The following are just some of the many installs that Fhrx Studio's have either created, had a hand in or assisted with. Please note; NOT every single item within these photo pages was created by Fhrx Studio's - some images are borrowed purely to demonstrate what can be installed. There are only ten install photo groups per page to assist loading times. Links to further pages are located at the top and bottom of each page.
Install images 5 | Inspirational images | Images of interest
The system in the brick was painstakingly installed by installer Robert D'Angelo and was an all time favourite when sitting in the showroom. The system began with a Nakamichi in dash 6 disc head unit head unit and two five stackers (one up front and one in the boot), from there the signal continued on to a Precision Power FRX-456 crossover via a Precision Power DEQ-230 31 Band EQ.
From the crossover the signal was feed to three amplifiers, those being Precision Power PC2150 (2 x 150 watt), PC275 (2 x 75 watt) and a PC250 (2 x 50 watt). The PC 2150 is bridged and running a trio of faithful JL Audio 10W6 subwoofers in the rear, the PC275 runs a set of JL Audio 8" free air mid bass drivers at the front while the PC250 takes care of all the other drivers including four sets of 5.1/4" component sets.
The entire interior of the mini has been taken out and covered in two layers of dynamat. This system is unique in some respects in that is doesn't use any drivers in the doors. They're all at the front where the stage should be. As you can imagine this wasn't at all easy with large amounts of the dash having to be cut and reworked, especially to get the 8" JL Audio subs located.
The enitre backend of the mini has been rebuilt as well and it now has no rear seat. In the place of the seat is the beautiful sub enclosure and two sets of capacitors underneath. Also visible through perspex windows in the distribution and fusing blocks. When dark the enitre sub enclosure glows with an eeire red light. The mini has no rear speakers save the subs.
The entire interior has been re upholstered in bright yellow and white vinyl and the JL Audio logo has been
sown onto the doors inside. New carpet has been layed and even the roof inside is layered inside in an attempt
to minimise resonation. When RTAed the trio of JL Audio 10W6's mounted on a custom fibreglass panel banged out
a massive 141db. Not bad for three 10's running of one amp.
Subaru WRX STi
The plan for this STi was somewhat simple in the beginning; what happened by the end was a different story. The owner had some old equipment from previous installs and wanted to transfer it into his new ride. However much of the old equipment had succumbed to the curse of time and with electronics advancing so fast, the gear was not going to keep up with the owners taste for sonic purity. This is where Fhrx Studios, Diamond Audio, Zapco and Audison Connection come in.
Fhrx Studios is well known for incorporating the various products it sells in its demo cars. However, although selling many Diamond Audio and Audison Connection products, we still had no permanent demo cars purposely equipped with Diamond Audio or Audison Connection components. After hearing that the owner of the WRX had somewhat growing plans for the install, Fhrx head installer Marty Price and pro Fhrx installer Greg Penny began talking to the various distributors and nutting out various plans for the car to not only demonstrate the various companies' products but also spearhead the attack on the following year of Pro class (Pro Show) sound off competition using some of the most advanced car audio components available at present.
The aural domain of the system starts with a Pioneer DEH-P7750MP head unit that now lives in conjunction with a pocket where in factory double DIN head unit used to reside. From there the signal is feed via balanced SymbiLink lines to three Zapco amplifiers. Located just behind the deck are the Zapco SymbiLink converters and these are set to 0dB boost / attenuation. Next to them are the Diamond crossovers that have been wrapped in fabric to protect them from harm. The decks internal amplifier actually runs the rear speakers. Behind the deck are custom made 5000Hz / 4ohm / 6dB custom L-pads / crossovers to attenuate and cross the secondary tweeters.
The three amplifiers in the boot driving the system are a Zapco Reference 750.2 (2 x 175 watts @ 4ohm @ 0.022% THD) driving the front splits, a Zapco Reference 1100.1 (1 x 880 watts @ 4ohm @ 0.015% THD) driving the subwoofer and a smaller Zapco Reference 350.2 (2 x 100 watts @ 4ohm @ 0.015% THD) running the stage lifting tweeters at the front (a-pillars). The larger amplifiers are both located against the back seat in a double stacked alloy frame MDF rack which has been coated with five coats of Subaru brilliant white (51E) and five coats of clear. The amp rack has large holes at either end where the fans force the hot air out. The side rack is also painted in ten coats of white and clear resulting in a stunning visual appearance for both racks. All panels in the boot have been vacuum formed in matching vinyl and sprayed dark grey to match the car.
