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Posted By: DYohn
Subject: Who’s Who?
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 3:55 PM

It was suggested that a new "sticky" topic be created so the professionals and shop owners and installers on the forum can introduce themselves.  This way, if anyone wants to know who is responding to them, they can check this thread and see how people introduce themselves.  So please add a message here and let us know who you are.

I'll start.  I've been working in audio as a professional since 1973 and in car audio for almost as long.  I have a Ph.D. and a BSEE and I worked for several well known companies that deal primarily with professional and movie theatre sound schemes and certifications.  (I cannot name them as I want to keep it clear that what I post here is MY opinion, not that of my company.)  My system design and installation activities these days are mainly centered around very-high-end home theatre, although I do an occasional job in car installations, especially for SQ.  I am assigned by my company to special projects as an engineer and was involved, for instance, in a car audio design program through Creative Labs and Pioneer for the Lincoln THX-certified systems.  I am a former college professor, which is why I get long-winded sometimes.  :)  I have never installed car audio for a living, but I have in the past sold equipment at the Good Guys and been a competitor sponsored by Blaupunkt.  I've worked in professional sound reinforcement (touring rock shows) and done sound design for theatre and films, and designed speaker systems for commercial companies and for large movie theatres.  OK, who's next?



Posted By: Steven Kephart
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 5:07 PM

Wow Dyon.  I have always been very impressed with the knowledge and experience you bring to the table.  But you have a very impressive background.  It really shows in your posts.  This forum is very lucky to have you.  Do you have pics of some of your work?

I work for Adire Audio doing a little of everything around here.  My main job is shipping/receiving though.  I got this job in March of this year.  Before that I was a car stereo installer for about 3 years where I learned a great deal about fiberglass fabrication.  I have been active in online boards for about 4 years now.  I don't have a colledge degree.  I have just picked up a lot of information over the years.  I am very fortunate to work for a great company where I can learn even more.

Steven Kephart

Adire Audio


Posted By: haemphyst
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 5:39 PM
I was an electronics technician (6 years) AND a high voltage electrician (5 years) in the Navy, a communications technician for the County of Kern (California) (2 years) and now, on the side, I design and build home theaters and computers for people (3 1/2 years). I worked for Radio Shack (but don't hold THAT against me posted_image), and one of the bigger car stereo stores in Bakersfield. I do not know everything, though some people say I sound like I do <grin> I am (cough) years old, and I have been interested in electronics or have worked in electronics or computer related industry since I was about 6 years old. I read EVERY book I could get my hands on regarding electronics. I was building passive series crossovers for my own speaker systems by the time I was a freshman in high school. I am a high voltage hobbiest, in addition to the audio stuff. I have built flame speakers, ribbon drivers, Tesla coils, VanDeGraaf, Whimshurst, and Mark's Generators, Quarter shrinkers, and many other high voltage and audio components. In addition to the items listed here, I am a full time Network Administrator and Help Desk manager for a large doctor's office in Bakersfield, Ca. Audio Perfection is a continuous path for me - never a destination. I have never gotten as good as I could get and not heard something better for me to chase after. I have $11,000 (with time and custom parts involved) in a 15,000 dollar car... priorities, hmmm? Oh well, with that, here is my current lot in life:

2001 Honda Civic LX
Eclipse 8051 E8 deck
(Soon) AltoMobile UCSPro for front channels and Subwoofer equalization and time alignment.
Eclipse 3122 driving Infinity emit Kappa tweeters @ 55w X 2
Eclipse 32440 driving Eclipse 89940 Point source 6X9's @ 120w X 4, bi-wired, bi-amped (this amp will still run in four channel mode, two channels to the Vifa 3 inch mids in the doors, and the 6X9's in the deck are going bye-bye, in favor of a Seas or Dayton 7 inch mid-bass on the other two channels.)
Eclipse 34230 driving Morel MW-162 6" midbass in doors @ 550w X 2
Eclipse DA7122 driving Eclipse SW9122 12" Titanium sub @ 1000w X 2
165A alternator from
RedTop Optima 12v under the hood
2 RedTop Optima 6v in trunk, one each side wired in series
2 Rockford Fosgate 1 Farad caps on custom hand built power bars

Anyway, there it is. Exciting, huh?

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."

Posted By: kgerry
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 5:40 PM

I refer to myself as " just an audio guy ".... I started my business in 1979 at the tender age of 20 ( who knew ) and i'm still doing it today.... I started it as a custom stereo installation centre and now do about 65 % service work and 35 % installation work.....I went to university and tech school during the first 10 years or so of running the biz ( i refer to those days as "a buck a beer and all the girls you can chase" )... i've got degrees in Psychology and Electronics Engineering... as we are not an audio retailer ( the only things we sell are Security Systems and Remote Starters ) any advice i tend to give would be from an installer/service perspective....... which a lot of my customers appreciate as we are not trying to " sell them something "

when travelling i always try to check out similar shops ( i showed the boys at a shop in Moscow two years ago how to install a remote starter)... so beware i may drop in and say hi to someone on here someday

that's about it.....pretty uneventful story...heck, it would barely fill the inside jacket of a good novel......

Kevin Gerry
Certified Electronics Technician
MECP First Class Installer

Classic Car Audio
since 1979

Posted By: Steven Kephart
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 6:18 PM
kgerry wrote:

when travelling i always try to check out similar shops ( i showed the boys at a shop in Moscow two years ago how to install a remote starter)... so beware i may drop in and

You're totally welcome to stop on by.  We are in Seattle, so if you ever are passing through.............

One small thing I forgot to add to mine.  I worked for Sonitrol installing alarms in homes and businesses for a year.  I am half way through the low voltage apprenticeship program in Oregon.  It has a little to do with electronics, so I thought it was important to add. posted_image

Steven Kephart

Adire Audio


Posted By: kgerry
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 6:37 PM
ahhhh......fond memories of Seattle... i slept outside the Kingdome  for 4 days to see Zepplin in 77.... and met Heidi and Stephanie.......

Kevin Gerry
Certified Electronics Technician
MECP First Class Installer

Classic Car Audio
since 1979

Posted By: Steven Kephart
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 6:46 PM

Well then we can make them more fond by showing you a subwoofer that can move 3" linear one way.  Or let you hear an amazing home theater setup.

Steven Kephart

Adire Audio


Posted By: Ravendarat
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 7:39 PM
Well, I guess I'll go now. Im 22 and have been in the buisness for about 5 years, 2 1/2 as a salesperson and 2 1/2 and counting as an installer. I work at Future Shop now and did sales at Visions Electronics before. I have been installing for about 6 years but like I said, only professionally for 2 1/2. Its amazing how much you think you know, and then how much you relise you didnt know once you get trained. I Have been MECP certified but put no faith in that certification, a monkey with a day to study could pass that test. I have used a very wide variety of equipment, everwhere from absolute crap like pyrimid to higher end gear like audison, denon, focal and Nakamichi. Have some fiberglass experince but definatly wouldnt say I am an expert. I have been to school and graduated as a computer Tech from CDI, and can no longer stand computers so I went back to my first love. Besides being a huge car audio enthusist I am also a rediculously big Professional Wrestling Nerd. Take that for what you want. I usually am on this forum once or twice a day so I am generally not hard to get a hold of. I will let my opinions known but on the same note am never above hearing some explain to me why they think I am wrong, just be ready for a fight about it:)

double-secret reverse-osmosis speaker-cone-induced high-level interference distortion, Its a killer

Posted By: auex
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 7:44 PM
I'm just a lowly installer.

Certified Security Specialist
Always check info with a digital multimeter.
I promise to be good.
Tell Darwin I sent you.

I've been sick lately, sorry I won't be on much.

Posted By: Alpine Guy
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 9:47 PM
Im a poor installer that works for a money grabbing italian coke doer, i learned everything from doing it and learning as i do it, , and by reading every thread on this board for the past 3 months and counting.  I have been installing professionally for just over a year now, and in my town am known as "THE INSTALLER", i have never had a customer come back with a problem with there vehicle, , ever.    Whell except one old lady, , , her led flashed at her, , she got scared and told me to fix it haha.

2003 Chevy Avalanche,Eclipse CD7000,Morel Elate 5,Adire Extremis,Alpine PDX-4.150, 15" TC-3000, 2 Alpine PDX-1.1000, 470Amp HO Alt.

Posted By: archemedes
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 9:51 PM
I have been mostly a hobbiest, then did installs for a short time for a place in MI. I moved to GA and went to work for a distributor, now I'm in the process of opening a business in AL. I've been playing with car audio for about 18 years now, and I am a home theater installer

Posted By: thapimpfromchi
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 10:01 PM

auex pretty much summed it up for me too. But I'll go into depth. I'm only 18, but i've been fascinated with electronics since i was 5. (And people say video games were a bad invention!) I got my first nintendo and computer when i was 5. while I never had trouble with the nintendo except for the occasional dirty cartridge, i had tons of probs with my comp. My dad was kind of a computer geek, and he was always ripping his apart tryin to make it better and faster..... ( i dunno how much faster u can get than a 286 ;) but hey ). So, growing up with that i learned a bit about electricity. Eventually i got better than he did with computers, and to this day he asks me to fix his, but im not into that anymore. In high school i took home maintenance, which was entirely about electricity. I figured out how to make a complete circuit, which carried over into the next year when i got my first car. Ever since i was a kid, i always bought the big monster head phones cuz of the bass. So, naturally, i wanted that in my car. Started off small, radio here, radio there, amp now and then. Now, after all the previous installs (i've got about 100 cars or so under my belt) and with all the help i've gotten on here, i'd say i've got a pretty good knowlledge of how it all works. If all goes well, by next summer I will be attending Mobile Dynamics in phoenix to get my MECP, and become a professional installer, with hopes of opening up my own shop near me. thanks.

Sorry, no college degrees, no phd's, hell not even any fancy companies, but its a passion, and thats good enough for me.

1990 Honda Civic HB:
Clarion DXZ545MP H.U.
2- 6.5" Power Acoustik interiors
Diamond Audio 600.1 amp
Diamond Audio 15" M6MKII
Pyramid PB881X 4 CH. Amp

Posted By: DYohn
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 10:22 PM

Thanks for all the posts so far, everyone.  Keep 'em coming.  I really respect you folks who are out there "doing it" and installing every day.  It is not easy work and you have to know your "stuff."  Congrats and keep going.

I hope no one thinks I was trying to brag by posting my degrees.  It's just kind of comes natural for me, and in the circles I deal with every day people expect it.  I'll be completely honest and tell yo that the only reason I have the education I do is because I am a Nam vet and I kept going to school as long as the GI Bill held out!  Besides, college degrees have NOTHING to do with whether someone can install or not!


Posted By: auex
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 11:12 PM
Why not brag if it is something that you are proud of? Hell I wish I had the money to go to college and get a degree. If I have any seriously technical questions I know who to ask.

Certified Security Specialist
Always check info with a digital multimeter.
I promise to be good.
Tell Darwin I sent you.

I've been sick lately, sorry I won't be on much.

