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Old 09-11-2012, 11:14 AM
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Default Whatever happened to show-quality installs??? (*large photos!)

Back in the golden era of car audio most serious car audio nuts won't show up at a show without some kind of elaborate theme and tricked-out installs, but now all I see are straight MDF/wood and some carpet or paint and that's it. What happened to all the elite individuals who put time and passion into their installs? Now all I see are plain old crap all the time... themes are gone, woofers all look the same and nobody cared about REAL sound quality such as imaging and setting up a correct sound stage.

I scanned some old magazines for all the noobs who don't know what I'm talking about. This is back when people were willing to pay for quality and cheap bastards waited until they have money to buy it.

Here's a good SPL install...












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Old 09-11-2012, 11:17 AM
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And here's a good sound quality install... this guy probably paid close or well over $1000 just for a pair of those USD Audio waveguides.









I have plenty more of this.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:20 AM
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It's all about getting loud now....put something in for one show, and tear it out the next.
Why put in all the work to make it pretty when you're not going to keep it?

Now there is lots of show quality installs, but those are on the sound quality side of things.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:22 AM
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There is no money in the sport any more for most companies. They don't fund builds like that first one any more. That's what happened to those installs.
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I try to take a lot of pride in how my vehicle looks. I slid my wall back 2 inches just to meet up with my C pillar so it would look better with the beauty panel. Lost dbs doing it, but im not set on scores. I like good numbers, but to me good numbers are ruined by a SHITTY ASS install. Especially half assed installs.
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Most of the car audio world is full of guys that want everything for free and think that they can do it just as good as a shop. Shops can't compete with a DIY price and don't hire quality installers/fabricators to do quality work. Too much focus today is in cheap products and the average person in car audio isn't gonna pay $400 to have a box build into there trunk with a beauty panel to make everything look clean. The art of installation no longer exist.
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Most of the car audio world is full of guys that want everything for free and think that they can do it just as good as a shop. Shops can't compete with a DIY price and don't hire quality installers/fabricators to do quality work. Too much focus today is in cheap products and the average person in car audio isn't gonna pay $400 to have a box build into there trunk with a beauty panel to make everything look clean. The art of installation no longer exist.
The average person doesnt have the money to make it look pretty> I myself have seen so many "temp" installs that turn perm without changes. Sad really. But oh well. If i had the money Id love to make it look gorgeous...no homo. Have one of those installs where you show someone and they take a step back...where someone who knows nothing about the craft or doesnt like it to begin with to take a second glance and appreciate the time, effort and LOVE that goes into something like that.
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Come to finals in Indy... I have a display going up there to show old school installs... Plus the Astro we built will be there too... It's about as old school as you are gonna get anymore... Lol
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Cause i change my set-ups as much as i change my boxers.
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Cause i change my set-ups as much as i change my boxers.
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