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Hey all, I thought i would share my ideas, build and journey out there with the masses . I am no professional and I like to try different approaches and ideas. Learning as I go.

My goal is to get as close to the 2 channel home audio experience in my car as I can. My previous Yaris build was a great learning experience and I am going to build on top of that.

I do not have the system fully planned out and I am faking it till I make it. This is a SQ build not a boom boom or sql build.

I am going to use all my previous equipment.

tweets - Brax ML1
Mids - Brax GL6
Midbass - Brax ML 8
Rear fill - Brax GL3
Sub = ?

Proc. - Helix Ultra

Amps - (2) helix C-fours
(1) helix C-one.

Source - Fiio m11 pro - coax out
and maybe deck integration.

All positive , sharing of ideas, and inquiry focused conversation welcome and negative stuff keep to yourself please.

Let the journey begin with a .........

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Welcome back! Looking forward to your new project! Please keep us posted.
 
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Okay were to start. i could not decide so I thought why not cut a hole in a a-pillar then I have to start. I then formed up a mock baffle to play with arrangement and mechanical fit testing (MFT). The pillars in the Venza inspire lots of opportunistic thoughts. This will be my first first integrated pillar build, so both exciting and nerve wrecking!


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But... I knew this was not the dream plan i had for the car when I bought so I threw away that idea and decided to upsize o_O

I made another mock baffle built up a basic structure and sealed it with high-end acoustic duct tape, lol, Again MFT and proof of concept.

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Outside looking in. I drove around with this arrangement for a day or two to see how it would impact the practical vehicle usage. And the impact was hardly noticeable due to the Venza dash profile and pillar design.

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I have a vertical allignment just like that. I believe that is the best way to go for imaging.
 

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I am thinking this is really going to work, so I thought i would shoot it with the RTA to see what I am dealing with in reality. the mock enclosure is vented into the dash through the tweeter panel which was removed. I put a decent amount of poly and wool into the enclosure to help control the back wave not knowing what to expect. Below is the RTA capture. I think I put a bit of a low shelf filter at 150hz down to lift it a bit. Tweet and mid crossed at 2.2Khz. I listened to mono music for a while and then decided to see if I can make this happen. By all accounts the results are promising. I expect the cabin gain to be much less above the dash however I have certain goals in mind.

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I mocked up a DSP and amp test jig powered by a computer power supply to run my tests against the initial setups. I have no amps or anything installed in the car yet.
 

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Keep going girl. I was able to get a listen to this mock up. It’s going to be a crazy sounding build when done.
 

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But... I knew this was not the dream plan i had for the car when I bought so I threw away that idea and decided to upsize o_O

I made another mock baffle built up a basic structure and sealed it with high-end acoustic duct tape, lol, Again MFT and proof of concept.

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OOO😮the audiophile tape! Nice haha. I like the bookshelfesque design on the pods, I've been thinking about doing something similar.
 

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So I started on my baffle design and i have it to the basic shape I like and I started with mounting into the pillars and getting my alignment to where I am happy with it.

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What? You can't fit 8s? :) Looking great AudioGal. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this canvas. That looks really good from an acoustical stand point, well at least as nice as possible given the amount of glass around the cabin.
 

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What? You can't fit 8s? :) Looking great AudioGal. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this canvas. That looks really good from an acoustical stand point, well at least as nice as possible given the amount of glass around the cabin.

haha ya wouldn't that be something. I have something close in mind though !
 

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Okay the build has started. Pillars are out and I am starting to cut materials.

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Pillars are roughed in using baltic birch strips. My garage does not have enough light so I brought them inside to take a pic or two. I rebuilt each pillar twice to get the shape that i was going for. Lots of work still to do to get them into shape but I am liking the progress so far.

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