Posted By: Velocity Motors
Date Posted: July 21, 2004 at 11:42 PM

..... and next comes Jeff posted_image from Velocity . Hey guys and gals, it's my turn on the mike and here goes............ I've been installing for about 12 years now and I've owned my own business for about 6 years of those 12. I got into the stereo installation soon after graduating high school and a hobby turned into a business for me. All my buddies and my buddies friends asked me to install their stereo's for them and after about 30 vehicles, I thought I should start charging for my time (  not too smart on my end, should have started charging after the 29th vehicle posted_image )

I eventually got bored with just installing normal stereos and ventured into remote starter's and alarm systems. Through trial and error I figured out how to install my first remote starter into a 1993 Toyota 4Runner ( Manual ) after a mere 16 hours of install time, not bad for the first time. The rest is history I guess and now I try to dabble into everything I can get my hands onto like custom fiberglass designs, paint and body work, engine mods, Play Station 2 and XBox mods, etc................

I like to learn by experience and work with real life, tangible things so that I can get a grasp as to how it works. I don't have any other education other than grade 12, but I sucked at school any ways..... too boring for me. I TRUELY believe that anyone is capable of learning any trade without going to school for it. Heck, most of the trades in the world had to be grandfathered into the whole scheme of things, right ? So who taught the teacher ? posted_image

Peace out and like I've been saying for the past couple of years on this forum " ............ no problemo "

Oh yeah, one more thing................ I want to thank my fiance for being so patient with me and the way I am when it comes to installation and my job. If anyone has a significant other, you know what I mean !! Those late nights in the garage or those mysteriously disappearing hundred dollar bills from the bank account going into the project car posted_image..................... Thank you & I love you Wanda !!

( That's it ......... NEXT !!!! )

Velocity Custom Home Theater
Mobile Audio/Video Specialist
Morden, Manitoba CANADA

Posted By: chevyman26
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 1:36 AM

OK, me next. I guess I'm fairly new to car audio. I mean, I've been playing around with it for years, but a few years ago I found out I didn't know as much I thought I did. I've been playing with electronics since I was a kid (and had all the little project kits), but never got serious at first. I went to college for Automotive Technology (Mechanic) and Electronics, but never did that professionally. Now I am an Industrial Maintenence Mechanic. I have to fix mainly everything that does anything at the plant I work at. This includes anything that moves (chains, belts, Etc.), 115 to 575 volt motors and drives, high voltage ignitors, variable speed drives, bearings,  welding, concrete, fabrication, blah, blah, blah.

I started being more intersted in car audio when I bought my first brand new truck in 1996, when I was 18. I bought 2 Kicker Impulses and a 150 watt kenwood amp for $350 from this kid at work (Yeah, I know... now). Since then I buy stuff when I can for my rides, and all my friends come to me when they get new gear to save money on the pro install. They all say it's just as good as getting it done at the shop ( maybe they're just saying it cause it's free!) I don't know, I just try to help. I've done at least 20 complete installs with no complaints, and 1 alarm, 1 starter, and 2 alarm/starter/door locks (all my own vehicles).

My dream is to open an audio shop here, as there are none for 120 miles from here, except for the one across the river in Canada (yeah, if you got a good arm you could trow a rock into Canada from here), but the only decent stuff they sell is Rockford and Alpine at overpriced prices, even after the exchange. But we all know that takes money, and some credentails would help (n  e  e  d    m  o  r  e    k  n  o  w  l  e  d  g  e !) If I could quit my job to work on stereos all day....  "find a job doing something you love and you will never have to go to work a day in your life ever again" -- can't remember who wrote that.posted_image

If I do ever give bad advice on this forum, please correct me right away as I never mean any wrongdoing, I only try to help. 

And a big Thank You to all who have ever answered my questions or given their advice to me here.

Matt, MN   

You'd better get me out of this lord... or else you'll have me to deal with. -- Hunter S. Thompson "F.A.L.I.L.V."

Posted By: sroth140
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 2:17 AM
just an everyday installer while im finishing my 4yrs in business admin/mgmt.  im part time but my shop only runs on 3 installers posted_image .  doesnt seem right but we are always top performers in the company and the go to shop for installs done right the first time.  i read everything i can and take on all the new (to me) cars i can.  im MECP basic and reading like mad for first class.  i only have one year of documented install time (this month) and im still learning.  ive worked with some of the best installers in central IL and couldnt believe how much ive learned.

MECP certified installer

Posted By: Leif
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 2:51 AM
I guess I'm next! :)

I'm an audio software engineer / inventor, I've written various audio processing and broadcasting tools. One of my most widespread projects is "Volume Logic" for iTunes (both mac and pc) which is a five band broadcast quality agc/limiter that uses very little system resources to re-equalize and re-master everything you listen to in real time. (OctiMax for Winamp is an earlier incarnation of it).

I've also designed an audio processor which is used in (to date) 15 cities in the states, on HDTV stations. Check out "OctiMax 5.1" by "Linear Acoustic".

Other than that I've been interested in electronics and audio for about as long as I've been alive - I live for this stuff! Car audio is high on my priority list - I'm most happy when my car stereo doesn't sound like a car stereo any more, but like any hi-fi system (just with more bass). I've installed systems in every car I've had so far, and I love to experiment, so I've picked up quite a bit along the way!

I usually learn by doing - I experiment with different things, when I find something that works well, only then do I do the math and figure out WHY it's working. It usually results in a unique approach to things, which has proven to be a big advantage.

I very much enjoy discussing audio with other people with a deep practical understanding of things, and I'm always willing to learn from other peoples experiences, so long as they actually know why their experiment went the way it did :).

Anyway, when it comes to realtime DSP algorithms and code, I might just be the guy to talk to around here - feel free to drop me a line!


Posted By: jimmeezgolfvr6
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 6:26 AM
i guess it's time for me to toot my own liitle horn, but first, i want to give a "thanks" to DYohn for starting this thread. over the years of off-and-on participation in this forum, i've come to learn a lot off of many of you guys and also have a huge amount of respect for the knowledge that many of you bring.

i've been installing for over 10 years now, and i got started in this stuff no differently than most other installers. i have a love of car audio and wanted to have a cool car but also wanted to do it myself and not pay someone else to do it for me. i've worked in Visions, Future Shop and Beamriders, but most of the work i've done is in my own garage.

i've worked on pretty much all sorts of cars, RV's, motorcycles, boats, big semis, and so on. i'm fairly good with fibreglass but can't say that i'm all that fond of doing it. as some of you may have guessed, i have an affection for german cars, and have worked on a multitude of various german products. nearly all of my own cars have been german, and i'll admit they can be quite the challenge that require ample patience. but.....i'm of the belief that with enough time, patience and determination, there's nothing that cannot be accomplished.

i am MECP certified and also hold a bachelor's degree in business administration. i'm now starting to reduce the amount of install jobs that i can accept because my back doesn't seem to be able to recover from previous injuries (and we all know this type of work is tough on the back).

it's nice to hear from all of you.

Posted By: fuseblower
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 8:47 AM

Guess I’d say a little about myself,

I guess I could say I am one of those that don’t know what in the world I want to do.  I have an extensive background. I grew up the son of a teacher, which means I have read all types of books related to car audio.  After getting a few pyramid amps that did not last to long I started to teach my self about electrical circuits and how diodes and relays react in an amp.  The love for audio didn’t stop there since my friends let me tear apart their cars to do installs. By 17 I had enough money to get my first system, which was loud even at today’s standards.  My system consisted of JBL, Earthquake, Kenwood and Orion and hit about 150 db.  That was about 12 years ago when most amps were called cheater amps.

Since my family is large and mostly self-employed I learned woodworking from my dad and fiber glassing from my uncle while growing up.  Currently, I don’t do much installs since I have to be sitting at this desk all day long listening to idiots that don’t have a clue. But I do some installs during the weekend when I have free time.  Other than that I am not MECP certified but have my MBA and working on my CPA.  I have been thinking about opening a shop but don’t know what to expect.  With all of the changes in the auto industry it is becoming harder to change out or add additional radio and amplifiers.  In addition, I talked to a few guys that have their certifications and some really don’t have a clue about car audio in specifics.  They can brag about their certifications but I prefer know how.  Man, it kills me when someone who is certified tells me that you can’t wire 2 four ohm dual voice coil subs to a 4 ohm load.  That let's me know that when my shop opens not to look for some one that is certified but someone that learned at home by trial and error and by visiting

Well that’s about it before I get long winded..

Posted By: dpaton
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 8:58 AM
I'm not so much a car audio guy as I am a general audio guy. My BS is in EE, and I started right out of college designing cellphone parts for that company with the batwing lookin logo. After a few years I got hit by the budget cut bug and picked up a gig doing commercial audio (chains, retail outlets, etc...boring but it pays the bills). In college, and ever since, I've been involved in live, recorded, and broadcast audio, since I write, perform, record, mix, and consult for all of them. I've been into car audio since...well..long before class D made into mobile electronics. I've done installs for money, but I've never worked at a shop, so I suppose I'm a semi-pro here. Muy expertise is in electronics of all shapes and sizes. I dont' have the lengthy resume DYohn has, but I've done my fair share of amplifiers (switching and linear), crossovers from parts, control systems, positioning controllers, intelligent systems, etc.


OK, I'm done, Back to the technical stuff.


This is not a sig. This is a duck. Quack.

Posted By: defective
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 9:07 AM

oooh....can I go now?    k 

My name's Josh, i'm a computer/car/electronics geek. Im 21, and have been installing professionaly for about 7 years. I have a degree in Computer Aided Design, which really helps with the custom design. Im currently the shop manager at Kawartha TV & Stereo in Peterborough, ON.   I have one employee and we have alot of creative control.  

I have worked for a few audio shops, unfortunatley Future Shop was one of them.... damn,did i ever learn my lesson.


Posted By: MAXST
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 12:09 PM

I'm 18 been into car audio and all around cars since i was 14 at least.  I'm 100% DIY.  Most all my friends that know I know what im doing have me setup and tune their systems. 

I'm getting interested in doing some fiberglass work...

I need quality equipment, feel free to donate.

Posted By: Sweekster
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 12:35 PM
Ok so here's my story

The name's Duane.

I got into the audio part of cars late in life I think-I'm 27 now. It's been recently (about 2 years ago) that my love for almost all things car audio has been developed.   I've been playing around with cars since I was about 7 when my father brought home a 1978 mazda RX-4 and decided to soup it up himself. I was literally raised on rotary powered cars since. Most of my father's friends had drove sports cars with high end radios in them like blaupunkt,denon, nakamichi, and mcintosh. Back then alpine was considered to be extreme high end too. During my high school years I drove a turbo charged 72 Mazda RX-3 with a denon pull cd player in it and blaupunkt speakers. Sounded great.

Other than my high school diploma (which I just scraped by to get), I have no degrees. Along with cars, I was raised in the computer age as well and started building and servicing computers for a small store at age 18. After that I did software testing for a while. I basically got paid to play video games. Then moved on to doing telephone tech support so I initially come off as a computer geek (yep I wear glasses). All the while I still kept up on car customizing and racing and dabbled in auto cross for a bit before finally selling my all my rotary cars (it was time I had a car with air conditioning).    

I decided to make somewhat of career change after being layed off for the 4th time and 5 years (outsourcing keeps leaving me jobless) when the VERY stock speakers in my altima finally went out. The car even had the single DIN factory cassette player in it. So at the same time in replacing the speakers I replaced the head unit with a, dare I say it, Sony cd receiver. That's when the car audio bug bit me and I found this site.

So here I am. I currently (and bitterly) do software telephone support for a company that makes video editing software and do audio installs and detailing on the weekends. Other than the books and websites I've read (includinging 12 Volt), I am self taught (same way with racing and computers) And since people have seen my cargo van and my wifes 4 runner, friends are telling friends and my driveway has been alot more busy lately. I eventually would like to own my own shop or service center. I also plan on getting my MECP (mainly because of the title)as well.

