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Old 07-07-2014, 02:24 PM
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Stereo options for f250 Crew Cab

Now that I'm settled into this truck and absolutely love it (can definitely see keeping it a long time), I'm not wanting to add a little flavor to it since I have a bit of a commute back and forth to work.

Now...I'm not a youngster anymore and am not interested in having a sound system capable of shattering windows a 1/4 mile away or having enough bass punch to shatter the ribs of my passengers. But I do love a music and having a nice, balanced stereo. Add to that, I'm also not wanting to spend a small fortune to get one.

Here's what I'm looking at so far:

Head Unit: Pioneer FH-X70BT ($144 local Wally World)
I don't want a DVD/NAV unit. I find them too distracting and am not a fan of smudged up lcd screens. So the Pioneer fits the bill as a solid sounding double din stereo with all the features I want and need.

Speakers: Kicker DS60 6.5" coaxial speakers x 4 ($90 total ebay)
Found these on eBay for roughly $45/pair. The stock front and rears are 6x8" units that just tend to get a bit sloppy. In speakers, round is better for bass roll off. Found some adapter plates for installing 6.5" speakers for $15/pair on eBay that come with the FORD specific wiring adapters for the door speakers so I'm not having to cut the factory harnesses out. With the units being coaxial, it saves me from spending more money on a component kit and spending more time custom mounting tweeters.

Subwoofer: Power Acoustik THIN-10BX ($87 ebay)
One of the most difficult tasks was finding a sub box that would fit behind my rear seats WITHOUT having to cut the carpet from the rear wall. After doing a lot of digging, I found this unit. The box is very shallow (4.5" bottom depth, 2.25" top depth, 26" L and 13.5" H. For the style of music I listen too, a 10" sub is all I need and it reviews quite well.

Amplifier: MB Quart FX1.400 ($90 ebay)
Only going to be using the amp to power my sub. All other speakers will be driven from the head unit itself.

So aside from wiring, I'm only looking at $411 on what should be a solid sounding system. And, with as quiet as this V10 is, I should be able to enjoy it!!!!
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Sounds like (no pun) you've done your homework on upgrading your stereo equipment. I have the factory upgrade on my 2008, but I did upgrade my wife's 2007 Lincoln LT. I went with a Pioneer including better speakers. Made a big difference and that was 6 years ago and it still sounds great.
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I think you may be disappointed in using the head unit to power the speakers. 14w isn't that much. A 4ch 40w amp would wake them up. I went with Infinity componets 6x8 in the front and stuck the tweeters on the dash. I use 6x8 coaxials in the rear. at 2ohms with a 40w Kenwood they really get loud.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:26 AM
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Funny, I'm in the middle of upgrading mine too.

My HU is Kenwood 50x4 and it just didn't quite do it for me, so I added a clarion mini amp XC1410, finally found a spot it would fit, on a dash support, velcro and zip ties seems to do OK holding it.

next , a kenwood mini sub KSCsw11 shoved (literally) under the center front seat, which is what im in the middle of wiring up now.

I had earlier added kicker 6x8s in the front with some dynamat

Thus far it sounds decent, but im hoping even better once the sub is added and some tweaking of hpf/lpf settings.

edit: Done, and sounds pretty good for a low budget system.
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Ya, I figure I'll try the head unit first. It's rated at 50w/ch (which I know is max rating, not RMS) but that should be enough since I'll be adjusting the settings on the receiver to adjust the crossover frequencies to send the lows to the sub. With a crossover in place, the H/U amp isn't being driven as hard (as well as the main speakers) forcing the subwoofer and it's amp to do the heavy lifting.
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