Approximately 4 months ago I sold my 2010 Volvo C30 and purchased a 2013 Honda Accord EX sedan. I actually loved my Volvo, and I loved the stereo system in it even more (build log here) but my wife and I were expecting our first child and I needed something a little more practical. After driving every sedan under the sun, the new Accord was hands down the nicest in my price range. I convinced myself that I wouldn't miss the stereo system and would just get by listening to a stock stereo.
I made it about 2 weeks before I started planning my new installation.
After scrimping, saving, and begging my wife to use part of our tax return I finally have all the gear together for a build. I learned a lot from my previously mentioned first "complete" installation and I hope to continue that learning trend here. My goals for this project are:
1) Achieve good sound quality using primarily factory locations and a simple 2-way front stage.
2) Learn to build and properly tune a ported subwoofer enclosure (I have always done sealed or IB).
3) Be able to return the car to stock relatively easily.
4) Maintain serviceability of the vehicle.
5) Respect the original design of the vehicle interior. I want everything to "look like it was supposed to be there."
6) Learn new composite fabrication techniques including but not limited to vacuum bagging (wet layup, I will likely not be attempting infusion yet)
7) Have fun.
8) Finish in time for my first sound quality competition (IASCA event June 8th, 2013).
9) Retain the spare tire, tools, and ability to access them.
I am definitely not an expert. What I lack in experience I try to compensate with persistence. I post a lot of photos with my builds, it helps keep me honest and details my thought process, for better or worse. I encourage and embrace feedback from the multiple talented individuals here.
Here is my core gear list. This doesn't include a lot of odds and ends such as wiring and sound deadener, but it gives a general idea of what's going in the car.
Here is my proposed system layout. The only unknown at this point is whether I will be running a three way center channel using a Vifa NE85W that I picked up. If space will allow I will do this. This is, therefore, not represented in the diagram.
I will be running the entire system off the rear outputs of the stock head unit and will be running two full range drivers off the front channels of the stock head unit. These will be mounted in the top of the doors, near the handles. This will allow me to run bluetooth calling out of these full range speakers only and not through the entire system. It will also allow me the potential flexibility to convert the system to a three way front stage should I get the itch in the future.
Oh, and I will be running four eight inch subwoofers . The subs will be mounted as pairs in two custom ported enclosures in each side of the trunk. The front and rear speakers will be in stock locations, but with some twists. The center channel… well I will have to keep you in suspense there .
The amplifiers, processor, and wiring will be mounted in a false floor built into the trunk. I will do two pairs of fans in a push-pull configuration to handle cooling.