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2015 Toyota Corolla Audio Upgrade Guide

The 2015 Toyota Corolla is one of the more popular cars in 2015 and sold a total of 306,693 units in the United States alone. Thanks to the affordable price tag, impressive fuel efficiency, and renowned reliability, it is easy to see why the the Corolla was so popular among reasonable teenagers and adults. However, many of the Corolla owners want to get more out of their economy ride by enhancing the audio and multimedia system. This is a guide to help you know what to look for, what fits, and how to enhance the audio system of the 2015 Toyota Corolla.

Replacing the Stereo

Upgrading the car stereo in a Corolla is about as straightforward as it gets. In addition to the stereo, you will need two part: a dash kit and a wiring harness. For the dash kit, I recommend the Metra 99-8245CHG. This kit will match the charcoal color of the existing dash and accommodates single and double DIN stereos. That means that you can choose from almost any aftermarket car stereo you want, including receivers with large screens and navigation. For the wiring harness, pick up the Metra 70-1761. This is the standard Toyota harness that fits almost every Toyota from 1987 and up. It is simple and works… just make sure that you connect the wires properly!

Stereo Part List


For more information on how to install a car stereo, check out our How to Install a Car Stereo page.

Replacing the Speakers

With the right adapters and tools, upgrading the speakers in a ‘15 Corolla is pretty simple. All of the Corolla trims in 2015 have the same speaker configuration. A 6.5” component set in the front and a 6”x9” coaxial speaker set in the back. These are standard sizes, so finding replacements will be easy. You can make the installation even easier by using a speaker adapter bracket and a wiring harness. I highly recommend these accessories because it makes for the right fit with the proper connection, and reduces the chances of something accidently breaking.

Location Speaker Size Speaker Adapter Speaker Harness
Front 6.5″ Speaker 1″ Tweeter Metra 82-8148 Metra 72-8104
Rear 6″ x 9″ Speaker Metra 72-8104

Adding a Subwoofer

Getting deeper bass is one of the best ways to enhance the audio in the Corolla. This is because the stock system does a poor job reproducing low frequencies, yet almost all songs have a bass line your ears are pleading to hear. Without this bass, the song can sound hollow and incomplete, but most people don’t know what they are missing until they hear a complete audio system with a sub. Since there isn’t a plug-n-play subwoofer system designed specifically for this Toyota Corolla, there are two options for adding some bass: a universal plug-n-play system or putting together a custom subwoofer system.

Simplified Installation

If this is your first subwoofer installation and want a simple solution without risk of messing something up, then a universal plug-n-play bass system is probably the way to go. These systems are pre-wired, pre-installed in an enclosure, and often times amplified. That means that all you need to worry about is power and signal. Luckily, the instructions will make it pretty clear how to do this.

A few recommendations:

Choose your own Sub-venture

For those that have a little more experience in car audio or those that want to have the satisfaction of building your own system, check out our article on How to install a car subwoofer. This can be a great foundation to learn what components you need to install your system.

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2015 Toyota Camry Audio Upgrade Guide

The 2015 Toyota Camry was one of the more popular cars manufactured in 2015 with nearly 430,000 vehicles sold in the United States along. Thanks to a long history of reliability, safety, and comfort, it’s easy to see why the Camry is so popular among Americans looking for a safe, reliable car. However, many of the Camry owners want to get more out of their audio system by enhancing the audio and multimedia system that came with the car. This is a guide to help you know what to look for, what fits, and how to enhance the audio system of the 2015 Toyota Camry.

Replacing the Stereo

If you are looking to replace the stereo in a Camry, there are a ton of options because it can accommodate a single or double DIN aftermarket stereo. To mount the new stereo in the car, a dash kit such as the Metra 99-8249 is needed. These dash kits from Metra provide instructions on how to remove, mount, and re-install the aftermarket stereo. IF the Camry has the standard, non-premium audio system, then the Metra 70-1761 wiring harness will connect the new stereo to the vehicle. If the Camry is equipped with the premium, amplified audio system, then a Axxess TYTO-02 interface would be required to connect the aftermarket stereo to the vehicle’s amplified audio system.

