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02-21-2013 12:09 AM
jfkaiser
Wiring Harness or cut the amp wires?

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for this info. I just pulled my MS8 out of a highly modified Toyota Prius installation and REALLY want to install it in my new Focus ST

I plan to keep the Sony stereo Head Unit

However, I can't bear the thought of cutting the wires at the amp

Question: Were you able to buy or construct a wiring harness that would let you tap into the Sony amps Front Lo and Front Hi and SUB speaker outputs or dd you have to cut the wires?

Question2: the Bluetooth "echo" problem that my callers always heard when I installed the MS8 in my Prius (used a Kenwood Aftermarket headunit in there)
always drove me crazy...........are YOUR callers experiencing the MS8 bluetooth echo issue with your install and your Sony Head Unit?

Thanks much for all your contributions to this forum!

Jon
12-10-2012 04:37 PM
mrpeaches
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Originally Posted by Besbro View Post
I am looking to add a processor to my system, I had the 6 speaker system but I have added 6.5 comps (ID CXS 62's) in the doors and a 2 channel amp. I will be adding a sub amp and a 10 inch sub in a couple weeks. I was leaning towards the LCQ1 to replace my LOC, will I have the same eq issues? I do not have the factory amped signal that the op had... I am looking to add some eq ability to my system.

Thanks!
I have the LCQ-1 and it's been great for me. A couple others on this forums have written guides where they used the LCQ-1 hooked up to their 4 or 6 speaker system with no complaints.
12-10-2012 01:08 PM
Besbro I am looking to add a processor to my system, I had the 6 speaker system but I have added 6.5 comps (ID CXS 62's) in the doors and a 2 channel amp. I will be adding a sub amp and a 10 inch sub in a couple weeks. I was leaning towards the LCQ1 to replace my LOC, will I have the same eq issues? I do not have the factory amped signal that the op had... I am looking to add some eq ability to my system.

Thanks!
08-19-2012 09:10 PM
JL330 I use my phone too. The maps app likes to send me to the ghetto in Atlanta for some reason.
08-19-2012 06:38 PM
aablakersrf I have the Nav and stuff. But I use my phone for all that. Mount it on the E break. Phone works faster than My Ford Touch. I would start with the LOC and see how it all sounds.

Good luck.

Aaron
08-17-2012 10:12 PM
JL330
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Originally Posted by aablakersrf View Post
Well your choice is pretty clear then, however, your install of the MS8 will be a little different from mine because you need to get the wires that go in and out of the MS8 from the front of the car, passenger seat consol area. If you are going to amp everything eventually, you will want to think about placement of the MS8. Mine was easy as the factory amp is exposed and I just attached wires. You might have to run some speaker wire up and down the car (which shouldn't be bad, just hide them under the runners).

What are you looking for your head unit to do?

Aaron
I didn't really want a head unit at all but considered that route because line out converters aren't much and I thought it would be my only option. If I was going that route though, I wanted navigation and the works. Things I don't need when the main goal is just sound quality and I'd prefer to keep the stock look.
08-17-2012 12:11 AM
aablakersrf Well your choice is pretty clear then, however, your install of the MS8 will be a little different from mine because you need to get the wires that go in and out of the MS8 from the front of the car, passenger seat consol area. If you are going to amp everything eventually, you will want to think about placement of the MS8. Mine was easy as the factory amp is exposed and I just attached wires. You might have to run some speaker wire up and down the car (which shouldn't be bad, just hide them under the runners).

What are you looking for your head unit to do?

Aaron
08-16-2012 11:13 PM
JL330 I'm planning on upgrading everything. I can't get a hu that offers what I want for the price of the ms8 so I'd rather keep the factory controls. I'll eventually amp everything and run components in the front and rear with a small sub. It will be a slow work in progress a little at a time. I have a lot of things going on right now.
08-16-2012 07:38 PM
aablakersrf I agree with the MS-8 install being fairly simple. If you are looking for good bang for the buck, you might want to go with an aftermarket head unit. Surely you could get a good one for a decent price that fits nicely and puts out a good signal and decent wattage.

I personally got the MS-8 because it offers signal conditioning. I have to keep my factory amp to keep my factory controlls, Nav, Blutooth and all of that. The MS-8 takes that garbage signal and makes it nice and flat, then it processes it accordingly, which to me was the icing on the cake.

That being said, an aftermarket head would put out a flat signal and at least 50rms per channel which would be enough for most side and rear speakers, you would just have to amp a sub if you wanted it. Many head units have equalizers that are decent and you could customize the sound accordingly. I had my old F-150 sounding really nice with new headunit and amp.

I would compare it to a pair of $100 earbuds to $400 earbuds. The 100 dollar pair sound great, but the 400 dollar pair sound effen solid. Same idea here with the MS-8 at its premium price the EQing is top notch along with the processing.

Just depends on how perfect you need it to sound...

If you do get a new head, I would also get some decent speakers too. Didn't know if you were going to or not...

Aaron
08-15-2012 03:11 PM
freemind No deck offers the processing power of an MS-8 or BitOne.

My Eclipse has a bunch of processing power but nothing like the aforementioned processors.

The install of the MS-8 is said to be pretty straight forward.
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