Several years ago we did some work for a customer in a Ford Fusion. He wanted high end audio and learned about Hertz and Audison. When he found that there was a dealer nearby, he dropped in to audition the speakers. He was sold instantly and was amassed quite a system over the years.
When he recently decided to trade the Ford in on a fully equipped Nissan Rogue, one of his first stops was Mobile Edge. He wanted some ideas and Bob stepped to the plate and gave him some ideas and advice. He already had a fine list of components:
- Audison SRX5.1 Amplifier
- Audison SRX2.1 Amplifier
- Audison BitOne Processor
- Hertz HSK-165XL Component Speakers
- Hertz Energy 12″ Subwoofers
With a bit of creativity, we were able to use all of this. Of course, we added a large dose of Hushmat to the doors! The factory head unit had plenty of functionality including navigation so he decided to keep that and integrate it with the aftermarket system. This is very much inline with many of our recent installs that maintain the use of the factory radio.
The customer gave us a lot of creative freedom with this project. He had no issue with removing the spare tire and using that airspace for the subs and amps. We started with laying out the subs and amp. After we had a good idea where everything would go, we went to work on the fiberglass mold of the spare tire well. This took some time but allowed us to use every available cubic inch of the well.
We attached the mold to a framework and designed the amp rack. We stacked the small amp on top of the large one. We did this in such a way that the small amp appears to float over the SRX5.1. The subs were mounted on slightly angled panels toward the rear of the vehicle. All of this rose up barely 2 inches from floor of the hatch.
To keep the amps cool, we installed a crossflow cooling fan in an unseen part of the amp rack. This blow A LOT of air to keep the amplifiers running at their best.
The spice up the look of the hatch, we mounted white plexiglass around the subwoofers. To further enhance the appearance, we ran 30 inches of red ribbon LEDS behind the trim. When the system is powered up, they bathe the subs and amp in a warm red glow. Looks really sharp!
The only thing that we were unable to display was the real heart and soul of the system: The Audison BitOne. Because of space limitations, we had to hide the BitOne behind a factory panel. We felt that this was a good trade off in order to maintain the aesthetics of the install.
The doors were treated with a healthy dose of Hushmat Ultra sound damping. This is a MUST in any high end install. We believe that it will improver the sound of ANY speakers, but it is especially important in jobs like this. The last thing that you want when listening to a new system is to hear the door panel vibrate!
A lot of attention to detail went into this job. We didn’t take any shortcuts and the results, both visually and audibly are spectacular!
To learn more about the install, click on any of the pictures below to open up a slideshow.