Stereo Part List

Replacing the Speakers

With the right adapters and tools, upgrading the speakers in a 2015 Toyota Camry is pretty simple. If the Camry has the upgraded JBL package, then both the front and rear speakers can be replaced with 6×9 component speakers. IF the car is not upgraded and has the basic audio package, then both the front and rear speakers can be replaced with 6×9 coaxial speakers. In both cases, you will want to use a Metra 82-8149 adapter bracket to mount the new 6×9 speakers. If you want to make installation even easier, then use the Metra 72-8104 speaker connector harness for plug-n-play connectivity for the basic speaker installation.

As a side note, the upgraded JBL system also includes a 3.5″ center channel speaker. Most of the aftermarket systems for this car will overlook this speaker and not replace or connect it. However, for more advanced installations that want to have a true 5.1 surround sound system, this can be a great speaker to upgrade along with the other speakers.

Speaker Part List

Adding a Subwoofer

Getting deeper bass is one of the best ways to enhance the audio in the Camry. This is because the stock system does a poor job reproducing low frequencies, yet almost all songs have a bass line that is completes the track. Without this bass, the song can sound hollow and incomplete, but typically don’t know what they are missing until they hear a proper audio system with a subwoofer. Since there isn’t a plug-n-play subwoofer system designed specifically for the Toyota Camry, there are two options for adding some bass: a universal plug-n-play system or putting together a custom subwoofer system.

Universal Plug-N-Play Bass Systems

For the car audio novice, this is probably the best route to go for adding bass to a car because it doesn’t require technical knowledge of ohms, wattage, and installation. The systems are pre-wired, pre-installed, and often times amplified. For example, the Rockford Fosgate Punch P300-12 is a all in one bass package that doesn’t take up all the room in the trunk, but is loud enough to bring the music to life. For those that don’t care about trunk space and deep heavy bass, the Rockford Fosgate P3-2X12 is a 1,200 watt, dual loaded subwoofer system. It doesn’t come with a built-in amplifier so a compatible amplifier is needed, such as the Rockford Fosgate R1200-1D car amplifier.

Custom Bass Solution

For those that have a little more experience in car audio or want to have the satisfaction of building your own system, check out our article on How to install a car subwoofer. This can be a great foundation to learn what components you need to install your system.

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A Guide to Apple CarPlay

The addition of Apple CarPlay has been one of the most innovative technological advances the 12V industry has seen in a while, however due to the popularity of Apple’s other products such as the iPhone, iPad, Macs and Apple Watch,  CarPlay is often overshadowed. Today, this innovative vehicle infotainment technology is catching on among tech pundits and users due to a lot of great features that it has to offer.

What Is Apple CarPlay?

CarPlay is a software suit in the iOS platform that can be used with a head unit or a car radio for various infotainment features. It has the capability to connect with up to 100 vehicle models including the most recent ones from famed car companies such as Nissan, Mitsubishi, Audi, Honda, Subaru as well as Lamborghini.

The Apple CarPlay is not merely an in-car infotainment system. It is also a connectivity solution that will serve as the bridge between the iOS platform and the car’s own system. With this technology, it is easier than ever for those who are driving while listening to audio entertainment to control their devices.

So how does the Apple CarPlay work? By connecting your iPhone or iPad to the phone using the Lightning Cable, the interface of the smartphone’s operating system will be displayed on the screen of the car, complete with touch screen as well as audio recognition capabilities.

Benefits

There are a lot of benefits that an Apple CarPlay adds to your car. These include the following:

1. Updated Infotainment System

Cars take a long time in the development phase. Because of this, there will be a chance that the infotainment system that has been included in the car will be outdated by the time it reaches the market. The Apple CarPlay, however, will be able to address that problem by using the iOS platform as a unified infotainment system for both your iOS device and your car’s entertainment system.

2. Easy Device Control

You have heard of all the horror stories: car drivers getting into accidents due to being distracted with their phones. With the Apple CarPlay, however, it will be easier than ever to control your device while driving. Since it is already connected with the car’s system, you will be less distracted with the various apps that are available in the interface. The CarPlay’s connection with the car’s infotainment system has also enabled device control through your voice.

