A client from Corpus Christi came to Bay Area Audio Visions with his 2014 Ford Raptor, looking to upgrade his audio system. It came factory-equipped with the Sony audio system and, if you have heard one of those, you know the sound leaves a lot to be desired. We went over goals for the upgrade and recognized that the client was looking for increased bass with more overall output.
AudioControl Interface Let’s Us Keep The Factory Radio
In this vehicle, we started by integrating an AudioControl LCQ-1 to the output side of the Sony factory amplifier. It allows us to accomplish three different things:
- Use the 13 bands of equalization in the LCQ-1 to compensate for the poor equalization added into the music by the Ford engineers.
- Take the musical signal that was divided up and sum it back into a full-range signal.
- Get a high-quality output signal that works well with an aftermarket amplifier.
We installed the LCQ-1 inside the center console near the factory amplifier, completely hidden from view.
One important thing to note is adding a processor like a LCQ-1 to a Sony system is very challenging. The technician needs to know how to measure the signals coming out of the factory amp properly, as well as tune the equalizer for the best sound. A well-trained tech can work magic with this device, but a poorly trained tech will only make matters worse.
JL Audio Amplifier Offers More Power
The client’s musical signal now travels to a JL Audio XD700/5v2 amplifier that we hid behind the rear seat. It supplies 300 watts of power to the factory front and rear speakers, allowing them to play much more loudly without straining. It also gives the subwoofer 300 watts for a total of 600 watts of concert-level capability.
We added a bass level knob underneath the steering column in an easily accessible location.
Custom Enclosure For More Bass
We fabricated a custom, ported enclosure to go under the rear seat on the passenger side and covered it in matching carpet. It holds a 10” subwoofer, the 10TW3-D4 from JL Audio. These products gave the vehicle a lot more output, great bass and the option to upgrade speakers in the future.
Client Was Thrilled With His Ford Raptor Audio Upgrades
When the client came to pick up the Raptor, he was thrilled with the sound quality improvement and the fit and finish of the installation. He was all smiles when we cranked it up.
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If you would like to improve the sound system in your vehicle, we invite you to stop by Bay Area Audio Visions in Corpus Christi, TX, or contact us HERE.