19 Speaker Harman Kardon® Premium Sound

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Sound deadening helps improve what's there, but it doesn't bring back all the missing frequencies and fix the bass roll-off. It's really sad isee the bass frequencies drop as you increase the volume.
Agreed! So peeps don’t blow those “premium “ speakers. Lol!! Manufacturers should just put true premium speakers in and eliminate the roll off. One of the main reasons I dislike the “premium “ offerings and build my own.
 

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Sound deadening helps improve what's there, but it doesn't bring back all the missing frequencies and fix the bass roll-off. It's really sad isee the bass frequencies drop as you increase the volume.
Yeah, I can’t disagree. Back to the original question of worth the money or not, it was for me. I don’t trust anyone working on my vehicles including sound wiring/upgrades. I know there are good shops out there; and with my recovering broken leg, I wanted decent sound from the start And it checks that box for me. When you are already in a truck for 84K MSRP, that extra upcharge won’t make a dent IMHO. So for me, worth it.
 

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Hey All,
new guy here from Ontario Canada.
I've got a 19 1500 that came with the Uconnect and six base speakers.
I also agree that going custom with upgrade replacements is the way to go if detailed sound quality and some good thump is what you're after overall.
I just installed a full replacement of Focal speakers in all six locations to start and what an incredible sound improvement! The detail and clarity of these speakers is fantastic.
I have just ordered a new Kenwood head unit, the iData goodies, a Kenwood marine grade 5 channel amp, a custom box for under the passenger rear, and a 10" Audiomobile Evo sub.
I'm super stoked to get the deck, amp and sub in and then tune it all properly.
 

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Hey All,
new guy here from Ontario Canada.
I've got a 19 1500 that came with the Uconnect and six base speakers.
I also agree that going custom with upgrade replacements is the way to go if detailed sound quality and some good thump is what you're after overall.
I just installed a full replacement of Focal speakers in all six locations to start and what an incredible sound improvement! The detail and clarity of these speakers is fantastic.
I have just ordered a new Kenwood head unit, the iData goodies, a Kenwood marine grade 5 channel amp, a custom box for under the passenger rear, and a 10" Audiomobile Evo sub.
I'm super stoked to get the deck, amp and sub in and then tune it all properly.
Did you get this installed? Write up and pics?
 

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Depends on you. I have HK , it come as package with other things. was worth it to me.
As for audiophile part people always mentioned... shrugs. I play streaming music that is compressed and stripped.
Even streaming compressed and stripped music can actually sound pretty-damn good on modern aftermarket systems. My jvc head unit actually processes compressed music, adding back in much of the missing data. It's not perfect but any means but compared to unprocessed, it's night & day. Want even a feature I wanted, but playing around with it one day and I litterly had a jaw drop moment. Current Technology is amazing, I can only imagine what coming in the future.
 

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Did you get this installed? Write up and pics?
Just got it all installed a little over a week ago. I've got about 20hrs of break in time on the new sub and it's really starting to pound hard and clear! Words cannot express just how clear and detailed this entire system truly is. The six Focal speakers sounded great with the factory head unit and that was maybe pushing 13W-RMS to each of them. The amp is set up 2ohm and now they are getting I believe in the neighborhood of 70W-RMS. Super clean installation from Audio Pros locally to me and tuned to audio perfection. The Kenwood Excelon Reference head unit is pure amazing, and the integration with my Samsung phone is seamless and spot on perfect. All in this entire system was a hair under $5K CDN, and worth every single penny. At 3/4 volume the clarity and bass is phenomenal with zero distortion. I listen to everything from Andrea Bocelli to Chris Stapleton; Metallica to Beatie Boys; lots of classic rock, and old school hip-hop, and the system delivers every single genre with detail, clarity and audio excellence. If you drive a lot and truly appreciate great sounding music of all kinds, this is a set up I'd recommend. Incidentally, I was in my friends 3500 with the crazy big factory multi-speaker system the other day, and truth be told, his didn't sound anywhere near as good as mine with just six speakers and a single sub. He sat in my truck and was absolutely thrown for a loop on how much clearer and detailed mine sounded, and my bass was far better with the tight punch and roll as well. The suppliers / installers told me that they also filled the sealed box with some sort of filler material to trick the sub to operate like it was in a larger volume area. Apparently this is an audio trick used for sealed boxes in very small enclosures to add more punch, clarity, and roll to the subs capabilities.
 

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Just got it all installed a little over a week ago. I've got about 20hrs of break in time on the new sub and it's really starting to pound hard and clear! Words cannot express just how clear and detailed this entire system truly is. The six Focal speakers sounded great with the factory head unit and that was maybe pushing 13W-RMS to each of them. The amp is set up 2ohm and now they are getting I believe in the neighborhood of 70W-RMS. Super clean installation from Audio Pros locally to me and tuned to audio perfection. The Kenwood Excelon Reference head unit is pure amazing, and the integration with my Samsung phone is seamless and spot on perfect. All in this entire system was a hair under $5K CDN, and worth every single penny. At 3/4 volume the clarity and bass is phenomenal with zero distortion. I listen to everything from Andrea Bocelli to Chris Stapleton; Metallica to Beatie Boys; lots of classic rock, and old school hip-hop, and the system delivers every single genre with detail, clarity and audio excellence. If you drive a lot and truly appreciate great sounding music of all kinds, this is a set up I'd recommend. Incidentally, I was in my friends 3500 with the crazy big factory multi-speaker system the other day, and truth be told, his didn't sound anywhere near as good as mine with just six speakers and a single sub. He sat in my truck and was absolutely thrown for a loop on how much clearer and detailed mine sounded, and my bass was far better with the tight punch and roll as well. The suppliers / installers told me that they also filled the sealed box with some sort of filler material to trick the sub to operate like it was in a larger volume area. Apparently this is an audio trick used for sealed boxes in very small enclosures to add more punch, clarity, and roll to the subs capabilities.
Custom box or prefab ?
 
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