Install Highlight: 2015 Cadillac XTS

DD AUDIO INSTALL HIGHLIGHT | WRITTEN BY LEWIS JACKSON | 08 NOVEMBER 2017

Most mobile audio fans at some point wax poetic about what we would do if we had no real restrictions for a build, but the true fact is that most of us have glaring restrictions that keep us from realizing those goals. Luckily for us, there are those daring souls who put it all out there, reach for the stars, and achieve the greatness that motivates us all to do better than we have before. This build is a shining example of what is possible when the right ideas, equipment, and talent all collide in a beautiful symphony of resplendence.

For most folks, just having a 2015 Cadillac XTS is already a victory of sorts. It’s the kind of car that says, “Hey, I’ve made it. I have ARRIVED.” Now, take that same vehicle, drizzle it with a stunner of a two tone Kandy Brandywine paint job, making certain not to leave out the tasteful adornment of the trim as well, set that monster on 26” Forgiato’s (color matched, of course) and you’ve set the bar pretty high for your infotainment upgrades to live up to. This is where the hardworking team at Xtreme Audio and Performance in Ocala, FL, come into play.

They were able to stuff a monster system in this boulevard beast, worthy of the vessel that would contain it. From the custom enclosure to the fabrication of the door panels to the expert upholstery work, the results speak for themselves (look at that headliner!). The talented crew at Xtreme Audio was able to cram in the following DD products to get this bad Caddy rockin’.

3 – Shuriken SK-BT120 battery
1 – LC6i Audio control
1 – DD X1 Signal Processor
2 – DD M2 Amplifier
2 – DD C3d Amplifier
1 – DD C5d Amplifier
4 – DD 3512 Subwoofers
10 – DD VO-B3 Tweeters
10 – DD VO-M8 Drivers

When asked about how he learned of DD as a brand, owner TJ Lafferty recalled having heard the brand mentioned amongst his group of 12v minded brethren and so, he figured he would give them a shot. He has never had to look back and even features DD Audio as his go-to gear at his second location. He went on to say that the combination of quality product and satisfied customers made DD Audio his choice of gear, including in his own personal vehicles.

Remember, if you are like most of us and dream of a system on another level, check out some DD Audio gear at your local dealer, and if you are fortunate enough to live in central Florida, go see the experts at Xtreme Audio and Performance and let your dreams run wild!

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Dealer Spotlight: 南方公園汽車影音

DD Audio Dealer Spotlight  |  1 November 2017

店名: 南方公園汽車影音
名的位置: 中國厦門
店主名稱: 許紅波

South Park Car Audio Xiamen China

DD: 你開業多久了?
許紅波: 差不多十年。

DD: 你如何開始做汽車音響?
許紅波: 它是一個巧合, 我更願意說是汽車音響選擇了我。

DD: 為什麼選擇以汽車音響維生?
許紅波: 我喜歡這一行的兩樣東西。第一是建做系統的機會。建做每一個系統的過程都是一個自我提升。第二,他需要創造力而我享受這創作的過程。

DD: 你店有甚麼強項。
許紅波: 個性化改裝,安裝和調試。何是,改裝部分最受人關注。

DD: 成為 DD 經銷商有多長時間了?
許紅波: 三年。

DD: 你如何關注到 DD. 你為什麼決定成為DD 的經銷商呢?
許紅波: 品牌是銷售人員告訴我的。我有兩個原因成為了 DD 的經銷商。一, 品牌是少數有自主的理論而且他不依賴 OEM 和ODM 廠家。它是有靈魂的。二,產品的品質和穩定性

DD: 問題外你還有什麼關於 DD 的經驗你想分享呢?
許紅波: 建了一架戰車跟隨中國 IASCA 作賽。 八站共贏得 54 個 IASCA 聲壓獎杯。我們享受這體驗和學習過程。我們也希望中國 SPL 市場繼續成長。

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Dealer Spotlight: South Park Car Audio

DD Audio Dealer Spotlight  |  1 November 2017

Shop Name: South Park Car Audio
Shop Location: Xiamen, China
Owner’s Name: Jacky Shu

South Park Car Audio Xiamen China

DD: How long have you been in business?
Jacky: Almost 10 Years.

DD: How did you get started in car audio?
Jacky: It was a coincidence. I would rather say car audio chose me.

DD: What made you decide to do car audio for a living?
Jacky: There are two things I love about the business. First, it is the opportunity to build a system. Throughout the process, I have grown personally as well. Second, the job requires creativity and I enjoy the creative process.

DD: Does your shop specialize in anything specific?
Jacky: Custom fabrication, and installation and tuning, however, fabrication gets the most attention.

DD: How long have you been a DD Audio dealer?
Jacky: 3 years.

DD: Where did you first hear about DD Audio, and why did you decide to become a DD Audio dealer?
Jacky: I heard of the brand from the sales representative. I became a DD dealer for two reasons. One, it is one of the few brands with its own philosophy and does not rely on OEM or ODM from the factories. It has a soul. Second, product quality and stability.

