Conrad R's 2003 Chevrolet Impala
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.
More from Kramer Crane
- Kenwood MP635 Receiver
- MTX Jackhammer 12's (x2)
- Infinity Reference 6x9's in the back
- Rockford 5x7'S in the front door
- JBL 4 channel amp for the speakers
- Rockford mono amp for the subs
- Tsunami distributon block, fuses, and terminals
- Rockford 2 farad cap
- All Monster cabling
- MTX Bass Slammer sub box
- Metra factory chime integrator
Basically, I pieced everything together one by one. I started with the headunit and went from there. I love the installation look, everything is hidden even though there's like 10 lbs of wire running around! The hardest part was finding a spot to run my 0 gauge wire through the firewall. Then there was just enough to get to the trunk and the distribution block and cap. Since everything had to be screwed to the box before I started it was tricky linking everything up since I had no room! I also ran new wire to each speaker through the doors and in the process had my whole dash on the ground! The cap really helps, especially at night when the lights are on. It's embarassing when people know what your bumping when they see your lights flickering! I love it though and im proud to show it off!
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
Cause I like to hear the whole spectrum of my music. And, well, I like it loud!
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
Just the clarity and intensity of the music!
Why did you choose these products?
Quality, I dont skimp on that. Everything works well together. I just wish that I could have found a better brand of fuse holder and distribution block. I'm not big on Tsunami.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Running the wires and not seeing them. There is seriously a lot of wire in this beast! I must say that I did a pretty good job of making them all inconspicuous though.
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
COMPONENTS. IN DASH DVD PLAYER. EXHAUST. AND HEADREST MONITORS. AND MAYBE (IF THE GIRL LETS ME!) SOME LEATHER SEATS!
New head unit
Jack Hammer subwoofers
Great mid-range sound
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