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Old 02-26-2014, 01:12 PM   #1
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New 2014 Focus SFE, Stereo Upgrade Ideas??

I just bought a brand new 2014 Ford Focus SE. As usual, my inner music snob is disappointed by the stereo system. I was planning on upgrading it anyways, but now I'd like to do so sooner rather than later.

I already spent way over my budget to get the car in the first place so I want to start with some affordable mods. Thinking new speakers, and obviously amp and sub, but what should I be doing first to get the most noticeable improvement to make the sound louder, clearer, and all-around better quality? Also, working up to a new sound system as a whole, anyone got some sick ideas that I can keep in mind while I save up some more money?

I listen to a lot of very loud music; different varieties, but lately mostly rock. I want some really good background bass, but not glass shattering levels. Dark gray car with black/grey interior.

Thanks in advance for the help fellow focusers!

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Old 02-27-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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I just installed the Parrot Asteroid Smart in my 2014 SE. I got it for $499.99 at Crutchfield and added got the Metra 99-5827, the Axxess AX-ADBOX1, the Axxess AX-ADFD02 wiring harness, and the Unika steering wheel adapter. I just sent the Unika back and will be using the Axxess ASW-1 and Axxess ASW-Parrot for steering wheel control. So far the only issue I have had is with Sync. It would work but the radio turned off while using it and then came back on when finished. Since I hardly ever used Sync I just unpaired my phone from it and make calls through the Parrot. So far I am loving the way it looks and works. I also am running Torque Pro with a bluetooth OBDII adapter I got off amazon, and installed a backup camera to it.

The only downside with the unit overall that I have noticed is the boot up time about 20-30 seconds, which I dont mind at all. I have also downloaded Gasbuddy, My cars, and Pandora from the built in web browser without any issues. I haven't rooted it yet and haven't seen a need to yet.

Oh, one thing I about forgot. The cable for the mic wasn't lon enough for me to put above the mirror and route through the drivers side. I came up about three feet to short since I was trying to run it under the carpet. I ended up just moounting it on the Metra bezel since I did not want to attempt to take anything additional apart.
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