A client from Holly Springs recently visited Adrenaline Autosound for assistance in upgrading her 2018 Chevy Tahoe audio system. The truck came with a Bose sound system that the client found disappointing. The system lacked dynamic range, bass output and accuracy. After seeing several of our build posts on our website, she felt we could deliver an upgrade that would sound the way she wants without negatively affecting the aesthetics and practicality of the vehicle. This is our favorite kind of project!
Audiofrog Speaker Upgrade
We removed the factory speakers from the doors and the corners of the dash. We created custom mounting adapters for Audiofrog GS10 tweeters for the dash location and GS60 woofers for the door location. As always, we ran new wiring to each speaker location to ensure reliable and efficient performance. We finished the speaker installation with sound deadening and acoustic coupling rings in the doors to maximize the performance of the upgrade.
JL Audio System Amplifier
A JL Audio VX700/5i amplifier powers the upgraded audio system. We mounted the amp on the passenger side of the vehicle behind the factory trim panel in the cargo area. We used nutserts in the factory bracketry and stainless-steel bolts to secure the amp in place. An access panel for the jack also serves to provide access to the new amplifier.
All of the wiring for the amp is bundled and protected to match GM’s standards. Near the amp, vinyl electrical tape protects the wires and cables. As the wiring travels forward, we used high-temp TESA tape and the factory wiring channels to keep everything neat and tidy.
DRC-200 Remote Level Control
The client wanted to be able to easily adjust the output level of the JL Audio Stealthbox we installed. We mounted the control knob from the DRC-200 on the left side of the steering column shroud. This location is easily accessible and doesn’t detract from the aesthetics of the SUV.
The preset indicator LED from the DRC-200 is mounted behind the 12V accessory outlet in the center console. This location works well as the LED illuminates the shiny power outlet but can be quickly and easily concealed by flipping down the plastic cover.
Chevy Tahoe Audio System Tuning
We finished the project by tuning the DSP processor integrated into the VX700.5i to match our target frequency response curve. The client returned to Adrenaline Autosound in Clayton to hear her upgraded Tahoe audio system for the first time and was thrilled with the improvement. The system had the clarity, frequency response and output capabilities she wanted. If you are in the Raleigh area and want to upgrade your sound system, drop by our store or send us an e-mail using our contact page.