Originally Posted by ukfan1976
Just bought a 2014 Tundra TRD SR5 4x2 with the Entune Premium Audio with Nav and App Suite. I did not spring for the JBL speaker upgrades now i'm regretting it pretty bad. The sound just isn't up to my standards, sounds like a cheapo system to be honest but the system itself (user interface, touchscreen, DVD etc) are all pretty badass looking. Is there a simple fix to this such as changing out the door/dash speakers and adding an amp? I'd prefer not to have subs added as I don't want to lose room in the double cab behind the rear seat. Can anyone recommend door speakers/dash that will provide decent bass and a rich sound? I'd appreciate any info! Looking to get this done at a stereo shop, etc but don't wanna go broke doing it.
You should be thankful that you didn't pay extra for the JBL speaker system. Those "upgrades" are usually a waste of money. You can get a much better stereo for the same $$. If you don't want to add a sub at all, then I recommend using 6x9" speakers. I much prefer round speakers, but since you need more low-end extension, the added surface area of the 6x9's will help. I can only assume that the 2014 speaker sizes are similar to the 2013. If that's the case, you can put 6x9's in the front, and 6.5" in the rear.
I can't help you with interfacing with entune, as I know nothing about that system. There are normally two ways to add an amp. Either tap off of the speaker signals and run them through a processor, or take a "low-level" signal off of the deck directly into an amp. More often than not, factory systems don't offer a low-level output, so you'll usually have to tap into the speaker signals. If this is what you end up doing, don't let anyone convince you to use a crappy $20 LOC (line out converter). Do yourself a favor and buy a decent line converter or processor. Take a look at the AudioControl LC6i. That, along with a decent 4-channel amp and speakers could sound very nice. Again remember that I'm speaking theoretically and know nothing about the 2014 entune system. Your budget would look something like this:
Front speakers (most likely components): $100-$200
Rear speakers (most likely coaxials): $50-$100
4-channel amp: $150-$250
Installation: Tough to say. Maybe $200-$300? I don't know how much installers charge these days because I always install everything myself.
If that's too much $$$, you could just upgrade the speakers, but I think you'd be less than impressed, running them off of the factory system instead of a legitimate amplifier. If you install better speakers, you may be happy, and if you aren't, at least you didn't waste money. You could just add a processor/amp later.