There's my story. I know it's boring...but...what else should I do while I'm at work?   


If you think you're confused, imagine how you feel.   posted_image

Posted By: forbidden
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 1:25 PM

Well then, most of you know who I am, if not my name is Rob Atkinson. I am the owner of two car audio stores on Vancouver Island, BC. (at least for now). I have been indirectly in this business since 1986 (graduation and into the workforce which of course led to tunes for the car). I taught myself how to install as I got sick and tired of always paying for installation for all of the WRONG equipment that was being sold to me by Mr. Commission salesperson.I have been directly involved since 1988 when I was hired to do installation for a company in Vernon, BC whom had been referring people to me and finally realized that they could make their own money off of it. The first day they were too busy on the sales floor and I ended  up helping out. After that day I was no longer allowed in the install bay (seems I could sell based on my knowledge - who would have known).

1992 brought be to the land of the Big Box in Kelowna, BC at A&B Sound, made lots of friends there, sold lots of equipment (possibly still hold the store record?) but as a good salesperson I was highly demanding of the chain of command and their lack of looking after my concerns for the customer (thus I was a big pain) meant it was time for me to move on from a good company. Back to the land of the indipendent (Andres) and continue to sell everything (not really my calling). This company was one of the best family owned businesses that one could hope to work for, real good people.

So finally I found my calling and in 1996 opened my first store, followed by a second in 2003. Forbidden Audio Ltd. Now after all my years in this business it is time for a career change. While I will still be around, maybe working for someone else in this industry and of course on forums, I am trying to head into the RCMP where I can give you guys (not all of you) tickets and remove from vehicle orders for using Sony (the crappy stuff), Bose and other real fine audio pieces that you should not have in your vehicle. Actually this was the career choice for me 15 years ago, I was just not ready for it. Someone back there nailed it, all the girls you can chase and booze you can drink...... It's been a blast in all of my years and I'm glad to have helped out so many people.

Top Secret, I can tell you but then my wife will kill me.

Posted By: DYohn
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 1:38 PM
So Rob, (or should I call you Mr. Mounty, sir?) are you planning to keep your Forbidden stores going or close them down?  If you have any killer clearance sales, be sure to remember your friends here at the12volt...  posted_image


Posted By: forbidden
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 1:47 PM

One store is pretty much sold, the other is for sale and has been described as one of the nicest car audio salesfloors in Canada. Should I end up closing the other store down, yes there will be some deals to be had but I still must respect the site. I am not a advertiser on it and as such should not benefit from it. If Jeff does not mind this, maybe it will help out when the time comes.

 I think that Sir or Constable Atkinson would have a nice ring to it. The RCMP is not an easy job to do and it is much harder to gain entrance to as well. It will take me some time and patience, I'll just have to wait and see. So who is using Sony here? Pimp I think is......

Top Secret, I can tell you but then my wife will kill me.

Posted By: southside
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 4:06 PM
well i''ll go nextmy name is matt (southie) lol, but i've been doing electronics stuff since i was 8. parents always use to ask me to hook the cable. or set up the vcr or what not. then i started doing car audio when i was 19. in my first car. 8 4 door buick regal. no heat a bucket. my car audio cost more than my car lol.      i didn't do the install. i watched my now ex girls friend do it all for me. since then it has been trail an error. now i pretty much know how to do the basic installs.  but i know i need to kno a lot more about it. i haven't been a member for too long. but when i first got on here i had a sony system. posted_image  an forbidden, an dyhon, squirrel, have helped me see the car audio lightposted_image so thanks for all the help u guys an i hope bang bang has seen the light too lol. but thanks for all your help an continnuing support for this site an trying to help me an other s out. southie.


Posted By: kgerry
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 4:12 PM

Hey Rob, if you come to depot here, dont be a stranger.....

Kevin Gerry
Certified Electronics Technician
MECP First Class Installer

Classic Car Audio
since 1979

Posted By: lolzitsmtss
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 5:21 PM
wow, Think this is one of the best topic yet. Didnt know there was soo much knowledge amongst this website good to know. This site just keeps on geting better and better so why don't we put all this knowledge together? There are soo many great audio professionals here correct? so why not use it to our advantage. as i was reading all the replies i thought about something. Why don't we have a..The12volt car? Why dont we put all this knowledge together and build a crazzzzzy ride and with the money from competitions and supporters and what not we can donate it to the site? I would love to get the word out about this site and when this pimped out ride goes to competitions with this website on it u know people are going to want to visit the site. I dont really want it to be to commericialized but hey the more the merrier. I see the donate button on the side and it just makes me think about this being a good idea. Dont really want to change the subject of the topic but time is the current. rite?

I guess that guy has subs.

Posted By: forbidden
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 5:51 PM

I forgot a couple of things. I have a BS in BS (if you haven't noticed - I need some kind of title) and I got my real start installing my own stereos usually around 1:00am to 6:00am in -40 C frickin igloo weather. That is real damn cold for you southern boyz, maybe not for some of my Northern brothers in the prairies but still, damn cold even with a space heater.

Top Secret, I can tell you but then my wife will kill me.

Posted By: thapimpfromchi
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 8:16 PM
hey rob, what pimp were you referring to when u mentioned using sony products?

1990 Honda Civic HB:
Clarion DXZ545MP H.U.
2- 6.5" Power Acoustik interiors
Diamond Audio 600.1 amp
Diamond Audio 15" M6MKII
Pyramid PB881X 4 CH. Amp

Posted By: dudek38
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 11:14 PM
my story is completely opposite of rob's. i started out as a florida marine patrol officer (state law enforcement) when i was 19. it was a great career. six years later the job and pay lost its allure, so i quit to start my own audio business. before i quit i noticed there wasn't anyone installing stereos in boats down here in the florida keys. i thought i would only be working on boats, but i quickly filled the demand for cars and homes too. i started out small and things were slow. its been two years and i've never been happier. between ordering, research and installing, im busy everyday! word travels fast down here and i've kept my name squeaky clean. thats the key. audio is not my life but i really try to stay on top of the products, industry and tricks. i feel as if im a jack of all trades master of as many as i can. i worry too much about things i shouldn't and learn as much as i can, because i dont want to ever mess up a job or lose money. this site is one of the best tools i've found and i am thankful for it and everyone who helps. i try my best to help as well. its assuring to see that all on this site are human beings and learn everyday too.

owner of
Motion Marine & Car Audio
the florida keys

Posted By: dcgc
Date Posted: July 22, 2004 at 11:43 PM
My names is David. I've been an audio enthusiast for as long as I could remember. My first car had a Pioneer 8-track deck with some Pioneer 4x10's in the rear deck. I thought it sounded great (reason I got the car). That was 19 years ago. Installed all my systems in all my vehicles, constantly improving. I own and operate a home improvement/handyman service business for over three years now. I have always wanted to own and operate an audio shop. One might say that I am a know-it-all, as I just want to know everything (not there yet). Of course we all have our own opinions. I want to know why there is a short thick black hair on my arm, so I looked it up on the internet. I have been utilizing the audio forums on the "net" for about 8 months now. I did not realize there was so much info about audio. If I think that I could help (right or wrong) I may respond to a few question, even have a few myself.

Posted By: Chad7n7
Date Posted: July 23, 2004 at 9:50 AM

Wow, great topic, though I have spent quite a few hours buzzing through threads, and through time. I have sort of figured out alot of the regulars through discussions and kidding around.

But I will give my testimony so here goes........Like alot of others I have learned through trial and error. I have been a music fanatic since the days of the spoon on the high chair beats! So initially as I was getting older, My listening pleasures didn't change, LOUD!!

As time went on, I used to install for friends and their friends and so on, I purchased my first vehicle, an 88 F150, and started toying with it, in which I cut the back wall and had 8 12's in the bed. That in turn inspired me to start competition, qutie a few local competitions and one state, and I had enough of that. Didn't have the time to dedicate to the sport, as I was more into what most guys chase after!!

After the competition fun ended, I went for a while with a few small, but researched audio systems. And now have quite fallen into the trap again. But this time for SQ, not for competing, but for personnal listening and demo-ing for my buddies shop

All through the duration I have a close friend that I have used for a knowledge crutch, and also spent time working for.

I now work offshore in production on oil platforms. my schedule fits my nic, 7 and 7, so on my 7 days off, I work as an installer for my buddies shop, and try to receive and give knowledge through this thread. 


Posted By: GalpinAudio
Date Posted: July 23, 2004 at 6:12 PM

Wow, that was alot of reading...Thought I'd never get my turn.

well, My name is Matthew and I've been installing for bout 17 years.  I started when I was 15 doing my own systems through trial and error and once I figured enough out I started on my friends.  Got my first "Official" installer position at 16, that job lasted bout 3 months before the owner ticked me off so I quit and moved on to another shop, stayed there till I turned 18 and then went in the military (U.S. Navy) for 4 years.  Got out of the military and went right back to Car Audio.  Moved from shop to shop for a couple years doing everything from mild to wild, lotsa fiberglass and custom stuff, then got hired at Clifford Electronics as a tech support instructor.  I might have even been to some of your shops for trainings.  I was at Clifford for about 2 1/2 years then Directed bought it out and I was out of a job.  At that point I started doing commercial and residential security, video surveillance, and access control.  Did that for 3 years and wound up back in Car audio again.  now i'm running an Audio/Video and customizing shop in a full performance center owned by the largest Ford dealership in the world....  And that's all I got to say bout that.

Never Let Those Who Say It Cant Be Done Stand In The Way While You Do It!

Posted By: speedwayaudio1
Date Posted: July 23, 2004 at 7:20 PM
My name is David. I have been into car audio in one way or another for a little while. Lets see I started with my older brothers 1968 pontiac tempest at 14 years old. Now I'm 38. I don't have any degrees, but I did got to the school of hard knocks. I mostly  just sell car audio amps, subs, full range speakers,wire kits, bulk wire, head units, power caps, battcaps, and anything else I can get my hands on. I work from home and the road, flea markets, shows what ever comes my way. I have done a ton of installs, but after 4 surgerys on my right knee I don't do a whole bunch now. A amp here and there. build a box now and then. I want to thank all of you guys for being on this forum. I have learned a ton here, and I hope that I have helped others too.

Big Dave

Posted By: pimpincavy
Date Posted: July 23, 2004 at 8:19 PM
Wow, I knew their was many knowledgble people on this site, but I had no idea their was to this extent. My name is August (family name..I was born in july) and compared to most everyone else I havent been into car audio for very long. Ive always seen and heard cars with nice systems and always wanted one when I got my car. Now I am finally getting to live my dream, I am in the middle of putting together a system for my Cavalier. Its slow going though, a low paying job and large insurance payments dont leave me much extra dough, but im doin the best I can. Ill be a senior in high school this fall, and im very interested in learning more about car audio, im self teaching myself right now. I greatly appreciate all the help people on here have given me. When I first visited this site I though a Audiobahn/Pyramid setup would sound great...needless to say ive learned alot from then. Well that is my story...consider it the prolouge.


