Sweet! How does it sound?
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Has a nice, clean, surrounding sound. Running all 4 Ohm speakers so that's 80W RMS per. 2 Ohm nets 120W RMS per. The 5th channel, dedicated for a sub, remains unused. All speakers have a range down to 35Hz and a sensitivity of 93 DB. Obviously it doesn't have the very low end punch that compliments dance and hip hop, but the 8" RFs in the lids fill out the sound for classic rock quite well. The sound is very balanced and enveloping that I'd akin to listening to live music in a cool jazz or blues club. The orientation of the tweeters really cement the overall sound stage.
The Candy 5's sub channel offers 150-320W RMS depending on subwoofer resistance. I suspect adding a sub would sound best while parked or slow cruising on the boulevard but would likely wash out at highway speeds. I'm contemplating adding a tactile transducer under the seat for perceived low end vs subwoofer.
A big thumbs up for the Candy 5 amp if someone is looking for a competitively priced, minimalistic but capable amp with considerable flexibility. Lots of good ones out there. Add the Candy 5 to that list.
The Kenwood deck arrived pre-wired, including the Axxess controller which preserves handlebar controls, thanks to Eric "E-bo" Walker. It's about as plug-n-play as possible. Install was easy with connectors connecting to the factory wiring harness after the stock radio is removed. If adding an amp I think the only wire from the Kenwood that needs anything is the switchable power wire. I extended it by maybe 10" and ran it to the amp. The head unit is every bit a key to the sound, if not more, than the amp. It provides an impressive amount of adjustment including a 13 band EQ. It also offers an equally impressive amount of flexibility with 2 USB ports (faceplate and rear), dual Bluetooth inputs, and a mic for phone calls through the stereo. I'm currently using the mini iPod that previously resided in the saddlebag. I think I'll permanently connect a 32GB flash drive to the rear USB port for my favorite songs and then use the faceplate's USB port for the flavor of the week.
This is my first ever motorcycle audio install. If you've ever installed a new radio and amp in a car then this is even easier, IMO. This setup is a nice blend of power, simplicity and flexibility. I think the keys to the sound quality are the control over the output offered by the Kenwood, the tweeter orientation for the sound stage and the cone area of the 8" lid speakers filling in the low end. Very balanced without any frequency range dominating the overall sound. Just what I wanted.
For the amp I made a stainless steel mounting plate, powder coated then added a decorative matching orange cover with rounded wire access holes. I've seen pics of installs with wire running all directions. I wanted to do a clean install with all the wiring consolidated within the fairing support brackets. Why the decorative cover? Because I can. Although no one will actually see the setup in person, just knowing it's super clean is somehow priceless.