Had a returning client come back with this new car.
His old car was the Saturn DD Build I did a while back......motor blew....so he got a Mazda 3.
Great little car, accepted everything without too much trouble and it sounded great.
Kenwood X996 Headunit with Bluetooth, USB, Aux input and HD Radio
DD Audio 5.25" High End Components Up Front
DD Audio 5.25" Components in the Rear
DD Audio 4 channel amp to push those
DD Audio CM600 Mono to push the two
DD Audio 12" 500 Series Subwoofers in a ported box
There wasn't any room to mount the amps out of the way without getting crazy custom, so I did a false floor and mounted the amps and box flush.
Turned out great and tuning is a breeze with this one.
Had a return client come in for a full DD Audio system install. I recently installed a single 12" DD Audio package system into his car, with about 350 watts of power. It was good enough to get him into the spirit of good sound. A few months later he's back for more....in a big way.
We kept the 600 watt amp I installed, but we swapped out for (2) two 12" 500 series woofers in a custom made slot ported box.
I replaced the stock speakers (which were factory amplified premium speakers) with DD's CS5.2 and CS6.5 component speakers to provide with crisp, clear sound. Installed the crossovers in the doors and hardwired them back to the new 4 channel DD Audio amplifier.
Originally I installed the 600 watt mono amp on the back seat, but seeing as how the 4 channel amp was the same size, there just wasn't enough room for this to happen. So, after a few minutes of playing around with location, up under the deck lid was where they both went.
Install was a bit difficult, as in order to get them up there and miss the subwoofer box and the deck lid when it shuts, I had to put them in JUST the right spot. Now the amps are completely hidden and out of the way, and if the box needs to be removed, you can't even tell the car has an aftermarket system installed......just the way I like it.
Without any sound deadening installed, this system actually sounded amazing....this is DD's entry level system, and I'm more than impressed with it.
Customer will be back for sound deadening and more fire power under the hood (Battery)....but for now, he's one happy customer.
Had a client come in with a gnarly Jeep CJ5 rock crawler…..he wants a system to go with the brute force this thing has
Memphis Audio just seemed to fit the bill.
He had an existing Panasonic deck with some rear wake board tower cannons and some
MTX speakers up front.
I pulled everything out and started fresh.
Front stage got some MemphisAudio Power Reference 5.25” Components speakers. The Mid Bass speakers went in a custom made pod behind the shifter and the tweeters when where the old MTX speakers had been cut out.
Rear stage was a bit more involved. Customer wanted some subs added as well as rear fill speakers that weren’t in the way when he’s driving/crawling. I custom built a rear box to house the two 10” Memphis Power Reference subwoofers, as well as the 6.5” Memphis Power Reference Component speakers. This was all molded for a seamless look, and then received a few layers of rhino lining to protect the box, make it water proof and make it overall solid. This was then bolted through the rear side walls so that it doesn’t move when this jeep is sideways.
To power all of this is Memphis Audio’s 5 channel Marine Audio amplifier. It’s putting out around 80 watts x 4 channels for the components speakers, as well as 350 watts for the subwoofers….just what the jeep needed.
A Pioneer 5300UB deck was placed in the existing cutout to provide UBS, iPod and
Auxiliary inputs…as well as MUCH improved and needed controls over how the music sounds.
All in all, this was a fun project. It’s different to build something strong enough and install everything KNOWING that this vehicle will be flexing in different directions than 99% of vehicles out there.
Till next time
The Vanagon is back...ready to step it up in the sound department.
Removing the old, cracked 4" speakers, and putting in some 5 1/4" Memphis Audio Power Reference Component speakers.....cutting the existing door panel to put the woofer in and placing the tweeter in the stock speaker location.
I offset the tweeter inside the existing 'grill' because the speaker, from stock, is partially blocked by the dash...so this way the driver gets a clean, unblocked path from the tweeter to his ear.
Doors also got a good layer of sound deadening to help with the road noise.
Vanagon sounded MUCH better than before....next is a newer deck with hidden iPod controls and better subwoofer settings.