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I am having a new stereo put in my Sky this week. The stock radio is horrible. Do I need new speakers or will the new stereo make a significant difference?
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I am having a new stereo put in my Sky this week. The stock radio is horrible. Do I need new speakers or will the new stereo make a significant difference?
All depends if u r driving top up or down....all depends on your HEARING...ya think?
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I am having a new stereo put in my Sky this week. The stock radio is horrible. Do I need new speakers or will the new stereo make a significant difference?
It depends on how finicky you are about your music. Most people have said that the head unit is the weakest part of the system, and that the speakers are adequate.

My thought is that you should be driving with the top down, listening to the wind and the engine, so it really doesn't matter.

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It depends on how finicky you are about your music. Most people have said that the head unit is the weakest part of the system, and that the speakers are adequate.

My thought is that you should be driving with the top down, listening to the wind and the engine, so it really doesn't matter.
I知 just learning things about this car. It seems to be a special edition as it is the carbon flash color. I think it has the monsoon system as it has a large speaker behind the passenger seat. I enjoy loud music when I知 driving. I think I will get the new stereo put in and see how it sounds and then upgrade the speakers if needed. Thx for the input.
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I am having a new stereo put in my Sky this week. The stock radio is horrible. Do I need new speakers or will the new stereo make a significant difference?
The stock door speakers are crappy floppy paper cones. You should really replace them. From what I recall, even GM only charged about $15/speaker for parts replacement, so that tells you how cheap they really were. (Especially given that that was at least a 300% markup!) The tweeters are okay-ish, so you could keep those if you're trying to save $.

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Go to Crutchfield and enter your year and model and they offer a wide range of replacements starting at decently low ($45) to well into the hundreds per pair for the door speakers, which are the only ones worth changing. As TS said the pillar mounted tweeters are OK. The subs is also not bad - they only offer one option (Pioneer) for that and I haven't seen any reviews from members on that. Anyone?

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I知 reading that the warning chime is built into the factory stereo. There is an adapter to retain the chime. Has anyone done this or just forget about it with the new install?
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I知 reading that the warning chime is built into the factory stereo. There is an adapter to retain the chime. Has anyone done this or just forget about it with the new install?
Seems to be they are connected. My chimes and radio went out last November at the same time. Got an aftermarket radio put in to fix this (which it did) but i noticed the chimes were different than OEM. I cant say i really care how they sound though, i kind of enjoyed not hearing them at all! I wanted my radio back though

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I知 reading that the warning chime is built into the factory stereo. There is an adapter to retain the chime. Has anyone done this or just forget about it with the new install?
They are, and my opinion is that you should retain them, especially since the turn signal tick-tock is also through the radio.

Most of the adapters seem to have their own speaker. I am looking for one that feeds into the new radio, but getting a good description has been difficult.

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They are, and my opinion is that you should retain them, especially since the turn signal tick-tock is also through the radio.

Most of the adapters seem to have their own speaker. I am looking for one that feeds into the new radio, but getting a good description has been difficult.
So many adapters. I have to have an adapter to make the steering wheel controls work and now another one for chimes and signals. I知 paying more for the install and adapters than the stereo itself. Sheesh!
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So many adapters. I have to have an adapter to make the steering wheel controls work and now another one for chimes and signals. I知 paying more for the install and adapters than the stereo itself. Sheesh!
Welcome to the world of stereo installs in modern GM cars!
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So many adapters. I have to have an adapter to make the steering wheel controls work and now another one for chimes and signals. I知 paying more for the install and adapters than the stereo itself. Sheesh!
Dont forget the adapter to maintain am/fm radio! And youre right about the adapters vs stereo. Double din touch screen kenwood (~$250 after sales) ran me less than everything to make it work (~$350)!!

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So many adapters. I have to have an adapter to make the steering wheel controls work and now another one for chimes and signals. I知 paying more for the install and adapters than the stereo itself. Sheesh!
Double-check the need for a steering wheel controls adapter. Some guides think we have digital controls, but they are actually analog.

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Most of the adapters seem to have their own speaker. I am looking for one that feeds into the new radio, but getting a good description has been difficult.
You've read me carry on about this in other posts at length already, I'm sure, and these are definitely out there, but my experience with them was that they reduced the overall sound quality and the ones I tried also had a problem where they loved to drain the battery. Why would you want to put something between your receiver and your music, anyway?
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You've read me carry on about this in other posts at length already, I'm sure, and these are definitely out there, but my experience with them was that they reduced the overall sound quality and the ones I tried also had a problem where they loved to drain the battery. Why would you want to put something between your receiver and your music, anyway?
I am not putting anything between anything. The head unit has an input that the instructions seem to indicate can be used for this that appears to override the audio when needed. I am getting set up to test it, and if it works as I expect it to I have a couple of other uses planned for it. If it doesn't work the way I expect it to I will do something else.

Besides which, anything I use for this will only be powered when the car is powered, so it won't be able to drain the battery.

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