I've been wandering theses pages admiring the talent and patience for years. I began in car audio in the late 80's, stayed a little involved locally (Southeastern VA) limited by military responsibilities. Managed to build a SQ car in a Celica I brought home from Japan in early 2000. Then, got married, two kids in the last three years, bought too big of a house, I'm its bitch, blah, blah, blah, needless to say, the toys got put on the back shelf for a decade or so.
As anyone who has ever been consumed by the audiophile bug, every road trip, every commute, every time you turn the volume up on a great song, and that "WOW" isn't there, you know you have to get it back. So, here I am, time to put the wow back in my rides.
Recently developed a preemptive strike plan. Put the wife into a Sequoia, 2007, great used truck (She's not getting new, she hits stuff, lots of stuff), I found great humor in the fact it was equipped with a cassette player. Granted, it had a CD player, sounded OK actually (JBL). Something about looking at that tape player made me flash back to endlessly punching fwd and rev to find songs, it got worse when the wife actually dug out her college mix tapes and began to play them, we didn't know each other then, I assume her old boyfriends made these, so now another mans music is in my truck, no can do, enter PLAN A.
It intitally began with standard sales tactics of:
1. Honey, I noticed how much you've been listening to pandora and Rhapsody, you know what be cool...
2. Do you think a backup camera like your sisters lexus would help you stop backing over your fathers mailbox?(At family thanksgiving dinner, while beering it up with her dad, always planning, dads support safety)
3. Routinely sneak to truck and turn bass all the way up, if your wife is anything like mine, she cranks it, it was just a matter of time..."Babe, the stereo in the truck sounds all wobbley"...like fish in a barrel.
4. Routinely comment during family trips how annoying her blown speakers are, and how overpriced factory replacements are, this, my friends, is one of the few times in my life I've received great satisfaction at the parts and labor counter of a car dealer. Yes, I'm a jerk, but actually walked her into a parts dept at toyota and had them right up what they would charge for replacing all the speakers with the "Very High end OEM JBL components", of course I let them quote install as well.
5. When she caught her breath, we had a beer at a local waterside establishment, and I explained what I could do for about 1/3rd of what the dealer was quoting, plus DVD, backup, Pandora, blah, blah, blah...I really should be in sales.
End of PLAN A: A simple compoment/coax/10"sub/5-channel amp/AVH5500 install, +dynamat etc all for under a thousand bucks.
Sounds fantastic, active crossovers keep her from blowing stuff up, and I'm her hero
A hero that has to suffer without a nice stereo in his car...
Enter Plan B: I've been tuning her truck quite a bit, usually only when she needs to do errands during the kiddos nap-time (prime loud music time), "Sorry babe, just take my car"...the pity when she gets home is unimaginable, "Your stereo sounds so cruddy after hearing my truck", "I know honey, someday"...(and yes, I detune my OEM before she gets in every time.
Plan C: By this time, many of you may say you shouldn't have to go through this much BS with your wife just to put a stereo in your car. To those people, who either have too much disposable income and/or no kids, you won't understand. To the real folk out there, happily married with families, you understand. Chose your battles, if you can make her want it as much as you and skip the compromise stage, well, game on!
Plan D: I'm shopping for what I want now, there is a budget, but I am allotted a plethora of craftsmanship, patience, and a good bit of know-how. That, combined with some of the phenomenal ideas, talent, and knowledge gained from this site, should build one nice budget system.
Currently, I'm an electrical engineer with backgrounds in submarines, particle accelerators, free electron lasers, MEMS, robotics, and RF theory. Developing RF and SAT amplifiers for a small company with a ton of growth potential at the moment (AND I GET PAID TO PLAY WITH AMPS!!!)
Thanks fellas, keep up the good work!!!