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JBL vs non JBL

Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Krappenschitz, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Apr 6, 2018 at 11:51 AM
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    Krappenschitz

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    What’s up guys. I’m looking to upgrade the sound of the shitty speakers in my SR5. I don’t want/need anything exotic, and don’t want to spend a ton of money on a sound system. I have to opportunity to buy a JBL head unit with the JBL speakers. Is it worth it and is the sound quality better than the stock SR5?
     
  2. Apr 6, 2018 at 12:14 PM
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    IMHO, no...the problem with both the JBL and non JBL is the lack of power. I would look at upgrading to an aftermarket amplifier and speakers. There are quite a few threads on this. tacotunes and tech12volts both have bundles/plug and play stuff put together to help owners out, or you can just hit up a reputable local stereo shop and see what they can do for you.
     
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  3. Apr 6, 2018 at 12:19 PM
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    Do not go with the stock JBL system, everyone on here says it sucks and you're better off going with aftermarket. I don't have the stock JBL, but have read more negative comments on it than positive
     
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  4. Apr 6, 2018 at 12:33 PM
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    NO!
     
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  5. Apr 6, 2018 at 12:48 PM
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    I have the JBL and am not impressed at all. Now, I also am not overly worried about it, and may upgrade at some point, mostly to get something with carplay or androidplay capable, but for now, it's meh.
     
  6. Apr 6, 2018 at 2:17 PM
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    I do not like my JBL. It's easier to improve the non JBL too.
     
  7. Apr 6, 2018 at 2:23 PM
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  8. Apr 6, 2018 at 2:24 PM
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    I have the JBL in my 17 and I agree with...meh. It's not bad, but it's not up to par with about every other auto manufacturer, imo.
     
  9. Apr 6, 2018 at 3:30 PM
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    NO! Avoid the stock JBL system at all costs!!!!!
     
  10. Apr 6, 2018 at 3:33 PM
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    Ditto to what everyone else is saying.
     
  11. Apr 6, 2018 at 3:39 PM
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  12. Apr 6, 2018 at 3:45 PM
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    JBL or Non JBL... they both suck.
     
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  13. Apr 6, 2018 at 3:51 PM
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    No don’t do it!
     
  14. Apr 6, 2018 at 3:51 PM
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    The only audio with a J and a L that's worth it..
     
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  15. Apr 6, 2018 at 3:59 PM
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    This

    and this
     
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  16. Apr 6, 2018 at 5:33 PM
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  17. Apr 6, 2018 at 5:46 PM
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    What’s that ? Lol
     
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  18. Apr 6, 2018 at 5:50 PM
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    I’m in the same boat. Called one place and they sent a $1200 quote for a way overboard system.

    I just want more depth and bass. I think aftermarket head units always look funky, but stock doesn’t have much capabilities.
     
  19. Apr 6, 2018 at 5:54 PM
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    Funky? No.
     
  20. Apr 6, 2018 at 5:59 PM
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    Agree! Funky? Hell no!
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    Looks good. I’m talking about basic head units. Reminds me of the 90’s/early 2000’s when every 1980’s car had one put in. Don’t forget to bring it in at night so it doesn’t get stolen!
     
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    I didn’t realize how bad a stock radio is until I had a new F150 rental this week and good lord that radio at volume level 15 was louder then mine all the way up.

    I’ve read the Tesla style radio is better then stock.
     
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  23. Apr 6, 2018 at 7:42 PM
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    Thanks for the feed back guys. Sound like I’ll enjoy the radio at level 40 until I buck up and get a big boy sound system.
     
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    So first post and maybe a dumb question, but how do you tell if you have JBL vs non JBL? Is there badging somewhere? I have the non-nav head unit and I am looking to upgrade to something with nav. I see some standard head units in the marketplace but they are either non JBL or JBL and apparently they are not compatible. I was also looking at some of the aftermarket stuff but I don't want to spend a grand to listen to music...
     
  28. Jul 9, 2018 at 9:19 AM
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    Welcome! Go over the new member area and post up some pics of your truck!
    You are wasting your time/money trying to upgrade to a better factory head unit. Just go aftermarket. Find one with Android Auto or Car Play and call it a day.
     
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  29. Jul 9, 2018 at 9:27 AM
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    If you have a JBL unit there should be a logo at the top of your stereo. As others have said, don't waste your time/money "upgrading" to a JBL unit. It's a lot easier to upgrade a non-JBL system since you don't have to deal with the crappy amp. Just get an Android/Apple-compatible unit without nav and use Car Play/Android Auto for nav if you want to save some money.

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    Thanks for the quick responses. I have to pace myself in this forum, I have already found thousands of dollars worth of stuff I want to do and I haven't even had the truck for a month! I will hit up some of the local car stereo places and see what they have for a reasonable price. I am not an audiophile, but the radio does seem pretty underwhelming volume wise.
     

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