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I have a 2018 Giulia with the base stereo. I love the car but I can't believe how much I miss my old car stereo. I was looking to upgrade. I have a $600 budget. Anybody have any experience or advice?
 

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For $600 you won't get much better than what you have. You have the 8 speaker system?
 

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I just gos an estimate to change out speakers amp and add a DTS and it was 10k. That also included one sub woofer.


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I want to make sure I read that correctly. $10,000? Maybe time for a second opinion.
 
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Best bang for your buck option...trade in for a Giulia with the HK system. $900 for a very good sound. Not the best ever but still pretty darn amazing considering the price. Since the car is so unique and bespoke in its construction, I highly doubt you'll find any decent aftermarket systems for a reasonable price.
 

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I want to make sure I read that correctly. $10,000? Maybe time for a second opinion.


Got two estimates both about the same. If you just want to change the speakers it is cheaper but there is a lot of compatibility issues. I tried to just change the front speakers and the car threw a system error when it was not the factory speakers. However the replacement speakers where still 800 for a pair, which included 2 6.5 speakers and 2 tweeters. They where Voce audison speakers.


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I guess I am one of the few who thing the base system is still above average.

I would have paid extra though for the HK if it was offered but the car I wanted did not have it.

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Car audio is just like anything else. Beauty is in the eye (or in this case, ears) of the beholder. No one else knows what will be good enough for your ears given your budget limitations. Heck, even you yourself are not going to be a good judge of good enough until you reach that point, by which time you may have spent countless hours and dollars on equipment, installation and tuning. Keep in mind that you're talking about a highly complex electrical system operating in a very harsh environment and sub-optimal room space. No one component change is going to be magical or cohesive. You have to think about it as a complete system, with each component interdependent upon the others in terms of overall sound quality.

Replacement speakers alone won't make your base stereo sound magical, nor will simply adding a subwoofer in your trunk.

Your best bet is probably to start with a quality external DSP/amp combo like the Audison P8.9 bit that allows you to do de-qualization of the OEM signal, active EQ, time alignment, phase correction, etc. Once you've mastered this powerful tool that enables aftermarket components to more easily integrate with the OEM hardware, then you can start playing around with speaker upgrades, subwoofers, etc.
 

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Honestly can’t believe what I’m reading here.

Go to a local sound specialist shop.you can do plenty for $600. Even if it’s just simply upgrading the speakers in the doors.

Not saying you’ll get THX clarity, but there’s definitely room for improvement on the base speakers.
 

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Not to mention the addition of Sound deadening to the doors which will assist in sound quality.
 

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The standard system sounds great to me. I don't want to mess with it.
 

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I am fine with the HK system too. I find myself turning things down nowadays to listen for shift points and other traffic.

Just get a Bazooka tube and parts and call it done. ;) Not sure what patching is would be like though ;) Maybe bluetooth?
 

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Best bang for your buck option...trade in for a Giulia with the HK system. $900 for a very good sound. Not the best ever but still pretty darn amazing considering the price. Since the car is so unique and bespoke in its construction, I highly doubt you'll find any decent aftermarket systems for a reasonable price.

This guy.... :grin2:
 

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If you play music from a phone through Bluetooth, try the earstudio Bluetooth receiver. The signal upgrade output is amazing for the $100 it costs.
 

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If your car is brand new, try to just let it burn in for a while. Mine sounds a lot better after a month or so.
The speakers actually are pretty good, but yea you will miss the kick from a sub.
I am thinking to upgrade and that is to just add a simple amp and sub..
 

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If you play music from a phone through Bluetooth, try the earstudio Bluetooth receiver. The signal upgrade output is amazing for the $100 it costs.
The reviews for the Earstudio 100 look good. From what I understand you connect phone via Bluetooth but the receiver is connected via Aux in cable under the arm rest? Question then is can the tracks be changed via the steering wheel controls? I play Spotify and Amazon music via BT and have HK audio. For what it costs I would like to try this but wish to know if tracks can be controlled via the steering buttons. Can you comment on the detailed setup on how you work it? Thanks in advance.
 

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The reviews for the Earstudio 100 look good. From what I understand you connect phone via Bluetooth but the receiver is connected via Aux in cable under the arm rest? Question then is can the tracks be changed via the steering wheel controls? I play Spotify and Amazon music via BT and have HK audio. For what it costs I would like to try this but wish to know if tracks can be controlled via the steering buttons. Can you comment on the detailed setup on how you work it? Thanks in advance.
Why not just connect the phone via USB? What’s the advantage of the BT setup? I know I must be missing something???
 

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You can't play music via phone charging port, in my case Type C Samsung USB. So it's BT or Aux in.
 
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