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Any newer stereo setups?

broncobuddha

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Hey all.

(DISCLAIMER: Yes I searched and most of the threads I found with setups pre-date Bluetooth technology, lol. Oof. I mean people talking about iPod Nanos and stuff. Lort)

Had my bronco for 25 years and the last 20 or so have been without any kind of tunes whatsoever and it's getting old.

When I first bought mine someone had installed a crappy tape head unit and one 3 way speaker to the underside of the dash. They just sort of hung there.

I bought a Tuffy console (with the built in space for a upward mounted head unit and even some of their 6x9 security boxes (never used them).

I keep thinking it would be nice to have a head unit in there, one with BT and maybe even a slot for a thumb drive. But....seems in this day and age I'd just need to stream my phone to the system and a head unit wouldn't be needed. But then I'd need to be able to mount a phone holder to the dash so I could control things.

Yes, I'd prefer to do this cheaper. Yes I'm aware you often get what you pay for. I'm not an audiofile so I'm not incredibly picky. Just want something that sounds nice with enough power to play over the road noise. I rarely have my top or doors on (except in winter).

So, things need to be waterproof.

Based on what I've been looking into here's what I'd need:

Amp (mounted in glove box or under pass. seat
Sub (possible 2nd amp)
2 wakeboard speakers mounted on the roll cage at the rear
Possibly 2 more speakers either at the cage right behind the front seats or something mounted forward of the wheel well.

This may be a dumb question, but without a head unit, what would I actually be blue tooth connecting to when multiple speakers are involved?


Thanks!
 
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Timmy390

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Bluetooth speaker/sound bar is nice IF you have a way of mounting it. I installed a Dual XRM59BT Single Din in my Samurai. It's only 2 inches deep so would fit the Bronco really nicely. It's bluetooth and has voice controls....Just set it up and when you get in the phone attaches and your off and running......I have a similar Dual in my Bronco. Neitehr the Bronco or Samurai have an antenna hooked up. I just use it to play XM from the phone app

Tim
 

ngsd

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I personally don't like the wakeboard speaker look but that's just me. Wetsounds has some good sound bars / speakers that are waterproof and you can just stream music from your phone. I've thought about mounting this under my rear seat.

Be careful in selecting those unless you like the hassle of having to manually turn it on every time. They dont have a power trigger and you have to physically push the power button on the front of them. If under the seat that is a pain. I put one in only to realize it afterwards. I hate it!
 
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broncobuddha

broncobuddha

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Timmy, what's your speaker/amp setup with that?

I like the bar idea but as you said if you have to manually power it on, that wouldn't be ideal.

I figure the head unit would be where to go cheap on and spend more money on the speakers, wires, subs, amps etc.

The main reason I thought of the wakeboard style speakers is mounting to the cage should be a breeze.
 

Timmy390

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Timmy, what's your speaker/amp setup with that?

I like the bar idea but as you said if you have to manually power it on, that wouldn't be ideal.

I figure the head unit would be where to go cheap on and spend more money on the speakers, wires, subs, amps etc.

The main reason I thought of the wakeboard style speakers is mounting to the cage should be a breeze.
No amp...I just have some cheap speakers in the floor under my bench seat. My rig is more utilitarian than most on this site. :)

Tim
 
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broncobuddha

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And did you all use universal harnesses to wire to the bronco or just direct wire?
 

txtruk15

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Be careful in selecting those unless you like the hassle of having to manually turn it on every time. They dont have a power trigger and you have to physically push the power button on the front of them. If under the seat that is a pain. I put one in only to realize it afterwards. I hate it!
I'm glad you said something about that, I was thinking of going this route but am not going to want to climb in the back to hit that power button every time. hmmm...maybe a long stick lol. wonder if there's a way to wire it up to turn on with key on in ignition, but then that would definitely void the warranty....
 

BGBronco

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To be clear, you do have to turn on, but the buttons are on the front so if it's under the rear seat so its a reach around, and not that bad. That said, I would rather have it integrated into the vehicle better.
 

BroncoJimbo

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I am installing a BT amp in the trunk of another car with very little room for a head unit. The BT amp will just stream from my phone. It's very small but powerful. You would still need speakers of course.
Blaupunkt AMP 1804BT
 

trekgurl

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I'm no stereo person,, so when I wanted to put a stereo in my eb, I used the retro sound unit in the dash (looks like an old radio) and it has BT and a bunch of stuff I haven't even tried,, but plays thumb drives of my music and it will connect to my iphone etc etc,. Some people don't like the antiquated interface,, but its fine for me. As far as the speakers, the guy who was putting it in ask me what I wanted and I said, I want to be able to hear it at 65mph, open half cab or no top, with headers and shorty pipes and he did just what I asked for. He built a box behind the seat, (I'm running a two seater only), two 8inchers in the ends, one 10 inch sub firing straight down, 600 watt Kenwood amp and (2) small 3.5inchers in my dash. It will make your ears flutter at 65mph and you have to turn it down. All of it is Marine grade stuff,, but I try not and let it get drowned if I can help. it cost me 1k to have it done. What's nice about this is its loud inside and right outside its not so loud, unless you wanna it to vibrate panels or something. I was thinking getting two more speakers at the back, that I can swing out and tailgate party, on a separate smaller amp. Not being a stereo person originally could probably disect this puppy and make my own now.


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BPerry

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I went this route, not hard at all. The wakeboad setup is temporary. But the tweeters and hideaway sub are set.

Dash wash already cut.
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4x4man514

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Great thread. I've been struggling with what to do for a radio in my build. I have zero dash space for a head unit. Thinking maybe the console but then there is how to run the wires. I was looking at the under dash console panel that I think wild horse sells but I'm not sure if that's enough space. Surely by now tech has changed and there is something new out there.
 
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