The owner of this F-150 Raptor came to us with a couple of goals in mind. First, he wanted an upgraded Raptor audio system that could match the performance upgrades of his truck. Second, he wanted it all to stay fairly low key when it came to cosmetics. Easy enough.
Factory Radio Paired With Helix DSP
We retained the factory Sync radio and followed it with what is really the heart of the whole system: a Helix DSP. This allowed us to not only keep the factory radio but also boost the signal voltage for overall better sound, take control of any and all level adjustments, have a more detailed set of crossover points and controls than we could ever want, make up for poor factory speaker placements and optimize any listening position as well as take complete control of the sound with 31 bands of equalization for every channel of the system.
JL Audio Amplifier And Speakers
After the DSP, a JL Audio HD900/5 five channel amplifier runs the entire system – with plenty of power. Both the processor and amplifier are mounted out of sight and out of mind behind the rear passenger seat. We took great care to mount these pieces to a rack that uses only factory bolts and does not go through the back cab wall. The five-channel amp then goes on to power a set of JL Audio C5-650 components in an active setup, using the factory locations. We used generous amounts of Hushmat sound deadening material to ensure a solid and vibration-free mounting location for the speakers to deliver peak performance.
JL Audio Subwoofer For Big Improvement In Bass
The sub-channel of the amplifier drives 500 watts to a single down-firing JL Audio 10TW1 woofer. We constructed a sealed enclosure to blend in with the contours of the underside of the passenger rear seat. This was a big improvement over the factory Sony sub and provides plenty of low bass with lots of impact.
Overall, we think the client’s mission was accomplished – dynamic performance, factory looks, awesome sound! If you are looking for an audio upgrade on your Raptor or any vehicle, please give us a call or contact us today!