[x300] THe Premium Sound System

Can someone lend me some help, I would like to upgrade the
sound system in my 96 X300 to the premium, can someone
provide me with a complete parts list that I would need,
with part numbers if possible? I can get much luck from the
Search option!–
Egreck
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Sir,

The best solution ios to replace the head unit, CD changer et all!
First of all, for some reason the factory head units in the X300’s has
proven to be VERY problematic. They pull all sorts of unpleasant
stunts at the most inappropriate time. One time they perform
perfectly. Another they will not come on at all. Then they will come
on at full volume to a station you have never heard before and you
don’t ever want to hear again! To make it even more unpleasant…YOU
CAN’T TURN IT OFF!!! You can’t turn it down…you can’t change the
station…nothing!

Purchase and either have or install yourself a (personal preference)
new Pioneer XM compatible head unit with 50 watts per channel X 4 = 200
watts (more power than Hardon Carmon). Next, select one of their
numerous cd changers. They are available in either six or twelve disc
models. Make certain to get a nonrf model for optimal performance.
Finally spend $100 for one of their concealed XM receivers. Both the
changer and XM unit are controlled by the head unit with no unsightly
tack on control units stuck about the dash like unsightly warts.
Mounted in the trunk, the changer and XM unit signal are fed to the
head unit on one single cable. The feed from the changer goes to the
XM unit and from there on to the head unit.

I have this system installed in my '83 XJ-6, Satin Silver, and people
are astonished at the thoroughly modern sound system and the quality of
its performance. This aftermarket system is fully comprehensive in
feature content and performance yet costs about a third of what you
will spend on new Jaguar components that STILL won’t have XM when you
are done!

Just my humble opinion on the matter. But our other Jaguar is a '97
VDP with premium Harmon Cardon sound and my old '83 with 5.25" speakers
sounds better!

Earl Kiker

In reply to a message from Earl Kiker sent Tue 5 Dec 2006:

I agree with Mister Kiker !

Miss Barbie has the IDENTICAL system in her '96 28000 mile VDP.
XM and all.

Sounds WONDERFUL !

And the Pioneer tuner sections (ie, non-XM) are so superior to the
stuff Alpine puts out.

Great sound… Not a lot of cash. EASY install.
Let a TWEETER store do it for you.
They know what they are doing on high-end cars like ours.

Merry Christmas …

Back to Bass Fishing in 30 degree weather on Lkae Oconee.
Georgia

My Best Holiday Greetings to all …
Mikey Lulejian–
The original message included these comments:

Purchase and either have or install yourself a (personal preference)
new Pioneer XM compatible head unit with 50 watts per channel X 4 = 200
watts (more power than Hardon Carmon). Next, select one of their
numerous cd changers. They are available in either six or twelve disc
models. Make certain to get a nonrf model for optimal performance.
Finally spend $100 for one of their concealed XM receivers. Both the
changer and XM unit are controlled by the head unit with no unsightly
Just my humble opinion on the matter. But our other Jaguar is a ‘97
VDP with premium Harmon Cardon sound and my old ‘83 with 5.25’’ speakers
sounds better!
Earl Kiker


American By Birth-Southern By The Grace Of God - 96 XJ-6 VDP
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In reply to a message from Egreck sent Mon 4 Dec 2006:

I’ve read a few posts from people wanting to upgrade from the base
audio to the premium audio system. Well, I’ve changed the audio on
my '98 XKR to match the quality of premium system for a lot less
hassle and money. Here’s how…

Parts-----
1 pair of Harmonn Kardon 65mm mid-ranges for the fascia, �78 from
Jaguar
1 pair of Alpine SPS-1005 10mm tweeters for the A-pillar, �22 from
eBay (�40 RRP)
1 Harmon Kardon 8’’ subwoofer, �104 from Jaguar
1 Apline MRP-M350 mono amplifier �105
Some speaker cable, insuating tape, power and earth lead for the
amp. �10

Procedure

Disconnect the battery before starting.

Install subwoofer, fascia and A-pillar speakers, wire is already
there for all of these speakers, although you may have to remove
the top corner of the door panel to get at the wire for the a-
pillar speakers. The a-pillar speakers will also have to be removed
from their plastic grill housing to get them to fit - it comes away
easy with a little flat bladed screw-driver.

Install amplifier in car, best place seems to be on top of the
metal rack which holds the CD changer. Attach live and earth wires
directly to battery, splice remote wire onto remote for electric
arial (black and green wire) - these are right beside the amp’s
location so very handy. Now attach some speaker wire from the amps
output terminals to the subs terminals. Then attach the already
existing subwoofer cable (tied up just inside the boot roof) to the
inputs on the amp - you may have to lengthen the cable a bit.

Now the tricky bit. Remove the centre console lid and cubby liner.
Under here are several wires and connectors. Find the one which
carries the speaker cables from the head-unit and connects them to
the actual speaker wires for the rest of the car. You will notice
here that there are a lot of unconnected wires on one half of the
connector - these are the wires for the ‘premium’ speakers which
you installed in step one. What you must now do is make these
connections by splicing into the wires coming from the head unit
and joining them to the appropriate wire on the other side of the
connector. You can either do this by bypassing the connector
completely or, as I did, taking apart one of the many unused
connectors and salvaging the spade connectors for use. A wiring
diagram will be very handy here for working out which wire goes
where, although you can work it out by looking at which colour wire
goes to which terminal at the speakers.

Once you’ve attached all the correct connections and insulated them
properly, re-attach the battery, switch on the stereo and be amazed
at the quantum leap in performance!


The original message included these comments:

Can someone lend me some help, I would like to upgrade the
sound system in my 96 X300 to the premium, can someone
provide me with a complete parts list that I would need,
with part numbers if possible? I can get much luck from the
Egreck


Del Boy
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In reply to a message from Earl Kiker sent Tue 5 Dec 2006:

Wow,

I wasn’t expecting this sort of response! Thanks guys!

I just had my Jag head unit repaired, fingers crossed it
should be A Ok when I get it back in the car. I want to
upgrade everything as I am not that impressed with the base
setup to be honest. This gives me a very very good starting
point, so once again thank you for yout input!–
Egreck
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