PA Sate Finals last year:
I had a guy ask me to demo my truck. I was doing pretty good after I started competing late in the season and my scores were getting better and better. He climbs in and we start listening to some tunes. He asks if I had a sub in my console. Nope. "How did you get the bass up front and on the dash" I told him it was just the way I tuned. TA, EQ and gains. We listen for a while longer and he makes his comments on my truck....
"I love the way you have the bass up front and across the dash"
"You have some amazing midbass"
"Your soundstage is really good"
"The center is perfectly focused and accurate"
"Your depth is like beyond the windshield somewhere"
"I like the height you got above the dash"
"The tonality is really really nice.You've got this tune dialed in........"
"......But your vocals suck!"
This is when I told him to get out of my truck. I went on to win my class and my score was much higher than what he received. He left pissed off with his score.
I STILL haven't lived down the "Your vocals suck" and I'm reminded of this all the time.
The Vinny last year:
I got all set up for the event and started saying hello to everyone. I had a few people come by and ask for a demo before judging started and I'm always happy to let anyone have a listen. (except Mr. "Your vocals suck") A fellow DIYMA member climbs in and is new to SQ and is having demo's in as many vehicles as he can. We start listening to several tracks and the conversation goes something like this....(I should mention that my truck came with a high freq driver in the center of the dash and there is an opening (grill) about 1 1/4" in the center of the dash)
"WOW! What kind of center Speaker are you using?"
"There is no center speaker/driver"
"You don't have a center speaker?"
"I don't have a center driver"
"How does all that sound come from that little grill in the center?"
"There is no sound coming from that little grill. I don't have a center driver"
"Then why do I hear a center speaker"
"You don't hear a center driver because there is no center driver"
"Then what am I hearing?"
"You are hearing the sub in the rear, the midbass in the doors and the coaxial drivers on the left and right side of the dash. I use TA, EQ and gains together to focus everything to a center image."
"Ah so everything is focused on the center speaker?"
"There is no center driver"
"No center speaker?"
"Nope, no center driver"
"That's amazing! But what about that little opening in the center of the dash?"
"LOL.....it's nice to look at and makes for good conversation"
End of demo and an introduction to SQ tuning.