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Serving up awesome sound in a local food truck

Our experts installed two custom stereo systems

In this article... our Advisors help a local entrepreneur gear up his food truck with car audio gear for music on the road and commercial audio gear to entertain his customers and more. 


hat makes a delicious meal even better? Great tunes, of course. And that’s what Julio, owner of Pachamama Peru, had always envisioned when he gave a 35-year-old Chevy delivery truck a new life as a food truck in Albemarle County, VA. Our advisors climbed aboard to help.

Julio meets with our advisors to discuss his options.

Enter our expert advisors

We took a two-pronged attack to upgrading the truck. Maria, one of our international advisors, offered advice for the front of the truck so Julio can enjoy music while driving. And commercial audio pro Rob laid out a design to keep the tunes going when Julio is preparing and serving authentic Peruvian cuisine.

Before image of radio.

After image of radio.

Before and After: We replaced the truck's outdated shaft-style radio with a new marine-rated receiver.

A new stereo system for the driver

Maria recommended a Kenwood CD receiver and Fusion speaker pods, both of which are marine-rated — a smart choice given the cockpit’s exposure to the elements. Julio's old radio was a cassette receiver that hadn't worked in ages. We stepped him up to Bluetooth® compatibility for hands-free calling and music streaming, CD playback, and fun extras like Spotify® app control.

Image of the new marine remote in the dash.

We mounted the receiver in a panel above the windshield, but added a Kenwood wired remote to his dash for easy access to essentials like track-skipping and volume.

Music and controls for the chef

Rob made sure that Julio has great sound inside the truck’s kitchen to stay inspired while he’s cooking. JBL’s CSMA 180 mono mixer/amp powers two EV EVID S4.2T 4" wall-mounted speakers and uses Julio’s smartphone as a music source, thanks to a Bluetooth® adapter.

Julio using the microphone to call an order.

And when customer orders are ready, Julio can override the music to make announcements using a Shure gooseneck paging mic. We also gave him quick and easy control over his music, inside and out, by installing two Russound ALT-70V volume controls above the serving window.

Julio serving food.

Clear music for customers

Two more EV speakers, also powered by the JBL amp and mounted on either side of a weatherproof Thule retractable awning, provide a fun vibe for Julio’s customers while they ponder the menu and wait for the next batch of empanadas. 

Customers lined up outside the food truck.

With Peruvian tunes playing clearly and powerfully, this upgraded food truck helps transport hungry locals to an Andean state of mind.

Find out what we can do for your business

Do you own a business? Contact our experts for advice on audio and video solutions, or submit a commercial audio design request to our team.

  • Isaac from Mosinee WI

    Posted on 8/27/2018

    Well thought out, unique installs like this are so fun. When you get to see the little 'extras' put into use, like the handy volume controls and microphone ability of the external speakers, it really makes you feel like you got someone what they were looking for. Nice work!

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    Alexander Hrabe from Crutchfield

    on 8/28/2018

    Thanks, Isaac!

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