I wanted to put together a simple installation for my new 2013 Accord Sport. I love the car but the factory stereo was terrible. Lucky for me there's no factory amps with the Sport trim, and a simple 4 speaker setup, and an additional bonus - a flat signal from the stock stereo. The OEM deck handles bluetooth, backup cam, steering wheel controls and is completely integrated into the dash. Goals of the installation are to keep everything hidden with an OEM appearance, and stay within a budget. I have two small kids so having full access to the trunk was an absolute must, that meant mounting the amps under the seats.
I knew since the car was brand new that I wanted to do a "single brand" installation. I know that keeping everything one brand doesn't really matter at all but I always thought it would be cool to keep everything in the family if you will. After seeing the newer RF products a few years ago at a shop I was intrigued. The more I read about their components and amplifiers, the more impressed I was so I decided to go with Rockford. Front speakers are the T2652-S components running active. Tweeters would be mounted in factory sail panels from the EX trim level. They are powered by a Rockford P500X4D (now discontinued but still available on the cheap at VM Innovations). I am running OEM rears connected to an old school Sony XM-3021 because I read that my processor; an Alpine PXE-H660 actually produces a better image when using rears. Subwoofers are Rockford also, two P2 8" powered by a Rockford Prime 750-1D.
I didn't take alot of pictures during the install but here's a few if you're interested:
You can see the speaker wires that were spliced into the oem harness running along the tunnel. On the passenger side you see the RCA's coming in from the trunk where the Alpine PXE-H660 will be mounted.
Anyone remember these RCA's?
I used the corrugated plastic for sale signs from Home Depot to fill in the giant holes in the doors.
Passenger Side Amp Rack:
Driver Side Amp Rack:
Processor Mounted to the back of the rear seat:
Wires have been cleaned up and tied since then. When the seat is up they all tuck into the carpet.
I am very happy with the way it sounds only with the quick and dirty Imprint 4 position calibration. When I have some additional time this week I will complete a 6 position calibration using the Imprint software along with tweaking my gains and time alignment. The Rockford T2 components sound great. I was a little worried about the aluminum tweeter being to bright but they sound fantastic to me. Midbass in the sealed doors is very rich and engaging.