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Full Custom Stereo Build 2014 Sport

Here Is my work in progress. After 15 hours of install the end is near. doors and dash speakers are all thats left.

Edit:Here is a parts List of everything that I used and where I bought from:
I did a reasonable amount of searching for the best price before buying so I've included pricing so you can get an Idea of how cheap (relatively) a killer system can sound like. You can also see what you can throw together off the list as my build was pretty extensive.

Edit 10/11/13: just added a center channel using one of the spare channels on my amp I combined the right and left channels and turned the amp way down then ran that to a 3.5" infinity reference speaker. Made a huge difference and really filled out soundstage. And I had the extra speaker laying around. So all it cost me was some extra splitter.
Crutchfield:

Pioneer AVH-X1500DVD $299
PAC RP4-MZ11 Factory Integration Adapter $79.95
Mazda CX-5 In-dash Receiver Kit #120957522B $14.99
Antenna Adapter #12040HD10 $0.00
Total:$394.97

Monoprice.com (if you haven't bought cables here you should start)

3x 25ft Premium 2 RCA Plug/2 RCA Plug M/M 22AWG Cable - Black #2866 $6.97ez
12ft 3.5mm Stereo Plug/Jack M/F Cable - Black #649 $1.02
100ft 14AWG Enhanced Loud Oxygen-Free Copper Speaker Wire Cable #2791 $25.20
10ft USB 2.0 A Male to A Female Extension 28/24AWG Cable (Gold Plated) #5434 $1.42
Shipping:$9.13
Total:$57.68

Amazon:

50 Sq Ft Rattle Trap FatMat 80 mil Bulk Pack Install Kit Included $92.99
Pioneer AVHX5500BHS AVH-X5500BHS AVH-X1500DVD AVHX1500DVD iPod iPhone 4 4s Cable $24.99
NEEWER Waterproof CMOS/CCD Reverse Backup Car Rear View Camera $12.87
Parking Brake Override Bypass Fully Automatic Video in Motion for Pioneer Models AVH-X1500DVD $19.99
Rockford Fosgate P2P3G-12 Punch P2 and P3 12-Inch Black Steel Mesh Woofer Grille $24.78
1gauge to 4x 4 gauge distribution block. (Any will work)
KnuKonceptz KCA Complete 4 Gauge Amp Installation Kit $26.99
Scosche SE12CC 12-Inch Single Subwoofer Enclosure (Grey/Black) $44.95 (Reran wiring inside with 14awg wire)
Infinity REF-3002CFX 3-1/2 Inch 2-Way Speaker (Pair) $99.00
Infinity Reference 4022i 4-Inch Two-Way Loudspeaker (Silver/Black) pair $49.95
Infinity Reference 1262w 12-Inch 1200-Watt High-Performance Subwoofer (Dual Voice Coil) $66.07
2x Infinity Reference 6032cf 6.5-Inch 180-Watt High-Performance 2-Way Speakers (Pair) $53.95
2x Kenwood Kac-8405 720-Watt 4/3/2-Channel Amplifier with Variable LPF/HPF $116.70
Kenwood Kac-9105D 1800-Watt Class D Mono Amplifier $168.80
Total: $982.67

This all may seem expensive, however I did all of this because I cannot stand bose and wanted a manual so the GT model was not some thing I was able to consider. I put all of that savings to good use elsewhere.

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Awesome work man. How easy are the door panels to remove? I'd like to put some new speakers and an amp in mah 2014 AT sport but kinda nervous :P
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Awesome work man. How easy are the door panels to remove? I'd like to put some new speakers and an amp in mah 2014 AT sport but kinda nervous :P
It is not too hard you just need to remove a plastic cover under the door handle and remove the screw and the screw under the rubber cover in the handle on the door. I will post a picture for those that are nervous. You have to pull hard once you take out the screws to pop it loose. Once you get the tabs loose you slide the whole panel up and out. Easy.
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Can you please tell me the sizes of the stock speakers? Want to search for replacement soon. I think you know why ... (stock speaker sound quality)..Update:Looks like CX-5 owners were blessed with these as well..

