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Old 27-03-19, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default JBL speakers retrofit

I'd like to retrofit these into my 3.0 hdi coupe, but I'm not sure what components I need to source. I'm planning to get the speakers, subwoofer and CD changer (which I think are part of the package!). Can I connect this to my existing head unit? Or would I have to get the whole system including the head unit with sat nav, screen, etc?

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Old 27-03-19, 08:30 PM   #2
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I would not bother as although it is possible the entire system is different right down to the wires going to the speakers !

The head unit is probably the only bit you would not need to change but you would have to use planet to change its output settings to suit the amp
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Old 28-03-19, 01:51 PM   #3
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I was thinking of doing the same to my sw but after sone reasearch on how hard it is (all the above wiring & programming etc) decided just to replace the head unit with an aftermarket one instead
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Old 28-03-19, 03:42 PM   #4
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Like you, my coupe didn't come with the JBL system but did have the RT4 sat nav system.

The stock system is ok but nothing fantastic. I was ready to buy a 200 JBL retrofit amp / speakers set.

However I decided the wiring is too difficult. I used a Pioneer 4 x 45w RMS in-line amp and that boosted audio quality by ~65%! Then replaced the stock speakers with Clarion SRP-1722 .

If you want a subwoofer, you can buy the OEM JBL subwoofer + box and a 5 channel amp but this is more work. My route involved far less work (plug and play) and has better audio quality than the stock JBL system (tested vs 2 coupe's with the JBL system). I wouldn't recommend the pioneer amp I bought, you would be better off with the Alpine KTP-445U.

The programming is VERY easy, I have programmed my headunit anyway, to believe there is a JBL amp because it turns the speaker outs into line outs and then preserves more audio quality
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