Tu T's 2001 Toyota Camry
I started my Crutchfield career as a product advisor. I fielded thousands of customer questions about A/V equipment, designing systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. Do that for eight years, and you begin to understand what people really want from their gear. You also get a lot of hands-on experience with the latest products. That's one of the coolest things about working here. As a writer, I enjoy 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 enjoy playing and teaching music. I'm always on the lookout for interesting left-handed guitars.
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- Alpine CDA-9887
- Apple iPod Video 30GB
- JBL GTO607C 6.5" Components Speakers (front)
- JBL GTO927 6"x9" Speakers (rear)
- JBL GTO755.6II 6-Channel Amplifier
- JBL GTO1204BP 12" Bandpass Subwoofer
- Tsunami Lite Wave PP1002TM 2 Farad Digital Capacitor
- Monster Cable 300 Series Interconnects
- Rockford Fosgate Wiring Kit
- Alpine KCE-422iiPod cable
- Street Glow 9" Neon Mini-accent Kits (in amplifier)
- Dynamat Sound Dampening(bulk kit)
This sound system is actually the first complete one that I've installed. In my other cars I only installed a powered sub, or some drop-in speakers, but not the entire system. I got most of my knowledge from Crutchfield, and also read books on how to do audio installation. I managed to save a lot of money by installing all the components by myself. I took 2 whole days just to install the Dynamat sound dampening because I wanted my car to sound as exceptional as possible. Then I took 2 more days to install the amps, the speakers, and run the wires. It was a great learning experience. I got to know my car inside and out, and I'm glad to have accomplished such a clean installation.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
I had factory JBL speakers but they lacked power and definition so I decided to go with aftermarket ones instead.
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
The amp and sub in the trunk.
Why did you choose these products?
Since my car came with JBL speakers, I chose to stick with the JBL brand. They sound clear and strong.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Running the wires and installing the rear 6x9 speakers were the most difficult things to do since I had to take apart many body panels.
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
An Alpine double DIN head unit with navigation and two 12" subs.