Being an unofficial Diamond Audio demo car the speaker selection was never going to be rocket science with the best of each Diamond range being selected for the main aural duties. The front main splits are Diamonds HEX series s600a. The 6.5" midrange lives in the fully sound deadened, diffused and sealed doors while the tweeter lives in the kick panel for central staging. The stage lifting tweeters (sometimes referred to as ambient tweeters) live in custom made fibreglass A pillars that have been vacuum formed to match the cars existing interior grain and colour.
Marty also decided to install a set of entry level splits in the back to "give people a listen to as much as Diamond's range as possible". These live in a fibreglass re-enforced rear shelf that has been vacuum formed as well. Subsonic duties are taken care of by Diamonds superb TDX10 10" subwoofer. This lives in a custom made fibreglass (reinforced with Kevlar) enclosure that measures 0.91cf in volume. The subwoofer surround has also been painted in five coats of white and five coats of clear. The boot floor holds the distribution block and cables and can be lifted to gain access to the spare tire. Yes, the spare tire is still accessible!
Taking a closer look around the installation you'll soon discover there are various little touches that will keep the most avid Subaru enthusiast entertained. This includes a custom made front roof console, a rear fully motorised shelf and center custom triple gauge pod. The roof console not only holds the two courtesy light switches but also the interior and boot light emitting diode switches (there are just over 100 LED's in the boot and interior alone). Also housed in this console are switches to turn the amplifier fans off or on. The rear motorised shelf is located in the boot just above the amp racks and subwoofer and with the flick of a switch it automatically slides forward to reveal two draws containing spare fuses and vaious other tools. It has been trimmed with matching vinyl and carpet. The center dash console is the home of three Defi gauges and also has a head up display living in the back of it. This displays various engine stats onto the windscreen next to your line of sight to keep you informed what is happening under the bonnet.
Now speaking of under the bonnet; lets take a look at the interconnects. Seeing as this STi is to be an Audison Connection demo car it naturally copped the full treatment with all the best Audison Connection goodies being installed. The power source starts with an Optima D34M deep cycle battery, Audison Connection battery terminals and main power water proof fuse on a custom white painted plate. The marine version of the Optima D34 was chosen for its extra post terminals. This means the owner can avoid damaging his terminals if there is a need to jump start something.
From the battery the power travels along MP1/0BL 1/0AWG (American Wire Gauge) power cable and down to the rear of the car where it meets the largest fused distribution block Audison Connection manufacter. Under the bonnet is also a custom earthing kit to assist not only the audio system but the cars various electrical systems as well. This is constructed using custom alloy bars and MP4S 4AWG earth cable. Moving down to the rear of the car the two large amps are fed by 4AWG while the smaller amplifier is fed by 8AWG cable. Marty commented "This ensures people viewing the boot can view all the different sizes of cable Audison Connection offer". The task of carrying the tunes to the speakers is taken care of by Audison Connection FL216BL 16AWG (twin runs for subwoofer) speaker cables. All cables coming from the amplifier were also left visible to display terminals and things similar.
So at the end of this stage the car is now ready to go out and about. There are still further developments coming including some air brushing and more motorisation but for now the owner is very pleased with the sound and the visual impact of the install. The car also has the next season of competition to look forward to as well and hopefully this time next year the car will have collected more than a few trophies.
Our 94' model wide body Toyota Camry was purchased to cart stuff around in and generally be the company workhorse while also being the main mode of transport for our installer. When Pioneer approached us about fitting out one of our cars with their latest gear, the Camry got the nod. As you would expect just like everything else head installer Marty 'Fhrx' Price comes into contact with, it got stuck with a simple but sweet sounding system.
All the componets has to be out of sight and appear factory so as not to interfier with the daily running of the car. Marty took this in his stride as he set out to get the system done. It starts with an Pioneer DEX-P1 flagship head unit flush mounted in a custom baffle within the dash board. From here it feeds the signal straight to a Pioneer GMX-924 (4 x 60watt) amplifier. The two front channels of the amp flow to the front stage while the rear two channels are bridged and run the subwoofer.
