You should be able to put all those together for less than $125

Without figuring in Bag Lids or Lowers or the 2nd set of speakers you're at $1312.90 using MSRP. Lowers, bag lids plus 2nd set of speakers you should be able to do for $800 give or take. That puts you at a total of $2100 to $2200 and you have a top shelve totally rockin' and perfectly functional audio system that retains all of the function of your Harley head unit.
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