Tristan B's 2001 Chevrolet S-10
I've been with Crutchfield since 1999, where I began as one our advisors, helping our customers choose new gear. After a couple of years, I moved to the writing team where I spent a decade researching new products and getting hands on with car stereos, amplifiers, speakers, and subs. Yeah, I've been doing this for a while.
For the past few years, I've been the managing editor of Crutchfield's Car A/V web article content. I couldn't ask for a better job — we get to play with car audio gear every day! I'm a Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outside of work, I love listening to music, playing board games, and installing new audio systems for my friends.
More from Robert Ferency-Viars
- Pioneer DEH-P6600 Source Unit
- Pioneer CD-IB100II iPod Adapter
- Kicker I460 Dash Speakers
- Kicker I650 Door Speakers
- Kicker Impulse 652xi Amplifier for Subwoofer
- Kicker Impulse 12i 12" Subwoofer
I worked as a professional installer for many years, so car stereo installation has become second nature -- in fact, the more unique and the more challenging the installation, the better I like it. A standard cab truck with a high-Q woofer is one of the toughest. Besides, this truck is for racing, not car audio competitions, so I've done my best to keep the equipment lightweight and to a minimum, but without compromising the sound. The current stereo has been in place since I bought the truck new. Only 42,000 original miles later, it's still loud and clear.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
Stock systems sound terrible. And are unimpressive at car shows.
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
All of it -- and how clean it looks and sounds.
Why did you choose these products?
I have had outstanding experience with both Pioneer and Kicker from my competition days.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Designing a box that would fit behind the seat of a standard cab S-10, but produce tight and low bass.
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
None, unless something blows up. If anything, a good 3-way (tweeter, 4" & 6") to replace the coax speakers.
|My toy -- 350 hp V6 5-speed|
|My toy next to my daily driver.|
|Custom sub enclosure|
|Amp and sub crammed into a standard cab (no leg room lost!)|