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Can you please tell me the sizes of the stock speakers? Want to search for replacement soon. I think you know why ... (stock speaker sound quality)
The rears will fit up to 6.5 inch by removing the housing the speaker is built onto and punching the old speaker out of the housing it's built into. You'll have to get creative to mount them in there but it's pretty easy and you get to distroy the old ones (vindication!.) you can do the exact same in the front or if you can find a larger speaker you may even be able to go that route. I would pull the door panel and do some measurements first. You also have some tweaters (they're poo) on the dash that can fit up to 3.5 inch however I don't know what the stock deck can handle. But it'll sound a lot better.
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What head unit did you go with? Does it work with you back up cam?
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I used a pioneer dvd1500 deck. I actually installed a backup cam aftermarket. I am going to be posting a how to for those that want it in the future. I am sure that the backup cam will work with an aftermarket deck too. I would get the adapter kit for wiring. It's nice to still have control of the radio by steering wheel controls
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Thanks for the post, '2014mazda6', answered a some of my questions. I too have a blue 2014 Sport MT 6 and I've been considering replacing the factory stereo. Been looking at nearly identical Pioneer deck, so I'm glad to hear that it fits the space just fine - actually looks pretty damn good! Couple questions for you:
1) I'm assuming you used the adapter to connect the factory steering wheel controls. Any issues with that functionality?

2) Crutchfield warns that you will lose the use of the factory USB connection (I'm assuming they mean the one inside the console near the shifter). Is that true, did you lose that function? I haven't taken apart the console, but I'm guessing it would be pretty straight forward to route a USB cable from the rear of the Pioneer into that factory position in the console. Looks like you chose to install a specific cable with your own routing into the coin tray?

^^ I'm hesitant to do an aftermarket install if I lose these features entirely with no reasonable alternatives.

Lastly, any thoughts or comments on the operation of the Pioneer deck itself? Easy navigation of iPod features? Good sound? Touch Screen pretty responsive? Good image quality? Any negatives?

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Thanks for the post, '2014mazda6', answered a some of my questions. I too have a blue 2014 Sport MT 6 and I've been considering replacing the factory stereo. Been looking at nearly identical Pioneer deck, so I'm glad to hear that it fits the space just fine - actually looks pretty damn good! Couple questions for you:
1) I'm assuming you used the adapter to connect the factory steering wheel controls. Any issues with that functionality?

2) Crutchfield warns that you will lose the use of the factory USB connection (I'm assuming they mean the one inside the console near the shifter). Is that true, did you lose that function? I haven't taken apart the console, but I'm guessing it would be pretty straight forward to route a USB cable from the rear of the Pioneer into that factory position in the console. Looks like you chose to install a specific cable with your own routing into the coin tray?

^^ I'm hesitant to do an aftermarket install if I lose these features entirely with no reasonable alternatives.

Lastly, any thoughts or comments on the operation of the Pioneer deck itself? Easy navigation of iPod features? Good sound? Touch Screen pretty responsive? Good image quality? Any negatives?

Cheers!
The adapter works perfectly. I went through and setup the steering wheel controls so that the mute button changes the mode instead of muting. I have volume controls already and it seemed redundant. As far as USB connectivity I setup my system with the iPod connector and then bought a 3.5mm connector and ran it to the glove box. There's still a USB connection in the back of the deck it just doesn't work with the connectors in the armrest.
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Ha, clever idea re-wiring your steering wheel controls - gotta think about that one, too! I like having the volume and the prev/next on the steering wheel, never had that before. Haven't had much call for that mute button yet, though. I like having the USB in the console, but then again I'm not using my glove box for much

It also occurred to me that there aren't any install harnesses and mount kits indicated yet on sites like Crutchfield for the 2014 M6. So I'm also curious about what mounting kit and wiring harness kit you used? Some folks have noted that the M6 system looks pretty spot-on to the 2013 CX-5. Is that what you used?

Thanks again for the write up, very helpful!
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