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  1. Well, first things first, I have been around here for some time, specially because of Meade's legendary builds on his truck and Decaf's Loud/Screwed collection, but didn't had the urge to post until now. Since english is not my native language, please bear with my spelling errors. Like most of you guys, I discovered what car audio was about when I was a Kid in the late 90's and have ever since wanted to build my own system. Problem is, here in Brazil Car audio equipment has been always a VERY expensive hobby, and as a college student/intern there hasn't been lots of money to spend. This set represents the final product of some long years of my research on automotive sound. I tried to go simple, to avoid mistakes following car audio best practices and proper execution of a clean install. My goal was to have the most efficient system within it's constraints, therefore I went for decent cabling, the best-sounding Head Unit and the best-sounding Old School A/B Amplifier on this class that I could afford, trying to match most evenly all those items. This is what I have up to now: Head Unit: Pioneer P1Y - I'm In love with it since 2006, it is a blast with 4 x 60W RMS at 4 Ohms Amplifiers: Banda 4.8 480W (4x 2 Ohm 120W RMS) Powering the front stage + subwoofer. It's an Old School Brazillian A/B Amp, very strong bass, sounds amazing, much better than the rebranded chinese stuff that obliterates the local market nowadays. Mids and Highs, Front: Bravox CS60D 2-Way Component Kit (120W RMS) 6" Midbass + 2" Tweeter on the OEM places: doors and side-mirror mounting. Mids and Highs, Back: Bravox Coaxial 50W Speakers, powered by the head unit (just to have some rear fill). Sub Woofer: N.A.R. 1204SW2 (12" Single 4 Ohm, 200W RMS) powered by 2 Bridged Channels (240W @ 4 Ohms). Another Brazillian gem, very deep sound. Speaker Enclosure: Ported 60L of 20mm MDF, custom design by myself, tuned at 37Hz (could be optionally tuned at 26Hz if I shut down one of the pipes) Signal Wires: Knukonceptz Krystal Smoke Triple Shielded 4 Channel (Front Stage + Subwoofer) Power Cables: Industrial Copper 35mm² (~2 AWG) To close it up, the car has been deadened all around with asphalt adhesive mats and re-done the OEM carpeted underlay with a fabric 2x thick than originally. On the aesthetics side, I have set up an MDF matte black panel that stands 1.5" from the trunk floor, it accomodates the Amplifier itself along with three big LED displays beside, monitoring it's Voltage (top), Current/Amperes (middle) and Temperature (bottom), along with some Warm White accent 5050 LED strip that helps to show-off a little bit (I chose warm because it matches the white amp nicely, and doesn't accent dust like the cool white LEDs do). The trunk looks like this: (sorry for the crappy Blackberry pic. And yes, those are HID Ballasts.. for the backup lighs, you know.. LOL) In the picture the sound was banging a bit with the engine shutt off, that's why the voltage is below 12v. With the massive 35mm I have negligible drop in voltage levels after 4m of cable, wich is very nice. The original 50A/h Battery has been upgraded to a Silver-Based Lead Acid 70A/h - the largest that could fit on the engine compartment - and I have yet to see any dimming on the lights when the car is on, even though the alternator is an original 90A/h. Also recently I have upgraded the amplifier guts with huge aluminum heatsinks (from older pc's I had here) over all transistors (that's where most heat comes from), along with two 60mm fans that blow cool air inside it and over all the heatsinks. Also the Amplifier has had a "backplate-delete" and also sits 1.5" over the trunk floor, wich also helps increase cooling a lot. Was a good weekend project for sure: (sorry for the crappy picture, this time is the iPad's fault) I have competed only once, and won 1st place on a local DB DRAG RACE event in 2007~2008, with 134.8 dB on the "up-to-1000W" amateur category (and yes, I had opponents) with my old 240W Subwoofer. I went to the event just to watch, but friends told me to go for it. My score could have been better since cabling at that time was ridiculously sub-par, but little did I know about it back then. Since then I've become not so much interested on setting off other car's alarms (it's fun when you are young LOL), but in deeper bass, and that's why I am now using a "weaker" subwoofer - the one currently on my setup has an awesome response curve, check this out: As you can see, my box was designed for maximum SPL, the two 4" matte black ducts are 20" long and protrude on the outside of the box, providing a +10dB gain around 50Hz which can only make me proud - at that time it was designed, I was all about Funk Carioca/Miami Bass and Hip Hip. The box is all carpeted on the outside, with some foam inside to help deal with unwanted resonances. Thanks for looking, I would love to have some feedback from you guys on where to go next. I am thinking on adding another 500~1000W Class D amp for an equally powerful sub, and leaving my current amp just for the front and back stage, but need some more info on which brand/equipment should I go for. Also hope to upload more detailed pics soon (can't do it on the iPad).