3. Built-In Satellite Navigation

Satellite navigation in cars now have improved tremendously but it is still years behind the progress that can be seen with navigation apps on the iPhone or iPad such as the Apple Maps. With the Apple CarPlay, you will be able to have the best possible display for your route. Smartphone navigation apps also have the advantage of using the most updated technology, including features such as real-time traffic data and landmark recognition.

4. Resell Value

Due to the fact that it has a technological advantage in its infotainment system, cars with Apple CarPlay capabilities usually sell for a higher price than those which do not have.

How To Install It With Aftermarket Car Stereo

For Apple CarPlay and your iOS device to work together, your smartphone must be an iPhone 5 or above, with a iOS 7.1 firmware installed. Just plug in your iPhone using your lightning cable or dock and you are already good to go. You can now navigate your phone’s control using the stereo menus in the car system.

Popular Aftermarket Stereos with CarPlay

As of now, the availability of the Apple CarPlay is only limited to a few stereo systems. Most companies that sell aftermarket stereos have started making models that are compatible for use with Apple CarPlay. One of these companies is the Japanese manufacturer Pioneer. A flagship product of the company, the AVIC-8200NEX, can connect with an iOS device with either Bluetooth or with the Lightning wired technology. It can play FLAC files and has HD radio tuner for that optimal audio experience.

Other aftermarket car stereo companies and manufacturers that have integrated Apple CarPlay compatibility include the following:

Pioneer AVIC-8200NEX

This flagship multimedia system from Pioneer features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AppRadio mode, AppRadio LIVE, Bluetooth connectivity, Pandora control, Siri voice control, and advanced navigation options.


Kenwood DNX893S

This is a top of the line Kenwood receiver that is packed full of features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, iDataLink support for data support, Built-in Garmin navigation, Hi-Res audio support, as so much more


Sony XAV-AX-100

This Apple CarPlay compatible unit from Sony may not have all the fancy bells and whistles as other units on the market, but it offers a streamlined unit for a reasonable price. The stereo has everything a CarPlay unit needs, a great display, responsive touch controls, and quality audio processing. For many, this is the perfect CarPlay stereo.

The Apple CarPlay is one of the latest efforts to fuse smart technology into different aspects of the human life. With its innovation and safety, it looks like it will be one of the few that will succeed as well.

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AudioControl The Epicenter 1200

AudioControl The Epicenter 1200

1200 watt Amplifier with Built-in Epicenter and Line Output Converter.

AudioControl has a long history of quality products designed, engineered and manufactured by people that care. It is a smaller company when you compare them to the big names like Pioneer, Kenwood, or Sony. However, despite their size, AudioControl is one of the most well respected names for sound processors. That is what makes The Epicenter such a unique piece. It is the first car amplifier made by a company that is so heavily focused on sound processors and while a general rule of thumb is to not purchase the first generation of amps from any given company, these AudioControl amps are probably the biggest exception to that rule.

Let’s get this out of the way first. The AudioControl The Epicenter 1200 is not just an amp. It is an Epicenter, line output converter and an amplifier all-in-one and all that technology does make it more expensive. However, as we will break it down later in the article, it isn’t really THAT expensive. The build quality of the amp is brilliant. The chassis is milled from a single piece of aluminum with fins on top for heat dissipation. The controls are hidden beneath a removable panel that makes for a clean installation. All the input and output connections are all conveniently placed on a single side of the amp which makes installing under a seat that much easier. It supports both RCA and line level inputs for compatibility with any and all car audio systems.

Is the AudioControl The Epicenter 1200 worth it?

As I’m writing this article, the street price for the Epicenter 1200 is $699.99, but I’m going to round up to $700 because I don’t like typing decimals. This amp has a built-in Epicenter (current priced at about $150) and a LC2i (priced at about $70). So if we factor out those costs as “extras”, then we are looking at a $480 amplifier that puts out a clean 1200 watts at a 1 ohm. That power output is compatible to a JL Audio HD1200/1 at $1000, a Kicker 40KX1200.1 at $630, and a even more powerful than a Rockford Fosgate T1000-1bdCP at $700. So instead of buying a quality amp and then adding on the Epicenter and LC2i, the AudioControl Epicenter puts it all in one convenient package. Looking at it from that perspective makes it seem like a really good deal.