Posted By: davedyer79
Date Posted: July 24, 2004 at 12:34 PM
I am a newbie, so I hope I have authority to post in this thread. posted_image My name is David.  I started when I was 13 installing decks at my dad's detail shop and moved along to alarms and RS when I was 16.  Never owned my own shop until now, but worked out of my garage installing on the weekends during college and dental school, which paid for both!!  Been out of school now for about 2 years and settled down in a small town in Oklahoma. Just got married a month ago.  Install out of my shop on the weekends, which is called Daves Audio (simple name, but I am in Oklahoma.)  Mainly doing large car audio installs and tons of remote starts.  The people around here just love remote starts, and there is no "real" car audio shop around here, so I am staying hooked up.  I ran into this site about 3 months ago between patients, and I wish I would have found it about 6 years ago.  I have a young kid that wants to learn how to install, so I have him doing his homework off  "the12volt" every day.  This site can help him a lot more than I can.  Love this thread.  It puts a little info on who responds to you in your posts.  Keep them coming!


Posted By: swamprat323
Date Posted: July 24, 2004 at 8:36 PM
Ok my name is Kyle and ive in Florida. Im 29 years old. I just do car/alarms for mosty freinds of freinds etc. Been doing auto work for about 6 years. My main job is in the movie theaters, ive been a projectionist for 10 years, also do service work with the projectors and sound. I like to get more into auto and less in the theaters. But we see how far that goes.


Posted By: mj239air
Date Posted: July 25, 2004 at 8:41 AM
Well I guess I will hop on here too. I would first of all like to say what a wonderful sight this is. I have been hooked on here for over a year. There are so many of you that are just so knowledgeable that it isn't even funny. I would like to thank 2 particular people though because of their going beyond the call. They are xetmes and draasch. If you ever need help with a circuit design, call on xetmes and if you have any alarm questions, draasch is the man!! You 2 rock!

As for myself I am 29 and I have been installing at my house since I was around 13 years old. I have never taken any formal training courses and before coming here, I tought myself everything from reading and reading Car Audio and Electronics, books, and other magazines, and as well just on the job training. Mostly from the school of hard knocks is what I could say. I am not afraid to try anything. I have done many installs for myself and have done many for friends. I started my own business out of my home about 8 years ago and thought that one day I would progress to a store front but that day still hasn't arrived. My passion for car audio is still there, but I would rather work in the home theater side. More lucrative and more money in it. I was working with fiberglass over 5 years ago on a friends Dodge extended cab and have done many fiberglass projects since then. I have been building boxes since I was 13. I am currently redoing my entire vehicle from head to toe and will be excited to show it off when it's done. I don't claim to know alot, but I do know some. I like the old school stuff better than the new stuff, but I am trying to see the light and look at what else is out there.

With the help of this sight and all of you though my knowledge has increased and to my family I am now more dangerous than I was before. To that I would like to thank each and everyone of you as well because there is nothing like pissing off someone who doesn't appreciate a fine stereo system.


Posted By: Qinstaller
Date Posted: July 25, 2004 at 2:30 PM

Well I am relatively new to this forum but I will chime in. Real name is Derrik; I have 10 years in the install bay and 3 years as a DIY for friends. 3 years ago I decided to go Installer Institute and get my MECP cert. the program was great and a lot of fun but it just reiterated the fact that MECP only gives you the basics and without the bay experience your still a noob. On the other hand the courses in fabrication and box building helped me to take my game to a new level. I work at a shop In Kansas City, Mo.  In the Hood where I have the great opportunity of helping all the street pharmacists spend there money. (I don’t care where they get the money as long as they listen to me when they want to spend it on Music for there Caddy) my day to day stuff is alarms and Remote starts and deck and 2's or 4's.  And average at least 2 $3000 or more complete systems a month. I hate doing the everyday stuff alarms irritate me but it pays the bills.  I build Computers and mod them in my free time I helped create, build and maintain a Computer modding website there I am known as ThEChRoNiC but lately I haven’t had time to keep up on it so the Site founder and the rest of the staff make do with out me. My love is building for SQ but nobody around here cares (just make it boom man). So I do it for my self. I am currently in the process of building my 96 Dodge Neon Coupe into a killer SQ car using Clarion, Polk, and still undecided on what amps I want. 

Nice to meet everybody.

MECP Cert.
18 years Exp.
Support your local Installer
Still love what I do! :)

Posted By: Velocity Motors
Date Posted: July 25, 2004 at 6:37 PM
Welcome aboard Derrik and I too love the SQ game ! I find that it take alot more finesse to complete a SQ system than a SPL wagon. Don't get me wrong on the SPL portion of the game, it still requires engineering and some good skills in producing an award winning SPL wagon, but that's just my opinion. I love the challenge of making an everyday driver into a competition vehicle with some impressive sounds and sights.

Velocity Custom Home Theater
Mobile Audio/Video Specialist
Morden, Manitoba CANADA

Posted By: defective
Date Posted: July 25, 2004 at 10:18 PM
ya.... i am kind of a 'sights' person.


Posted By: raydawg357
Date Posted: July 26, 2004 at 10:35 AM
I'm Ray, and I'm 40.  I am a 19 year vet in the Air Force and I have been installing professionally for over 12 years now.  I've been all over the world and have performed installs on a variety of vehicles.  I have my MECP 1st class certification and a BS in Computer-Aided Drafting.  I own a 03 Altima, a 03 Trailblazer and a 92 honda accord.  My vehicles can be viewed on both Sounddomain and under the name of Raydawg357.  Yes, I'm a traveling man.

Do it right the first time

Posted By: another-kelly
Date Posted: July 26, 2004 at 4:11 PM

hey Qinstaller, i'm from KC, MO also. where do you work? anyway....

my name is Kelly and i''m 23 yr. old. i'm married with a 3yr. old boy. i've been working at Best Buy for 2 yrs and am (well sorta) Senior Installer. the sorta part is that i am also in the Missouri Army Guard and have been activated again.  good news is that i have been state side. Nov. 2003 i was called up and am currently at Ft. Bragg, NC as Military Police until spring '05.

Posted By: Dragorus
Date Posted: July 27, 2004 at 9:25 AM
Have been an installer for 15 years and now own Boomer Mcloud in Florida Store # 110 out of 110 stores in the Northeast we are the first one to enter Florida.

Posted By: shott8283
Date Posted: July 29, 2004 at 4:26 PM

Im a active duty US Marine stationed in southern South Carolina.  Im an Ordnance Technician on F-18 Delta Fighter Attack Hornets.  I got into car audio by installing my buddies decks in their cars in the barracks parking lot, and led to building boxes and systems in the same parking lot.  Word was spread around and a stero shop owner heard about me and offerd me a part time job.  So now I work for Absolute Audio in Beaufort South Carolina.  I do most of the installs and systems, audio and some video.  And a lot of retail and shiping/ordering.  Im not as "salty" or vetraned as most of you but I can do most of the basics and intermediate stuff, and if i dont know the answer to a question im really good at finding out how to get it.  Id love to get my MECP but time doesnt allow, my boss at the audio store said he'd pay my tuition aswell, unfortunatly, during this time, my squadron won't let me take 4 weeks of leave.  I just wanna say this sight rocks and has helped me dramatically in my install side of life.  I own a 01 Dodge Ram reg cab 4X4. Thats about it,   OOOOOOORAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted By: $uperflame$
Date Posted: July 30, 2004 at 5:07 PM
<--Newbie =}  well i work at my grandpas sawmill as a mechanics and i work in the MDF warehouse. other then that i spend the rest of my time building custom cars, i own a 1970 chevelle , 1969 oldmobile and a 68 mustang, with 3 car my money get spread out fast and make work slow but i wouldnt give them up for the world, i lov to drive my cars every wher. i once drove to the east coast by my self and drove 20hours the 1st day, i also put my cars into alot of show,  ill be at Hot August Nights in Reno with my dads car heres a peep  i do every thing on my cars my self learning as i go, i gotta have the biggest the badbest and the loudest=}

Posted By: sk8ingsmurf
Date Posted: August 01, 2004 at 8:01 PM
Wow after reading all of those Im almost embarrassed to post my own stuff.  Im amazed at all of the knowledge on this site, Ive figured out a few of you through reading (dont let the newbie rank confuse you, for every topic I post or reply to I have read probably 200), but had no idea the extent that your experience and knowledge went.  Im only 17, a senior in high school, Ive been installing car audio and video for 3 years now, Ive got about 30-40 stereo installations and a few remote starts and alarms; Im looking for a job at a shop (anyone on here in Austin Texas need a shop boy?), but the big one aroudn here requires MECP.  I have gotten so much out of this site over the past year or two and hope it will keep me as interested in the game as I am right now.  I honestly feel like I can brag about just getting advice from a few of you on here, a few of you are like role models to me and I aspire to achieve as much as you have.

Posted By: flynntech
Date Posted: August 01, 2004 at 11:51 PM

I have always wanted to install for a shop and I got my chance......I would describe it as a day late and a dollar short. I did learn alot in my short time there and despite the low pay and having to file a 'non-payment of wages' complaint form....I'm glad I had a chance to do it. I've never been afraid to take apart a car, but I got very efficient and learned a few time savers.

I was an Electronics Technician in the U.S. Navy, specializing in Rf communication systems and automated message traffic systems.  Instead of re-enlisiting, I joined the civilian population again and earned an AS degree in Computer Networking.

I have Fiber Optics Installer's & Technician's certifications, as well as MECP basic.

Strangely enough, I'm currently repairing and calibrating LASER measurement equipment. I have multiple interests and talents when it comes to technology.

I still install stereos and fix cars after work and over weekends. sometimes I wire networks, electrical, plumbing, HVAC ect... 

I'm always learning something new and that's what keeps things interesting.

Posted By: jvillefinest
Date Posted: August 03, 2004 at 12:25 PM

Well i started off by doing some small things like home stereos (not serious stuff...just plug into the wall then speaker wire to the speakers) now i have started to get into car audio. After i get out of high school (yea finally a senior) i would like to go to school and be certified to install car audio. Right now its just a hobby for me but i would like for it to become a career and would like to learn all i can...which is why im here. i read almost every thread that comes through just to see if i can learn something. But so far i have built a few boxes tuned a couple of amps but just learning...dont wanna do too much and screw someones stuff up! but keep it up guys, keep this board going and thanks for doing what ya do!


2007 Acura TSX
SQ setup in the works

Posted By: customsound79
Date Posted: August 09, 2004 at 2:00 PM

I started building speaker boxes when I got a jigsaw for Christmas, at age 9, with any kind of components and material I could find. Since then it has always benn an obsession of mine to strive for perfect sound. I got my first MTX 12's when I was 10 and ran them of of an old marantz stereo receiver.  At the local college I took basic acoustics and studio recording at age 17. At age 18 I got started in a career in live concert production mixing sound for a wide variety of bands. After all the traveling wore me down 5 years later and decided to start a family with my wife I settled into the 9-5 job of permanent A / V systems design which I've been doing for around 2 years. Though I love what I do, my heart is still in car audio and that is were almost all of my spare time is spent.

My wife will never understand why, lucky for her!

Posted By: racer427
Date Posted: August 10, 2004 at 8:02 PM

Hey guy's, first off I have to say that this forum is great. I have learned a whole lot in the past week reading all of the posts.

        Ok, My name is Chris. I started dabbling in car audio back in the late 80's (the days when the epicenter was the Sh*t and MTX was considered by many as crap) and after a few years and a few installs I decided that I wanted to jump in Home Theater. All of the installs that I have done were primarily in my vehicles and a few in other family members cars. I am not a big tycoon when it comes to car audio but at the same time I didn't just fall off of the turnup truck either.

