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post #1 of 11 Old 10-30-2011, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie here with a '12 RS convertible. I'd like to upgrade my audio system.
I like the factory radio and want to keep it. What can I add to increase sound (quality and volume) in my car? Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-30-2011, 08:24 AM
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A new amp for volume, new speakers and/or a digital sound processor for quality. EDIT: You can snag those here: http://www.crutchfield.com/ at decent prices, great company.
The only bad thing about the 'vert is that the rear speakers are only like 3.5"..which doesn't leave much with which to work.

Also do you have the boston acoustics sound system or the normal setup?



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Too bad it's for a 'vert. I have a corner sub+enclosure and amp that I took out of my '10 SS before I traded it.

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For all my other vehicles past & present I've used crutchfield, been pretty happy with their offerings.

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I recommend you call Dennis Dummer at Double D Mods at (608) 568-3011.

I'm not affiliated with him in any way. He's a supporting vendor of the Corvette Forum. I've purchased a Kenwood head unit and speakers from him in the past.

He knows his stuff and is a really good guy to work with. His prices are as good as anyone else's I've seen.

I've only done Corvette audio business with him, but I expect he knows his Camaro stuff as well.
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I second that for Dennis. He is very knowledgeable and is very responsive to phone calls and e-mails.
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Go with Crutchfield. They even have wiring kits that plug right in with NO cut and splice, and NO hacking up your nice new Camaro.

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I kept my factory head unit too, lot of features already in it so why not keep it..

this is a good thing to use,, it includes a harness that interfaces directly between your radio and speakers so you can add a 4 channel amp without cutting any factory wiring,you just have to run power from your ignition..

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now you can use the included adapter to convert the signal to RCA amp signals or you can do what I did and modify the harness to send speaker level inputs to an amp that will accept them,,, the later is good because you don't have to mount the converter and run separate power and ground lines to it,, plus find a place to mount it, there is not much room behind the stock head unit either,,

Also I atrongly suggest that you get a 5 channel amp, especially with your convertible so you can add a Sub later if you desire, I regret only using a 4 channel because now I want a sub.. although it's not as big an issue in my coupe because it has 6x9's in the back which give plenty of bass.

also you can use a higher quality signal converter like this if you like, but I decided not too because the amp had lots of setting on it's own anyway and using this type of converter only makes the install more complicated.

AudioControl LC6i (Gray) 6-channel line output converter for adding outboard amps to your factory audio system at Crutchfield.com

and of course the most important thing is to replace the speakers, that by itself is the single best thing you can do for sound quality, they put the cheapest pieces of junk they can make in at the factory.

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