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Brandon Z's 2005 Nissan Altima

I've written about car audio and navigation at Crutchfield since 2006. During that time, I've driven to a lot of concerts in many different cities, so portable navigators have come in quite handy. I've also worked at several record stores and volunteered as a DJ at a community radio station, so I've applied the lessons of listening to music from several sources and in various environments to my own evaluations and writing.

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Brandon Z. from Maryville, TN, wanted to get more functionality than his 2005 Nissan Altima's factory stereo could deliver, not to mention some way better sound. He came to Crutchfield "to save money" and pick up some gear with the features he wanted, including a Pioneer DVD receiver with built-in Bluetooth®, and a powerful Kicker amp. He also got some speakers for the doors and a pair of slamming subwoofers already mounted in a box.
Brandon G's 2005 Nissan Altima

Brandon's 2005 Nissan Altima looks pretty wicked with the purple lighting kit along the undercarriage and sleek new headlights

He wanted it to look pretty cool, too, so he rounded up some underbody lighting and new headlights to round out his installation. Some localities have restrictions on these types of automotive modifications, so be sure to check with your local authorities before doing the same.

Items installed:


  • Pioneer AVH-P3300BT DVD receiver
  • Kicker 10ZX750.1 mono subwoofer amplifier
  • Pioneer GEX-P920XM XM satellite radio adapter
  • Memphis Audio 6.5" SR front and back door speakers
  • 2 Massive Audio 12" dual voice coil 4-ohm subwoofers in a sealed box
  • Underbody lighting and headlight kits

Brandon Z's 2005 Nissan Altima

Here's the Pioneer AVH-P3300BT DVD receiver in the Altima's dash

Getting some bang for the buck

The Pioneer head unit really fills out Brandon's dash nicely, giving him iPod® control and hands-free calling with his compatible phone. And he can take advantage of the XM satellite radio programming the Pioneer add-on tuner provides with his subcription. He can even view song titles and artist information on the receiver's 5.8" touchscreen display.

Brandon tells us, "the installation was easy except for the rear door speakers. I had to run my own speaker lines from the back of the head unit to said speakers and wire them into the harness, due to the lack of a factory Bose® system."

Brandon Z's 2005 Nissan Altima

Brandon did a great job installing the Memphis Audio speakers in the Altima's rear doors, even with the added work of running speaker wires.

Brandon's ride now sports some big-time bass to go along with the eye-catching lighting modifications, thanks to his Kicker subwoofer amp and a pair of Massive Audio 12" subs in a sealed enclosure. The amp throws down 375 watts RMS at 4 ohms.

Brandon Z's 2005 Nissan Altima

What's next for Brandon and his 2005 Altima? He tells us he wants to get some new wheels for it.

Brandon Z's 2005 Nissan Altima


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  • Marcus Magallanez from san leandro ca

    Posted on 10/28/2015

    Looks good do you have a problem with rattling i have 2 jl audio 12 and my nissan altima rattles bad any suggestions

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 10/28/2015

    Marcus, soundproofing material like Dynamat may be the solution for you.

  • Timothy

    Posted on 11/3/2015

    Did you need to buy an adapter of the antenna ? or did it plug in directly to the aftermarket radio?

  • Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    Posted on 11/4/2015

    Timothy, typically you don't need an adapter for your factory AM/FM antenna, but it will depend on your vehicle and your stereo. If you have questions about your car and you have a stereo in mind, give us a call.

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