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Aftermarket Audio Upgrade

Having the Harmon Kardon system in my vehicle, the overall sound to me was disappointing. I have upgraded nearly every factory system in cars I have owned throughout the years, in this case I thought I would start by add a sub and then evaluate the sound and see if I want to go further (replacing front stage/add another amp/DSP, etc.) with the upgrades.
So far, I added a subwoofer (JL 12W6v3 - I already had this sub, it's a little much for the current set-up I would say a 10" would suffice, but to each his own) amp - Arc Audio 1100.1 (again, I had this from a previous build - 600 W RMS at 2 ohms) and a Line Out Converter (LC2i), so it was a simple install. I removed the factory sub to make a amp rack on the existing location mounts for the factory sub (My requirement was not to "drill" any holes in the car). I have a box with the sub in it, I did talk to the installer about concealing the sub in the back, after much discussion, the only way would be to lose the spare tire/tools or build something on the sides...not really desirable and with the box back there I can always just take it out if need be. My other thought on the sub box is to get it wrapped in black leather and have red stitching to match my interior??

Results - still tuning it, but what a dramatic improvement to the sound stage, the low end just glues it all together and it sounds much better, now this is no "reference" system, but for a big improvement, the sub does help out a lot. (sorry the photos sideways!)

Curious if anyone else has done any aftermarket stereo upgrades?
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That looks like a nice setup, and I've always been fond of JL products. Do you plan on taking the door speakers out and swapping them as well?
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The front speakers are not planned to be replaced at this time, to do that would require DSP, more speakers, amp, etc., not sure how the rest of the sounds for the car would be (i.e. backup alerts, voice commands, phone) so I don't really want to "change" everything at this point. Although....knowing myself....I would guess it may happen in the future!
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Do you notice any sound leak happening or do you find the Levante to be well sealed?
Having experience with system in high end sedans like the S-Class i noticed how much richer sound is because of insulation.
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I upgraded my audio system with a custom box, amp, two Alpine 10s, clean installation. Happy with it.
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How large is the installation? Looks like it's taking up a lot of cargo space in the Levante.
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How large is the installation? Looks like it's taking up a lot of cargo space in the Levante.
I was curious about this as well, especially with the rear seats having the ability to tilt back.
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I was curious about this as well, especially with the rear seats having the ability to tilt back.
Still have good room in there and can easily open the compartment.
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The audio system in my levante is probably the worst audio system I have had in a vehicle in a long time. But, I always upgrade the audio, so this will be no different. Def going with stealth fiberglassed boxes and likely shallow subs on the sides. will post pics when we are done.

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Does anybody know if just changing the stock sub out with something better would do the trick? Mine is a lease, so I don't want to drill or change too much, but it is lacking in the bass big time. I don't want a box or a tube in the back, because I use that space often. I also put my clumsy ass dog back there often, and usually ride with the seats down when she is back there because she is kind of tall.

Any ideas?
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