Great info! Helps me understand alot more. Thanks brother. I can't wait to hear back from Soundz. I have been doing alot of searching and if Soundz is more than I wanna spend I may go with a Rockford Fosgate PBR300X4 300 Watts RMS 4-Channel and a set of Kicker 41KM652C 6½" 2-way Marine Speakers for lowers, keeping the JBL GTO638 speakers I already have in the fairing.Harley's radio is just an antiquated version of all the other mobile radios in the world, with some added gaskets for waterproofing.
All stereos connect one of two ways:
High level-speaker wires from radio to amp.
Lo level- RCA preouts from radio to amp.
There are pros and cons to each. The biggest difference is that with the high level hookup, the signal has already passed through the radio's internal amp and with low level it has not. ALL amps add some measure of distortion to your sound signal, so when using high level into an aftermarket amp, the distortion is amplified too creating less than optimal sound. That's why you'll read about guys using line levelers and magic boxes. These devices strip the distortion off of the signal and provide clean signal to your amp. Harley doesn't install RCA preouts so you HAVE to go the high level route.
My advice is that if you don't know audio well enough to mix and match yourself, go with someone like Soundz Customz. They use high quality equipment(Arc amps, Focal speakers), already tuned when it gets to your door.
Some of the less expensive stuff adds up when you replace it once or twice due to unhappiness or not being able to hear it at highway speeds. Everything sounds good in the garage. Bass at 80+ is the goal. It doesn't come cheap. I've got about $3k in mine and it rocks, but you can get the Soundz Customz level IV for $2k and I've heard it. It rocks too.
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