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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:12 pm 
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Do not go the route of just replacing the speakers. I did it and all bass is gone. I went through 3 sets of different brands which fit the rms power of our stock units. Yes, you will get clearer sound but NO BASS which make music sound terrible.


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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:11 am 
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Do not go the route of just replacing the speakers. I did it and all bass is gone. I went through 3 sets of different brands which fit the rms power of our stock units. Yes, you will get clearer sound but NO BASS which make music sound terrible.

The Rav4 EV has the JBL optional amp installed. Which means each speaker is getting a signal that has been process specifically for the stock speakers. Replacing the speaker will definitely sound pretty weird. Only real path to upgrade and retaining the Nav unit is a processor such as a "Cleansweep" or Audison Bit (one or ten) to remix to a full sound signal off the speaker out and feed into a aftermarket amp.


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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 4:17 pm 
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Quick question, since the Rav doesn't have a CD player, how are you guys running the Cleansweep test tones and software? I just ordered one and still have a few old school SoundStream Ref 405 & 300 amps from back in the day ( :lol: ahhh the 90's!!!)

Convert it over to USB in mp3 format?

My plan is to BrownBread (now b-quiet http://b-quiet.com/) everything.. and since I'm an Infinity guy, probably load up on some Ref mids and tweets and I still have my original SaS bazooka 6.5/8" and 10" tubes sitting up in the garage that I'll have to throw a new driver into. The SS Ref 300 will be driving that. The SS Ref 450 everything else.

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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:02 pm 
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I would convert the test tones to Wav or Flac and run it throught the aux input to setup the clean sweep. I am going with a Audison Bit One but have not decided what amps to use. I am trying to make sure that I can get all the function of the Nav before I make a move. I have som B-quiet left from my prius project from a few years ago so I will do the same. Amp wise I think I may go with those new more efficient amp. I just want to setup a 2 way front and sub in the rear, super simple system.


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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:18 pm 
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Why not just insulate around the speakers first?

I insulated my van a few years back, the result was night and day with the speakers getting more solid thump. I guess I am not too old for 12" woofer setup now, but I like the clean bass for just doing insulation.


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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:06 am 
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I wish this were all a lot easier - my wife would love to get the sound system upgraded (and lose the HD cutting in and out all the time) but its all too complicated for me. I may just have to put myself at the mercy of a car radio shop - :o


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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:21 pm 
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what is wrong with the sound system it has? i think it is better than average.


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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:20 am 
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Alot of us don't like "average".. Plus I'm an audiophile myself and the Leaf/Rav are the only vehicles I've never touched. But now I'm going to do something about it.

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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:23 am 
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Just a personal preference. I miss my sound system from my Hybrid Altima. But the stock system is better than most, I do agree.


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 Post subject: Re: RAV4 EV soundsystem upgrade?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:13 pm 
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I had the sound system modified on our 2013 RAV4ev and plan to do so on our newly purchased 2014 also.

Audio Control DQ61 used to convert speaker output to line level and equalize signals
JL AUDIO XD700/5 amplifier
Hybrid Audio 6.5" Stage III Unity components in the front
Hybrid Audio 6.5" Stage II Imagine in the rear
JL Audio CS110G-TW3 Pro-Wedge
Dynamat in the front and rear door panels.

Very clean sound. Love it!
Walnut Creek Customs did the install and moved the USB port inside the center console and the sport button to where the usb plug was located. Sub volume control was then installed where the sport button used to be located.

Cost just under $3K


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