The front doors as well as the whole boot area are heavily sound deadened with Sound-off from Acoustic control in Perth. This grey spray on sound deadening works like a dream in hard to get places. The Pioneer 6" Bullet midrange drivers are mounted on custom baffles beneath original looking door trims while the 1" tweeters have been mounted in fully custom fibreglass kick panels for optimum imaging quality. Quite a bit of work was done to the door to fit the Pioneer drivers under the factory trims and after only minimal adjustment to the trims themselves, it all looks factory fitted. In the back of the Camry resides a Pioneer TS-W1000C 10" subwoofer houesed within a custom fibreglass box. The box itself is created to fit snugly within and under the factory side panels, requiring Marty to only cut material away to fit a grille cloth covered speaker grille.
Also installed at the rear are 6" Pioneer co-axials for rear fill duties. With the grilles in place the
boot looks quite boring at first but when the covers come off they
reveal some neat touches. The system's subwoofer box measures 0.7 cubic foot in volume. The amplifier
is mounted in a little compartment on the passenger side, surrounded by mirrors and blue neon lights. Rear
fill speakers are located in the rear shock tower area behind small custom grilles.
The Sick Division Hyundai is well known around the car show scene and was actually the centre fold car in Hot4's a few months back. The car has been reworked from one end to the other and besides having possibly the biggest bodykit you'll ever get on an excel, it also has a turbo fitted and boasts a full aftermarket interior. Naturally the stereo had to be something good! Enter head installer Marty 'Fhrx' price. This whole install was done in 121 hours over a week before a show. Sleeping on the couch at work isn't good.
It starts with an Alpine triple disc 3DA-7987ES head unit sending signal to an Alpine MRV-T1505 ( 2 x 150watt ) amplifier through an Audio control eq. From there it goes to Alpine 6½" DDDrive splits in the front doors and Alpine DDDrive 12" subwoofer in the rear. Boston acoustic 4" splits bring up the rear fill.
The front doors are fully sound deadened with two layers of soundoff and have custom made fibreglass door trims incorporating a pocket to carry things in. Being fibreglass the door pods weigh less than 1 kilo each but are still solid enough to give off the thump of a midbass speaker. The front tweeters are flush mounted in the kick panels for better imaging.
In the rear the boot has been totally reworked to show off all the equipment and is all finished in black vinyl. On the passenger side of the boot resides the Audio control eq while on the right hand side sits the DDDrive crossovers and fuse / distribution power block. Three separate 1¼" thick glass windows in the back of the box reveal a nice butt - that of a DDDrive 12" subwoofer! The inside of the ported box is two-paked the same colour as the body for visual effect and measures 2 cubic foot in volume.
The amplifier sits on the boot floor beneath a ½ " thick perspex window with our name engraved on it. A
cover also slots into place on the floor to protect the perspex for when luggage is placed in the boot.
To either side of the amp sits two thermal fans mounted in a push pull arrangement to keep things cool
when the amplifier is really working.
Installing systems into exotic cars is a task that head installer Marty Price is both enthusiatic and wary about. It's not everyday you get to work on half a million dollars worth of car. However, we're up to it. The main purpose for the Lamborghinis system was to show case the then new Alpine product lineup. We set about this with a whole pile of Alpine goodies and a nice looking car.
First thing that was done was the removal of the entire interior. Once removed the whole interior was covered with two layers of Stinger roadkill sound deadening and one layer of Dynamat. Once sound deadening has been done to our satifaction, the system was designed and installed.
From the Alpine CVA-1000E TV monitor, the signal runs into a single Alpine V12 mounted in the boot at the front of the car (this replaced the PPI displayed in the photo). Luckily Lamborghini have Apline amps factory installed but all the wires were upgraded to Phoenix Gold equipment for good measure. From the amp, the power signal travels throught to the doors and into 6½" flagship DDDrives speakers.
The DDDrive speakers are Alpines absolute showcase and they didn't fail to deleiver this time either with sound quality that was miles apart from the factor Alpine system. The DDDrive 12" reference subwoofer as mounted in behind the passenger seat and replaced the factory subwoofer. The box was constructed from fibreglass in order to get the 1 cubic foot of space needed. Behind the drivers seat in a 6 disc DVD shuttle for entertainment duties.
All up the Lamborghini provides a very solid base to sell from and it still pulls in customers from off the street everyday.
Subaru Impreza RX
When this bright red Impreza first appeared on the sound off scene around mid 2006 most people didn't pay it too much attention. Even after hearing it many people were quite impressed with its sound but some didn't see it as anything to specifically write home about. It was only upon discovering the car was competing with only a head unit and a set of splits that they were shocked. That's right; no amplifier and no subwoofer but it still sounded great! How this was accomplished will remain a Fhrx Studios secret. For now we're pleased to present to you the latest incarnation of the car.