    I have never worked in car audio rather I have worked as a machinist for the past 13 years. Well, thats just a little bit about me

Alpine CDA-9833 HU
Diamond Audio M661 Components
MTX Thunder T6.6 Components:rear fill:
Cadence Q400 4 Channel Mains + rears
Thunder 801D Subs
MTX 1004 10's
Dual 4g wire to rear
4g grounds

Posted By: pookz
Date Posted: August 10, 2004 at 8:04 PM

Yeah well, here I go...

I never really worked in installing car stereos, but have done all my own. I used to do piecework for a local car audio shop making fiberglass enclosures. At one point, I had a few shops calling me for my work. My pride and joy to this day was a pink honda civic crx which I did a killer job fiberglassing the whole rear area of the car to house 4 fosgate 12" subs. Mind you, the driver of the car was a pretty hot chick, and I asked her out, we did, and 4 years later, we're still married. That was the pick up joint around town, LOL.

Not too often you meet a "life partner" (politically correct for homo/heterosexuals) that is nuttier over amps and subs, then knick knacks for those unused shelves in your house! LOL.

Now, I do all kinds of fiberglassing customs, in and out of the vehicle.

There's my penny for my thoughts... Can I have my change now?

Posted By: ctravis
Date Posted: August 13, 2004 at 1:42 PM

My career started 4 years ago when my obsession led me to attend Mobile Dynamics in Toronto Canada. After 6 short weeks I was MECP certified basic installer, and also passed the test for First class installer. Because I didn't have 1 year experiance installing, I could not recieve the certificate.  Shortly after that I started working at a small install shop.  I was there for a year, and decided to change direction to be closer to home. I was working for a security company, installing residential and comercial alarm and fire systems(still 12 volt).  After a couple years of that my focus was turned to car audio once again.  I am now working for an awsome company in Annapolis MD. I have been here since April 2003. We do high end A/V, Home and car.  For example, next week I will be working on a Lamborghini Gallardo.  I love what I do for a living.  There is nothing better than getting paid for what started out to be just a hobby.

Posted By: rordway
Date Posted: August 13, 2004 at 7:37 PM

I have been researching some car audio sites on the web and liked this one the best for is value and information.

I am 19 from Indiana. I raced electric and nitro rc cars since age 11 and this devoped a love for mechanical and electrical things. I do many custom mods to autos for friends and I always do it for free, you can't pay for experiece. I have been installing misc car stereo equip. since I was 14, I have purchased many audio books and have done some homework. Last year I went to Purdue for Mechanical Engineering but as times have changed, I have decided to go to Valparaiso University here in Indiana (ranked 27th best engineering school in US) but have decided to go along the Electrical Engineering route now. I wish I could multi discipline but thats another story. All we have here is corn and the steel industry so I hope to land a job for GM one day, or becoming a member of the Corvette C5-R racing team. I would like to do some design work for an audio company but I find most of them to be in California, just a bit skeptical about moving out that way. If school didnt get in the way I would be off to Canada to get MECP certified but finding the time is hard. I hope you enjoy me on the board. Robert

Posted By: mo12v
Date Posted: August 14, 2004 at 9:46 PM

Guess the OLD Installers should get in on this too.
My first professional install was a Craig 4 & * Track Floor Mount for Gary Puckett and the Union Gap...........Circa 1969.........Boy I feel old
Mobile Electronics is the only real job I've known.  Have seen them come and go, but I sure love the progress the manufacturers have made in the last 5 years.  Video seems to be a big part of our work now, along with Remote Starts and Cruise Control. The Car Manufacturers are back to their old tricks of trying to offer what Installers have been doing for years.
Well, enough of the rambling..........
GREAT SITE and I hope everyone who contributes spreads the word.



Don't Learn from Others Mistakes
You Might Be the One That Knows.

Posted By: mo12v
Date Posted: August 14, 2004 at 9:48 PM

Guess the OLD Installers should get in on this too.
My first professional install was a Craig 4 & 8 Track, with the FM Cartridge,  Floor Mount for Gary Puckett and the Union Gap..(Young Girl).........Circa 1969.........Boy I feel old
Mobile Electronics is the only real job I've known.  Have seen them come and go, but I sure love the progress the manufacturers have made in the last 5 years.  Video seems to be a big part of our work now, along with Remote Starts and Cruise Control. The Car Manufacturers are back to their old tricks of trying to offer what Installers have been doing for years.
Well, enough of the rambling..........
GREAT SITE and I hope everyone who contributes spreads the word.


P.S. MUNTZ where are you??


Don't Learn from Others Mistakes
You Might Be the One That Knows.

Posted By: rordway
Date Posted: August 15, 2004 at 9:38 AM
I just wanted to make a note, if I get employed by GM, it would be my life long goal to change their stupid double DIN stereo design..........then again that was never as bad as having to put the stereo in the center of my old 93 Sierra, now that was a horrible stereo design!

Posted By: robb420in323
Date Posted: August 15, 2004 at 9:57 AM

Robb Casini   22yrs old.

I live and work in Hamilton Ontario..  R Rated Performance & Audio..

Been installing for 6 years.. Done it all except enclosures.. Im still learning new things everyday. 

Hunter S. Thompson for sheriff

Posted By: Caraudiorich
Date Posted: August 16, 2004 at 10:05 PM

My names Richard  and I'm 19.  I used to work in a shop in Simcoe Ont. for about a year. Then it closed up and now since I don't have my MECP I can't find a job nowhere else.   All of the other shops around me won't even think of hiring me.  Someday I'll get my ticket.

It sucks alot. 

posted_image This face can't even describe my sadness of not being able to install.

Thank you.

Posted By: switch_hitter
Date Posted: August 16, 2004 at 10:48 PM

My name is Chad, from Jacksonville, FL.....22 years old, In the military, been installing Car audio for about 7 Years, Video for about 4. Have a little business on the side. Nothing major.

2 Memphis HPO 12s
1 Memphis 1000D
2 Memphis 8s
1 Memphis MC200
4 Memphis 3way 6 1/2s
1 Memphis MC3004
4 Memphis Tweeters
1 Memphis 3-way electronic crossover
2 Memphis 5 1/4
2 Memphis 4s

Posted By: vncasanova
Date Posted: August 17, 2004 at 3:05 AM
Hi guys, well i guess i am next. Uhmm where should i start.....ive been fascinated by electronic stuffs since i was 5 or 6. Took apart everything in my dad's motorcycle when i was 7(sure cost him a lot of money to put it back but ohhh well.....hahhaha) I installed my first stereo on an '87 corolla when i was 14, after that i installed mostly stereo systems and miscalleneous stuffs for my friends and people i know. Installed about 40 soemthing cars now..miracle I know hahaha.... Never really installed mobile videos because i dont know anyone who wanna install one...hahaha.... took a couple of electrical engineering classes at a university but that technical stuffs dont seem to interest me so i changed major...right now im trying to get into installing alarms and mobile videos stuffs, so far i only installed one alarm and thats on my integra ....i got a lot to learn from you guys...if anyone lives in southern California and has the same interest in mobile electronics as me, hit me up, I got a lot to me at AKAWILDDOGG@YAHOO.COM.....

Posted By: Charles_R_H
Date Posted: August 17, 2004 at 9:33 PM

Hi everybody, name is Charles, and I've been installing for about 2-1/2 years professionally.  Worked for Fry's Electronics for about two years, and learned a lot of cars.  While I was there, I worked with three first class MECP 10 year vetrens and tried to soak up all that I could.  We installed on 50 to 80 car per week.  Installations ranging from simple head unit to remote start.  I was the "pop and go installer", and mostly did all of the fast type installations.  I've been at my new install job for about 1/2 a year in a small town and have to install, order, talk on the phone, ect.  I'm the only mobile electronics guy here at this store.  I've probably installed between 1000-1500 head units, no BS, 50-75 amps, god knows how many speaker replacement installations, about 40-50 video systems.  My weaker side would be alarms, remote starters and navigation; however, I have installed these also, just not on a regular basis.  I know I haven't been doing this that long but I feel very confident in my job and do contain a lot of installaton knowledge, so feel free to ask me anything, and I'll try to help.  I'm still learning a lot everyday!!!!


Posted By: midnightmike
Date Posted: August 18, 2004 at 12:31 AM
robb420in323 wrote:

Robb Casini   22yrs old.

I live and work in Hamilton Ontario..  R Rated Performance & Audio..

Been installing for 6 years.. Done it all except enclosures.. Im still learning new things everyday. 

i wouldnt call doing driveway jobs for the past 6 years experince, when u get a job at a shop then u can say u have experince like ive had for 6 years, i recall u calling me asking how to install a neon kit and when i showed up at your place u had the bulb zip tied to the rear wish bones, ive got more but im not going to say anything cuz i dont know what people are like here and im the newbie

anyways.... my name is mike nunes im 24 and i also live and work in hamilton @ HI-FI plus  ive got 6 years shop expirecne and 8 years driveway expirence

Posted By: midnightmike
Date Posted: August 18, 2004 at 12:36 AM
Caraudiorich wrote:

My names Richard  and I'm 19.  I used to work in a shop in Simcoe Ont. for about a year. Then it closed up and now since I don't have my MECP I can't find a job nowhere else.   All of the other shops around me won't even think of hiring me.  Someday I'll get my ticket.

It sucks alot. 

posted_image This face can't even describe my sadness of not being able to install.

Thank you.

hey rich im guessing u worked at simcoe hi fi plus, ryan and todd wanted out of it, i was going to take that place over, but the deal fell through he was asking a little to much for what it was worth, im still thinking about opening a shop up there tho, and if i do ill let u know man!

Posted By: azidrane
Date Posted: August 18, 2004 at 1:28 AM

19, live in Nanaimo BC, more into sales right now, but i'm working on my ticket and so on.

Big Alpine and infinity fan.

and JVC for the Burr-Browns. (gotta love that)

Posted By: xploder21
Date Posted: August 19, 2004 at 10:32 PM

My names TJ and I'm 18. I am a certified Electronics Technician. Right now I'm in the process of going to college for Electroncis Engineering. I'm trying to get  MECP(spelling) certified. I have done mostly installations for friends and other people for a little bit of cash. I'm gonna be trying to get a job at a shop in Rhode Island if possible to help pay for college and to have fun with Car audio.

Posted By: jeffchilcott
Date Posted: August 21, 2004 at 9:58 PM
Well, I suppose I should take a whack at this.    Although I havent posted much lately, I have done my time posting to many topics.    I am currently in Maryville, Mo     It is a small town and there is nothing here     5-6,000 pop.   But we are within reach of some major citys, I was working in a joint shop with a pawn bussiness. But things didnt work out between us and we had to go our seprate ways.   now 2 years later I am very close to opening a store with one other person.   We are activly looking for a location, and plan to be open by the end of the year.. We have done many many vehicle's out of the garage/shop we rent but it is only a single bay with a bathroom and forget a show room.   We have 3 vehicles that we be the demo/shop vehicles, a 1998 honda civic which is the SQ car.   A 88 festiva the SPL car (8) 12 B-post.   and a 96 mazda truck for our "Shop truck"    makes loading MDF easy when you set the frame on the ground..   But hopefully we will be running by the end of the year again and I wont have to worry about working for anyone else..

