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Video: Factory vs. Aftermarket Speakers

Michael is Crutchfield's senior creative director for mobile electronics. As a lifelong performing musician and composer, he has released seven albums for Breezeway Records and appeared on many others. His band, Sokoband (formerly "Soko"), was an active part of the Charlottesville's creative music scene in the 1990s, and has continued to record and occasionally perform. Sokoband releases have included contributions from musicians like Leroi Moore, Tim Reynolds, Steve Kimock, David Darling, George Brooks and David Matthews. An avid consumer of non-fiction and a choosier consumer of fiction, Michael loves reading, writing, philosophy, science, technology, and language.

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OK, so we finally got the video formatting worked out. It's very informal; Matt sat in the back seat with the Canon XSi camera capturing our back-to-front-and-back-again fading demo by moving the camera's built-in microphone forward and backward along with the fades. We're listening for sonic improvements (detail, tone quality, dimensionality) when we fade to the JL Audio components up front from the stock GM speakers in the back. Check it out and see if you can hear the difference.

Read the entire Building a Mobile Listening Lab series:

Laying the Foundation, Part 1
Laying the Foundation, Part 2
Laying the Foundation, Part 3
Dynamat installation and pre-wiring for amplifiers
Installing the front door speakers
Video: factory vs. aftermarket speakers
Rear speakers, amplifier, and subwoofer
Report on the Yukon system's performance
The ultimate in system tuning
Video: Alpine's IMPRINT signal processing in action

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