Upgrading the radio head unit?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Maintenance' started by Tom Brooks, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. Tom Brooks

    Tom Brooks Member

    I don't plan on doing this anytime soon. But say I wanted to put in a different head unit, how the heck do you find a replacement for this car? I mean it is completely integrated and even has the emergency lights attached and additional buttons. Was this a stupid design? If this radio goes out... I would fear the cost of a replacement unit.
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  3. stuntdoogie

    stuntdoogie Active Member

    I was thinking tje same thing about wjat if the head unit dies after warranty expires...it must cost an arm and a leg to repair/replace.

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  4. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    I think anyone who has looked at it and actually pondered what they see has the same thought. It might be easiest to just trade the car in when that happens.
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  5. b17drvr

    b17drvr New Member

    You can get a JL clean sweep. Itis an interface for stereo upgrade. It uses the factory unit as a tuner and CD transport (and streaming) and it reprocesses the signal, cleans it up and sends it to your new external amp (and then to the speakers. I've used it in several vehicles. Aftermarket sound with the factory head unit. Kicker audio has a similar type unit too.
  6. Autonomous

    Autonomous New Member

    I've been pondering the JL unit. I've been an audiophile for 20 years, and while some are very happy, this system makes me flinch every time I hear that electronic high pitched clash sound. My wife doesn't hear a thing, of course. It's not a bad system, but if you have an ear for it there is just a "wrongness".

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  7. jimclark

    jimclark Active Member

    I've never heard anything short of live in which there wasn't a "wrongness". Just a matter of how far short of "live" it is.
  8. mcummings182

    mcummings182 Member

    Does anyone know if the ST has preamp outputs?
  9. b17drvr

    b17drvr New Member

    The speakers are very bright sounding. It needs some serious EQ. Turning down the treble does not help. I think some of the problem might be the tweeter placement. I think they should be further forward.
  10. b17drvr

    b17drvr New Member

    It does not.

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