2009 0-1000 Trunk WR 154.0DB 2009 1001+ Trunk WR
2007 USACI World Champion
2007 World Record
2006 USACI Finals 2nd Place

Posted By: delphidoc
Date Posted: August 23, 2004 at 6:07 PM

I just saw this thread for the first time. Name's Larry, I'm 45. I have nothing to do with Delphi the electronics company. I'm a general surgeon. I like to write software using Delphi. Never could stand C++ and Visual Basic doesn't let you do API calls without calling C++ procedures.

Back in the 70's lots of people still had 8-track decks. We thought we were doing good if we had a Dolby cassette deck with a pair of Jensen 6x9 coaxials. Our idea of mods was cutting out some speaker spacers out of shelving board so the coaxs would fit in the doors of the ratty imports our dads let us drive. None of us had our own cars so we put our money into our home stereos and made sure we could get our car stereos out of the cars they were in and into the next car we were allowed to drive. My family had 7 cars for 4 drivers and usually only 4 of them were driveable. I liked having an under-dash casette deck mounted in the glovebox.

I've always liked doing things with my hands. Did a lot of electrical and instrumentation helper jobs in chemical plants while I was in college. Installed our sprinkler system, network wiring, and alarm system in our home. Lots of tinkering with computers.

My son is about to turn 16. He's all eat up with getting a pickup truck and putting in a lift kit and booming stereo. He's already got the subs and amp even though he doesn't actually have a vehicle yet. He got me to looking at the system in my Envoy. I started out just changing the door speakers. Then I decided I needed an amp. Now I'm playing around with relays and adding some sorely-need overhead swivel lamps in the roof. Next I think I'll add some tweeters to the dash. I might add a small sub later but I'm into more of a high-fidelity sound than booming. I don't care to make people's mirrors vibrate at red lights.

I sure have enjoyed using this site. I try to get the information that I need from it for my purposes without getting into the brand name squabbling that invariably occurs in forums- Boss sucks, Kicker sucks, everything-but-my-brand-sux. Lots of knowledgeable people here. I've gained a appreciation for how difficult it is to install an after-market system in modern vehicles.


Posted By: ant@unigoal
Date Posted: August 26, 2004 at 5:58 PM
My name is Anthony and I am 34yrs of age, I have always had a knack for tearing things apart to find out how they work. I started learning about car audio by looking over the shoulders of a couple of Tech's who I looked up to and a couple of Repair shops I hung around back in the mid 80's. Everything I learned was from asking questions and just plain old experiance. I am a manager of a Local Pawnshop in Ft Worth Tx (don't hold that against me I do know stolen stuff when I see it and I either confiscate it or get info and provide it to the local law enforcement). Car Audio is 20-25% of my business and I do well since I'm in a moniority neighborhood and everyone wants to be heard and seen, you know BLING BLING. I don't post often on this site since I have to work the floor and run the online aspect of this business. I have over 17yrs exp on car audio and security including installations, with the exception of the newer cars which scare the hell out of me sometimes. I don't have a degree, but have enough smarts to get me where I need to be in life and I get paid WELL. This is one of the more informative sites on the web and have been a member for atleast a couple of yrs. I do read some of the post and do reply from time to time. So anyone looking for a good deal check me out I'm always trying to sell something........

Ebay user is

Posted By: backinblack_gp
Date Posted: August 26, 2004 at 9:50 PM

Hi, my name is Brian and I'm an alcoholic...  Oh, wait...  Wrong forum... posted_image

I invent electronic gizmos' for the Pontiac Grand Prix.  If it has wires or moving parts, chances are pretty good I've disassembled it and made it better...

Somewhere along the way, I've installed countless audio packages, remote starters, alarms, etc into just about everyone I know's automobiles...  (Anyone seen my remote boat starter?posted_image)


Posted By: djv1
Date Posted: August 26, 2004 at 9:58 PM
I'm Dustin I love to tinker and work on Vehilces and Stereos and anything electronic, hope to learn lots from this site.

JVC deck
6.5in MB Quarts
Rockford 3001M amp
2 12in Kicker Comps
Sirus Sattilte Radio

Posted By: profuse007
Date Posted: September 01, 2004 at 7:10 PM
-i am Lam Tran, from houston tx. yeeehaaawww!!!!
-a junior in civil engineering at U of Houston.
-i install car security for the extra bucks.
-self-mechanic and a handyman.

-life is good!!!!

"The two most common elements in the universe are H+ and stupidity" (Ellison).

Posted By: redlight831
Date Posted: September 02, 2004 at 7:20 PM
hey guys my name is Tyler. i am just starting in the buz..i have learnd alot form sites like this and i start school at Mobile Dyamics in October. hopfully when i get back to my home town in portland oreagon i can contribute a little more to the 12 Volt

Posted By: slicksam
Date Posted: September 02, 2004 at 10:08 PM

Hi my name is Sam and I am 31 and live in montreal(quebec)--------->yes it is pepper(french) land. I have been installing for 10 years for a company....I would say I am strong on the car starters cause of snowy winters and freezing cold snaps. I also know my stereo's system area. I left the company and still do this type of work in my garage at home. I can't let go of this field, I love it to much.

so I am to spread my experience and information to whoever needs help.

P.S. if anyone live close by to me and needs assistance......send me an e-mail.

Testing is the key

Posted By: russ lund
Date Posted: September 10, 2004 at 12:23 PM
I'm a 20 year veteran of Car audio install and service.I used to compete in regional car audio competitons with product that wasn't considered  mainstream(JVC,HiFonics,MTX).But took home enough 2nd and 1st place to wake the locals up.


Posted By: 12-volt_guy
Date Posted: September 10, 2004 at 3:53 PM
I have been installing car audio for about 30 years.  I owned and operated my own store for 15 years.  I did a bit of work for a multimedia and animatronics company some years back.  We built the computer control racks used in the movies Jurassic Park 2 and Godzilla.
I have, for nearly five years now, been the Installation Supervisor for a major retail chain.

Posted By: wiggetta
Date Posted: September 10, 2004 at 4:31 PM

Hi all,

I'm a new member from the UK.

Started installing Moss Car alarms in the uk when I was 16, progressed through various jobs installing ICE, Alarms, Hands free kits, Telematics eqpt.

Self employed now at 28 years of age, mainly installing 90% Telematics 10% Hands Free.

I run a similar forum to this place in the UK and we are always looking for US members, I think I have one out of 500!!

The forum is aimed at engineers and not DIY fitters.

Hope to see some of you over here?

Speak soon,

Andy Wiggett


Posted By: Dragonma15
Date Posted: September 13, 2004 at 4:15 PM

Hello everyone.

I'm new to this forum, but I have been reading up on everything I can. 

I am part owner of a father/son Auto Repair shop.  I have been turning wrenches since I was 11, and car stereo has always been a hobby of mine.  I have been installing remote starters and alarms for a while now, and have been installing systems on the side for more than a few years.  While the auto repair business has been good, I've always wanted to start my own install shop.  Maybe some day....



Posted By: russ lund
Date Posted: September 24, 2004 at 9:45 AM
I'm a 20+ year veteran(or victim) of the consumer electronics biz.An audio freak for longer.My personal hobbies are a pirate radio station,guitar playing,and working concert security at a few outdoor festivals.I love debunking the myth of some car audio companies.I guess I like a little chaos now and then.


Posted By: sone4200
Date Posted: October 01, 2004 at 5:18 PM
I'm kinda new at installing. Been doing head units and Subs for quite a while, just recently gotten into screens, and all those goodies. I'm only 19, so I guess I got time to learn the rest. Hope to open my own shop in the future. hope to learn as much as I can from you guys.

1992 Buick Lesabre
Clarion Dxz945MP
2000w Wolfenhag 4 channel amp
2 12" Kicker Solo L7's

Posted By: gus1
Date Posted: October 03, 2004 at 1:24 AM
Hey all... My name is Emil. I've been into this 12V stuff for almost 14 years now... ever since I got my Panasonic CD player to fit into the ashtray location of my '71 Impala, I've been hooked! Audio doesen't really do much for me anymore, I'm more of a remote start/alarm guy.... y'know, where the money is out here in the praries. I am one of the installers at a moderately sized chain, and still don't mind going to work every day.. it beats being behind a desk!


Wherever I go, that is where I end up......

Posted By: americaninstall
Date Posted: October 08, 2004 at 9:37 PM

hi, im 21 and i am fairly new to installation.  i started when i turned sixteen and by 18 was eager to get a "paying" installer position.  i got lucky and jumped on at circuit city where iwas very fortunate to work with the best tean circuit city had in the midwest.  i learned alot when they moved so did i now i am currently employed by american which is an actual custom shop(very different from circuit) and between ourcrew there and all the extremely experienced people hear hope to learn even more

Posted By: Ringo
Date Posted: October 09, 2004 at 5:33 PM

I am Ringo.  I live in Colorado.  I am not a professional, in fact I always pull my hair out when installing, but it ends up working and I do a clean and neat job of it.

Next week I am doing my first alarm install with remote start and keyless entry.  Wish me luck...

PS - I have installed an alarm before, but not with the keyless entry and the remote start.  I am printing out everything that I can find to help me.

1990 Ford Bronco XLT Alpine/Kenwood XM system 2 amps 5 speakers Keyless entry remote start soon to have DVD player

2001 Harley FXSTS

Posted By: audiopro111
Date Posted: October 09, 2004 at 11:48 PM
hey everyone how it going i'm 29 years old and i've been installing since i was about 13 years old i'm from new jersey and  learned everything i know by just jumping into it .I work for a company that does aftermarket installs for more than 85% of new jerseys new and used car dealerships i dont have any degrees except i keep getting recertified M.E.C.P like i said i don't have any degrees.  what can i say this is my hobbie ,my passion,my job and my life.....There's something about putting something in a vehicle that it wasn't designed for or it didn't have it in the first place and just to see the face of a satisfied customer of the work that i've done on there car  JUST MAKES MY DAY!!!!!!


Posted By: audiobass10
Date Posted: October 11, 2004 at 10:44 PM

My name's Dave and I must say i'm impressed with all of the professionals and their backgrounds in this forum. I'm just a 16  year old high school student who's real interested in learning new things about car audio. Right now i have: (2) 12" audiobahn 400wrms subs( I forget the model number), 1 Audiobahn A8000T mono amplifier 800.1, Sealed enclosure, DB 2 guage wires, Pair of 5.25 blaunkpunkt pro component speakers in the front and back. I drive a Jeep cherokee and i'm planning on adding a new system real soon. I'll post about that later. I feel like the black sheep in this forum! I have no installation expertise although I know some basic things. I'm really looking forward to getting a lot of tips and advice from all you experienced pro insallers! That's pretty much all I've got.


Pioneer Premier DEH-P660
15" Kicker CVR
Profile AP1000M
It's Loud

Posted By: meh66
Date Posted: October 17, 2004 at 9:37 AM


My name is Ed. I have been installing Car Audio as a hobby since 1990. I never had any training besides by doing and asking questions. I do have an EE degree and I am working on getting my Master's in both EE and Business. At this time, I have installed about three alarms with remote starters and I can honestly say, I had problems with the 2002 Plymouth Voyager but thanks to the professional on here, I was able to resolve the issues and I have not heard back from her...good sign I hope. I currently work in the telecommunication industry and have been every since after high school, I joined the Army and stayed there for seven years. My true passion is mobile electronics and I tried on many occassions to get a job with a company to get some training, but no one would hire so, I started my own part time business doing what I love. I must say every car is a challenge when it comes to alarms. I live in the Marylnd area and if anyone knows of any shops or schools I can get some training let me know. I am planning on taking the Basic MECP test in November.

