James B's 2005 Ford F-150
My love for all things audio started back in the '90s when I built my first subwoofer enclosure. After joining Crutchfield in 2007, I spent seven years as a product advisor, designing A/V systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. These days I specialize in home speakers and distributed audio systems, focusing on translating technical jargon into easy-to-understand language. My goal is to make shopping for speakers and amplifiers simple. After all, this stuff is supposed to be fun! Outside of work, I'm a hobbyist photographer and enjoy visiting our national parks.
More from Kramer Crane
- Pioneer AVIC-D3 Head unit
- Pioneer TS-A6882R Rear speakers
- Polk Audio db5251 Front speakers
- Kicker Solo Baric L7 12" subwoofer
- Kicker ZX250.2 2-channel amplifier
- Kicker ZX750.1 mono amplifier
- StreetWires PSK04RM multi-amp wiring kit
- Pioneer CD-i200 iPod adapter
- Custom sub box with matching carpet
- Stinger 1 farad digital capacitor
Like any other install it was a pain, time consuming and wasn't a whole lot of fun until the end. I had help along the way from various people, but after about a day or so it was done and it was worth it.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
I just came back from overseas and my last truck had a nice setup but it was on a budget. I felt that I owed myself this from being gone for so long (2 yrs) so I did it. Trucks and music are my passion so why not blend them together the best way I know how.
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
It might sound stupid but nothing! I let them get in then I turn the truck on. It screams to life with the dual exhaust I have, which is when most people give me the initial look. For the ladies I usually start of with a little Sade since most women don't appeal to bass but quality. For the guys I turn on the bass and heavy metal until I can't even talk to them face to face. Then I show them the iPod in the glove compartment and the setup behind the seat that matches the carpet's interior.
Why did you choose these products?
Pioneer always has the best head units in my opinion and this is my third one. Their speakers are a good quality at an affordable price. I chose Polk for their brightness and looks, then Kicker for their outstanding subs and amps...none better.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
WIRE INSTALL OF COURSE!
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
None really. Maybe EXTREMELY more expensive speakers at a later date but other than that she's done.
Japan! I'm the one on the top