  2. A How to Video By Shane "Saturn" Simpson of Delreycustoms. Pioneer are simple just drop any .Jpeg file on to a micro sd card and it will auto size and upload. If power is lost to the unit the Pioneer will reset to the Pioneer boot screen Also on the SD card in the Root Menu, You need to create a new file folder labeled "Pictures". Drop the Jpeg ypu wish to upload in the folder for the pioneer to locate and import. Follow the video its pretty simple
  3. Al & Ed's Autosound in Marina Del Rey is the Porsche car audio specialist of Southern California. In this 2010 Cayman we installed a brand new Pioneer AVH-X5500BHS double din touch screen with a custom black dash kit. This is not the Connects 2 brand. This is a custom dash kit that we have manufactured for our use only. Call us with questions: 310.827.8121 http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/DVD-Receivers/AVH-X5500BHS The AVH-X5500BHS multimedia DVD receiver features a beautiful 7" WVGA motorized touchscreen display, Pioneer's own MIXTRAX™ technology, built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and audio streaming, an HD Radio™ tuner, SiriusXM ready, and AppRadio Mode for iPhone®. The updated and innovative user interface makes direct operation of the unit stress-free by eliminating complicated layered selection displays, so access to desired functions is smoother and simpler than ever. A variety of multimedia options ensures that you will be properly entertained. Customizable audio and video functions make it easy to suit your mood. http://www.ae-33.com http://www.facebook.com/AEMarina33 http://www.twitter.com/delreycustoms http://www.yelp.com/biz/al-and-eds-auto-sound-marina-del-rey Powered by DRC Media LLC & Al & Eds Autosound
  4. So I happened upon this clean blue beauty and for a price of almost half of all the others of similar year and mileage, I snatched it up. My build plans with it are to move my current system from the explorer into this since i will no longer own the explorer in a short time. The equipment being: HU- Pioneer DEH-80PRS Subs- Two SoundQubed HDS312D2's Amps- SoundQubed Q1-3500.1; AudioQue 90.4 Mids & Highs- CDT CL61A Wires- All Sky High 1/0, RCA's, 12ga speaker wire Power- Haven't decided on an alt yet, gotta contact singer, see what he's got. I don't think I'll go with anything over 300A on the alt. I'll have a D3400 under the hood, and I've got a D4700 i had bought for a cruze that I'll keep by the amps. Hopefully I can get started on transferring it all this weekend. I've got duty saturday so i'll have all day sunday to knock it out. The only things that need bought are the D3400 and the alt. I'll post pictures as i go through the install. edit: fixed the pictures
  5. Hey SMD, Been a crazy few days over here in Marina Del Rey just kick ass and taking names on some car audio builds. I have been getting more calls for 911 audio work these days than the Cops. Here is a sweet old school Porsche Turbo 930 that we install a full custom audio system. We went with the pioneer DEH-80PRS deck to get a stron source unit that does iPod, Bluetooth, and 24 bit DAC and has a pro mode so we can run High MID LOW instead of Front Rear and SUB. We chose Focal P165V30 30th Anniversary edition Front Components, PC130 for the rears We powered the system with a JL Audio XD700.5 and used a Kenwood eXcelon 10" shallow sub! Hope you enjoy! Here's some photos of the build
  6. WANT TO SEE HOW THIS WAS MADE???? 13 VIDEO 200+ PHOTOS SHOULD WE POST THEM? Vote For Us On Line at www.WrapLikeaKing.com 2014 Wrap Contest Presented By Avery Dennison North America Graphics. This Is a video series on How to Wrap a Porsche Cayman S in Black Chrome. This Car is one of delreycustoms.com entry into this years 2014 Wrap Like a King Contest Presented By West Coast Customs, Croftgate USA and Avery-Dennison Graphics North America. We Proudly Use the Avery Supreme Wrapping Film on all the cars wrapped at our West Los Angeles Location in Marina Del Rey California. The Porsche Silver Surfer was Designed by Saturn Killed of Al & Ed's Autosound Marina Del Rey And the installation was done with the help of Phillip From Areowarks. All Car audio Installation and Camera Systems were Done By Al & Ed's Marina Del Rey, CA Product Provided By Pioneer, Rydeen, Delreycustoms.com. For More Info Visit this Car on Line at any of our facebook pages or on these Forums www.wraplikeaking.com www.6speedonline.com www.rennlist.com www.luxury4play.com www.stevemeadedesigns.com www.caraudiofeed.com
  7. Ok, so I have a Pioneer AVH#### head unit, and the volume it distorts at is 37. So when adjusting the gain on the JAD 1200.1 I can max out the gain on the amp and still get no distortion, but even when I have the gain all the way up and put the actual head unit into distortion above 37 I still get no distortion from the amplifier. I do notice that when adjusting the gains I hit tiny bits of distortion but it quickly goes away. Could there possibly be an issue somewhere with the amp? Has anyone had any similar issues? Note that I have 2 of these amps and I get similar results with both of them. I know it may be a slim chance both of them would have the same problems, but you never know.
  8. Okay so i have a 2002 chevrolet suburban with blown door speakers. I have been looking around for door speakers that fit 6-3/4" and have been getting very mixed reviews on a ton of different speakers. Any on advice on some great quality speakers that are in 250 to 350 bucks range, looking for quality not just loud. I have a 6 channel amp that i could possibly use too. Setup: Jl 500/1 amp 2 Jl 12" W3V3's Pioneer DEH-3200UB Headunit 4 gauge wiring
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