Originally Posted by simondav
Well, the safe option seems to go with a speaker upgrade first and see if I am happy with that. If not, I will add a cleansweep unit, amp and sub.
I debated between a speaker upgrade and replacing the head unit. Ultimately I decided to start with the head unit mainly because I wanted to add navigation.
I went with the Kenwood DNX6990HD. This is a great unit if you're willing to spend a little more money. The installation is surprisingly simple especially if you get all the wiring harnesses. You will find plenty of information on this forum and You Tube to show you how to do the installation yourself. This was the first stereo installation I did myself.
I expanded my installation as I went and included a USB hub from Amazon so I could have a USB port mounted in the dash to make map/firmware updates and charge USB devices while also using the Kenwood iPod cable. I mounted the hub under the dash and installed the USB port in one of the dummy plates next to the 12 volt outlet under the radio. Looks like it came from the factory.
Since the 2013 models are coming out now, I've seen the DNX6990 as low as $719 which is a great price. I paid $900 at Crutchfield back in early December.
Here's my system and what I paid:
1. Kenwood DNX6990HD - $900
2. Metra ASWC steering wheel control - $70
3. Sirius XM SXV200V1 tuner - $70 ($20 after you get a $50 rebate from Sirius)
4. SFA12F XM adapter cable - $60 on eBay. This cable plugs into your factory XM antenna so you don't need to put the XM antenna that comes with the tuner on the roof.
5. Kenwood KCA-iP202 iPod cable - $30
6. PAC USB extension cable - $20
7. Amazon Basics 4 port USB hub - $9
The main reason I went with this navigation unit is because the GPS is made by Garmin so it looks and works just like a portable Garmin unit. It's very user friendly and much better than the factory system I have in my other Toyotas. And the sound quality is much improved. I was surprised how much better the factory speakers sound with this new unit. My wife no longer complains about the sound in her RAV4 so I probably won't need to upgrade the speakers now.