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|15th July 2008, 14:31||#1|
The Pursuit of SQ from Amsterdam to Chennai - Lancer Finally ICEd
Hi Fellow TBHPians.
I have the right car for my needs and the right car to satisfy my need for speed. However driving gets boring esp on the Mumbai - Pune expressway without some entertainment on the go. Not just any entertainment but something that creates more than illusions of great sound.
I started with a dream to own a lancer, which i eventually did last December. But the insatiable thirst for better didn't end.
Hours and hours spent on TBHP did brainwash me that the sony's and kenwoods of the car ICE world are not just enough and yes if you have the budget ( which is never sufficient ) you can definitely get better that you think exists.
My saga of ICe upgrade hit a road block when i knew that i was traveling to Amsterdam,
So i held on to my upgrade since the car was anyways going to be hibernate for a while, and what the heck there was no need to hurry and ICE it, I might get better stuff in Europe So thought that Amsterdam might have something nice to pick on my way back but it was too damn costly there.
you can read some of that here
so started putting down my requirements to the guru to help and shop in India here
I came back in the last week of June saving the euros and instead deciding to do my car in India. But NO. The day had to wait. I had to travel to Chennai and met Nitrous. His reputation says that he can unearth things that seem to be impossible to find ( for me it was the JBL 75.4 ) just the mention of that and nitrous was kind enough to arrange one for me in 2 hours flat and delivered at my guest house.
I lugged the huge beast in its the-color-that-Sam-likes box all the way through the Chennai airport, the jet airways flight back to my home.
so there the saga restarts.
So now I have the pivot of my setup the JBL GTO 75.4, revered and loved by many.
Next was the front compos. I heard a lot of good about the Illusion Electras EL 6.1 and who better to reach out than Ajay (B&T). I wanted to audition it and Ajay redirected me to Boom at Carter road Bandra for the audition and installation.
I finally chose to put the below setup
1) Amp - JBL 75.4
2) Front Compos - Illusion EL 6.1 - powered by the front channels of the 75.4
3) Rear Fills - retained old Pioneer Ts-A6960
4) Ground zero PK 10 - 10mm2 cabling kit (includes amp power cables,speaker cables & 1 RCA)
5) Monster RCA for sub
6) illusion reference series 16 AWG speaker cable X 2
7) Ground Zero GZTW 12MK² Subwoofer - rear channels bridged
8) Pioneer 4050 Head unit.
9) MDF subwoofer enclosure
below are some of the install WIP pics.
The EL 6.1 mid bass , tweeter and crossover in the box
The Cabling kit
The monster RCA
The Wired Crossover
The Illusion speaker cable
The door pad opened
The MDF spacer in place
The mid-bass goes in place
The Amp grounding cable fitted.
Crossover nicely tucked behind the glove box
The cable nicely tied with plastic cable ties.
No more words for now , I am just loving the SQ out of the whole setup.
Will post more completed setup pics , configurations and impressions later in the day in further posts after the mods approve my thread.
P.S. YES O' ICE GURUS. I inevitably ended up spending more than my budget and still haven't really convinced my dad of why I need to spend more than 30K on "just a car music system" which I know is not just "any" car music system
anyone volunteering to prove to my Dad that I didn't splurge
Vid6639 - basic ICE discussions in the sincity metro ( btw Vid that travelogue is still waiting
B&T for valuable suggestions and redirecting to a real good installer in Zohir at BOOM
DerAlte - for the right direction and advice
Nitrous - for arranging the 75.4 and all the hospitality in Chennai inspite of the empty fuel tank
Sam,navin, LBM ,hydrashok and other ICE gurus for all the posts in the ICE section
Amit_engg , nishantgandhi , vebmetal and other guys who stole all my queries and created nice newbie guides and almost always cleared my Q's reading your threads.
Ramie2400 - for his DIY spirit to inspire me to take the plunge
and all the fellow BHPians who by their innumerable posts added bucketfulls to my knowledge.
please forgive me in case I missed anyone's name unintentionally.
MODS: sorry for the long post. but yes more yet to come.
|15th July 2008, 14:57||#2|
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Hey! Nice choice of equipment
Turn off the rears for a while so you can actually experience the comp's performing. If your driving then who needs rear's anyway.
|15th July 2008, 14:58||#3|
Pics of completed installation
Let the pictures do the talking.
I have to get back to work otherwise I might have to break my records of leaving office by 6.30
Please excuse the bad quality of some pics my phone doesn't take great pics in the night
|15th July 2008, 15:00||#4|
yeah actually I can turn them off anyways they hardly audible.
will try tonite.
|15th July 2008, 16:21||#9|
Join Date: Mar 2008
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nice setup, clean install. IMHO..remove the sub grill doesnt go with the setup.
Enjoy ur ICE!!
|15th July 2008, 16:51||#13|
Join Date: Mar 2006
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Nice setup bro! Good choice of equipment and quality install.
When did Nitrous baba become the ICE baba?
|15th July 2008, 16:57||#14|
I can really feel A R Rahman performing in front of me
I did hear a lot of nitrous and his capabilites.
However I leave it to nitrous to answer what hard-to-get-stuff he is really capable of getting
|15th July 2008, 17:12||#15|
THe grill helps to keep my GZ sub safe. btw who cares for looks when the sub can make it presence felt without seeing it
The guy named mohan who did the install at Boom did a nice job with the install and didn't compromise a bit esp on stuff like the plastic cable ties.
With it i would just be able to rip my thane pune trips in less than an hour.
With that kinda tank i would have to say NOS "bottom's up" and not NOS shots
Ah. so is it already time for another upgrade? Nah...
for now i dont think in need damping maybe a future damping upgrade will make me appreciate it even more.
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