Build and Layout

As I mentioned before during the first go around, I attempted to use the existing OEM system as the source. If you’re an audiophile, I don’t recommend that route unless you’re able to get true line out from the source equipment. In my situation, even if I had true line out, the OEM interface was so dysfunctional, I would have eventually gone this route. Therefore, I’m going to skip the first build and discuss the final build only. Here’s the major component parts list:

  • Pioneer DEH-80PRS Head Unit
  • Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 Amp
  • AudioControl LC8i (only needed if you want to connect the factory unit as a source to the Pioneer and was a leftover from the first go around.)
  • JL Audio C5-650 2-Way Component Speaker System (2 sets – front and rear.)
  • JL Audio CS110TG-TW3 Truck PowerWedge, Sealed.

Here’s how the components are connected:

After doing exhaustive research, it seemed like the Pioneer DEH-80PRS was the only head unit that met all of my technical requirements:

  1. Rear RCA auxiliary input to allow factory stereo integration.
  2. 3 volt RCA outputs.
  3. RCA output for front/rear/sub speakers.
  4. Ability to play wav files (uncompressed lossless audio files) from USB and SD card slot.
  5. Good reviews on audio output quality.

I didn’t put a lot of research into the amp, just made sure that the front and rear speakers were powered by a class a/b amplifier. I liked the fact it used a class d amplifier for the sub because of its efficiency. I’ve always liked Rockford Amps and owned three prior to this. I was disappointed that they are no longer made in the USA, but couldn’t find any others that were. Here’s the general setup of the amp:

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