I have a Hybrid XLE (OEM radio/speaker) and it sounds terrible when you're sitting in the back. I saw few topics but it was always related to the JBL.I would like to change the speakers in my 2017 SE, has anyone just changed the speakers , what speakers did they use and your results.
I have a 2015 RAV4 LE and recently upgraded my sound system with a Kenwood DNX573S, replaced all speakers and added a subwoofer under the passenger seat. Not sure if the 2017 is configured the same but I used Kicker 6" speakers in my doors and for the fronts I used the smaller Kickers, 3.5" I think. I got everything from Crutchfield and I will tell you they were awesome to deal with. Called tech support at least 7 times during the install and they are THE BEST tech support I have every experienced.I would like to change the speakers in my 2017 SE, has anyone just changed the speakers , what speakers did they use and your results.
Do you have a link to the Crutchfields you used? I have a 2017 SE Hybrid, probably same for speaker installs. Like to see a pic of your custom box in your spare tire well.2016 XLE hybrid here so I'm assuming your system in the SE has JBL so it is different than mine but I have replaced all 6 speakers in my car with Polk audio. I have also built a custom box fit to the car to hold a JL Audio 12w3 with the amp in the spare tire area.
TREMENDOUS improvement. Obviously replacing everything with high quality products will do that but it seriously made driving much more enjoyable.
USE CRUTCHFIELD! They are awesome. They include everything needed to replace the factory ones and to make sure they fit. They provide the wires so you aren't cutting factory connects. Brackets are included too. Seriously. I've been in the car modification world for a long time. I ONLY use them. I did the fronts on my own and had to hack up the factory bracket/speaker to adapt to the new one. Bought from crutchfield for the rears and with everything included the install was a painless with the nice instructions they had in there about installin, compared to the fronts where I had to buy hardware and figure out everything on my own. Just do it.
That being said you are taking the entire door panel off. This isn't for someone that doesn't know how to work on cars at all or has the proper tools.
Change front dash speakers first, you will notice big improvement. Then you can decide where you want to go from their. If you change front and rear door speakers you will need mini amp in my opinion. I have used the Alpine KTP-445U in both my Camry and Rav4 and very happy with the bang for buck.I have the Rav4 Hybrid XLE 2017 (OEM radio/speakers). Like I said before, the front speakers are fine IMO but rear speakers are terrible.
Do you guys think I could only change the rear speakers and get a great improvement or the real problem is related to the OEM radio/amp?
Thanks for your answer.Change front dash speakers first, you will notice big improvement. Then you can decide where you want to go from their. If you change front and rear door speakers you will need mini amp in my opinion. I have used the Alpine KTP-445U in both my Camry and Rav4 and very happy with the bang for buck.
One thing I haven't seen mentioned but when changing door speakers the factory speakers are rivoted in and need to be drilled out to remove. You will need to drill new holes in door sheet metal and screw or rivot new speaker mounting bracket.
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Use their website and enter your car information and they will show you what your options are for what fits. They are really good at what they do I fully trust their site. Also like I said get the install kit.Do you have a link to the Crutchfields you used? I have a 2017 SE Hybrid, probably same for speaker installs. Like to see a pic of your custom box in your spare tire well.
Can't say for sure since I only listened from the front. With that said it brings the front alive. Well known if you search other threads. I chose to change the doors just because they are litterely crap. Lol... I can't believe they actually produce sound.Thanks for your answer.
The sound is terrible when sitting in the back, that's why I was talking about changing rear speakers only. Do you think changing the front dash speakers will change something when sitting in the back?
But I hear you regarding door speakers, I don't want to go there if it's that difficult.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Could you clarify if your car had JBL speakers or not?I have 17 SE, I recommend first replacing front dash speakers... Big improvement for low cost. I replaced ended up replacing sash and all door speakers(cost $225. Next installed Alpine KTP-445U mini amp behind glove box. (cost $125 for amp radio harness plugs). Big difference in sound for relatively low cost. If I decide I want more bass I will add sub and amp.
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What if the problem is not head unit?I am planning to change the head unit first as I think the speakers might be adequate for my needs. What is really bad is the software in the head unit. The tone controls are useless. A new head unit will also provide Android or Apple functionality. Also one will get an equalizer and a setup system (if you get the optional mic. The bad software in the oem head unit provides really poor crossover points for the front speakers.
Factory head units have weird EQ curves that appear to do things like reduce bass as you increase the volume. From what I read OEM does this to make sure the speakers last as long as the car does (reduced warranty claims with reduced sound quality). There is also something funky going on with the fading. You can read about the Honda and Toyota cars with 300+watt premium systems with little to no output, particularly on the low end. I've tried a variety of configurations so here is my opinion. All stock head units pretty much have poor sound quality and installing better speakers won't fix it.Just dont want to waste time and money replacing just the speakers if im not going to see much improvement. If someone has done this what speaker package did you use. I dont have an issue with spending several hundred on new speakers as long as it is worth it. Thanks!