The owner, Peter Pain, was content but wasn't overly satisfied with his cars performance in the 2006 sound off season. See Peter is a hopelessly addicted audiophile, has been for many years and has a serious amount of knowledge and experience in the audio sphere. He wanted to dramatically improve the sound that the Impreza output and so he sat down to plan stage two which consisted of amplifiers and the subwoofer. Now when audiphiles go looking for components they do not impulse buy. They tend to undertake a lot of research, listen to a lot of product and pile over mountains of information before settling on components. In the same light, when looking for someone to install their new system they do not take to this task lightly either. They expect the sound quality from the system to be paramount and are not satisfied until it is. This is where the relationship between Fhrx Studios and Peter flourished.
Fhrx Studios had just taken on board DLS products when Peter decided on his amplifiers. This worked well for both parties because what were chosen to perform the amplification duties were one of the best DLS amplifier ranges available; the 'Ultimate' series. These two amplifiers run the whole system and a third is planned in the near future. The massive A4 amplifier runs the front stage actively while the small but strong twin mono design A3 runs the subwoofer.
The system begins with a Alpine CDA-9835 head unit which controls all crossover points, slopes, levels and equalization. From there the signal travels to the two DLS amplifiers which are seated in custom bathtubs. Each of these bathtubs and their surround panels took installers Marty Price, Kevin Price, Michael Waugh, Joel Cheesman, and Jack Horrocks days to prepare and the bathtubs themselves are coated with five layers of two-pac red and five layers of two-pac clear to achieve that 'so deep you can swim in it' look. The bathtubs are surrounded by fibreglass covers that are molded to match the boot sides and seals. These are vacuum formed in vinyl and colour dyed to match the cars internal grey panels. Small plexi-glass windows in the top of each panel allow the viewer to see into the area behind each amplifier rack where two Stinger Expert 1.2 farad power caps are located and lit buy blue light.
While the boot panels were coming along nicely the rest of the system install was also attended too. The entire boot and various parts of the cars floor are deadened with Dynamat sound deadening so give it a much quieter interior. Up front under the bonnet an Optima D34M deep cycle battery offers power aplenty to the system. Running in conjunction with the twin caps, this car should just about never run out of power. As per the norm, a Fhrx Studios custom earthing kit was made up and installed along with Stinger fuse holder. All aftermarket parts are mounted to custom alloy brackets to avoid drilling holes anywhere. This also allows the car to be returned to factory should Peter ever sell it. Stinger Expert zero gauge and four gauge cables are used everywhere within the car as are Stinger speaker and RCA cables.
Moving to the front stage, the doors of the car are fully deadening inside and out with two layers of deadening. There are also Dynamat DynaXorb diffuser panels installed inside the door to prevent sound wave reflections. The baffles are custom made to attach to the factory screw locations and are sealed into the door to give the Morel Elate 6 midrange as much midbass punch as possible. The Morel Elate tweeters are located in custom made fibreglass A-pillars that have also been vacuum formed and dyed to match the cars existing interior grain and colour. These give the car an amazing sound stage.
Last but certainly not least, the subwoofer was the last hurdle to overcome. After listening to a plethora of subwoofers both here at Fhrx Studios and at sound offs and other events, the Diamond D9 12" was chosen due to it's remarkable accuracy and ability to play right down into the lowest subsonic regions. The subwoofer lives in a custom painted enclosure that measures 1.05cf in volume. This gives the subwoofer a superb roll off curve and allows it to handle all rumbling duties admirably without fuss nor hint of struggle. And just in case Peter feels like letting everyone in the neighbourhood know that he is feeling jovial, the subwoofer can be turned up to the point where it putputs a titanic amount of noise.
So at this stage the car is ready for the competition season 2007 but as hinted at above, both Fhrx Studios and Peter have bigger and better plans for the install.
When Andy first brought his stunning 57' Chev down to us we knew we'd be in for a challenge because, as is always the case with old classics like these, you cannot just install any old component set because space is at a premium in addition to the fact these cars tend to come out with some very obscure sized speakers (4 x 10" for example). Therefore when undertaking this install we'd have to develop some way of installing the large amount of planned audio gear without damaging and the cars trim pieces and secondly; we had to ensure it could be removed again if upgrades were plumbed in further on down the track.
