Soon to be JK owner looking for audio advice
Hey Guys - this is my first post on the site and I'm new to Jeeps in general, so take it easy on me. I searched the forum and didn't find any answers, so I thought I'd throw this out there...
I'm hoping to/planning on acquiring a 2012 Unlimited Rubicon in the next month or two and trying to do all my homework ahead of time of what I need/want to do it, so I'll be prepared. I'm hoping you guys can shed some light on the factory audio system.
As I mentioned, I'm going for the Rubicon, so I'll get the Infinity Speakers and Sub automatically (I'm assuming when they say it's a 7 speaker system, it refers to 2 in the dash, 2 in the soundbar, 2 dash tweeters, and 1 sub. Is this right??)
I'm also planning on upgrading the factory system because I'd like to get Nav, but don't want to go aftermarket for security's sake, but I'm undecided on which to go for - the 430N or 730N. From what I can tell, aside from the privilege of getting to spend an extra $800, the only things the 730 gives you is 8GB LESS(?!) storage on the MyGig, the XM traffic service, and maybe Bluetooth. Is this a correct assumption? Does the 430 not do bluetooth on it's own without an upgrade?
Once I get that figured out, I plan on replacing the stock sub with a JL Stealthbox and an aftermarket Amp (most likely JL or MTX Thunder Marine). My question(s) are: Do I need a Factory Sound Processor (Such as the JL Cleansweep) to maximize my audio performance?
Lastly, should I consider replacing the factory speakers? They're Infinitys so I assume they're good speakers if properly powered, right?? If so, I was envisioning keeping them, but getting a five-channel amp - 1 channel for each of the standard speakers and one for the JL sub. Does this sound like a good plan? Also, any idea what the speaker power ratings are on the stock Infinitys?
I'm not an audiophile or trying to create a studio-quality environment here, I'd just like a good sounding system that I can hear well with the top off, etc. I'm also VERY far from being a car audio specialist, so if any of my plans/assumptions are incorrect, please let me know.
Sorry for the long-rambling first post, but if you guys can help me chip away at any of these questions, I'd GREATLY appreciate it. I'll try not to make all my other posts dissertation-length.