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Lightbulb Factory Stereo Specs and Upgrade Info

This is an in progress how-to guide that aims to centralize all known specs, photos/video and general info about the stock stereo system and how to upgrade it.

The service manual identifies four stereo levels:

Base Audio (standard on S)
Mid Audio Without Bose (standard on SV and SL)
Mid Audio With Bose (standard on Plat, optional on SL)
Premium Audio With Navigation

Both the base and mid audio without Bose appear to have the same amplifier/speaker configuration, the only differences being the control interface, video screen, and USB input. This configuration uses 6 speakers that are powered by an amp integrated into the control module (sits behind the screen/interface). The wiring is very thin (24 gauge?) and all speakers are 2 ohm paper drivers.

Base/mid audio speakers and locations (front to rear):
- 2 dash-mounted mid-tweeters (2 1/8")
- 2 front door woofers (6x9?)
- 2 rear door mid-bass (6") 20w max

The mid w/ Bose and premium w/ Nav are both 13 speaker systems powered by an amp mounted under the 3rd row seat. The mid w/ Bose uses the same interface as the mid without Bose, while the navigation system uses a touchscreen interface. I believe the amp/speakers are the same in both systems.

Bose/Premium audio speakers and locations:
- 3 dash mounted mids (L, C, R)
- 2 A-pillar mounted tweeters
- 2 front door woofers
- 2 rear door mid-bass
- 2 side-mounted 3rd row mids
- 2 speaker subwoofer mounted in storage box



Please post any additional info/photos you have below and I will keep the information in this first post updated.
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Below will be a centralized list of links to posts in other sections of this forum and to external resources relevant to 2013-14 Pathfinder factory audio systems.

Service Manual AV Section
Contains information about wiring, component locations, and troubleshooting/diagnostics.
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Base/mid audio speakers and locations (front to rear):
- 2 dash-mounted mid-tweeters (2 1/8")
- 2 front door woofers (6x9?)
The front door speakers are in fact 6x9, and do not use a non-standard screw configuration (like the rear door speakers), so any 6x9 speaker should fit into the spacer using 4 screws in what appear to be standard locations. The factory speakers weigh practically nothing and consist of a paper horn in the center of a flimsy woofer with what looks/feels like a styrofoam surround. These OEM speakers are simply labeled 2 ohm 25w.

The factory tweeters (actually 2 1/4") are better labeled than the other speakers, so I can confirm that they are 4 ohm, 20w RMS/40w Max, and have a 47uF capacitor to limit frequencies below around 750hz.

Oh, and according to the service manual wiring schematic, the 4 ohm tweeters are wired in parallel with the 2 ohm front door 6x9 speakers... so the factory amp must be stable down to 1.33 ohms.
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can i replace the front speakers with like a pioneer 3-way 6x9?
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can i replace the front speakers with like a pioneer 3-way 6x9?
You could, but I would recommend going with an Infinity or JBL instead because you will lose a lot of volume if you put in anything over 2 ohms. For reference, I put 95 db 2 ohm kappa speakers in the rear and still lost some volume.
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any specific model in particular?

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To get the best improvement with the factory amp look for a 2 ohm speaker with the highest sensitivity (loudness at a defined power level).

I put 6.5" 2-way Infinity Kappa 652.9i speakers (but would recommend the 6" Kappa 62.9 instead) for the rear doors and am about to install the 6x9 3-way 693.9i in the front doors. I believe JBL P series has similar specs, and you can often find either speakers manufacturer refurbished on Harman Kardon's ebay store. I paid $71 for a pair of Kappa 693.9i speakers ($220 MSRP).

Don't expect MORE bass with aftermarket speakers, but you'll get TIGHTER bass and much clearer midrange and treble with minimal loss in overall volume. Just turn the volume up higher... I don't hear any distortion at around 75% of max.

For the rear speakers you'll need to buy an adapter or cut the paper woofer out of the factory speaker. I need to go back and test the rear speaker polarity, but + is green and - is white in both of the front doors.
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$71 for a pair of Kappa? wow. nice buy. I dont really expect more bass per se with aftermarket speakers and without a subwoofer. I just want to get at least clearer mids and highs from the door mounted speakers. I mean, the sound system on the S model is terrible. It's already 2014 and I have even better speakers on my 2003 Honda CR-V (4 x kenwood 6 1/2 2-way speakers). Heck, even the Kenwood head unit on the Cr-v is way better than this one on the S.

What's up with that Nissan?

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I dont really expect more bass per se with aftermarket speakers and without a subwoofer. I just want to get at least clearer mids and highs from the door mounted speakers. I mean, the sound system on the S model is terrible.
It really doesn't make any sense how bad the stereo is unless you upgrade to the Bose, which requires at least the SL trim plus an expensive package.

I think the SV is a great value, so I don't mind having to upgrade the sound system, but I can't believe how much worse it is than my last 6 cars (Hyundai, Mercury, Pontiac, Chevrolet, Honda, and Toyota)... and every one of the hundreds of rental cars I've driven in the past few years. I haven't modified a car stereo since my very first car when I was 16... and that one was a Nissan too!

At very least they could offer a non-branded 9 speaker system, just slightly upgrading the speaker quality, throwing in two speakers in the 3rd row and a sub. I would pay at least $500 for that option if they made it available.

When you consider that the stereo in an SL is no different than the crappy one in the S, it's no wonder that audio system scores suffered in the Consumer Reports owner satisfaction survey!
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nice we have an audio expert in here thanks for the advice dcline414

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