DD: Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience with DD AUDIO?
Jacky: We built a competition car with two SuperCharged 9512j subwoofers, M5 amp, XS Power batteries and followed IASCA China. After eight competitions, we took 54 IASCA SPL trophies. It was quite an experience and we enjoyed the learning process. We would also like to see the Chinese SPL market grow continuously.

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Tech Talk: A Beginner’s Guide to Car Audio Competitions

Tech Talk | WRITTEN BY AARON TRIMBLE | 24 October 2017

The 2017 Car Audio Competition Season is drawing to a close. This month USACi, IASCA, dB Drag, MECA, MidwestSPL, and others are all holding their finals. As of writing this article, both USACi’s finals in Wichita Falls, TX and Unified Finals in Louisville, KY have concluded. A few late season finishers like Midwest SPL are hosting their finals this Halloween weekend. However, after attending the first two finals, it can be said with great confidence that attendance is up, and not just at finals either. Attendance even at smaller regional shows is starting to pick up again. There’s a buzz in the air and it’s not just in the Demo Arena!

What does this mean for the “scene” though? It means that there will be a lot of new blood coming into the lanes for 2018. Enthusiasts; license plate rattler’s and traffic light bumper’s from across the country are revitalizing a sport that used to overload exhibition halls and race tracks only a few years ago. It’s an exciting time in car audio competition; new innovations and technological advancements are making it easier for novices to compete. Innovations in tandem with technological advancements like clamped power classes make it much easier for new competitors who don’t have cheater amps or a billion watts of power to be able to compete at a more reasonable level without automatically being thrown into classes way out of their league.

Some of you reading this may be car audio junkies wanting to get into the sport. It can be intimidating to try and slog through which organizations you should compete in, or which class your car fits into. Some of you may be afraid to compete because you don’t think that your two 12’s and your 1000 watt amp will be able to be competitive. These are reasonable concerns to be sure, but if you plan correctly, you can have a blast as a rookie competitor. In this month’s Tech Tip, we’ll help you navigate the competition byways to make sure you have the most fun possible when you compete in the lanes.

Car Audio Competition lanes

Steps for competing in the Lanes

Maybe you’ve never been to a show, or maybe it’s been years since you’ve competed and now you’re coming back to see that the entire landscape of car audio competition has changed. Whatever the reason is, there are few things that you can do to make sure that you get the most from a show.

1. Organizations

The first thing any prospective competitor should be nailing down is what shows are coming up. Determining what is available in your area is a good way of gauging which organization to compete in. This is not to say that you can’t compete in IASCA if 90% of the local shows in an area are USACi. However, if you have an interest in going to championships at the end of the year, you will need to accrue points in order to be invited to the end of the year finals. This is true for every major competition organization, so if you do happen to have a majority of your local shows hosted by a particular group you may want to read up on them to decide if they are a good fit. Each organization has a variety of competition formats, so there’s generally something for everybody.  We’ve included links for a few of the major organizations at the bottom of the article where you can find out about local shows and scope out rules for competition.

2. Formats

Once you’ve determined what’s in your local area it’s time to decide what you want to compete in. Are you interested in chasing numbers with sine-waves in a peak SPL style competition, or is being crowned Demo King in a musical average contest more your speed? Burp and music are the two primary competition formats. Burp cars are built around achieving the absolute peak volume possible from a system within the parameters of the class. You are generally given 30 seconds to play a sine wave of your choice through your car’s system. Whatever the peak value that the microphone picks up is, becomes your score. In musical classes, you’ll be running your system while playing a song (generally of your choice) and the microphone will measure a running average score. Your average score at the end of the run will become your score.

There are also formats that are unique to specific organizations. For example, in dB Drag you can compete in Bass Race which is a competition of skill and familiarity with your system. In Bass Race you choose a class. These classes range from 119.9 to 159.9. The class you choose determines the score you need to shoot for on a musical average. It’s like a “The Price is Right” competition style. You must average as close to your class number as possible without going over and being DQ’d. In USACi, there is a format called port wars. Port wars operates in much the same way that a burp or SPL peak class works, with the exception that the microphone is physically placed in the port. The scores are generally much higher than in normal SPL formats. There are also some torture formats like MidwestSPL’s Kaos. In Kaos, you’ll run your system to the ragged edge for 90 whole seconds to achieve the highest musical average possible. Torture style classes can be very dangerous for equipment, so if you choose to compete in these formats be sure you know your system and how much in can take. Nothing ruins a show like having to rebuild woofers at the end of it.