"Car Performance and Mobile Electronic Enthusiats"

Posted By: bumpingjeep
Date Posted: October 24, 2004 at 2:04 AM

since i've been flooding the forum here lately i guess it's time i introduced myself...the name is kozon...i only have about two years of install under my belt...just recently got into building boxes...getting ready to start foxing around with fiberglass...went to college for 5 years and majored in drinking...due to the fact that it took me 5 years before figuring out that ball state wasn't for me is one good way that you can tell that i am genuine pollock(did i even spell that right)...the only thing i KNOW about cars and or car audio is that i want to know if my numerous posts make anybody mad...sorry...always trying to learn for you vets who try to apologize for your achievements...don''s what most strive for...essentially...working with cars is the only job i've ever really enjoyed...i currently work for a large retail store...and i too would like to keep their name out of it so that my opinions won't be associated with the companys...i am not a fan of large retail stores but they pay better than any other option i have right until i win the lottery and can open up my own shop...i guess this will have to do for now...

Posted By: DukeDuke
Date Posted: October 25, 2004 at 7:14 AM

Well, I guess it is my turn, even though no one will probably read this thread anymore, but oh well. Well, my name is Alex,... Duke, where is where DukeDuke comes from(just what everyone calls me) I am 19 and in college with a major in EE, my days of wanting to figure out how things work and how they are put together started when I was probably 3 or 4, about a month or two after Christmas, when my parents had bought me one of those little cars for kids, my dad had takin the battery out so I couldn't drive it, because I had done something bad, and I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work, so when he got home, needless to say, it still would never be able to be driveable, there were about 5000 parts on the garage floor and it was totally apart. I always wanted to build with my hands. So I guess around the age of 6 or 7, I wanted to learn how the entertainment center in our basement worked, which was a very complex system, so I took it apart about 5 or 6 times, pissing my dad off even more each time. Around age 16, I started driving my moms car for a little bit, which is when the Car Audio started, I bought my first subs, 2 Kenwood 10's in a bandbass for $100.00, and wired them to the rear deck(didn't have an amp at the time, did it ghetto style) then I bought my amp, a Planet Audio 600/4 for $350.00, what a rip off. Oh well, it still works today, 5 yr warrenty which is why I bought it. Untill I fried the subs by bridging the amp for the 10's. Then I got into GS Redline's, I bought one brand new in a custom ported box for $275.00. Which is the 3rd time I got ripped off, I started using the internet, and found the sub for $100.00, this is one pretty good sub if you want cheap. Then I started interning here at a shop in Chattanooga, did that for about 3 months until one of the installers started some drama, then I went over to tweeter and hung out there. I am just starting a SQ system, which I hope will be awesome, I do ask a lot of questions, I am 19, I am inexperienced, but I will help anyone out with the information I have, I have probably installed 40-50 HU's, 10-20 Amps and as for Video, alarms, remote start, I am still wanting to try it, so I will probably try it on my new car! Thanks for all the great help you guys have given me, I am sorry if this is long, but just thought you could get to know me. Thanks everyone!

Duke Duke

Posted By: firstclassohio
Date Posted: October 28, 2004 at 12:15 PM
You know I have been reading posts on this site for about a year now and finally decided to sign on today. I feel honored to be a part of this site and hope to help anyway I can. I have been in the automotive business since 1993. I started working for Classic Soft Trim in Cleveland Ohio. I worked for them for several years. They transferred me to Grand Rapids Michigan to open a new location and train new leather installers. We then branched out to Power sunroofs and seat heaters. I left them to join a competitor that specialized in Sunroofs, Simulated tops and windshield replacement. I worked for that company for a year and left them to work for a one stop shop. There I learned automotive electronics and truck accessories. I worked as an installer and sales manager for two years. I now own one of the franchises. I have two stores located in Ohio that have been open for five years. I am willing to help anyone accross the board with anything from custom interior work to remote starters.

under promise and overdeliver

Posted By: Focusdsound
Date Posted: October 29, 2004 at 8:29 AM
My name is Mike Johnson.  I have worked in car audio for 11 years now and currently work for C.A.R. Audio and Security in Wendell NC soon to be Wake Forest NC.  I have done DB Drag vehicles, was a IASCA judge although I never got called to judge anything so I guess i was a IASCA judge wanna be(LOL).  Previously I worked for Creative Acoustics  with Jay Lovelace who i am sure some of you are familiar if you follow DB Drag.  We just finished our shop project vehicle this last month.  1986 Astro with 12 JL w3's, 6 500/1, 3 300/2, 3 sets of XR650, 13" Concept monitor, Clarion DVD and CD Player, Clarion EQ, Custom Fiberglass Console and door panel inserts,  air bag load leveling suspension, custom neon kit,  strobes,  and a Xenon Body Kit. 

Posted By: audiocableguy
Date Posted: October 31, 2004 at 1:16 PM
Some very impressive folks on this site! Me, well I'm 33 and have been in and around audio since high school. Growing up in Phx in the early days was great. Rockford a mile from Orion, PPi was in a one and a half story warehouse maybe 7,500sq. Later Wrangler Power Products moved in. Some very cool, then unkown guys, who were more than happy to help us dumb kids! The bug has been with me ever since. Now with ebay I can afford the cool toys of days past!
Learned everything I could from anyone willing to help. Many home tweek friends mixed with SPL junkies. Accutons didn't last in the car. Now I design, build, and install professional audio/ broadcast video/ control racks and occasionally a live sound engineer. Now they give me 50,000W and a line array. Yes 120 db is very impressive, especially at 100 feet away surrounded by 5000+ people! This site is a Golden Assest to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry!

Posted By: TAudio
Date Posted: November 11, 2004 at 2:30 PM

Joining the vast number of replys,  I am currently an intaller for Circuit City formaly (no cutom shops around here ever seem to be hiring), but I do a lot of cutom work on the side since our insurance at CCity won't let us do it under their name.  I have been installing profesionllay  for 1 year but started serious installing a little over 3 years ago when a friend asked me to build and install a custom trunk with all the gear.  Unfortunately myself and my custom clients aren't quite rich enough yet to afford competiotion systems, but I am getting online with a local custom shop to get equipment and parts at cost so hopfully in the near future I will be building one.  All of my knowlege has been gained through personal experience, a few exelent books, and of course there is always something to learn here at  All in all I'm pretty good but still have a lot to learn.

If quiters never win, and winners never quit, who the heck came up with the idea that you should quit while your ahead?

Posted By: uthinkuknoaudio
Date Posted: November 14, 2004 at 9:27 AM
Here is my two cents on it all. My name is Anthony (For security reasons leave the last name out). I have been selling, installing, and testing car audio equipment for years and i have enjoyed it every step of the way. I own a 2002 Ford Explorer and it is my baby. I am a big Oakland Raiders fan so i got it custom painted to Silver and Black, with a raiders license plate on the front. My interior is now silver and black, along with my dashboard, steering wheel, and seats. My car stereo consists of:
  • 1 Nakamichi CD-45z Head Unit (Fantastic HU - excellent sound quality)
  • 1 Cadence ZRS-4 Amplifier (125x4 RMS @ 4 ohms this thing is a beast for midrange)
  • 2 Cadence CVL-6K components (Loud as hell with extreme SQ capabilities)
  • 1 Cadence ZRS-9 Amplifier (1500 W x 1RMS @ 2 ohms, or 2200 W x 1 RMS @ 1 ohm)
  • 2 12'' Adire Audio Brahma MK II
  • Optima Yellow Top Battery
  • 200+ Amp High Output Alternator
  • Lots and Lots of 0 guage
  • 2 0 guage Distribution Blocks
  • 3 sets of Monster Cable RCA's
Let me tell you, this equipment bangs insanely hard , while maintaining premier SQ. Bar none, this is the best install i have ever done or heard, outside of MECA SQ systems (No Zapco here!). I am a great person to ask advice from, and i love helping out!

"I don't play games. I play Nakamichi and that for real yo" - Probably some japanese kid said this in the early 80's trying to sell stereo out of his trunk lol.

Posted By: maaudio1
Date Posted: November 14, 2004 at 9:12 PM

I guess I'll go next. I have been to this site several times but never registered.

My name is also Anthony. I'm 33 years old and work as a car salesman for the last 4 years. I have been into car stereos since I was 15 years old.

I recently decided to do a system in my 2004 Mazda 6s that has Bose stereo. So I bought a MA1250W 12" sub and an HK297 amplifier. And I am very pleased.

Future plans include redoing the entire Blose stereo. Just waiting on Scosche to finish their dashkit for this car.

2004 Mazda 3s Hatchback
2- MTX 4500 8" subs powered by MTX 251D

Posted By: meef
Date Posted: November 18, 2004 at 8:22 PM
a fellow employee of circuit city showed me this site...thought id give it a shot and learn some stuff while im at it. lots of good reads and questions answered on here.

Posted By: meltingplastic
Date Posted: November 24, 2004 at 12:42 PM
Well here goes me... even though i'm pathetic compared to most of the people on the board. I've been installing car audio for about 2 years in my driveway and then proceeded to get a job at Best Buy 3 months ago since it was a block away and my friends stoppped wanting to pay me to do work on their cars.. i've been working on cars all my life.. grew up with a father and uncle who raced drag cars so thats how i got into that. i've been into electronics since i was little and currently am studying at Drexel University for my degree in Electronics Engineering with a minor in computer engineering and i hope to work designing hardware once i graduate... ... prepares for best buy flame...

Driving a Bagged, Caddied 02 s10

Posted By: 5150azn
Date Posted: November 26, 2004 at 10:13 PM
First, its an honor to post up with such installers that frequent this site. the12volt rocks!

My names Gary 24. Installing for 4 years now. Currently working for a high-end shop called International Motoring Inc. in Pasadena,Ca. Started out as a technician for Honda. Got tired of being a grease monkey. Worked for Circuit $#ity for 3+ years. Now I work on high-end celeberity owned cars....and get paid peanuts. So if you guys have job openings for a experianced fiberglass inhailer and professional bondo sander. Let me know.

Tell the Snap-On guy I'm not here!

Posted By: Muffinman
Date Posted: November 28, 2004 at 11:42 AM

I worked for Yamaha Corp for 5 years in the electronics division. Then in the Motorcycle division. Yea I know Yamaha does not make Car Audio Systems, Don't ask me why I have no idea.posted_image

I know work for myself as a commercial electricain in the Dallas area.

I work on peoples car audio/Electrical systems that get so fried from poor installs I should open a shop I get so many calls. I just like working with Audio Systems since I was a kid. Never have reached that holly grail sound system yetposted_image I try to learn something new everyday that I can use down the road "Where ever that may lead".

Posted By: Doyledee
Date Posted: December 02, 2004 at 12:56 AM

My name is Doyle Smith, I live in nice hot Texas near Dallas. I am 30 yrs old on the 5th and have been doing audio since I got my first car at 17--- blew up alot of stuff learning the hard way...I have been interested in electronics since I was about 4 . I am married and have two kids. I do have a degree in electronics, but I work as an engineer. I have always had systems in every car I have had, and out of them, almost all have been broken into and equipment stolen. As I am older I learn ---if the want it, they will take it , I just make it hell on them now.. :) I really like this site and I enjoy learning more... I still at this age do not know what I want to do...I also do systems for my friends on the side and... have a small business doing repairs in houses...   I wanted to say Hi to everyone on this site... Thanks for keeping it up....

