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Old 08-29-2014, 10:12 AM
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Default Uconnect 5.0 - driving aftermarket speakers & wattage per channel?

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Brand new to this forum, and brand new to a Ram! Just bought myself a 14 Ram Tradesman/Express (from an 07 F-150 XLT) and am wanting to upgrade the factory audio.

I've selected a set of 3.5 inch Kicker speakers for the dash, a set of 6.5 inch Kicker speakers for the front doors, and a set of 6x9 Kicker speakers for the rear doors.

I'm not really wanting to go with an additional amp for the speakers, the factory speakers are loud enough as it is without, I just want some better quality. I'm wondering how much wattage each of the 6 channels gets with the Uconnect 5.0 on its own, and whether or not the 5.0 is solid enough on it's own to power those new speakers.

I've done a whole bunch of Google'ing but haven't really been able to find any kind of definitive answers on the topic, so any help would be amazing!


Thanks for the help! It's nice being a new Ram owner, this 5.7 liter hemi sounds sooooooooo beautiful!
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I think you'd be better off upgrading your headunit and keeping your stock speakers than keeping stock headunit and upgrading speakers. You'll really be dissapointed by the aftermarket speakers with the crappy stock processing and power. I think you'll be more than satisfied with the stock speakers if used in conjunction with a nice double din that has a good processor and power output.
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Any recommendation on a new head unit? I really wanted to avoid that for a handful of reasons... Namely that I've read that you lose factory aux, and USB jacks, and Sirius support without wiring up a new antenna. And possibly that you lose the backup camera too?

Can anyone comment on the validity of that?

Kinda sucks that you lose the actual uconnect features too though I suppose how often will I be changing those settings. Probably never.
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You can keep your stock radio just use 2ohm speakers to replace the oem they are 2 ohm from factory.
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Any recommendation on a new head unit? I really wanted to avoid that for a handful of reasons... Namely that I've read that you lose factory aux, and USB jacks, and Sirius support without wiring up a new antenna. And possibly that you lose the backup camera too?

Can anyone comment on the validity of that?

Kinda sucks that you lose the actual uconnect features too though I suppose how often will I be changing those settings. Probably never.
I'm not sure of your budget. That would help reccomendations. You do lose the factory aux, usb and sirius. However, all aftermarket units nowadays have their own of each so thats a moot point as you gain them back with the new headunit. Not to mention a lot of the new headunits that have come out this year have a mirroring capability that mirrors your phone's screen on your headunit and allows full use of your phone from the head unit to include music, video, navigation etc. One example if the JVC KW-V50bt which is what I purchased after much research.

The sirius tuner is roughly 40 dollars so thats not a huge investment if you absolutely NEED/WANT satellite radio.

Next the 14 ram uses the Axxess XSVI-6523-NAV wiring harness for aftermarket double dins which allows you to retain your factory back up camera that came with your RAM. So no worries there.

You can get a nice Double din screen online with the harnesses and dash kits for the same or less that you'd spend on 6 new speakers easily. Depends on how fancy you want to be.
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