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Coming from a history of old cars and always fiddling with getting a proper sound system in the car has always been a mess. Even when taking it in to be done "professionally", I've always felt things were never as "tight" as they once were and always seems to end up less than favorable at some point. Especially when you have a loose subwoofer box somewhere bouncing around taking up space, gimmicky / flashy head units that look like they come from outerspace, wires that always end up getting loose and loose door panels.

I'm sure the audiophiles will blast this- but I've always felt that newer cars, even with stock speakers that aren't the top-of-the-line, always sound somewhat decent because everything just seems snug and made for the car.

With that said, it seems a lot of car manufacturers these days offer a "soundsystem upgrade" in which they will provide better quality speakers and sometimes integrate a small subwoofer into an available space in the car as if there was already an open pocket waiting for this.

Do you guys think there be any sort of audio upgrades (upgraded speaker / integrated subwoofer options?). It would be so nice to just pay for an upgraded system without having to touch anything!
 

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If you go to http://media.chrysler.com/newsroom.do?id=289&mid=444 in the right column you will see a link to the Renegade's feature availability sheet. There is a premium audio package that provides the following:

Premium Audio Group — Includes premium audio
system with 9 speakers including 6.5-inch subwoofer
and 506-watt amplifier

Hope this helps. The feature availability sheet has a ton of great info in it also. Welcome to the forum!
 

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I think I read somewhere that Beats audio had been bought over by Apple. Is this correct?
And in Europe the audio upgrade available in the Fiats is Beats Audio. There are even Beats audio edition Fiat 500L cars that come in the Beats audio corporate colours of black red and silver with colour coded brake calipers, wing mirrors and interiors.
 

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I didn't think that Beats by Dre made speakers for cars. I thought they were mostly into headphones and portable speakers.
Beats doesn't make anything but a logo and design choices. Someone gets the job of pointing at offerings from some chinese headphone factory that produces tons of stuff for tons of people, and says please make sure it is super bassy.

When you see it on computers, it means they did some basic EQ shaping to get what they consider the best sound out of a laptop, and then go back and do a second eq curve for the "beats mode is off" mode that deliberately sounds like dookie so when you switch back and forth, you think it sounds awesome.

For cars, I suspect all they do.. AT BEST.. is help do the equ profiel for the head unit for the vehicle. Pretty much all cars have a model specific EQ curve to keep you away form the limits and uggly zones of what the built in sound system can produce. At best form the customer's point of view, the beats package gets a better selection of drivers, but who chose them we will never know. It could be beats people or it could be that all the beats foks did is email over the specs and media files to be able to mold a the beats B into things and coloro it the right shade of red rather than be involved in the sound design for the car or component selection.

Beats is somewhere below bose in terms of technical merit. That being said, pointing at a higher quality driver, especially if you give it a test listen, and saying that one is better, lets do that, can make a HUGE difference in sound. If you like their EQ curve, the improvement will be even more noticeable. If you hate it, it will ahve undermined some of that benefit.
 
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