I'm no stranger to a build log... in fact, I have a ridiculously long one already on this site here which I started about 5.5 years ago. It documents all the gear I've been through, for better or worse. So, why start another? What's different? Well, as of 3 weeks ago, just about everything. And in a couple weeks the only thing that will remain is my headunit and amps; everything else has been switched out and I've even added a few things extra. All in the name of better sound. At some point, I want to reach the point where I just love rocking out without nitpicking it. The goal isn't as much sonic nirvana as a means to calm my OCD/ADHD tendencies and get back to the root of just really enjoying the music. So far, I think I'm on the best path toward that goal that I've ever been.
About a year ago I started trying to make a video tutorial on how to use the RTA. I realized quickly that I was going numerous directions with it and thought it best to just document steps as I tune my car and post up the measurements/results as I went. However, I spent most of the year changing gear, chasing the elusive quest of sound quality in car audio. I did alright at the end but wasn't happy with myself. I have now pretty much maximized what I'm able to use in the car and, based on all the things I've learned, I've reached the point that I will truly strive to focus solely on the aspects outside of gear chosen (with the exception of a few things I've already purchased but have yet to install). This means tuning and experimentation with new methods of tuning and the norm of car audio itself.
Since I'm starting fresh with a lot of new gear, I wanted to start a new build log. One with a clean slate, much like the install itself. The goal of this thread isn't so much to highlight what I'm using as it is to document how I'm using it and the steps in tuning I'll be taking along the way. In a nutshell, this is going to be my tuning journal with some install type stuff thrown in; mostly at the front.
If there's one thing I've learned since getting engulfed by this hobby it's the fact sound quality is both objective and subjective. Numerous measurements and research are available that explain the fundamentals of human hearing and subjective preference. There is also a lot of gray area because these studies aren't necessarily geared toward the closet sized car audio environment. Though, most of the principles remain and transfer to our hobby.
This is a no secrets, full disclosure build log that will detail - to the best of my ability - the gear I've chosen and why, and the things I'm doing in the car to get the best sound I can. The goal of this build is really to help everyone out. My install choices aren't the same as everyone but there's still a lot to learn from each other as we work toward the goal of achieving the best sound we can in our car. Yea, it's subjective, but the best part is as you adapt and grow more accustomed to good sound, the more you are willing to experiment and try new things to further your knowledge. On the flip side, there are plenty of people with stock systems. Though, I believe those people can still benefit from a little more knowledge. It can't hurt. Right?
Sometimes what I discuss here may work and other times it may not ... but that's kind of the fun of the journey. And, to be fair, I've learned much more from failing at things than I have from getting it right. Ultimately, I hope help folks learn from those mistakes... Help you understand why measurements are so beneficial and also where they have their pitfalls. Help you carry out the same things in your car and share in the enjoyment of a rockin' car stereo system.
With that said, here goes...