A client from Corpus Christi, Texas, brought his 2006 Mercedes Benz CLS 500 to Bay Area Audio Visions for an audio system upgrade. We discussed what the client liked about the factory audio system and what his goals were for the upgrade. After looking at the vehicle and auditioning different speakers and subwoofers for the client in our showroom, we developed a plan for the car. The client approved, and we booked an appointment.
Keeping the system looking stealthy was important to the client. He wanted great sound but didn’t want to attract attention to the vehicle. We sent the factory radio to NavTv to have a video input added to provide movie playback functionality. We summed audio signals from the factory amplifier using a JL Audio CL-SSI before being fed to a Cleansweep CL441dsp to flatten the signal response. Then we fed the audio signal into a pair of JL HD Series amplifiers.
We used two JL Audio HD 600/4 amplifiers in the vehicle. One provides power to the front speakers, while the other powers a pair of JL Audio subwoofers. We mounted the amplifiers on a thin amp rack at the rear of the trunk. The amp rack takes up 8 inches of space in the trunk, so there is minimal effect on cargo capacity. We constructed the amp rack out of a white composite material to pick up on the color of the vehicle. A perforated mesh grill and large Mercedes logo are back-lit with white LEDs. The trim panel is finished in a carpet similar to the rest of the trunk to maintain the factory look.
Speakers And Subwoofers
The client wanted good, solid bass in the vehicle. We used a pair of JL Audio 13TW5 subwoofers to fulfill that request. One sub plays through the ski pass-through, while the other fires through the factory subwoofer opening in the rear deck. The upper sub is cosmetically invisible – but the bass that the pair of subs produces is impressive.
We installed a set of JL C5-650 in the front doors. We treated the doors, rear deck and back seat wall to a layer of HushMat Ultra to help keep the vehicle quiet. We also mounted a set of JL C5-650x speakers in the rear doors to round out the sound. You can’t see any evidence of there being new speakers in the car – you just hear great sound!
Client Love His New Mercedes Benz CLS500 Audio System
When the client returned to Bay Area Audio Visions, he was anxious to hear his new system. He hopped in and was smiling from ear to ear. He loved how subtle it looked and how great it sounded.
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