A client from Arlington brought his 2017 Chevrolet Camaro to Audio Designs and Custom Graphics in Jacksonville for an audio system upgrade. He loved the car, but was truly disappointed by the performance of the factory sound system. He wanted something that looked genuinely integrated with the vehicle and sounded much better. We set to work designing a new Chevrolet Camaro audio system. The client loved our plan and gave us the go-ahead to schedule an appointment to start work.
Custom Front and Rear Speaker Mounting Adapters
Unlike some shops, we take pride in how we mount the speakers in our clients’ vehicles. For the Hertz ESK165 set we planned to install in the front of this Camaro, we designed a set of 6×9 to 6.5-inch speaker adapters using our CAD software. Once the three-dimensional design was complete, we used our CNC router to cut them out of expanded PVC plastic. These adapters provide a stable mounting location for the speakers. A set of Fast Rings foam baffles helps to couple the output of the speakers to the interior of the vehicle. A large foam pad from the Fast Rings kit is behind the speaker on the outer door skin to absorb the sound coming from the rear of the speaker.
We made a set of adapters for the dash speaker locations as well. These adapters are cut from ABS plastic and locate the tweeters in the factory speaker location for great imaging and staging.
The rear speakers in the system are Hertz Dieci DCX690.5 6x9s. Again, we design and machined expanded PVC plastic adapters for the rear speakers.
We offer all the adapters we design for sale on our website. If you have the same vehicle, then you can click HERE to go to our store to purchase them.
Subwoofer Enclosure and Amp Rack
The next step in the project was to create a sealed enclosure for a single 12-inch dB Drive Euphoria series EW7 12D4 subwoofer. We created the trim piece on the front of the cabinet using a construction process called Stack-Fab. We layer pieces of MDF to create the three-dimensional shape you see here. We wrapped the bars that protect the sub in a vinyl that matches the metallic gray paint of the car.
We built an amp and processor rack in the spare tirewell of the Camaro. The amp is home to a pair of Sony amplifiers, an Audison processor and the passive crossovers from the Hertz front speakers. The amp rack is finished in gray trunk liner carpet. A Sony XM-GS100 amp provides up to 600 watts of power to the 12-inch sub. A Sony XM-GS4 four-channel amp powers the front and rear speakers with up to 70 watts each.
Factory Head Unit Integration
As we chose to retain the factory head unit, we needed a way to extract an audio signal that we could use to feed the system. An Audison bit Ten processor combines the audio signals from the factory amplifier and removes any equalization.
System Tuning and Delivery
We finished this Chevrolet Camaro audio system with a thorough tuning session using our Audison Bit Tune hardware. Setting up a system with a digital signal processor is more involved than a system with only an amplifier or two. The Bit Tune ensures that each speaker produces smooth frequency response at the listening position and that the signal delay is correct. The result is a natural and stable soundstage with incredible impact and realism.
Chevrolet Camaro Audio System Delivery
After our day and a half of work, the client returned to Audio Designs and Custom Graphics to audition his system for the first time. He was blown away by the detail and clarity the system offered. The bass was solid and had great low-frequency extension.
If you have a muscle car and are looking for an audio system upgrade, give us a call at 904-333-2322, drop by our store or send us an e-mail using our online contact page. We would be happy to design something that looks great and sounds fantastic for you.