Cadillac CTS-V - Aftermarket Stereo - CTS-V
05-24-2005, 09:27 PM
Has anybody changed theirs out? I was looking at a CTS-V, very nice car.... but I really hate the way stock GM stereos sound - so I'd obviously be changing it. Wanted to see if anybody else had done this.
05-25-2005, 12:35 AM
some have but it is difficult... the radio has certain functions that are necessary for the car. I recommend that you do NOT remove the stock radio but build a separate (better sounding) system around it using the stock mounting locations. Mount the actual radio in the ashtray or in the glove box and use IR or remount the stock radio to the trunk and put the new one in the existing location. Either way, keep the stock radio somewhere.
With all the class II crap and weird voltage/amperage/ etc, its tough to replace stock radios these days.... You may want to try the JL cleansweep (I think thats what its called). Its a digital box that will take the input from anything (including the stock head unit) and output it to real amps and spekaers. that way you can keep the stock head unit (and the look of the center stack) but get the better sound you are looking for.
Just my opinion.
05-25-2005, 12:40 AM
I was afraid of that.... that's a real turnoff about the car. Other than that it looks like a ton of fun. I went and test-drove one today and really liked it... I just think the stock stereo is really ugly and sounds like crap (I'm really picky when it comes to stuff like that).
Anyway... just thought I'd ask. Thanks for the help!
05-25-2005, 06:26 AM
With a LS6, 6-speed and a nice 3" B&B exhaust - who even turns on the radio? What's that? http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/images/smilies/LS1Tech/gr_chug.gif
05-25-2005, 07:00 PM
I do have to agree with stealthV.... Who cares about the radio when you have 400 HP under your right foot?
I am an audiophile (at home, etc), and in reality its good enough for now considering the car has 400 HP... The exhaust is music to my ears...
I will make it better eventually though... We just need the aftermarket (JL) to get their technology together and released.
06-01-2005, 03:04 PM
In reality, the signal coming out of the stock head unit is probably fine. You could use the JL Cleansweep or another EQ product if you believe the frequencies have been boosted. Then it's up to you to work with speakers and amplification... where I believe you will achieve much more, at a better value, than monkeying around with head unit. I should know - I replaced many a modern CD head unit and in hindsight should have saved my $$$. 15 or 20+ years ago was alot different, swapping a factory crap tape deck for a Nakamichi made a ton of difference.
06-01-2005, 05:40 PM
cleansweap will work when released... but they need to have the "profile"
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