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Posts: 2
Registered: ‎02-11-2016

2014 Ford Fusion SE Head Unit Upgrade

Hello all I am looking into doing some upgrades to my stock head unit, speakers and adding a subwoofer and amp to my car. I am running into some difficulties because it seems as if no one has done this that I can find.

 

For starters, I do not like the Ford Sync package. I am not happy with it and I want to get rid of it. I am looking at a Kenwood eXcelon or something along those lines. I want Navigation, Bluetooth and easy Android syncing. I need to know if there are adapter harnesses I can purchase or it I will need to splice. I also need to know if there is a mount or dash trim replacement I will need.

 

If I can't upgrade my heat unit, which will make me very sad... I would like to upgrade all of the speakers anyways. Any inputs?

 

As far as the sub and amp, I have this front covered.

Geek Squad Agent
Posts: 3,196
Registered: ‎03-20-2012

Re: 2014 Ford Fusion SE Head Unit Upgrade

Well shoot i was really hoping to not be the one to make you sad, but unfortunately at this time there is no fit for an aftermarket radio provided at this time. That isnt to say there wont be one in the future, but as of right now you will have to add onto your current radio and sync setup. Integration into your factory setup can get surprisingly harder also if you have the premium "sony" sound system. If you do not have the "sony" version then below are some options for you.

Your front and rear speakers (for standard audio package) will be 6.5's in the front and rears, and possibly 2 6x9's on the back deck, but those are usually only for the sony premium.

You can replace the 4 speakers and add on a 4 channel amplifier for the best sound quality, to boost the highs, mids, and lows a little further, but with that subwoofer you can always just have the subwoofer do the "lows" and your speakers do the talking. Again getting that full range out of your speakers is pretty key to achieving the best sound quality that you can get for your listening needs. The best way to achieve this goal is to find a set of speakers (4 total) and match their RMS or continuous power with a 4 channel amplifier pushing out the same RMS ratings. For example:

Speakers are 75 watts rms with a peak power of 400
You are going to want to buy a a 4 channel amplifier that will push 75 watts rms also. The way i like to think about it is that out of the box the speakers are rated at 75 watts for them to "breath" at their optimal levels, so you would naturally like to provide them with that amount or slightly higher (but dont go crazy, 100 would be tops in this instance) to push these speakers to their optimal levels.

You have some options of amplifiers, a 4 channel will require a little more installation and amp kits, along with a mounting location. But power packs can be a good replacement for customers who cannot give up room for mounting an amplifier, and require nothing but what is in the box. The alpine power pack is a great example of an easy way to "boost" your setup without all the wires and mounting space with pretty decent power (45 watts rms) and can be hidden behind the dash or somewhere hidden.

Have you taken a look at anything as far as the setup that you are thinking? If you could fill in some products that you have researched and the kind of setup you are wanting to go with i would be happy to continue and help you with this journey. Thank you for the great questions and I apologize that you will have to stick with that factory radio. Hopefully soon there will be a mounting option for you! In the meantime keep me posted!
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Registered: ‎02-11-2016

Re: 2014 Ford Fusion SE Head Unit Upgrade

Well there is a little bit of back story that prompted this endevor... I am getting a fuzzy noise coming from my speakers even when the volume is lowered all the way. I was thinking it was blown speakers but now that I thought a little more about it, it doesn't make any sense that blown speakers would make this noise. It soubds like static, any suggestions?

In regards to my future plans, I have a 500 watt rms subwoofer and a matching 600 watt single chanel amp. They are from a previous vehicle and I want to repurpose them in my new car, the ford. I figured while I'm doing all of this I could upgrade the door speakers as well and head unit. So now that the head unit is out, what would you recommend for speakers and a 4 chanel amp?

Also how can I tell if I have a sony system? I don't have the touch screen head unit, I have the 4" LCD with push buttons.
Geek Squad Agent
Posts: 3,196
Registered: ‎03-20-2012

Re: 2014 Ford Fusion SE Head Unit Upgrade

Well alpine has a pretty sweet deal right now, saying that the sps-610s arent on sale at 89.99. If they are regular price at 99.99 and yiu are going to have the geek squad install them, then you will save $100 instantly. Personally i think these speakers sound pretty good for all around range, the next would be the kicker ks series speakers. The alpines are 75w rms and the kicker ks i believe they are also 75w or 100w. I would have to check sorry.

It would sound like your buzzing is alternator whine, with the system that you are getting installed our installers will do their best to eliminate this buzzing feedback. Since you are going to be adding a new amp this could really help eliminate alot of the feedback.

How old is your battery? Has it ever been jump started or dead? as a battery ages its ability to filter out the noises of the cars charging system. This is usually the first step in diagnosing factoey alternator whine, or electrical feedback.

Your amp and sub combo works great also. At the time of the installation inform the installers about your feedback so that they can take the proper steps to reduce or eliminate that feedback as best as possible.

One last thing, since you are wanting some high end setup remember that you do not need to buy the product from us for us to do the installation. It is true that we wouldnt be able to warranty the product, and the special savings would not be possible, but we do have regular installation prices for each pair of speakers (64.99) and 4 channel amps (119.99), sub/amp (99.99), factory integration (24.99). Parts are seperate.
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Registered: ‎08-15-2016

Re: 2014 Ford Fusion SE Head Unit Upgrade

Class AB and Class B amplifiers and speakers, the input signals are stronger than the output signals, then the speakers are non linear. The sound you are hearing is called distorted signals. If you can hardly hear anything and straining yourself to hear the sounds, then it is time to change the speakers. Power amplifiers/speakers will draw amps and the output signals has to be same as the input signals. linear. Otherwise the signals are modulated to fit the wavelength of the input. They call this DC pulsating signals into your stereo. It is the most efficient way they do the input signal and output signal and in the form of AC or DC electric volts or watts.