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Chipp Nelson's 1996 Chevy S-10

Robert Ferency-Viars is the managing editor for the Crutchfield car A/V learning content, and has been with the company since 1999. A Virginia native from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife and sons, listening to music, writing, and playing games with friends. Robert's love for car audio began at 16 when he installed his first car stereo.

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Installation Description

I'm a recycler. When I have good gear I generally add to it to maintain great sound, and experience the latest things in audio without obliterating my budget. I've shopped Crutchfield for years adding and upgrading when I can, while keeping some favorites in service. I wanted full use of my extended cab cargo area and jump seats while getting good sound. So I matched up some good existing gear - My Kenwood KDC-X615 head unit and a vintage ADS amp with a new JVC compact powered subwoofer and a Kenwood auxiliary adaptor (for MP3 input) to give me some decent 'thump' and access to my MP3 collection. Since my goal was to have good sound and full use of my truck space, I chose the smallest powered sub, the JVC because it got great reviews in Crutchfield and because it fit perfectly on the back wall of the extended cab while still allowing me full use of the jump seats. It also was controllable through my Kenwood head unit. Installation was easy with the Crutchfield installation guide and when I sell or trade my truck I can easily remove the gear for recycled use in another vehicle and to which I can add and upgrade with the latest things in car audio from Crutchfield!

Q&A Section

Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?

I wanted more bass and access to my MP3 collection

What's the first thing you show people about your installation?

How it all fits so nicely and that I have full use of the limited space in my truck - Then I let them hear it!

Why did you choose these products?

Space considerations and the excellent Crutchfield reviews

What was the most difficult part of the installation?

Finding what fit (Actually Crutchfield's fitment guide made that fairly easy too.)

What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?

I'd really like to get 5.1 surround. I'm not sure how it would sound in a truck, but I'm willing to try it!

Usable Jump Seat

Usable jump seat

Perfect Fit

Perfect fit

MP3 Connector

MP3 connector

Cargo Area

Cargo area



Me in my Truck

Me in my truck

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