Chipp Nelson's 1996 Chevy 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
- JVC CS-BB2 Compact Powered Sub6" Dual Coil, 2 ohm, 32w x 2
- Polk MM 6520 Series 2 6.5" Coaxial Speakers (Doors)
- Kenwood KFC-415C 4x10 Coaxial Speakers (Rear Pillars - Stock Location)
- Kenwood Auxiliary iPod MP3 Adapter
- Kenwood Excelon KDC-X615 Head Unit
- ADS PowerPlate100 Amp
- Wiring Kit & Patch Cables
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!
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
Me in my truck