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Default Need ideas for regular cab Silverado build

I have an '09 Silverado regular cab truck that came with the basic HU and speaker package. I've suddenly become interested in car audio for the first time in around 10 years and would like to do a simple build that focuses around sound quality. I've been reading the great info from this forum and think that an active setup would serve me well and give me plenty to tinker with. A JL C5 650 set will go in the doors. I'll probably have the tweets flush mounted just above the mid on the door panel. I'm having a local shop do the complete install and "basic" tune.

Now, for the HU..... I can't decide if I should keep the stock HU and add a JL Fix along with a dsp or if I should pick up an aftermarket HU and add a dsp. I'm really having a hard time picking a new HU based on the currently available units. I would like to do an Alpine unit along with their PXA-H800/RUX-C800 combo. My problem is that I don't think Alpine(or anyone else) makes a true high end HU with all of the audio bells and whistles and latest tech gadgets. I really need advice on which direction to go with the HU and DSP.

Next on the list is the sub. How about a thin style woofer like a JL 13TW5v2? Or a 12w6v3 if it will fit? I'm not really sold on any particular brand or model at this point, but I have very limited space and would prefer a crisp, musical sub with some volume. I will say that I am very JL biased because of their outstanding service from the past, but I'm open to suggestions for better options.

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HU: TBD
DSP: TBD
AMP: JL HD900/5
Components: JL C5 650
Sub: TBD
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Default Re: Need ideas for regular cab Silverado build

You can swap the headunit out fairly easily in that truck. I'm a fan of Pioneer's user interface. They make a great touch screen all across the board. Just depends on how many features you want. If you don't NEED a double din you can get a Pioneer 80prs and go 3-way active with it until you decide to drop coin on a processor. The 80prs is a very powerful headunit for the price and is a really clean source unit when going to a processor.

For a sub a JL 12tw3 would be my choice. Maybe even do a center console style box and downfire.

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Default Re: Need ideas for regular cab Silverado build

I appreciate your suggestions and info, hb. I stopped by the JL dealer in my area and snagged a set of C5 650's today. I was able to fondle the 7200NEX while I was there and must say it's a sweet radio! I think I have the HU narrowed down to two options. If I go double din I'll end up with the Pioneer 8201NEX for the back up camera and capacitive touchscreen and if I end up going single din I'll opt for the 80PRS for obvious reasons.

I also tried to have a conversation about the JL TwK 88 and going to an active setup. The salesman wasn't very helpful on the subject, but I did get to see the unit and knob(s) as well as kinda demo the tun software. Will probably go this route for processing.

Also, I may end up going a different route concerning the amp(s). I have a friend that acquired the old JL slash v1 amps out my last vehicle. 1000/1, 300/2, and 450/4. I hope he'll offer me a good deal on the 1000/1 and 450/4. They should work perfect for my needs with plenty of headroom. I "gave" them to him for a steal, so I'm hoping he returns the favor! Things are coming together faster than I thought!
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yeah the JL 13TW5v2 will be good. Looks like you're a JL fan. Put 2 in there!!

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If you have a current iPhone or Android phone, you can save a little and buy the lower end 4200 NEX. The 4200 will do carplay/android auto, this way you don't pay the higher price for nav, when your phone can do it. Also, if you like gadgets, make sure to get a head unit that supports iDatalink Maestro. You get can buss data, for extra gauges, and other supported vehicle interfaces, along with steering wheel controls.

I have a similar install to what you are planning in my truck. I went with the Kenwood DMX-7704S and a TWK 88. I'm running full active with a three way set of Hertz components and a pair of 10TW3's. I get a clean signal to the DSP from the Kenwood and all the tuning I need out of the TWK 88.
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If you have a current iPhone or Android phone, you can save a little and buy the lower end 4200 NEX. The 4200 will do carplay/android auto, this way you don't pay the higher price for nav, when your phone can do it. Also, if you like gadgets, make sure to get a head unit that supports iDatalink Maestro. You get can buss data, for extra gauges, and other supported vehicle interfaces, along with steering wheel controls.

I have a similar install to what you are planning in my truck. I went with the Kenwood DMX-7704S and a TWK 88. I'm running full active with a three way set of Hertz components and a pair of 10TW3's. I get a clean signal to the DSP from the Kenwood and all the tuning I need out of the TWK 88.
Thanks for the input. I ended up getting a deal that I couldn't pass up on the 8201nex. Shop couldn't get the 8200, so they gave me the 8201 for the same price! Free backup camera! I really enjoyed talking with the guy at that shop. He seemed very knowledgeable and really into his profession.

I downloaded the demo version of the tun software today and was pretty overwhelmed. Lots of adjustability in expert mode! I'll have to play with it a bunch to get comfy using it.

Where did you mount your tweets? I want to flush them in the doors just above the mids. The shop wants to put them in the a-pillars where the stock tweeters are. I want the speakers to disappear into the music if I close my eyes.
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My tweeters are in the stock location on the a-pillers. I have a three way, the 3 inch mid is mounted in the sail panel and the 6.5 is in the stock location in the door.

Not a bad deal with the 8201, that's like getting $100 off. The capacitive touchscreen will be nice.

I've played with the TWK software, but haven't done any tuning yet. The shop that installed mine did a really good job with the base tune. But, I still want to see what I can do with it. One thing to remember, when using expert mode, the twk doesn't mute the outputs when you change crossover settings.
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I would mount the tweets in the sails if going 2-way. Probably be easier to dial in that way.

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My tweeters are in the stock location on the a-pillers. I have a three way, the 3 inch mid is mounted in the sail panel and the 6.5 is in the stock location in the door.

Not a bad deal with the 8201, that's like getting $100 off. The capacitive touchscreen will be nice.

I've played with the TWK software, but haven't done any tuning yet. The shop that installed mine did a really good job with the base tune. But, I still want to see what I can do with it. One thing to remember, when using expert mode, the twk doesn't mute the outputs when you change crossover settings.
I ended getting the 8201 for $500.00 off of retail. Was an excellent deal!

Please excuse my ignorance, but what effect is caused by the outputs not muting? Should I just make sure the volume is low?
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Wow, $500.00 of retail means they paid you to buy it that is one heck of a deal.

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I would mount the tweets in the sails if going 2-way. Probably be easier to dial in that way.
I'm considering this approach for now. I've heard that the c5's have a soft tweeter. So, should I mount the tweeters as close to on axis as possible? That would most likely mean mounting them in the sails. My a-pillars aim the tweeters partially at the front windshield.
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Wow, $500.00 of retail means they paid you to buy it that is one heck of a deal.
That includes a $150.00 rebate from Pioneer.
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