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I was told when I called jeep, the 2015 "9 speaker upgrade" and the 2016 "beats audio upgrade" are the exact same thing and they are just rebranding it with a new name associated with Beats Audio. Supposed to be exactly the same speakers, radios ,etc. Only thing I have noticed is it seems to me there is an issue with the 2016 power amps either sending the wrong signal to the wrong speakers, or they have changed the speaker crossover frequency point inside the amp and it seems to be causing unbalanced sound issues and volume issues while listening to different mp3 files and different radio stations. Some iTunes mp4's, sound really great and some older mp3's sound very poor. Some XM stations sound really good, and some not so much. These sound issues were not so drastic on the 2015 renegade. Again, given that "IF" they are the exact same systems just branded differently for selling purposes, there is something wrong with the amplifiers. IF anyone is considering not purchasing a renegade for this issue or not spending the money for the 9 speakers, take a mp3 stick along with you and listen to a few different mp3 files of good quality and poor quality and you will understand what to expect. I think the 9 speaker option is totally worth it when it is working correctly.
THIS is the biggest issue I have, if true, with the beats audio option. Yes, I ended up getting it and paying for it, but comparing the prices from 2015 to 2016, if the equipment is the same, then I paid $545 just to add the Beats logo to my Jeep. Nothing better in the actual equipment. The only other thing that changed is the popular equipment package includes auto dimming mirror in 2016 while 2015 did not. I'm probably a moron for paying for it, but oh well.

@JeepCares , did I really pay Jeep $545 just to add the Beats logo to the same speakers I would have gotten in the 2015 Renegade Popular Equipment Group for far less?

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I was one of the early adopters to proclaim poor Beats performance. It sucked but I am getting used to it, it is sounding better but it still sucks IMO. It doesn't sound premium at all and I have to constantly adjust the volume because some songs sound louder than others... and some sound better than others. IMO it's the lack of consistence Bass that makes it sound tinny.

What makes Beats sound good is... you guessed it, RAP and HIP HOP LOL. Bass heavy music sound rich but anything else sound tinny and flat. Sorry but Beats is a FAIL!!!

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in 2015, the " 9 amplified speakers with subwoofer" option was an additional $495.00. In 2016, the "beats audio 9 speaker option" is $695.00 additional. So its a $200 difference from last year.
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I have a 2015 with the 9 speaker and I like it sounds better after 1500 miles. A little muddy sounding so i might upgrade the dash speakers but I don't think I would do more than that. Trying to keep ithe audio as stock as possible.
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I'm very disappointed with the beats sound system on my TH. I refuse to add an amp or speakers. This should be recalled and addressed. I was under the impression that the beats sound system would sound awesome. This was one of the reasons I waited for a 2016.
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You are paying $600 for a name, not good quality.
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funny thing is a lot of people including dealers are not noticing any real problem with the "beats audio package"until you point it out or actually turn the fader to the rear while listening to it. The front dash speakers have 6x9 full range sound coming out of them and they are loud enough that when you turn it up, that is mostly all you hear and for most people that don't know, they seem to be ok with it. After you point it out to them that the sub bass is missing and tell them listen to the door speakers, then they realize there is a problem. And then when they open up the rear hatch and listen just to the subwoofer, then that's when it hits home. I have called a few dealers on the phone to ask opinions and they all say, "it sounds great! You should come and listen to it", but when I go visit them, pop in my own mp3 stick, adjust the fader to the rear, and point out the issue....their opinion changes instantly and they all agree that there is an issue that needs attention. Had someone from Jeep call me and ask me my opinion on how they are addressing my concern.......they don't really care. Only the dealer cares that you give them all 10 ratings. I will be amazed as heck if they actually make a recall on this issue and fix it, so I'm not holding my breath....Hopefully someone from Jeep reads forums created by actual users and has enough concern to make a difference.....
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great and I ordered this
I was basing it on the my Cherokee and figuring it would perform the same go figure
the trans that works poorly no fix
the audio that worked great well that is now fixed I guess

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in 2015, the " 9 amplified speakers with subwoofer" option was an additional $495.00. In 2016, the "beats audio 9 speaker option" is $695.00 additional. So its a $200 difference from last year.


In 2015 you got the 9 amplified speakers with subwoofer for 795 included with the popular equipment group, which includes various other things. Now the Popular equipment group is 595 and the Beats is 695 making the difference 495 (not 545 like I originally posted, but well more than 200). I don't recall seeing the 9 speaker option separate from the popular equipment group.

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I don't recall seeing the 9 speaker option separate from the popular equipment group.
Yes you could get it separate, that's how mine came.


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