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Old 04-07-2017, 03:23 PM   #1
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Replace dash radio speakers?

2017 Dutch Star 4369 - The sound emitted from the JBL dash radio speakers has a thin, tinny sound for mid-range frequencies. Has anyone replaced the JBP speakers. And, if so, did it make a significant sound improvement?

I read a previous post from PDR John about replacing speakers in a 2013 DSDP with Crutchfield Sound Ordinance speakers. These speakers are no long available. And, I was hoping to replace just the two speaker and not add tweeters. In other words, seeking an easy fix.


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Old 04-07-2017, 06:39 PM   #2
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I installed a soundbar underneath the front cabinets and added a compact Kicker Subwoofer. Yes, I need to run the inverter if I want to listen to the radio, but it's on anyway when I'm travelling.
Sound is 1000% better than before. I thought long and hard about taking the coach to an audio store and have them install new speakers, incl. tweeters. In the end I decided to give the soundbar a try first before spending a lot of money for a custom audio system. It works for us.

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Old 04-07-2017, 06:58 PM   #3
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The problem with tinny sound may not be your speakers. It may be that your radio doesn't have the oomph to drive them. But, with a 2017 couch, I don't expect that's the case, as most newer radios are more than capable to drive speakers for good sound. If you post the name and model of radio you're dealing with, there's probably some good folks here who can let you know if new speakers or a better radio would solve your audio issues. Good luck!
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Old 04-07-2017, 07:08 PM   #4
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The dash radio is Sony Radio WX-900BT. 17 watts RMS x 4 @ 4 ohms

The two speakers on the underside of the upper cabinet are. JBL GT7-4

There is a subwoofer inside the dash so the bass is OK.
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:22 PM   #5
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I really like what PDR John did on his coach a couple of years ago, by placing larger speakers under the vinyl where the old ones were located, really gave them a finished look. Unfortunately, his 43' had more space up there for speakers than my 40'. I replaced the two $1.50 speakers with two 6" speakers.....I forgot the brand...I think JBL. My hearing isn't great, so I can't say I'm an expert on speakers, but they sure sounded better than what was there.

I couldn't recess mine in the bottom of the cabinet because there wasn't enough room, so I suspended and trimmed them out.
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I agree the sound was no so good with the Clarion unit. But since I replaced the Clarion with the Pioneer AVIC‑8100NEX I noticed a big difference right away. you may want to upgrade the head unit first before you change speakers and see if that does it for you.

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