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The big question! I ask myself this ever so important question and seem to come up with a number of reasons. Well I'd like to hear what other people have to say. How old were you? what prompted you and why? any other opinions welcome!
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As a reformed basshead, I wanted to have the MOST BASS I COULD GET... I quickly realized that was not easily possible in the house, so when I got my first car, in high-school, (a 1972 Olds Delta 88 - this was about djkgf years ago) I saved *EVERY FREAKIN' DIME* I made at the local Radio Shack, put 4 Cerwin-Vega 18's in the trunk, with an old-school Alphasonik 2250 bridged to each one. The seat, of course had to go... LOL Didn't care about damping, didn't care about SQ, all I wanted was LOUD!!! Then I grew up, and realized there was more to life than bass...
It all reminds me of something that Molière once said to Guy de Maupassant at a café in Vienna: "That's nice. You should write it down."
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I can't really tell ya!Electronics always came naturally to me.Always have loved music.So why not mix both things I like together.What a kind of mess that has made!
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i didnt know what i wanted to be when i grew up..... and after 25 years of doing this i still dont......
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To me, it is the one thing that I can do that I really enjoy. I've been tinkering around with systems since the late 70's, when I was 15 years old. The everchanging world of car audio never stops, so it keeps you learning something new every day. It used to be all about the bass for me too, and I still love the feeling of great bass in a system, but it is very important to have equalization between all ranges of audio in a vehicle now. You sort of get hooked on it and can't ever let it go.
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Posted: December 21, 2004 at 4:01 PM / IP Logged  
Well I was always into car audio since I got my first car, 77 Ford LTD aka "Land Yacht". I figured it would make a good part time job while going through college. Guess which one won?
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Ive got 2 Audiopipe "Eye Candy" 15's in a ported box.  Ive got an MA Audio 1800W MONO block amp running then ot 0.5Ohm mono.  For a head unit I decided to get a FUSION 250.  It plays every type of cd possible, except DVD.  I have still not got new full range speakers.  Allthough when I do I am going to got with a FUSION 5X7 component speakers up front and a pair of 5X7 in the back.  All of this is in a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport.  So far my highest SPL has been 144.4db, thats without a dry-cell battery and without dynamat.
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When I first got into car stereos i was 17.  I went to the local fair, Music Masters Electronics had their 1985 Grand Prix demo car there.  I loved it.  It was sooo loud, it had tv's everywhere, neons, speakers, subs.  It was the coolest car i had ever seen....I wanted that in my car, and i am slowly working my way to it...
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It was a fasination with electronics and audio that got me started.  Worked in the electronic service business for several years and I got exposed to some very nice and high end equipment.  The coolest thing was buying a dead amp and repairing it.  The nice ones I always sold because I needed money. 

In those days a 30W+30W amp in your car was big power.  Factory radios were still mono with 5w of power.  The first car amp I ever saw was a Pioneer GM120.  A poor excuse for an amp by today's standards  but what a departure from the Kraco "Power Boosters" that most people considered a car amp. 

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After I graduate high school I took a post secondary course to be a computer Tech. I got done the course in about half the time it was suposed to take but decided while I was taking the course that I hated computers and didnt want to work with them my whole life. In fact I did not even have a computer for about 3 years after wards because I hated them so much. I was working at superstore, which is kinda like a walmart for about ten months and decided I wanted to move on to something better while I tried to figure out what I wanted to go back to school for, so I tried to get a job at a local electronics store and after appling 4 times in one week I finally got into see the regional manager and he hired me on the spot. I am still not sure why he did but he seemed to like me. At the time it was still just a job to me. After selling small shelf systems and discmans, computers (uhg) and digicams, dvd players etc, I finally got into selling the car audio equipment. I found that I really liked dealing with that apect of the store so thats where I focused most of my training and effort ( the other catagory I worried about was Big screens because I still needed to make money and they were about the easiest thing to make money on :) ). After working there for two years a friend that was an install manager at a big box store asked if I wanted to get into the install side of the job and within a couple hours I decided I would so I gave my two weeks at my old job and went to work for the competion. I have never looked back and have been installing professionally for 3 years now. I am still trying to find something to go back to school for but until something jumps out at me I am completly content to better myself at this as its something that I truly enjoy. I have not had a day yet where I got up and did not want to go to work. Sometimes by the end of the say you just wanna get the hell out of there, but I am always ready to go back the next day and I consider myself lucky to  have found a job that can give me that kinda satisfaction.
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