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Old 08-12-2013, 12:43 PM
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Re: Audio Build Thread

Very nice gear. Post pics -- otherwise it doesn't count as a build thread. So far, I only see a couple of boxes.
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Re: Audio Build Thread

How about a picture of my wallet that overheated?

I was supposed to pick up the Jeep today but the PAC adapter I purchased off Amazon was defective so they had to do order a new one and it won't be delivered until tomorrow. Based on my work schedule I may not be able to pick it up until Wednesday.

The two pictures attached aren't much but it's something.

Apparently a keg I had rolling around in the back of my cargo area punctured the casing of the OEM woofer. It was one of those mini 5 gallon kegs. It came out of the cargo net, which normally holds them in place, while I was driving. The outside grill looked unblemished so I didn't know it cracked it until they took the shell off.

The other picture is a bit blurry but it shows them applying sound deadening to the back wall where the new sub will reside.

On Saturday (day 2 of the install) the shop said the install was coming along very nicely...with the exception of the defective PAC adapter. Ugh, can't wait to get her back.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:25 PM
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I hope that keg was Heineken
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Re: Audio Build Thread

haha...as a local boy there would be a good chance that Heineken was the beer of choice. Actually for beer selection more than likely it was a local brew (Ballast Point, Karl Strauss, etc.) -- I've been cycling through different local brews lately.
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Re: Audio Build Thread

Quick update. I picked up my Jeep last night. I haven't had a chance to do extensive listening yet as I've been super busy but wanted to post a few thoughts. Will get some pictures up soon.

The craftsmanship of the install is superb. The sub looks factory, the amp was installed in the tire well but accessible through the back seat area (completely hidden), and other than the new grills on the tweeters everything looks factor. Couldn't be more happy with the appearance of the install. It's exactly what I was looking for.

Ran into a couple of technical issues with the install. The PAC adapter doesn't seem to be working properly. The first adapter was faulty, and the replacement one is wonky too. Every so often when you hit the up or down button it'll turn either all the way up or all the way down. The upside is I now know the max volume on my head unit is 40 (ouch). I needed my Jeep so I told them I'd try it out and bring it back in if needed. They are an authorized PAC dealer and contacted their tech support so I'm not sure what's going on.

The other issue I ran into is the head unit. After inserting a CD the face plate won't go back to it's flush position. I have to hit the 'tilt' key while lightly pressing on the on bottom of the face plate to guide it back in.

I also need to check out the settings on the sub today. It puts out crazy output but can sound boomy at times. I think one of the settings might be off.

The German Maestros sound amazing. Great detail, nice mid bass, and a smooth top end. Really liking the speakers so far.

So a little bit of good and bad and I'm sure I'll get these things ironed out. Will try to get some pictures up this afternoon and will provide updates on the issues.
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That's not half bad considering everything i ran into. Check to see if the faceplate is not binding on any of the surrounding surfaces. Mine was hitting on the bottom and face would not fully go in. A little adjusting of the Headunit and evrything is fine now. Every so often my backup camera will stay on even when in drive which makes me believe its the PAC adapter. Not sure i trust these things but what can we do?? I just put it in reverse again then back in drive and it goes off. Are you still using the factory center speaker and rear pod speakers?
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Re: Audio Build Thread

Ok it looks like I had to upload the pictures one by one.

In the bottom compartment of the head unit pic you can see the bass knob.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:24 PM
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Re: Audio Build Thread

More pictures of the sub. I love how it turned out.
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Re: Audio Build Thread

Here are some pictures of the amp. It's hidden in the tire well accessible by dropping the rear seats and removing the top panel. Really convenient. Takes 10 seconds to get access to the amp.
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Re: Audio Build Thread

I figured out my sub problem. It was sounding boomy (bottoming out) and peaky (low notes would hit hard but not much in the upper region).

The removable outer sub grill doesn't provide enough clearance so the sub was hitting the grill on higher volumes. That was making the 'bottoming out' sound I was hearing. I took the grill off and the problem is gone. As for the peaky sound, it was the x-over. With the subsonic filter "on" set to 30 hertz and the LPF set at 60 hertz, I was getting a band passed signal between 30-60 hertz. Also the x-over slope was set to 24db so there was a steep roll off at 60 hertz. With my x-over on my speakers set at 80 hertz, I had a hole in the frequency range from 60-80 hertz. I upped the x-over to 80 and it made a world of difference. Now the bass transitions nicely between the German Maestros and sub.

With these changes the sub hits hard (chest pounding) and with great authority on the low end. Loving how it sounds. It blends much better with the mids. Before I could localize the sound coming from the back....no more.
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Re: Audio Build Thread

If anyone is interested I'm selling my 430N head unit.
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