Wednesday, April 13, 2011

2010 Ford Raptor F-150 audio

It may sound obvious, but the first job of a great audio system is to be HEARD not SEEN. In this case, the entire system is designed to use empty spaces and the factory radio to make enough great sound to keep up with the 6.2L 411hp truck it lives in.
The stock radio was retained in order to keep it's functions and the stock cosmetics. If you like it, or if you can't change it for some reason, there's no reason not to use the factory radio anymore.
This is the magic piece that allows it to happen. It takes the signal from the stock radio and turns it into a high powered output for the new amps. It also allows for tuning of EQ and crossover.
The processor, amps, and 10" subwoofer all live in the empty area under the rear seat.
Modern subwoofers are thin enough that you can fit them in lots of places you couldn't before. This enclosure holds a downward facing 10" woofer. The stock "premium" woofer is a paltry 6.5".
With the seats down, the bass escapes through this slot near the floor.
The new speakers hide behind the factory grilles in the doors. You'd never know they were there until you heard them.
Here's a handy trick: If the factory speaker is a 5x7" oval speaker, it can be replaced with a 5.25" mid and 1" tweeter instead for much-improved sound. These are Alpine's Type-X speakers in the front.
The rears got the same treatment.
Now all that's left is to try out this maneuver.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Tiffany's Edition" Customized Technics 1200's

Here's another set of customized Technics 1200 turntables. This set carries a "Tiffany's" theme with custom paint of both the base and platters and custom white LED lighting.
The custom paint on the bases has a dramatic silver metalflake in it for maximum sparkle under the lights in dark nightclubs. The platters were painted white, then the pitch-calibration indicators had to be polished out before clearcoating. It's the details that make the difference.
Again, it's the details that matter. The red LED's in the pitch controls, pop-up lights, timing lights, and speed controls were switched out for bright white ones. Very trick looking, especially in dim lighting.
The cheap RCA and ground cables were switched out for new Streetwires ones. Better sound quality and durability.
If you'd like to see these in person in the Milwaukee area, go check out DJ Max P. for info.