Project Mustang GT Part 1 – The Sound SystemWe get asked the same couple of questions a lot about car audio; they are…
1.) Can I keep my stock head unit and still get great sound?
2.) I want to keep the interior looking very stock…can you do that?
The answer to both of these questions is a great big yes, and in the design and execution of the system for my new Mustang GT we are going to do both. I want to keep the Sync system in place both for looks and because I have learned to really like the voice commands. As for the rest of the car; I just really want to keep a stock look.
So I got together with my friends at JL Audio who not only make great amps and speakers as just about all of you reading this already know, but they also make the Cleansweep products which are designed to interface a factory radio with their amps and speakers. The biggest issue with factory radios is that they often have equalization that will adversely affect the sound quality when you hook them to better stuff. The Cleansweep fixes this. It has 4 - 30 band digital equalizers that automatically figure out what the stock radio system is doing wrong and undo it. That way you can take full advantage of the amps and speakers you want to add.
Beyond that I used an HD900/5 amp to deliver 4 x 100 to the Mids and Highs and 500 watts to the sub woofer. For the sub we choose JL’s Stealthbox for the 2011 Mustang which has a 13W3v2 already loaded in it. The front stage includes a pair of ZR800 Mid bass Drivers and a C5650 component speaker set. Luckily the Mustang has a place for the 8” Bass driver and we put the 5650 in the stock 5x7 location on some plates we custom made.
We also put in a whole bunch of Hush-Mat to make sure there would be no rattles or buzzes created by the new goodies.
So how does it look and sound? Well unless you open the trunk and look at the sub it appears to be bone stock… and Sound? Stop by and give it a listen; it sounds really, really good.