Recently, Kingpin Car & Marine Audio was contacted about getting involved in a 1990 Chevy Pickup build. After working out the details, it was decided that Jason Kranitz would fly to Tennessee to be part of the installation team.
Once Jason arrived and the install team looked over the truck together, it was decided that Jason would focus on the audio portion of the build and, more specifically, would build an awesome console for the vehicle.
Sony Radio Controlled By iPad
The beginning portion of the audio system was a Sony MEX-XB100BT in-dash CD player. It allowed for the SongPal app to be installed in an iPad mini and control many of the functions of the Sony unit. Once the deck was installed, we turned our attention to building the center console. At the front, we installed an iPad mini in one of our slider kits, allowing for easy mounting and removal of the unit. There are several reasons to add an iPad to a vehicle, including GPS, Waze, Pandora, Spotify and your iTunes library, along with, of course, hundreds of other apps on the App Store that you can download.
Processing By Audison
Now, the musical signal traveled to an Audison BitOne processor. We flushed the DRC controller into the console in a perfect spot that allows the driver to access it easily with his arm in a resting position. The BitOne is an amazing device, giving almost unlimited control over the audio system, including crossovers, equalization, digital delay, output level and more. In the hands of a skilled tuner, the results are nothing short of incredible.
1,400 Watts Of JL Audio Power
At this point, it was time to amplify the music, so we sent the signal to a pair of JL Audio amplifiers – an XD800/8 and an XD600/1. The total package gave the client 1,400 watts of clean power, putting concert-level volume just a twist of the knob away.
Hertz Front Speakers
For front speakers, we chose the Hertz HSK163.4 three-way package. We installed the 6.5” woofer in custom-made kick panels and the 3” midrange and 1” tweeter in the dash on custom mounting plates. Each speaker got dedicated amp channels from the XD800/8, and the woofers saw two bridged channels for more output.
Phoenix Gold Bass Upgrade
The final piece of the puzzle was the subwoofer. We chose a Phoenix Gold SX10 that we built into the frame of the center console.
As you can see in the pictures, the finished console looks like it was always supposed to be there. It fit beautifully up against the dash and has a pair of aluminum cupholders, as well as storage underneath the armrest. The console continues to the back wall of the truck, where we made a custom panel that has LED accent lighting built into it.
Tuning For Best Sound Quality
Once the system was completed, we spent significant time on fine-tuning the processor, looking for every last ounce of sound quality.
Client Loved His Chevy Pickup Build
When the client came to pick up his vehicle, he loved everything that we did to it.
Kingpin University Installer Training
For icing on the cake, Jason stayed at the shop at the end of the build and gave a Kingpin University Installer training to several high-quality guys who were able to attend.
All in all, we would say this was a great experience. We got to help with a great build and do training. It was a win-win for everyone.
Choose Kingpin For Your Vehicle Restyling
If you own a classic vehicle and have always wanted to modernize the interior and upgrade the audio system, we invite you to contact us HERE. Kingpin Car & Marine Audio in Portland will work with you to design and build the solution you have always wanted. Let us show you why more and more people every year choose Kingpin for their vehicle restyling.