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I just upgraded my speakers to my GT w/out premium sound (no external amp) to Infinity References in the front and Infinity 6 1/2 in the rear. I'm thinking of upgrading my HU to the 05 Camry Navigation System. (OEMvalue.com) This requires me to install the JBL factory amp (220 watts) (according to OEMvalue.com) or an after market amp. My question is this, how does the factory amp compare to an after market (220 watt) amp? The factory amp comes in a package deal w/ the Navigation system for about $1700. If I were to buy an after market amp in addition to the Navigation kit, it would probably be an additional $300-$400 (wiring kit, amp & installation) is the extra money really worth it, considering I do have Infinity speakers?
 

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That all depends on which 200-250 watt amp you are talking about. A 200 watt Pyramid ( heaven forbid) will be worse than the factory amp or not even come close to a nice US Amps or better yet a Brax or Genesis. All depends on how much you want to spend and the SQ you are looking for.
 

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Ok if I were to buy an after market amp it would probably be some thing decent. Like an Alpine, Eclipse or MTX. It would probably be 50-Watts x4 rms. And I wouldn't want to pay more than $400 for the amp, cables and installation. How would something like that compare to a factory GTS amp (using Infinity speakers)? As for sound quality I'm not looking for superior sound quality but I definitely want something better than what I would get from a stock GT HU and stock speakers. Does the factory amp have the power/quality to make my Infinity speakers sound better than stock? Is there a huge noticeable difference in sound quality if I used an after market amp instead? (From brands listed above)
 
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