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Conrad R's 2003 Chevrolet Impala

Joshua honed his knowledge of home audio/video gear during an 8-year stint as a Crutchfield Advisor. He can talk tech with the best of them, but he lives for the emotional experience of music. He brings that outlook to his writing, and to his side gigs as a folk guitar player. He stays active by chopping firewood and exploring our national parks.

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Items installed:

  • 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

Installation Description

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!

Q&A Section

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?


New head unit

New head unit

Jack Hammer subwoofers

Jack Hammer subwoofers

Great mid-range sound

Great mid-range sound

Rockford capacitor

Rockford capacitor

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