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Anyone had any success or failures from installing a bigger amp (besides the Rockford PBR300X4)? I currently have the PBR300X4 with some Sony 6.5's in the faring and the sound has greatly improved but wanted to go a little further. My thought is to do away with the Rockford add a larger amp maybe the JL audio XD400 with 4 6X9's in the bags. My question is the factory radio. I never listen to the radio, always my iPod, which is run through the radio. I've visited numerous sound shops and they look at the bike like it a flying saucer! I always get the "just bring it in and we'll take of you" line. I've heard that the factory radio puts out a "dirty" signal. Trying not to spend any unnecessary $$$$. Any helpful idea's would be greatly appreciated.
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Anyone had any success or failures from installing a bigger amp (besides the Rockford PBR300X4)? I currently have the PBR300X4 with some Sony 6.5's in the faring and the sound has greatly improved but wanted to go a little further. My thought is to do away with the Rockford add a larger amp maybe the JL audio XD400 with 4 6X9's in the bags. My question is the factory radio. I never listen to the radio, always my iPod, which is run through the radio. I've visited numerous sound shops and they look at the bike like it a flying saucer! I always get the "just bring it in and we'll take of you" line. I've heard that the factory radio puts out a "dirty" signal. Trying not to spend any unnecessary $$$$. Any helpful idea's would be greatly appreciated.
I have a hardball with the aftermarket fairing, so my situation is a bit different. However, my planned setup may help you.

I have all my music on my phone, so I am planning to add a bluetooth dongle directly to the amp. No need for any radio

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Since you already have a 4 channel amp, why not add rear speakers and see where you stand from there? The only thing i have noticed is Rockford rates that amp only for 4 ohm loads per channel, it should still have enough to bring alot of sound from where you are with just front speakers ( if I read your post right). As far as a "dirty" signal, all the amplifier does is just that it amplifies whatever your source is putting into it. The object of having gain controls on a amplifier is to try and match up the input sensitivity of the amp to your source while it still has a "clean" signal. Almost every head unit or source has a clipping or distorted point on the volume scale, the hard part with your case is using your Ipod some of the actual songs will be recorded at different levels which makes it hard to come up with a fixed "max level" or clean signal from your head unit. I would add rear speakers to your setup and get a good local shop to help "tune" your system and see what happens. Just my to two cents, hope it helps.

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Thanks for the advice. I was thinking along those lines of adding the rears and letting a sound shop take a look and see what I got going.

Thanks again...
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Anyone had any success or failures from installing a bigger amp (besides the Rockford PBR300X4)? I currently have the PBR300X4 with some Sony 6.5's in the faring and the sound has greatly improved but wanted to go a little further. My thought is to do away with the Rockford add a larger amp maybe the JL audio XD400 with 4 6X9's in the bags. My question is the factory radio. I never listen to the radio, always my iPod, which is run through the radio. I've visited numerous sound shops and they look at the bike like it a flying saucer! I always get the "just bring it in and we'll take of you" line. I've heard that the factory radio puts out a "dirty" signal. Trying not to spend any unnecessary $$$$. Any helpful idea's would be greatly appreciated.
How will you be mounting the 4 6x9's in the bags?. Why wouldn't you just use 1 in each bag and your 2 fairing speakers? The RF 4 channel unit is a match for that. Besides after 70 mph nothing is going to be satisfactory any way.

Rally interested in the bag mounting though. please get back to us on that. There are also companies that have modified lids like HMD and V-Twin Audio. Expensive but so is trial and error of speakers and amps.

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The stereo does put out a dirty signal. I have the AudioLogic line converter and it cleaned up a lot of the signal, but it still is not great. If all you want to do is Ipod than run it direct to the amp. Oval speakers will not get as good of a sound as round speakers so I am gonna stay away from 6x9's, take that for what it's worth.
A set of bag speakers will significantly help you. I noticed my BT amp and 6.5's were a lot better when I put the stock tour pack on. So a set of bag lid speakers will increase the overall sound stage.
To get really good, high quality loud sound out of these bikes you will need to buy really good stuff. Focal speakers at $700 per pair and a serious amp. Perhaps bi-amp the speakers or drop to 2 ohms by running in series. No one makes a kit that just sounds great out of the box. You need to put it together yourself and then tune out all the issues. You can read a lot at DIYMA.com
If you live near HotVic than they have a guy that can hook you up. Their demo bike is insane. Good luck.
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Thanks for the info slickvic & Dave for the info. I know this is gonna be somewhat of a experiment and getting it to meet my needs. As far as the mounting of the 6x9's, I have an idea that I will post pics once I get them installed. Gonna install one set and see how it sounds. Got some guys that have Harley's that are running the setup I mentioned in my first post and it sounds damn good. I'm just wanting a good strong system, not trying to be too obnoxious! I have a line converter coming so I will get that on my amp and see what I have. I will keep this post going as I progress with the project.
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