3. Classes

Now that you know what you’re interested in competing in, it’s time to decide what class you fit in. Showing up to a show on a whim is fine, but if you want to be competitive in your class it pays to know where you fit in. If you’ve got four 15’s in the back of a Tahoe, you should expect many of your fellow competitors to have a lot of power to accompany that. Large cone area classes generally allow for more alternators and batteries and/or more power, whereas smaller cone area classes generally limit the amount of power you’re allowed to use. Lower power classes generally limit the amount of vehicle modifications that you’re allowed to perform. For example, in a Basic class, you’ll likely not be able to remove seats or reinforce panels to increase your score. In Big classes with lots of cone area, you may run into  walled cars where the backs of vehicles are sacrificed to make giant walls of woofers and enclosures that occupy the entire cargo sections of a car. Be sure to read up on the rules for classes in the organization and format you choose to run in.

4. Your First Show

Once you know where and how you’re going to compete it’s time to go to a show. Don’t worry about winning the first time. Go to the show and learn how to compete. Watch other competitors do their runs, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something. Learn what your competition is and when it’s your turn to compete, see how you stack up against others in your class. Getting an idea of how to run in the lanes, learning how to roll into a burp or knowing when to start a song in a music format can make a huge difference in scores. A car that can beat you by a couple decibels can still be beat if you time your run better than your fellow competitor. Even if you walk away from the event without a trophy, you’ll have a better idea of how to approach the next show.

6. The Next Step

The next step is to get louder and to do that there’s a wide variety of ways to succeed.  The easiest way to get louder is to buy bigger gear. Just make sure that the new batteries, bigger amp, bigger subs, or whatever else you choose to invest in are still compliant with the class you want to compete in.

Now, if you aren’t made of money, there are far more economical ways to improve your scores. You can work on your install. Things to consider are building a new enclosure or modifying your current enclosure or you can also put some sound deadening into your vehicle where panel flex is noticeable to reduce acoustic loses. If you’re looking for something even less expensive or potentially even free, you can search out a TermLab. A TermLab is the piece of measurement equipment that all current competition organizations use to evaluate scores at a show. Often times you can rent time with one at your local Car Audio Shop for a small hourly fee, or if you’re in luck you have a friend or a fellow competitor who’ll let you rent or use theirs.  Either way, having a TermLab available to test and tune your vehicle with can return massive gains in output. Acoustics are fickle. Even minute changes in the vehicle like changing the position of your seat or folding down a sun visor can change a score by a few tenths of a decibel. A tenth of a decibel can mean winning or losing at a show, but it’s too small of an increment in output to be able to physically hear, so having a TermLab available that can detect these small changes is tremendously helpful. You can also try things like moving your enclosure around in the vehicle to see if you can gain output that way.  Often times there is an optimal spot in a vehicle where the enclosure is able to load off panels in the vehicle in such a way that it increases your score. Be creative and have fun finding new ways to get louder, because at the end of the day, it’s all about fun, right?

Organization Links

dB Drag  |  IASCA  |  MECA  |  MidwestSPL  |  USACi

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Product Spotlight: CC6.5 Component Speaker System

DD Audio Product Spotlight | WRITTEN BY KEVIN DOYLE | 16 October 2017

The CC6.5 Component Speaker System is the perfect balance of high-fidelity refinement and value. If you’re looking for a component set that is just as proficient while blasting the latest pop hit as it is accurately delivering some laid back jazz tunes this is the component set for you. We like this set so much we made it one of the featured products on our new Upgrade Your Sound™ in-store retail displayCheck out the key design elements and features below.

Mid-Woofer:

The 6.5-in mid-woofer features a coated paper cone that provides warm tonal characteristics with added environmental element resistance for the mobile environment.  The surround is made of a lightweight rubber compound that adds durability without sacrificing any sound. For the frame, we used a sexy low resonance cast aluminum frame. For reduced inductance, extended high-frequency roll off, and increased efficiency the voice coils feature a double slit former and the motor utilizes a copper pole cap. The soft parts are driven with a high flux 17 Oz ferrite magnet motor.


Copper Capped Pole Piece


Aluminum – Double Slit Voice Coil Former

Tweeter:

The 25-mm silk dome tweeter features a vented back for a wider/smoother frequency response.

CC6.5 tweeter

Crossover:

The Crossover networks are built with premium components, including Mylar capacitors, segmented air-core inductors and poly fuses for tweeter protection. Three selectable tweeter levels are provided for fine high-frequency tuning.

CC6.5 Features:

  • Power Band: 60-180W
  • 2-Way Component System: 6.5-inch (165 mm) Woofer, 1.0-inch (25 mm) Silk Dome Tweeter
  • Cast Aluminum Frame
  • Coated Paper Cone
  • Rubber Surround
  • 17 Oz magnet
  • Copper Pole Caps and Double Slit Voice Coil Formers for extended high frequency roll off, lower inductance, and increased efficiency
  • Crossover networks built with premium components, including Mylar capacitors, segmented air-core inductors and poly fuses for tweeter protection. Three selectable tweeter levels are provided
  • Black steel mesh woofer grills included.

Here is an install example from our FREE Car Audio Upgrade Guide using the CC6.5’s!

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