AudioControl The Epicenter 1200

1200 watt Amplifier with Built-in Epicenter and Line Output Converter.

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Best Car Subwoofers

Best Car Subwoofers

When people ask me how they should start upgrading their stock car audio system, I always suggest getting a new subwoofer first. Adding a subwoofer is the best way to enhance a car audio system by unlocking the audio frequencies that were previously missing. Finding the best car subwoofer for your vehicle can be a difficult decision because there are so many choices and there are several ways one can install the subwoofer wrong. This page is dedicated to the best series of car subwoofers for particular applications.

Best Budget Car Subwoofer

Subwoofers don’t have to be expensive to sound good. In fact, a lot of affordable subs actually sound great thanks to the refinement of loudspeaker technology over the past 20 years. Technology and designs typically found just in high end woofers are now common in budget subs. My personal favorite budget subwoofer is the Kicker  CompVR series. It is a solid subwoofer with a great sound.

Kicker CompVR Subwoofers

The Kicker CompVR subwoofers are a standard for low cost, quality bass. They have been revised many times over the years as Kicker has found new ways to improve the sound and reduce costs. These aren't the most unique subwoofers, but they are great for those just getting started and not wanting to spend too much money on subs. They are available in 8-inch, 10-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch sizes. With a RMS range from 350 watts on the 8-inch to 500 watts on the 15-inch, these subwoofers don't need a large amp to power it. That helps keep the quality bass in budget.

Best SPL Car Subwoofer

If you are familiar with the Orion HCCA series of subs, then this shouldn’t come as any suprise to you. These subs are nasty loud and have ruled the SPL circuit for quite some time. They can handle insane amounts of power in a RMS, Peak, or Burp fashion. In case of a blown woofer, Orion makes recone kits that can easily be changed in the field. If you are looking for massive SPL from a massive subwoofer, the Orion HCCA has my vote.

Orion HCCA Competition Subwoofers

The Orion HCCA subs are the perfect SPL competition subwoofer because everything about this woofer is huge. Huge power handling. Huge magnets. Huge enclosures. Huge bass.

Best Sound Quality Car Subwoofer

For those that want insanely accurate sound from a subwoofer, I present the Morel Ultimo subwoofer. This is a absolutely brilliant subwoofer that looks as great as it sounds. The fine craftsmanship and legendary sound engineering from Morel bring a woofer that produces precise, detailed, and natural bass. Among all the technology in the Ultimo subs is a stand out 5.1″ voice coil that really brings the bass to life.

Morel Ultimo Subwoofers

The Morel Ultimo subwoofer is a award winning sound quality subwoofer that is carefully engineered for accurate sound replication. IT is available in 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch subwoofers with RMS ratings ranging from 800 watts to 1000 watts.

Best SQL Car Subwoofer

For those that want the best of the SQ and SPL worlds are SQL subwoofers, a perfect blend of quality bass and sheer loudness. Leading the pack of SQL subwoofer are the famous Image Dynamics ID MAX subwoofers. These were originally designed by the acoustic engineering legend Eric Stevens as a powerful sound quality sub and have proven themselves time and time again to the car audio world that they are capable of incredible, accurate bass.

Image Dynamics ID-MAX subwoofer

As one of the most popular SQL subwoofers ever created, the Image Dynamics ID-MAX subwoofer is an excellent choice. They are available in 10-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch sizes and have RMS power handling ranges from 1000 watts to 1200 watts.

Overall Best Car Subwoofer

My list of top subwoofers can’t be complete without a mention of the RE Audio SEX woofer because this is the best overall subwoofer available on the market. Not only do these subwoofers sound great, but they can pound. They are thirsty for power and can take a ton of it. In fact, it is common for RE Audio SEX woofers to be given twice the RMS in a daily driver because the drivers can handle it and still sound fantastic. In terms of price, loudness, and overall quality of bass, the RE Audio SEX subwoofer line is the best overall subwoofer series available today.

RE Audio SEX Subwoofers

The RE Audio SEX subwoofers are the perfect blend of price, sound quality, and powerful bass. They are available in 10-inch, 12-inch, and 15-inch and all have a recommended RMS power handling of 750 watts.

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