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Old 06-02-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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Sound System Mods - Speakers, Deck, Amps, Etc..

I'm getting a 2012 SS the second my local dealer starts to take orders and i've always ripped out the sound system in every new car i've had with the exception of the 2011 caddy i bought because it's near impossible to do in newer cars without destroying the dash.
What you're left with in terms of options is swapping out speakers and adding an amp or two, but you're still feeding off a system which was tuned for the speakers your car came with.

Any ideas or anybody that's done some serious audio work?
I hate stock systems, even the best on the market doesn't compare to what i've put into my previous cars for $3000 to $4000.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:33 PM   #2
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There's an entire section devoted to this kind of thing

Edit: Dang, the mods sure are quick.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:55 PM   #3
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I'm getting a 2012 SS the second my local dealer starts to take orders and i've always ripped out the sound system in every new car i've had with the exception of the 2011 caddy i bought because it's near impossible to do in newer cars without destroying the dash.
What you're left with in terms of options is swapping out speakers and adding an amp or two, but you're still feeding off a system which was tuned for the speakers your car came with.

Any ideas or anybody that's done some serious audio work?
I hate stock systems, even the best on the market doesn't compare to what i've put into my previous cars for $3000 to $4000.
Most seem to agree that the head unit (at least with the BA system) is an ok unit, the amps and speakers suck though. Subthump has a harness you can buy to give you all of the pre-amp outs to custom build your system with. I like the idea of leaving the stock head unit, gives thieves one fewer reason to screw with your car.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:35 PM   #4
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if you've done $3,000 systems $4,000 in any car they will blow away stock anything.
Do it again! You will love the end results.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:12 PM   #5
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start with the Metra kit and a new head unit... from there the world is your oyster.

(or you can wait for the Alpine kit that only works with Alpine heads, its supposed to be out in March, April, May, and now I think June/July - eventually it will be out)
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:27 PM   #6
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start with the Metra kit and a new head unit... from there the world is your oyster.

(or you can wait for the Alpine kit that only works with Alpine heads, its supposed to be out in March, April, May, and now I think June/July - eventually it will be out)
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Not sure what brand you fancy But I'm in absolute AWE with my Double Din Pioneer AVIC 120BT. My husband did all the work to my camaro. He's MECP Master Certified and honestly i don't think i heard him curse and swear as much as he has in the camaro. Apparently its a pain the a%@ and he's been doing it for 8 Years, its mostly the way the Dash is put together and how all the new car are going international with wiring.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:27 PM   #7
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:03 PM   #8
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Alpine has a way better kit. All touch screen controls. I will try to find a link to it.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:59 AM   #9
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Alpine has a way better kit. All touch screen controls. I will try to find a link to it.
It's already out?
Or they have photos of it already?
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:03 AM   #10
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It's already out?
Or they have photos of it already?
The Alpine kit is starting to feel like the elusive Sasquatch. Ive seen pictures of it, but not sure it really exists.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:03 AM   #11
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The Alpine kit is starting to feel like the elusive Sasquatch. Ive seen pictures of it, but not sure it really exists.
Not to mention other questions like, "What about the seat heaters"? "What about the defroster controls"? and other such questions that inquiring minds want to know...

LOL

Downside on the Pioneer controls that I see is that your visibility of the gauge cluster is now blocked or at least, appear to be.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:56 PM   #12
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The controls are now all below the screen.
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Old 06-03-2011, 02:37 PM   #13
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My friend owns a stereo shop and he said he could order it now. He showed me pic's of it in there catalog. All of the controls are touch screen, heater, seat heaters everything. Alpine helped chevy do there controls so they have all of the info on them.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:07 PM   #14
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Alpine helped chevy do the controls?
Wouldn't have Boston Acoustics done this considering it's a BA branded entertainment system?
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