A client from Aurora came to Tip Top Customs in Morris, Illinois, for some 2008 Subaru Outback audio upgrades. Our team sat down with him and did an audio consultation so we could look over the vehicle and understand his goals for the upgrades. Once we were finished meeting with this client, we worked up a solution that he liked, so we scheduled an installation appointment for him.
Factory Radio The Right Fit For This Build, Gets Some Help From Audison And Parrot
Right from the beginning, we knew this guy wanted a great-sounding audio system, so we decided to stick with Audison for all of the products in this vehicle. We left the existing Subaru radio intact in the dash and added a Parrot MKi9100 Bluetooth kit. The customer gained hands-free calling, music streaming and basic control over music on a flash drive or iPod.
Audison Processor Handles OEM Integration And DSP Functions
The musical signal travels from the Subaru radio to an Audison BitOne processor. We chose this DSP for multiple reasons, but mainly for the flexibility it gave us with this particular install. We used the DE-EQ function to strip away any equalization that Subaru added to the music in their feeble attempt to make cheap speakers sound good. Now we can have seven discrete channels of output so each speaker in the vehicle can have its own dedicated amplifier channel. Doing this allows us to adjust crossover settings, output levels, digital delay and 30 bands of equalization individually for every speaker. The results are simply amazing when placed in the hands of a qualified Audison tuner like Tip Top Customs.
We placed the DRC controller for the BitOne in a convenient spot at the bottom left of the dash.
Audison Speakers And Dynamat Soundproofing, A Winning Combination!
When it came time to install speakers, we chose the Audison Voce AV65, 6.5” woofer that we installed in the front door and their AV1.1, 1.1” tweeter in the factory tweeter location upfront. In usual Tip Top fashion, we machined composite speaker adapters to mount each speaker securely in place. We treated the front doors with two types of Dynamat: their matting for low frequencies and their closed-cell foam for higher frequencies. Using both materials makes a dramatic reduction in road noise in the cabin. To finish it off, we added our foam rings to the door woofers to seal them to the door panels, improving midbass output.
In the rear doors, we added a set of Audison APX65 6.5” coaxial speakers for the rear seat passengers.
Great Looking And Sounding Subwoofer Enclosure
When it came time for bass, we went back to Audison, choosing their AV10 10” subwoofer. Our team of custom fabricators made a beautiful fiberglass enclosure that tucked the sub into the rear side panel of the vehicle. The client kept all of his trunk space while adding some incredible low-end impact.
Audison Amplifiers Power The System
We chose two Audison amplifiers to power the system, using their AV5.1KHD amp for the front speakers and subwoofer, and the SR2 to power the rear door speakers. The 5.1 K amp has a digital input, allowing us to send a fully digital signal from the BitOne back to the amp, and only go back to analog when it is time to power the speakers. The sound quality improvement is very noticeable – we are keeping more of the integrity of the musical signal intact.
We installed the amplifiers and processor in a custom rack underneath the factory load floor, keeping all of his trunk space intact.
Our Dedicated Staff Takes The Time To Finish The Job The Right Way
When the install was finished, we spent significant time on fine-tuning the equipment. We have seen improvements of up to 50% in sound quality by taking the time needed, and we promise to do that with every client. You deserve all the performance you pay for.
Compustar Remote Starter System For The Final Touch
For the finishing touch, we installed a Compustar remote starter that can be controlled by either his T11 two-way remote control or via his smartphone using the Drone app.
When the client came to pick up his vehicle, he loved everything about it, from the sound quality to the fit and finish. He was all smiles.
When you are in the market to upgrade your vehicle, we invite you to contact us HERE at Tip Top Customs or stop by our facility at your convenience. We will work with you to find the best solution for your needs. Let us show you why we are one of the most award-winning retailers in Illinois.