This has the possibility to become a long investment over time, possibly years. But I can give you a good idea of what has been done so far and where I am going. I am all ears for ideas, clues, things I should have done, and things I just shouldn't waste my time doing, please give me all the feedback you can, bad or good. I am not a car audio professional, but I have always wanted something, extremely loud, a head turner, attention grabber, whatever you want to call it. I want people to point at me and say "Hey man, let me get a demo of that system". In the end it's not about me, it's about peoples reactions and how it warms me up when they smile and plug their ears from spl pleasure. ;]
To start it off the car, its a 2010 camaro LT1, I went with the v6 version, because in the end, I don't care to much about the engine. Two, people like spending money making their cars faster, more hp etc, I just like making mine loud, and beautiful to the ears.
I've had it for about for about a 2 years now and going from a 1991 saturn to this, I was in awe. I really wasn't too knowledgeable at the time about car audio, I knew how to put in a basic subwoofer, amplifier, and a prefab box run some of the wires, and minor electrical work ( splicing ) etc nothing special. I knew nothing about how much a box built to specs would actually matter, how much power, was actually good for subwoofers, how much electrical work was actually needed to make it loud.
Next after I bought the car, I knew I wanted a touchscreen H/U, never had one before so with the rest of my deployment money, and got what I could. A Pioneer AVH-P3200BT which was about 400$, the sad part was the install kit for the camaro at the time was 300$ !!! Just for something the touchscreen could sit in and integrate A/C controls, etc. It was the only one made at the time, and still might be, but I went with it. I was excited, a 18 year old, with money, and you buy some dumb expensive ****.
After that expensive little piece was put in, It blew my mind. Stock radio speakers were so much louder than before, I guess that little boost in wattage from the H/U made them soar. It was so clean and loud I was hooked. Somehow I made it a few months without blowing more money on subs right away, but I just couldn't wait any longer. About 6-10 months later, I went and bought me a Alpine Type-R 12" Which I have used in another car. I also had the Alpine Type-X before this, but me being stupid and not understanding a prefab box was just not cutting it, I sold the type-x a week later thinking it was a waste of money. Little did I know the same guy that I sold it to had a box built to specs a few weeks later after I sold it to him. He gave me a demo, and I couldn't believe it same sub, same amplifier, but it was so loud it hurt my ears. I didn't think of it anymore really after awhile, but that definitely opened my eyes to what needs to be done to make things loud.
So here it is my Type-R and the Hifonics Brutus 1200 that banged my car for quite sometime, until now.
I was pretty happy with that sub amp, and a prefab box combo, but the day my Type-R started cracking on the front almost a year later, and it sounded like straight crap. Alpine wouldn't except an RMA or help get me a new sub because the warranty ran out, I gave in, and started seeking bigger things.