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    New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    I replaced the stock head unit with a Kenwood Excelon DDX6904S. $1,000 head unit...

    The new head unit is about half the volume and half the sound quality of the stock head unit. At 75% volume the heat and road noise drown out the stereo.
    I've installed at least a couple dozen head units before and never had any issues of lower volume and worse quality.

    The new head unit says 4-8 ohms, my trucks speakers (stock) are all 4ohms.
    Iíve double checked all my wires, nothing is out of phase, or connected poorly.

    Iím seriously about to return this headunit and go install my old $65 pioneer headunit from my work truck. At least that HU didnít botch my system.

    Any suggestions/explanations?

    My vehicle is a 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT, crew cab, no Bose, no dash speaker, no factory amp (99% sure about the amp), tweeters on the front columns, 6.5s in the 4 doors.







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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    Quote Originally Posted by Justin000 View Post
    I replaced the stock head unit with a Kenwood Excelon DDX6904S. $1,000 head unit...

    The new head unit is about half the volume and half the sound quality of the stock head unit. At 75% volume the heat and road noise drown out the stereo.
    I've installed at least a couple dozen head units before and never had any issues of lower volume and worse quality.

    The new head unit says 4-8 ohms, my trucks speakers (stock) are all 4ohms.
    Iíve double checked all my wires, nothing is out of phase, or connected poorly.

    Iím seriously about to return this headunit and go install my old $65 pioneer headunit from my work truck. At least that HU didnít botch my system.

    Any suggestions/explanations?

    My vehicle is a 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT, crew cab, no Bose, no dash speaker, no factory amp (99% sure about the amp), tweeters on the front columns, 6.5s in the 4 doors.
    could be that the unit you got was mainly intended to be a dead head and therefore has a weaker internal amp. Those lower end units have decent internal amps as theyre not usually run with an amp hence their 2 volt pre outs

    also, its not a $1000 deck, its available for $550 on amazon



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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    It's got 22 watts x4 so you should be good on watts. I've got the ddx6702s and never had any volume issues.



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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    Turns out the Maestro module I was using had inline resistors on the speaker wire. I cut them out and all was fixed. Just in case someone else had a similar issue.




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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    If you using this decks internal amp you need to catch your head




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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    I'll give you 350 for it right now




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    $1000 HU? It better wipe my *** for me



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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    Quote Originally Posted by bluemind View Post
    so much expensive for a HU. But the quality is so *****. You better to try this HU just $259 and way better than Pioneer and Kenwood https://www.amazon.com/ATOTO-Navigat.../dp/B075W9GMPF
    Better than Pioneer and Kenwood in what way? Have you done side by side testing against link provided? I would not get that no name HU just because of the flashy colors/bright screen.



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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    I was only using this headunits internal amp with the stock speakers until I had a chance to install the rest of my system. I live in Canada and we get like 2 feet of snow every week so I’m not very motivated to go work outside lol.




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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    Quote Originally Posted by bluemind View Post
    so much expensive for a HU. But the quality is so *****. You better to try this HU just $259 and way better than Pioneer and Kenwood https://www.amazon.com/ATOTO-Navigat.../dp/B075W9GMPF
    Itís internal amp is rated at 10% THD. GFY



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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    Quote Originally Posted by bluemind View Post
    so much expensive for a HU. But the quality is so *****. You better to try this HU just $259 and way better than Pioneer and Kenwood https://www.amazon.com/ATOTO-Navigat.../dp/B075W9GMPF
    This guy again?.. lol

    Recommendation please

    Are you human?




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    Re: New headunit. Lower volume/sound quality

    My Alpine HU is 50X4 but I turned off the hu amp because Iím pushing it with a JBL amp now and it sounds killer to me.




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