I just got a 2011 F-150 SuperCrew with the optional Sony "upgrade." Despite the claimed 700w, max volume is anemic and there's very little bass. I'm trying to figure out what order to replace things in and was hoping there were some folks here who could give me advice for this specific system. Crutchfield wasn't much help; they just told me to replace everything all at once.
Problems I have, in order:
1) Overall volume is poor
2) There's distortion when volume is over 60-70%
3) Bass is weak
I'm not audiophile-level particular and I would like to space out the upgrade over a few months for budget reasons. I'd prefer to DIY if possible; I've replaced speakers and head units but haven't run my own wires.
If I replaced the head unit or amp, would it significantly enhance performance of the existing Sony speakers? Or should I replace the speakers first?
Basically, what's the weakest link in my particular setup? I'd appreciate product-specific recommendations if you have them, especially when it comes to the head unit which needs to keep all the features of the stock unit.