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So I have a 2015 Optima with the UVO system. The stereo system is rather lacking, but I want to upgrade speakers and add a subwoofer possibly while keeping the factory head unit with the UVO system as I have a back up camera and everything with it as well. I have searched these forums and found a few peoples systems. Now what I am wondering is what speakers you went with, which coverters, what subwoofers and amps, and cost involved in all this? Also what did it cost you to do it yourself vs having it installed? Thanks in advance. One of my local installers said don't even bother unless I upgrade to an aftermarket deck as the sound difference would barely be noticeable. I find that hard to believe. Hoping people on here will prove him wrong.
 

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It unfortunately is the non infinitey deck. My biggest thing is wanting to keep my back up camera, but it seems no one makes a kit to make it work with the aftermarket systems. I do not have the subwoofer system, so sadly it is even worse.

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Jery, he did say that I could put just a subwoofer in if I wanted to, but still recommended not to. He said the last optima he did that way was the same as mine and the guy came back wanting more because it didn't sound as good as he had hoped.
 

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Okay sounds good. Like I said I am not against adding in an aftermarket head unit, but I wanted to retain factory Bluetooth, factory steering wheel controls and the back up camera. In all honesty the stereo just lacks the bass I want and that is all I really wanted to add.

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So I have access to a Alpine Type R 10" subwoofer, a 10" sealed box, an Alpine MRV-M500 amp, free wiring kit, and possibly a used LC2I as well. All in would be about $300 and then having to install it. Does anyone have instructions on how to install this with the non infinity system? Would this be a good setup? Thanks
 

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So now my question is, what kind of sub box should I go with for the 10" Type R sub? I have only had sealed in the past and so I have never really experienced what a ported box is like. I can tell you that 90% of my music I listen to is rock and country, while maybe 10% is actually rap type music. Just curious which would be best. I know my old sealed subs still hit amazing in a sealed for rap music.
 

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That is kind of what I want to do, except right now I am not replacing any speakers. It is going in on this coming Thursday so we will find out how it sounds I guess. I am just stuck between a ported and sealed box. Didn't want to take up a lot of room in the trunk really.
 

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Ah okay. Minr is a 2 ohm sub with a 500 watt rms alpine amp so if I go with the ported I am hoping it is plenty of juice for that sub.
 

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I had it installed in a ported enclosure with the LC2I and it honestly sounds great. I am getting a great sound now for bass and for now I can live with the door speakers as is. I just need to put something in to ptevent the vibrations I am hearing coming from the tail lights and trunk lid areas
 

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I sadly do not have any pictures. But the shop who did it mounted the LC2I behind the dash so it is right there, and the amp is mounted under the passenger seat.
 
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