This kit is great for people who want to continue to use their truck and treat it as stock, but with upgraded sound. Audiophiles, do not bother with this kit. Anyone who is unfamiliar with audio, or who wants better sound without worrying about what gear to choose, break out your card and order this product. One of the amplifiers mounts by the steering wheel column under the dash and is a bit of a pain to mount, however it is completely hidden and very secure. The instruction manuals are fairly clear and straight forward with pictures to refer too. Once installed, everything is out of the way and sounds good. The bass is a bit exaggerated and boomy and the highs/mids are still stock paper speakers, but sound much better, nonetheless. Overall, this kit simplifies installation of an aftermarket audio system to a DIY level that anyone can do on a Saturday afternoon. If you're looking for strict sound quality, you are better off picking your own equipment and installing it. For the price and considering the equipment/simplicity this kit is a fair deal.
Pros: Simple to install. Much better bass response. EQ, power and time alignment help stock speakers sound old.
Cons: Price, but a great deal compared to cost and sound of the factory Bose system. Install takes some time and patience at times.
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For the price this was a disappointment. The highs livened up but unfortunately the bass became very hard to control. Some songs now sound very boxy while others are just plain muddy with exaggerated bass. Not much thump either. Not sure what that issue is. No gain adjustments so you are stuck with the controls built into the factory radio. Although this was designed to be used with factory speakers, going with some decent aftermarket ones may help but as I said before, bass is really the problem here. The install was a real pain too. It would have been much easier to fish a couple of patch cables down through the dash then to stuff, yes STUFF 2 huge pre-terminated harnesses through there. My arms and wrists got really cut up. I have plenty of experience installing aftermarket gear and this was tough since it was a factory add-on as opposed to starting from scratch. I realize that the benefit of being able to remove the whole thing and put your truck EXACTLY back to stock is a bonus but this really underperforms. The amps that came with it are very small and I find it very doubtful that they are each 200w units. The main amp includes some DSP ucircuitry so it is hard to see how something so small could contain any real power. The sub amp is about the size of 2 iPhones stacked on top of each other. I believe I am going to be pulling it all out and sending it back. It just isn't worth it. Glad I kept the boxes. BTW, this is no reflection on Crutchfield. They are great
Pros: If it had worked well, keeping stock looks was nice.
Cons: Not enough improvement to justify spending this much. Very tough install, probably easier to just start from scartch instead of trying to add on to the factory stereo.
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