car audio help....

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  1. carbon_15

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    I have an 07 pontiac Solstice with the factory Monsoon stereo. The Stereo sound great...I love it. I want to upgrade to something like the Clarion nx700 for the built in GPS, DVD, and slick touch screen style.
    My concern is that im not sure if the power for the monsoon stereo that I like so much comes from the head unit, or an external amp. i certainly dont want to spend $900 on an upgrade radio that turns out to be a downgrade in sound.
    Any help...should I do it?
    Any other units I should be considering? Though about the Kenwood, but it dosnt have built in XM
     
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    Look for the amp.
    Probably in the trunk somewhere.

    Look where the rear trunk speakers are mounted.
     

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    If you have two pairs of wires coming out of the unit and four speakers, then more than likely you have an amp somewhere. Another way to know is to tap into an output right out of the unit and connect a speaker and see if it sounds the same as the others.
     
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    Theres going to be a lot more than 4 wires.
     
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    There is usually one connector for power, accessories and memory and such, and a separate connector for the outputs (speakers).
     
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    What a nice guy I am.................

    Did some leg work for you.

    2007 Pontiac G6 Car Radio Stereo Wiring Diagram
    Car Radio Battery Constant 12v+ Wire: Red/White
    Car Radio Accessory Switched 12v+ Wire: The radio harness does not provide a switched power source. Run a wire to the fusebox for switched power or use the brown wire (+) at the ignition wire harness.
    Car Radio Ground Wire: Black/White
    Car Radio Illumination Wire: Pink
    Car Stereo Dimmer Wire: N/A
    Car Stereo Antenna Trigger: N/A
    Car Stereo Amp Trigger Wire: N/A
    Car Stereo Amplifier Location: N/A
    Car Audio Front Speakers Size: N/A
    Car Audio Front Speakers Location: N/A
    Left Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Tan
    Left Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Gray
    Right Front Speaker Positive Wire (+): Light Green
    Right Front Speaker Negative Wire (-): Dark Green
    Car Audio Rear Speakers Size: N/A
    Car Audio Rear Speakers Location: N/A
    Left Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Brown
    Left Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Yellow
    Right Rear Speaker Positive Wire (+): Dark Blue
    Right Rear Speaker Negative Wire (-): Light Blue



    Looks like no amp from what I see. You should call the GM dealership and ask for parts. Ask them to look up your head unit in their computer and it should tell them how many AMP that unit is.

    You will want to replace it with something that is comparable in amperage.
     
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    not on the newer ones.
     
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    If it has a sub, it probably has an amp. Most premium factory systems that I've checked out or had were amplified. You should be able to look online somewhere and find the specs for the factory system. Also make sure that the impedence and other variables will be compatible. There might be a need for adapters or converters, but it should be doable. A knowledgable local installer with a good reputation should be able to answer all those questions.

    ETA: Just saw Dr. Houses's post, looks like no amp. Still check compatability before you pay for a new head unit that you can't use.
     
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    I don't think that House listed the specs for the Monsoon system. Those specs only have 4 speakers listed. The Monsoon should have more and likely an amp to drive two little subs.
     
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    GM put a small amp right between the two rear speakers on the cars with the "premium" sound packages. If you gave one, it would be there.
     
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    My '06 GTO has the factory amp on the drivers side wall of the trunk, behind the carpet, mounted to a metal bracket. Hard to reach, but you might want to check there for your G6.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing.

    Just look under the rear deck, you either will or will not find that amp.
     
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    I've got a Sky Redline which is mechanically identical. The subwoofer amp is behind the driver's seat. I'm not sure of which exact one, the there is a Pioneer unit available available which will retain the use of the steering wheel audio control. The big problem with the kappa platform factory system is that the door/light chimes, turn signal clicker, seatbelt and low fuel alarms all go through the head unit. HH
     
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    hehe...but leg work for the wrong car...:whistling:

    BTW, no deck lid either:supergrin:

    I have the 8 speaker system with a sub behind the passengers seat. No idea where they would tuck the amp in this little thing though
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    drivers seat
     
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    just find the right install kit for the make model and system you have and it should be g2g, the wiring kits for systems with factory amps usually require a little more work to install but it can be done