After 6+ years, the factory shit speakers in the Yukon developed a deathrattle.
So, after much hemming & hawing & interrogating local audio shops, I decided to give Crutchfield a try based on recommendations from coworkers who are equally geeked out by all things audio.
Plus, I had some Discover cash-back bonus to spend.
Ended up wth the Alpine CDA-9884 (w/ iPod control), the Alpine TUA-T500HD add-on HD Radio receiver, and 2 pairs of Polk db 651 speakers. Since I apparently have Denali audio (all Delco stuff, but with a sub in the rear), I had to use the factory amp with an adapter thingie in order to keep the sub working. The adapter was $29 at Crutchfield, which they marked down to $15. Local shops were quoting it at $100 - $150.
At 10:00pm central time, we were ready to fire, but nothing would come on. We could hear the factory radio make noise, but it had no display. Call Crutchfield's tech support #, and they said check fuses. We'd fractured three of them. Factory radio works, and now the Alpine comes on. Sweet! Bolt 'er up!
Wait, the iPod control works awesome, but no audio. Same with the CD player. By now, Crutchfield has closed. Shit.
8:00 central time, call them again. Wait through the message, and in about a minute, here's a guy on the phone who is a walking encyclopedia. "I'm installing an Alpine 9884 into an '01 Yukon, I have audio from the HD radio tuner, but nothing from CD or iPod even though they look like they're working," I said. Without so much as a pause he said "You have one wire connected wrong. The blue on the Alpine harness should connect to the blue-white on the premium adapter you should have received."
Fortunately it's easy to take the radio out in a GMC. Switch the wires, fire it up, all is good. Sounds. Freaking. Amazing.
Doing it myself, I saved over $300 and got far better equipment than a boutique store. My total out-of-pocket was about $250, thanks to Discover and Crutchfield offering a 20% discount on $50 gift cards.
Crutchfield is an amazing company. May not always have the lowest prices in the world, but there is no better resource for DIY mobile electronics installers. Step-by-step, printed, tailored to your vehicle, instructions for removing dashboards & door panels, etc, and putting it all back together. Freaking sweet. I'm their newest evangelist.
Merry Christmas to my truck!