The Abbotsford-based owner of this recently purchased 2006 Corvette convertible dropped by Certified Autosound and Security to inquire about upgrading the audio system to something a lot louder. The car has a loud exhaust system that makes it hard to hear the stereo when it’s being driven on the highway. The owner had installed several car audio upgrades in the past, but wanted us to put the Certified touch on his new pride and joy.
Corvette Radio Upgrade
We started by looking at options for a new radio for the Corvette. The client doesn’t listen to CDs because all his music is stored on his iPhone. We suggested a source unit that includes Apple CarPlay smartphone integration so he can use voice commands to choose the songs he wants. The Kenwood DMX7705S digital media receiver fit the application perfectly.
We used an audio interface from Metra to integrate the new radio into the car while retaining the factory door chimes. A flush-mount USB port in the center console makes it easy for the client to charge his phone, and we added a lip-mount backup camera near the rear license plate to make parking or maneuvering the car easier and safer.
Morel Speaker Upgrade
Because the client wanted this new Corvette sound system to play loudly, we knew he’d need good speakers. High-quality speakers like the Morel Elate 602 produce much less distortion at high volumes than run-of-the-mill products with no engineering. We created a set of ABS plastic mounting plates to install the woofers from the Elate set in the factory door speaker location. We added SQL Soundwave rings around the speakers to help focus energy into the vehicle and applied a layer of SQL Soundmat to the inner and outer door skins to reduce noise transfer and rattles. The next step was to mount four Black Hole Tile sound-absorbing cubes behind the speakers. The finishing touch was to create a set of custom Morel badges and replace the Bose logos on the door speaker grilles. The tweeters from the Morel set are mounted in the stock location at the top of the door.
JL Audio Corvette Stealthbox and Amplifier
To help keep the installation efficient, we installed a set of JL Audio SB-GM-C6CONV/8W3v3 Stealthbox enclosures on the tray behind the driver and passenger seats. These fiberglass enclosures are custom-built for the convertible C6 Corvette and feature a pair of eight-inch 8W3v3 subwoofers to produce clean, clear bass.
To ensure that this Corvette audio system will play nice and loud, we installed a JL Audio RD900/5 amp in the trunk under the area occupied by the roof. We bonded a plastic panel to the vehicle to allow us to secure the amp in place. This mounting design prevents us from having to drill any holes in the vehicle.
We used Stinger power cables, speaker wires and RCA interconnects to provide power and signal to the amp and to connect the speakers.
The five-channel amp is configured as a three-channel to provide an impressive 200 watts of power to the Morel door speakers and up to 500 watts for the pair of subwoofers. We set the amp up using our RTA and oscilloscope to ensure there was no distortion, even with the volume on the Kenwood radio cranked up!
Loud Sound System for Abbotsford Corvette
With the installation complete, our technicians reassembled the vehicle and gave the system a thorough listening session to ensure that there weren’t any buzzes or rattles that would detract from the listening experience. The Corvette audio system is loud and clear with all kinds of music and will be able to overpower wind and exhaust system noise without any problem.
The client returned to Certified Autosound and Security in Abbotsford to check out the system. We helped him connect his iPhone to the Kenwood radio and demonstrated how to use Apple CarPlay. He cranked up some of his favorite music and had a big smile on his face. If you are interested in upgrading the sound system in your car or truck, we invite you to visit one of our stores in Maple Ridge, Abbotsford or Chilliwack. You can also reach us by e-mail using our online contact page for more information about our products and services.