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:
- Rear RCA auxiliary input to allow factory stereo integration.
- 3 volt RCA outputs.
- RCA output for front/rear/sub speakers.
- Ability to play wav files (uncompressed lossless audio files) from USB and SD card slot.
- 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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