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Stock Radio with Amp Addition

Old 03-30-2009, 05:52 PM
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Just starting to think about upgrading my sound system. Has anyone kept their factory head unit that honda supplies (ie the LX-S 6 disc cd changer, fm/am radio, etc) and added an amplifier to supply a sub? I know they make amps with control ***** for this but anyone done it? What has been your experiences?
Old 03-30-2009, 07:19 PM
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it will be fine. you just need a line-out converter which uses your speaker wires and turns them into rca
Old 03-30-2009, 07:22 PM
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Yep, either look into a JL Audio CleanSweep or buy quality LOCs (line-out converters) [Best Buy is not where a quality one will be found].

The EQ on the stock radio sucks, so you won't get the sound quality you want without the CleanSweep.
Old 03-30-2009, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by finch13 View Post

The EQ on the stock radio sucks, so you won't get the sound quality you want without the CleanSweep.
While that is definitely true, but if he is just hooking up a sub to add a bit of filler bass a cleansweep won't help with much. Now if you want to replace the speakers and keep the stock HU than I highly recommend getting a cleansweep or similar. The stock HU has a built-in EQ to make the stock speakers sound "boomy" which deteriorates sound quality. If you want quality and accurate sound with the stock HU a cleansweep or similar is a must.
Old 03-31-2009, 06:54 PM
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Seems like Im always agreeing with Toofatt but he's right a lot and is again here.

The stock head unit has some pretty heavy EQ'ing built into it. They do this because its cheaper to set up an EQ than build speakers that actually make more bass. So instead of decent speakers, you get paper speakers and an EQ.

The downside is that when you hook up the EQ'd speaker leads to your amp, you not only get noise but you also get distortion since the signal isnt flat.

The JL Audio CleanSweep takes this EQ'd signal and flattens it as much as it can then bumps it up to 8 volts which should help get rid of most of the hiss you get when you run an amp off of speaker leads.

The Rockford Fosgate 360.1 is another great alternative.
Old 05-26-2009, 05:47 AM
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Youll be fine. If you roast the alternator, its not cause of the power the amp is drawing....unless you play your radio a loooong time with the car off
Old 08-03-2009, 05:56 AM
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what does forex have to do with adding a sub and amp to a honda???????

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