Tom S's 1990 Volvo 240DL
My love for all things audio started back in the '90s when I built my first subwoofer enclosure. After joining Crutchfield in 2007, I spent seven years as a product advisor, designing A/V systems for homes, cars, and the occasional party bus. These days I specialize in home speakers and distributed audio systems, focusing on 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'm a hobbyist photographer and enjoy visiting our national parks.
More from Kramer Crane
- JVC KW-AVX800
- Polk db 5250
- Polk db 6500
- 2x Kicker ZX650.4
- Kenwood 4" rear speakers
- JVC iPod controller
- Tsunami X15HCAP-20 (20f Capacitor)
- JVC 1500 CD changer
- Sony 10" Subwoofers
The first stages were easy, just changed out the head unit and hooked up the sub I had on hand. Second stage was changing to 2 subs and a larger amp. Stage three is where I am now: Two Kicker amps pushing 2 subs (soon to be replaced) and component sets front and rear. Cap supplying power to amps, 12 disc changer and Ipod controller running to JVC head unit. It took a few weeks to put the amp rack together and lay it all out and that thing is heavy with all components installed. First fiberglass project was to hold the 6.5" components on the rear deck, it does its job but could look better. The fiberglass took all summer when I had time to work on it. Maybe I'll do the trunk in fiberglass for the subs and amps next year.
Why did you decide to upgrade your A/V system?
Do you really need a reason?
What's the first thing you show people about your installation?
Custom amp rack
Why did you choose these products?
Quality and price
What was the most difficult part of the installation?
Fiberglass for the rear speakers
What plans, if any, do you have for future upgrades?
New subs and amp rack to be built as a pair next year