As a long-time customer of Audio Designs and Custom Graphics in Jacksonville, this client called us to talk about a 2018 Toyota Camry audio system upgrade. We’ve done several systems for this client before, including the 4Runner that he owned before the Camry. After several months of owning the vehicle, he missed the aftermarket sound system and asked us what we could do. After we had a look at the car and talked about how he used it, we designed a system that would sound great with his rock music without taking up too much valuable storage space.
Hertz Speaker Upgrade
The factory-installed stereo system has a set of 6×9 speakers in the doors and small midrange speakers in the dash. The client picked a set of Hertz Dieci-Series DSK165.5 components as an upgrade. Our team removed the factory speakers and took careful measurements so we could create a set of mounting adapters out of expanded PVC plastic on our CNC-controlled router. Some shops still use wooden speaker adapters and try to paint them so they won’t swell up when they get wet – we always use plastic so we know our clients will never have such problems. We created 6×9 to 6.5-inch adapters for the doors and a set of adapters for the dash.
For the rear doors, the client chose matching Hertz Dieci DCK165.5 coaxial speakers. We made another set of mounting adapters for the rear speakers to ensure they would be secure.
Anytime we build a new set of speaker adapters, we add them to our online store. If you own a 2018 Toyota Camry and are upgrading your speakers, you can purchase the mounting adapters by clicking on this link to the store.
Hertz Five-channel Amplifier Integration
We suggested the Hertz HCP5D amplifier as a great all-in-one solution to power the client’s system. The HCP5D provides up to 65 watts per channel to the front and rear speakers, and up to 330 watts to the rear speakers. Using a five-channel amp saves a lot of space and reduces the need for additional power wire distribution blocks.
We mounted the amplifier to the rear of the passenger side back seat. All of the wiring is neat and tidy, and wrapped in Tesa cloth tape to keep it safe and secure. This mounting location takes up almost no space in the trunk – one of the client’s criteria for the system. We used a 4 AWG Stinger all-copper power kit to feed current from the battery to the amp.
Custom Subwoofer Enclosure
In keeping with the client’s request for minimal impact on the usable space in the trunk of the Camry, we suggested using a single 12-inch subwoofer in a compact enclosure in the corner of the trunk. With the client’s approval, we set to work creating a Stack-Fab cabinet for a DB Drive Euphoria EW7 sub.
The Stack-Fab process involves layering custom-cut 3/4-inch sheets of MDF to form a three-dimensional shape that fits tightly into the vehicle. This enclosure required 17 layers to optimize the available space for the sub. Once we had assembled and tested it in the vehicle, we paint the interior of the enclosure with a layer of fiberglass resin to ensure everything was airtight. We also bonded a flat face to the enclosure to ensure the subwoofer would be airtight. Durable black trunk-liner carpet finishes the enclosure and makes it blend into the vehicle. The client can still access the spare tire without having to remove the enclosure.
Just as with our speaker rings, we make our Phantom-Fit Stack-Fab enclosures available for other Camry owners. You can find it in our store here.
Toyota Camry Audio System Tuning
With everything installed, the final step was to set up the amplifier. Using our oscilloscope, we set the sensitivity settings on the amp and confirmed that the crossovers would maximize the power handling and reliability of the Hertz speakers.
After our long day’s work, the client returned to Audio Designs and Custom Graphics to check out his Camry. He was thrilled with the way the system looks and sounds. If you are looking for a sound system upgrade for your vehicle, drop by the shop or send us an e-mail using our contact form.