Base System Upgrade - 2016 Toyota Camry

BigRedNole Newbie
Aug 19, 2019
Like the the title says, I have a 2016 Toyota Camry SE Special Edition. This is the non-JBL, 6-speaker setup (2x 3" in the dash, 2x 6x9 in the front doors, 2x 6x9 in the rear deck). Everything is stock and this is what I am trying to accomplish:

1. I want excellent sound quality. Do not mistake this with loud. Excellent sound quality livens up the music to begin with.
2. I am open to a 2-way and 3-way system but 3-way will be a little more difficult.
3. With high enough quality in the front, I do not need the rear speakers. Rather spend an extra $100 or so on the fronts.

Upgrades: I will upgrade the head unit, upgrade the front speakers, add an amp that fits the front speakers, and add a sub to the trunk (this may be a month or two later).

Budget: I am willing to go up to $500 for the front speakers. If there is a justifiable reason to go to $600 or so, I would consider that too. However, if an excellent set can be had for $300, then good.

An idea of sound I like, I have a complete Chane surround system in my theater room that is incredible. I like being able to hear the distinct tones of the music. Although I don't listen to it, if listening to an orchestra, I want to be able to hear all of the different instruments. Another part I want is if you think some of the hard riffs from Metallica, I want the speakers to be able to handle it instead of just muddied noise. I think the sub would handle quite a bit of that, but the midbass needs to manage too.

Thanks for any recommendations.


Senior VIP Member
May 27, 2015
irvine, ca
Three way front stage plus sub stage is going to require a dsp so scrap rear deck speaker connection, focus on good two way front stage and run network. You got a way higher budget than I on front stage so spend some time ensuring you front doors are well treated to ensure best sq potential.

BigRedNole Newbie
Aug 19, 2019
I am guessing you mean some type of sound deadening material. If so, I have read Noico gets great reviews at a great price point.

To put it in perspective, I had to get a new car. I was looking at a bunch of options, but logic set in when I got an incredible deal on this used Camry. It was $10k less than others I was looking at, very roomy, comfortable, stylish, and $10k less. What I gave up was a little bit of nice leather to sit on AND a less than garbage sound system. Everything I have read says to spend on the fronts and ignore rears. So, this is my rough planning.

1. Fronts: 2-way most likely at ~$500. If someone has a recommendation for a great set for less, then better for me.
2. Head unit: Looking at something in the $400-$500 range (maybe Pioneer 4500NEX or other recommendations)
3. Amp: Something nice that fits the speakers ($150 - $300). Maybe 4-channel bridged or 4-channel for active (not sure about active setup though). I don't know what to do with an active setup without more research.
4. Sub: I don't want something that shakes the car, wakes the neighbors, or can be heard 3 neighborhoods away. I want it to have great sound quality and can handle fast low frequency hits without it being one long drawn out muffled garbage sound. This will be added in a few months unless I can get an idea of a good option that fits in my budget.

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