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Old 02-26-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

Well I'm just about ready to order a new '07 GT. The problem is I'm not sure if I want the premium or the deluxe model. I can get leather either way, but I'm wondering about the audio system. I believe the Shaker comes with 8 speakers. How many does the basic cd player come with? If it's less than 8, are all of the speaker cutouts still present so one could put in a set of speakers without cutting up a new car? Eventually everything will be replaced with a double DIN dvd player and aftermarket speakers, but this question is killing me. The dealer over here in Germany can't help either because all they have is cars with the Shaker system.

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Old 02-26-2007, 05:00 PM   #2
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

I have an 05 GT with the shaker 500 system and yes there are 8 speakers if you want to count the doors speakers as 2. They are similar to the old Mach 460 speakers that have a mid and tweeter installed on one plate. There are a number of posts about the quality of the shaker 500 and speakers, if you intend to change everything out down the road you would probably be further ahead to just get the base radio. However with the base radio I dont believe they have the cutoutsfor the door subs so you would have to cut the door panels if you want to install subs in the doors.I replaced the door and rear deck speakers with Polks, but left the factory subs in the door due to impedance issues, big improvemement in sound. The sound from the factory with the shaker 500 isn't bad, and whenever the weather permits I have the windows down as the exhaust note is sweeter.
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Old 02-26-2007, 05:12 PM   #3
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

i dont think the "regular" stereo comes with the space for the subs in the door... that just for the shaker... Meaning that the "regular" stereo only has 6 speakers... Just a guess though...
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:03 PM   #4
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

Even if you are going to upgrade in the future get the shaker just for the sealed enclosures in the doors. As for the shaker its self it leaves a lot to be desired. I think the highs are muffeled and the bass isn't very clean. It is ok for a factory system but nothing too impressive.
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Old 02-26-2007, 06:33 PM   #5
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

+1

I have the Base Radio, Just AM\FM\CD does not play MP3 and I do not have the holes for the 6" door woofers. I upgraded to a Pioneer AVIC-D1 Navigation\AM\FM\MP3\DVD\XM Better than than the Shaker IMO.
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:55 PM   #6
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

I had the stock cd player in my 02 GT, I'm still mad I didnt choke up the grand for the mach 1000 [:@]if not for the resale value
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:56 PM   #7
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

i have the base system and plan of changing everything out and as far as subs go, thats what i have a trunk for
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:48 PM   #8
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I have the base setup and like it. Nothing is muffled but I like the sound of the exhaust better than the music out there. If your set on changing why pay for the Shaker. Professional will mount speakers wearever you want anyway.
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:04 PM   #9
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I've been into the "aftermarket head unit" for years until I realized why be scared to park your car in normal spaces for fear some crackhead will knock out your window ($$$$) to take your radio ($$$$) only to save like a couple hundred bucks on the front end....I payed what a grand for the shaker 1000 and guess what
crackheads dont want oem radios, and I got the satellite standard
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:41 PM   #10
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

get the base radio and then add aftermarket speakers, etc. later. the Shaker systems have a problem with playing continuous songs back to back. in other words, the cd player will stop and break after each song and it's very annoying. i've also heard and read numerous complaints about Shaker systems skipping in generaland not being able to play CD's that you burned from computer, etc.
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:58 PM   #11
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I have the ipod adapter
cd's are so outdated
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:36 PM   #12
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

Thanks for the input guys.

I'll probably go ahead and get the Shaker system. I know I'll be kicking myself in the *** later if I don't get it.

I do have one more question though.Are the woofers in the doors 6" or8"? They look like 6's, but I saw in another thread people talking about mounting 8's.
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:58 PM   #13
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

They are 8's as far as I know. I have the shaker 500 and its a pretty nice sounding system. Some people will complain about it, but some people will complain about anything. For a stock system its really good. My cd's have never skipped in my 2007.
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:51 PM   #14
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

I did get the Shaker 1000 and was not happy with the sound. It was OK but not exceptional. I did replace the head unit (see my mods), the upper door speakers and added sound deadening. All the rest of the amps, door subs, trunk subs and rear deck speakers remained. Now I have a killer system and did not waste the whole system. I do have a Shaker 1000 head unit brand new for sale now. I am using the old upper door speakers in the garage stereo system - sound awesome there.
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:45 PM   #15
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

Im getting the 07 deluxe stock stereo..cause Im just gonna change it anyways. Does anyone know if it has the wires at the sub spot in the door...like can I mount a 8" sub in the door where their should be one with the shaker 500 setup. Has anyone with the stock deluxe system replaced theirs? and can you tell me what wires are in the doors? I know I can run wires their anyways..Im an expert in installing car audio equipment..just wondering if it already has the wires their? thanks
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:08 PM   #16
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

The door subs are 8", and I have heard that they get blown really easy. I opted for the base model and I am adding an amp and sub to it. I like the look of the stock head unit in the Mustangs. I have the MP3 player input in my armrest, and I love that option. I don't carry 1 single CD in my Mustang.
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:23 PM   #17
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Default RE: Base Radio vs. Shaker 500

With Std Radio/CD you get clean door panels; upgrade from there if you must.
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