Harmon Kardon subwoofers - or lack of

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  1. ufoldfirst

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    I have read the threads regarding sound quality issues with the Harmon Kardon sound system.

    What I have not seen is a discussion about the Charger not having dual subwoofers in the trunk like the Challenger does.

    Has anyone come across a reasoning for this?
    Are we to assume one subwoofer in the rear deck will be better than a Beats Audio system with one rear deck sub AND a second trunk sub?

    I am questioning the fact that my '13 300S with Beats Audio has the standard rear deck sub AND trunk mounted sub, but when my '15 Charger SRT 392 arrives with the Harmon Kardon system it will NOT have a trunk mounted subwoofer. But the Challenger with HK has two?

    Has this been explained?
     
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    I would like to know this as well. It wasnt a cheap upgrade for me as i had to squeeze pennys for the car already but i really wish there was more boom for a 2k upgrade. . . . I also didnt realize that it was only a single sub unlike the chally.
     
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    I was told by a Chrysler rep that this system was not designed to "blow your eardrums." (this was a result of me comparing its lack of volume as compared to the Kicker system in my 2006 300C SRT8). Apparently they went for sound quality vs volume. Some may say they missed the mark on that as well. I think the real reason behind the lack of trunk subs is trying to save money.

    I personally feel like I get more bass out of the front doors than I do out of the rear deck sub, and mine has had the HK audio fix (the one from the upcoming TSB). I do not have a complaint of lack of bass with this system. I feel like the bass is too "boomy" rather than the tight bass I got from the Kicker system (and likely from the trunk subs in the Challenger).
     
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    Still waiting for the car but my buddy came from a 13 SRT to a hellcat and said they HK on the hellcat is slightly worst than the 13 SRT.
     
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    I also was stunned when I first opened the trunk on a charger and looked for the subwoofer box and couldn't find it. The challenger guys got the better setup for sure.
     
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    The speakers are located behind the back seat
     
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    Oh I know where they are now.they are mounted on what we call the parcel shelf
     
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    Yea!!! & they didn't have to pay extra for it!:mad:
     
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    This is from a conversation I had with Mr. Gilles last November re: HK in the Challenger and Charger;

    "The Challenger has a very different layout sub has to be in the trunk. The challenger is also louder cabin wise so the HK is a must. The Chargers layout has a better base system plus it has more sound deadener. So the base system an Alpine isn't so bad. The charger is also more expensive to build so by making the HK optional it make it a little more obtainable."
     
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    I would agree that the base alpine system isn't that bad. HK system was the only option my 392 SRT is missing. For $1900.00 savings. I can add more and still have change left over.
     
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    Ohh, that's the answer to one of my questions. I skipped the HK as well. My car is on order. Does it say Alpine anywhere?

    Trentster
     
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    Yes. When you open the doors behind the rear view mirror section
     
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    Awesome, thanks!

    So HK head unit, Alpine speakers in six locations, and a 276 watt amp from Alpine? I'm guessing these are at least two-way speakers? So in consideration of the HK advertisement at least a 12 speaker system- lol.

    Any chance of posting a quick picture?

    Where are the speaker locations?
     
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    Speakers are in front doors dash and rear deck lid.
     
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    Perfect! Thanks! I will be visiting with my local stereo shop about an amp and sub. Thinking about just putting the sub in the deck so I don't have to give up any trunk space. Or maybe a sub solution that goes in the storage area like the challengers.
     

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