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Speakers, amps, and head unit questions

XD1222 - AM/FM/CD Receiver with USB Charging Port

This is the HU I have in the truck right now and its alright sounding and the reason I bought it was that it was cheap and had AUX and USB capability. It works for me and I dont think it sounds bad. Im upgrading at some point but for now im satisfied.

What im not satisfied with are my speakers/general loudness. Sometimes I like to crank it up but the truck just isnt loud enough haha. I want to get better speakers for the doors and put one or two slim subs under the seats. Is it too loud or annoying with them under the seats? And will the new speakers help with volume? because the HU goes up to max volume which is oddly 46. idk who chose that number haha

When I upgrade the speakers in the doors will I need to use a amp for them or will they be fine? Im new to car electronics and dont wanna have to go back and do everything over again.
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I have this exact box, i think the two middle speakers are subs but i am not sure. The other two are obviously tweeters. I got this box for free but its way too big so im gonna pull the speakers and see if they are small enough to go under the seats.
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Not sure how well those subs will fit under the seat, if they are in a box that doesn't have the proper air space, they won't sound right, but you can try. As far as the door speakers , just do it right and get an amp, they will sound better and play at higher volume with less distortion because amps generally have cleaner power output than a deck, also some amps will offer more adjustability too, so you can adjust the crossover points and what not to suit you.
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Yeah i took the box apart and they arent even cose to being able to fit under haha. I think im just gonna sell it and make some money for the truck.

So I should wire the door speakers into the amp and then into the HU? To give them power
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Yeah i took the box apart and they arent even cose to being able to fit under haha. I think im just gonna sell it and make some money for the truck.

So I should wire the door speakers into the amp and then into the HU? To give them power
Correct, plug the rca outs from the deck into the amp, wire the speakers to the amp and there is usually a remote turn on wire which powers up the amp when the hu is turned on, just wire that to the remote wire on the back of the deck, and then of course the main power and ground wire. A good idea is to run the power and signal wires down opposite sides of the truck, to help avoid interference.
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Thanks alot, That helps. I think im gonna build a box where the jack is. I've seen that done on here and its a real nice setup and 1 8inch sub should be good for the cab
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its not hard to wire in an amp for your door speakers and it will make a noticable difference. i cant wait to finish the stereo in my truck
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Thanks alot, That helps. I think im gonna build a box where the jack is. I've seen that done on here and its a real nice setup and 1 8inch sub should be good for the cab
No problem, yeah the boxes in the jack location is a good setup. When you build the box do a search on google for a subwoofer box calculator, I know Rockford Fosgate had one on their website, but it will help you get the box to proper dimensions for
the airspace for your sub. I used it for my boxes and the subs sound real good.
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