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Hi, we have a 2011 with the 7 speaker (4 in the doors, 2 tweeters in the dash, sub) configuration and I'm thinking about adding a single-din Carplay model Sony XAV-AX8000. I've read a ton of posts here and I just want to summarize my take and hopefully get confirmation and advice. If I replace the headunit, I will lose the sub, unless I add an amp. Will I also lose the tweeters? Has anyone done this, and does it sound ok? If not, and it was one thing or the other, better to add the amp for the sub (and what about the tweeters?) or go w/o a sub and get 4 new door speakers? What amp is recommended and where to install it? Or if the speaker route, which models are best? Also, where do you suggest mounting the mic? I might buy the receiver from Best Buy as they offer free install, so any tips about that would be appreciated as well. Thanks.

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Also where do you guys suggest mounting the usb connector? I was thinking in the dash trim kit's pocket?
 

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Factory tweeters are wired parallel to front door speakers. Factory head unit does not have specific tweeter outs. So if you just use existing speakers/wiring, dash tweeters will work.
You can get a sub amp like this :
It can be powered with 12VDC from the dash outlet and mounted in the dash trim pocket. Should be more than enough to drive the stock sub.

For USB, get something like this:

Can pretty much mount it anywhere then.

I have not dealt with Best Buy lately, but I heard nothing good about their installs. They tend to farm those out to lowest bidder.
 

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Thanks Scorpio. I'm going to do the install myself, ordered the receiver. I'm thinking I'll get the amp you linked to. Instead of using the dash outlet I'm thinking I can just tap a wire going to the new receiver. See any issue with that? Do you happen to know what cable I could order for that tap that would fit the power jack on the amp?
 

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Technically, since the stock head unit drives the sub, the power circuit for it should provide enough power. The amazon page for the amp doe not mention DC connector size. I personally tend to stash those power supplies from long-gone devices, so I would check if one has a connector that fit. Failing that, I would open up the amp and solder a pair of wires to the DC input directly.
 

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I'm also thinking of the Sony XAV -AX8000 but it doesnt offer audio video inputs since I have an aftermarket RES.
Right now I have it connected to an iSimple module to my radio but its time to upgrade.

I found this picture online


It kind of gives you a preview of how the floating screen will appear when installed. It's pretty big in my opinion but sure would be easier to setup instead of a full doubledin unit.
 

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You can get a sub amp like this :
It can be powered with 12VDC from the dash outlet and mounted in the dash trim pocket. Should be more than enough to drive the stock sub.
Hi again, quick question. I do plan on putting the amp in the dash trim pocket. Depending on how I mount the screen, I may not have access to adjust the amp dial once the screen is on. Do you think it would be okay to have the dial cranked to the max on the amp and then make any bass adjustments on the headunit itself as needed? I guess I can test this out before putting everything back together as well. Thanks.
 

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Generally, yes, once you dial in the amp to your liking, you don't really need to adjust it further. You probably don't want it cranked all way up, more like half-way.
Gotta say though, my RF amp has a bass adjust remote that I mounted in a convenient location, and it is a lot easier to use than diving into head unit sound menus when I want to adjust the bass...
 

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Hi There, I'M thinking of doing a stereo install my self. Could you share how to wire the factory subwoofer in to the amp you recommend. not to familiar with adding an amp and if the input signal is easily found in the harness. Should the amp power have a separate circuit or is tapping of the stereo power acceptable?

Thanks
 
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