Starting at the source literally, the Chev uses a Kenwood XXV-01D as its main head unit and this was chosen primarily for its ability to reach full preout voltage without any hint of distortion. We tend to check each and every head unit and amplifier here on the oscilloscope for distortion and this deck got the nod because it's output is so impressively devoid of any such sonic anomalies.
From here the signal heads to the Audison BitOne processor. The more processing abilities a system has, the better we can tune it to sound. For this reason we often install the BitOne as its a complete digital sound processing suite that offers the user total control over every aspect of the sound.
From the processor to the engine room of the system; the three huge Focal Dual Direct amplifiers. These amplifiers represent the pinnacle of Focals amplifier engineering abilities and not only offer an abundance of clean power (try 2 x 250 watts @ 4 ohm), they're output is virtually free of additional ambient noise such as whine. The system is setup in a semi-active configuration which sees one amplifier running the tweeters and midranges, one amplifier running the midbass drivers whilst the remaining one compliments the subwoofers.
Shooting a sideways glance at the boot, you could be forgiven for thinking it's just a simply flat wood false floor however nothing could be further from the truth. Upon closer inspection you'll notice its constuction is actually from fibreglass and has quite a few contours and curves in it as it leads from the boot rear seal right up to the enclosure face plate. The design of the floor keeps within the classic lines of the Chev and matching the side carpet was no easy task either just quietly with us scouring all over the US trimmers for a match. For additional decoration we created a perspex plate which breaks up the edge between the amplifiers and the carpet. This 'window' is the flame polished and edge lit using bright red LED's. We've welded and polished up a new alloy bracket to hold the nitrous oxide bottle for those moment where planting the right foot aren't quite enough. Under the right hand side of the boot floor is a compartment that holds the jump start and power supply (for shows) leads. Lastly; the BelAir badge was added as a decretory highlight and is mounted on the front sloping contour of the floor plate.
The front end of the system is taken care of via a whole swag of Hybrid Audio Technology components. Fitting them in and making everything look like it belonged proved to be the largest challenge of this install due to space really limiting where components could be mounted. The location for the tweeters at the base of the a-pillar was chosen in order to offer a high stage and whilst we would have liked the midranges to be right up there next to them to minimise phase issues, the full size 4" were just too large to mount there without impacting significantly on the viewing window. Therefore the midranges went down into the kicks where the massive midbass drivers live.
Just like the boot, the kick panels themselves are not as simple as they first appear either. Mounted to a custom anchor frame which bolts to the car, the they're constructed wholly from fibreglass and actually contain small aperiodic chambers for the 4" to work in so they're not impacted by significant airflow from the larger midbass drivers. The entire 6.5" portion of the kick panel itself is also a sealed enclosure and like the tweeter pods they've both been coated in multiple layers of black two-pac black to match the car body colour. We've created grilles to protect the speaker cones and trimmed them in grey grille cloth to match the interiors three tone greyscale colour scheme. Additional red LEDs were installed above them to highlight the footwell area in the dark.
With sixty hertz and up taken care of it was time to address the bottom octave of the sound. The subwoofers chosen were the mighty Focal Utopia 33WX2s because of their tight and accurate bass output. In the correct enclosure (and it does take quite some research and testing to get the enclosure correct) they not only sound amazing but can easily hold their own with many of the louder subwoofers on the market today, especially with their thirteen inch 'W' sandwich fibre / composite cone. In the middle of the enclosure lives the cars battery; a gargantuan Odyssey PC1500. This has been de-labelled and it's alcove home painted in two-pac black. The entire front face of the enclosure has a custom made trim panel which curves up under the shelf and like the floor it too has a black surround with bright red edge lighting. All in all the boot offers up quite a few special reflections when lit in the dark.
Last but not lease there is the custom dash work. When the car first came in there was talk of modifying the factory dash but we imediately turfed that idea in favour of manufacturing a fully custom centre console to not only hold the deck but also the gauges. This option was chosen over cutting the original dash because let's be honest; who wants to cut into a genuine 57 Chev dash? The front plate design of the console was a mammoth challenge too as it had to fit around the gate shifter but with patience and about twenty trial plates, it is now in there and also finished in two-pac black. More LEDs have been installed under the shifter to give it an unearthly glow when the lights are hit.
So there you have it. From conception to completion; the Chev is now kitted out with the latest and greatest audio technologies, all whilst retaining its classic lines. Best of all though; nothing has been damaged in the process of installing the great sounding system.