Austin Rogers' 1998 Chevy S-10 Blazer
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
- Alpine CDA-9853 Head Unit
- Four Pioneer 6-1/2 3-way speakers 180 Watt
- Two 12" Sony X-plod Shallow Subs
- One 12" Sony X-plod Deep Sub
- One 1200-watt Sony X-plod 2-channel Amp
- One 800-watt Sony X-plod 2-channel Amp
- Massive Audio 2-farad Cap
Before I got my permit I was looking for audio parts to put in this Blazer. The first thing that I got was the Head Unit. It was a fast and easy to install. Soon after that I replaced my stock speakers with Pioneer 6-1/2 3-way 180-watt speakers. It was also an easy install because Crutchfield sent all the necessary equipment I needed for free. Than after that I got my Two 12" Sub box, Two Sony X-plod shallow subs, and my Sony X-plod 1200-watt 2-channel Amp. After a night of setting all this up I had it going the way I wanted to. Then after several months I wanted more bass. So, I got a new box that could hold three 12" subs. I also got a Sony X-plod 12" deep sub and a new 800-watt Sony X-plod 2-channel Amp. The last thing that I got was the Massive Audio 2 Farad Cap.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
I wanted to hear my music the way it was meant to be heard.
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
The head unit. It's the most important thing in a car audio system.
Why did you choose these products?
I have always loved Sony parts.
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Getting the amp wire through the fire wall. Mine had lots of wires already in it so it was very tight getting the wire through it.
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
Get one more sub, get a new box, and get a bigger amp
Alpine CDA-9853 Head Unit
Pioneer 6-1/2 3-way, 180-watt Speaker
My Three Sony X-plod 12" Subs and My Two Sony X-plod Amps
My 1998 Chevy S10 Blazer