97 Sebring Jx convertible
1500 RF amp with 2-10" Lanzar subs
2005 suzuki Katana 600

Posted By: dwarren
Date Posted: December 04, 2004 at 1:45 PM
M name is Dan. I am 22. I live in northern California. I consider myself an audiophile and bassophile. I've been in the business for about 6 years. I worked in sales and found that installing is far more fun. I worked for some large companies and now help out at local custom shop occaisionally. I consider car stereo a hobby and a passion. I love memorizing specs to equipment. I do a lot of installs for friends. I recently bought a 94 accord and put a small system in it. Alpine CDA 7977 head, alpine mrv-f407 4 channel, some Rainbow audio 6.5 seperates up front alpine 6x9s, an mtx 1000d and two mtx 7500 12". I am already addiced to this site and look forward to using it. -------------dan

Posted By: jazzcustom131
Date Posted: December 20, 2004 at 12:10 AM
My name is Lance Dennis. I've been messin in this world since I was 7, (i'm 17 now). My dad works with Alabama Power Company, and has taught me eeverything about anything electronic. I work for a local car audio store doing simple installs. I mostly do repair work on old equipment. Probably the only person in the state that can crack open a cd player, or amp, locate a bad diode, replace, it, and have the equipment running like new. I'm just getting into the fiberglass thing, and plan to one day open a store of my own and beat out the local competition (Jimmy's Car Stereo). I use ti spend a lot of time electrocuting myself, but i'm pretty sure I now know how to correctly wire anything.

Posted By: RAZOR222
Date Posted: December 21, 2004 at 6:56 AM
My name is Nathan Scale, I'm 17 and live in Australia. Am designing a system complete system now to buy myself for my 18th bday (which is when we get a liscence over here). I'm very impressed with this forums and its wealth of knowledge. The positive attitudes and minimum of sledging is great, really encouraging. :0) I'm still a student in my last year of secondary education and am looking at going into engineering.

well that's me, peace all


great effort comes from great attitude - pat riley

Posted By: petergozinya
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 3:45 AM
Thadeous,27...I guess i'm the guy who tore apart everything in the house to find speaker's,run to my room install them in a cardbord makeshift cabinet and run my christmas present boom box at 2ohm's..that was a long time ago..i love this stuff,i could look at spec's all daylong..alot of people don't understand why you eat green beans everyday for two year's's becouse i'm in love..I love velodyne...sinfoni..crowson..krell..veritas..ground zero..qupix(the good one)...this could get longer ...there are some amazing people on this forum..educated,certified,..yadi...yadi...ya..ya..but this bit me as soon as i found a skrewdriver...I've read the m.e.c.p book front to back upsidedown ...I have done alot of installs. The last one was an octane 9:0.5 hitting two set's of boston's and a resonant 10..mostly it look's good ...real own system is huge in development two 15in ground zero nuke's two u.s amp's 2000..max bass know where i'm going with this right?

Posted By: jonyb
Date Posted: January 02, 2005 at 5:14 AM

John Bauer, from Paducah, KY.  28 years old and have been installing since I was 16.  I currently work swing shift at a Uranium Enrichment Facility.  The schedule keeps me working 15-16 days a month.  On my off time, I travel to car dealers in town and do keyless entries, remote starts, video, and car audio work.  I also work out of my garage by "word-of-mouth".  I average about 15-20 cars per month with no advertising or footwork.  The dealers keep me busy, plus when one customer shows off his new toy that I installed, his friend calls, then his friend and so on.

I also work with my parents with their business.  They own  We sell golf cart accessories.  There are a few carts in town that we have done video systems on, but nothing too elaborate yet.  Lots of cd players/speaker installs though. 

I worked for a couple shops before I started this job I have now.  The first was Long Run Audio, which I worked at for two years.  They did high-end home, and car audio.  The next was Sound Gallery.  I worked there for 4 years and was mentored by one of the area's smartest installers.  He taught me everything I know about alarms/keylesses.  He currently works as an installer for Circuit City here in Paducah. 

This has been a great site full of information for me.  It's a very useful key on some of the newer vehicles. 

Posted By: oldskool92
Date Posted: January 03, 2005 at 10:04 PM

My turn, I guess...

I'm Ron, I'm 38 years old, and have been doing installs for about 22 years. when I was 15 or so, My older brother took me for a ride in his new car. He just got done putting a system in it. He had the old pioneer amp/eq, with the uv meter on the front, you know the one I mean!! We were Bangin' in that old car! well, that was it for me. The bug bit, and I haven't been able to get away ever since. I started like most do, family and friends installs, and a whole sh*tload of reading books, magazines, ect... No formal education. Opened my own business in 1990, and gave up in 1994 for personal reasons. well, in 2004, my personal reasons got thrown out of the house, and I dove back in without her!!

I competed this year with SLAP, and did a few custom installs, and I hope to open up another install joint by the end of this year.

I'm gettin' 2 old for this sh*t!!

Posted By: methinfinity
Date Posted: January 04, 2005 at 8:21 AM

Hey everyone

There's some knowledge up in here for real. Props to all those that have introduced themselves thus far. My name's Nixon, 30.Been installing here in Oz for 7 years. The first audio sales company i worked for in 97/98 started courses for installers (basics in electronics etc etc) so they could claim their installers were the only qualified ones in Australia. Courses didn't last long. Guess it had something to do with government funding. Got as many certificates as was available though. And like many of you have stated, the courses don't make u an installer. Ain't nothing like hands on experience.

Anyway I trained under a lotta knowledgeable guys here and have installed a lot of audio, built boxes(MDF-have done minimal work with fibreglass), door trims/pods, fit alarms, cdl, starters, visual over the years(a lotta a/v especially in the last 1-2 years) and still find myself scratching my head sometimes. 12volt is a has helped me out more than a few times.

that's it for me..good lookin out everyone..peace

how much are the MECP courses anyway? The fabricating part of the course sounds interesting.


Posted By: petergozinya
Date Posted: January 04, 2005 at 4:27 PM
methinfinity wrote:

Hey everyone

There's some knowledge up in here for real. Props to all those that have introduced themselves thus far. My name's Nixon, 30.Been installing here in Oz for 7 years. The first audio sales company i worked for in 97/98 started courses for installers (basics in electronics etc etc) so they could claim their installers were the only qualified ones in Australia. Courses didn't last long. Guess it had something to do with government funding. Got as many certificates as was available though. And like many of you have stated, the courses don't make u an installer. Ain't nothing like hands on experience.

Anyway I trained under a lotta knowledgeable guys here and have installed a lot of audio, built boxes(MDF-have done minimal work with fibreglass), door trims/pods, fit alarms, cdl, starters, visual over the years(a lotta a/v especially in the last 1-2 years) and still find myself scratching my head sometimes. 12volt is a has helped me out more than a few times.

that's it for me..good lookin out everyone..peace

how much are the MECP courses anyway? The fabricating part of the course sounds interesting.

Do you want to go to a school or home study? Check out if you want to watch an educational fabracation video. It seem's to be indepth by it's running time (they are some awfull nice people too.)  


Posted By: ~AFAccord~
Date Posted: January 05, 2005 at 1:19 PM

SOOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE HERE!!  It's great!  So far I've only had one question go unanswered on this forum.  It feels good to know I'm not the only one putting so much time into trying to make the things I love better.  There's not much to say about me.  I'm 20.  I'm a Communications Specialist in the US Air Force, and I'm in South Korea, 9000 miles from my car.  posted_image   I've built nearly 80 computers since I started with electronics, around 5  years ago, and when time and location allows, I've worked really hard on my true love, my car.  I've been through nearly 3 years of constant technical training, most of which was electronics principles, to perform my job here, working on communications equipment and software.  I guess the good thing is that it all counts for college and I'm just a couple semesters away from my Bachelors in Communications Technology.  But we all know that field, like history, never stops changing.  I've got sooo many things lined up to do, and ideas to try as soon as I get home late this Feb.  I'd have to say that learning, along with trial and error would be my number 1 hobby.  I love to learn hands on.  My quote pretty much wraps it all up,  "Experience is something you never get until just after you need it."

Black Cherry
"Experience is something you never get until just after you need it."

Posted By: djdaveoc
Date Posted: January 06, 2005 at 3:21 AM
I come from a pretty nerdy family and have followed in their footsteps I guess.  I work as a helpdesk technician for a semiconductor manufacturer.  I want to finish my certifications and become a network admin.  I really don't know much about electronics, except for building computers, which is easy.  However I've always been into audio and I've liked hip hop music since it was new and I was a little kid.  (About 20 years ago)  I've always had a nice stereo in my room and I even had a nice DJ system since I used to DJ.  I remember hearing and seeing cars go by with booming systems when I was in junior high playing basketball outside the school.  I thought that some day I'd like to have a car/system like that.  So now that I have a half-decent job and can afford to slowly put a decent system into my truck, I will probably spend my next year's salary customizing my truck from top to bottom.  I should be saving up for a condo or an engagement ring, but oh well.  I love music and want a nice ride.  I figure I should either do it now before I get married and have kids, or I won't ever do it.  The truck is 5 years old and I can get rid of it and buy a new car and have a $400/month payment, but I thought it would be more fun to keep the truck and spend my money maintaining and customizing it.

posted_image Plan, Research, Do

Posted By: twofootthumpin
Date Posted: January 11, 2005 at 5:15 PM
    Ok to start I am a under budgeted car audio and high performance add-ons installation technician. I am 18 currently living in Michigan, and operate a very small business out of a pole barn in my back yard. I am certified in auto motive engine tune up, electrical, brakes, engines, and suspensions. I have been going to a Vocational school for the past two years and took 3 night courses at Kalamazoo Valley College. I am sorry if some of my information is slightly off but I am still learning and that is why I joined this site to learn from the best and to hopefully make my small business larger by doing so. I intstall many things from stereo head units to remote starters and alarms, I am not able to do many high end things at the present moment, like some of you lucky people, but the money is just not rolling in like that. I can do carbon fiber work as well as fiberglass just its been small things and nothing outragious. If you are wondering I drive a Nissan Xterra with a Eclipse 8454 head unit, and a Kenwood 800 watt amplifier powering my two Alpine Type E's, of course it dims my headlights too much so I have a 2.5 farad cap inline with it. I haven't been able to upgrade the rest yet but hopefully it will happen sometime. Thank you for having patients with me, and also thank you for helping me out.

Posted By: slammedb5
Date Posted: January 12, 2005 at 4:45 AM
My name is Mike, I'm 24, and I'm new to this forum. I've been installing car electronics for about 2 years, before that I had a 4 year gig in the Army, and before that I installed everything BUT car electronics (turbos, headers, suspension, brakes, etc.) for about 4 years (Yes, I was 14 when I started working on cars). I am currently IN college studying Pre Med, with no plans to graduate anytime soon. I'm a MECP Basic Installer at a national electronics retailer, studying for my 1st Class test. I consider myself a jack of all trades, and a master of none. I offer my opinion and ONLY my opinion, so if I am wrong or really dumb, please let me know in a non condescending manner and I will remedy my stupidness. I cuurently drive a 95 Probe GT, with a KLZE swap looming, and my baby (although broken at this moment) is a 96 Audi A4 2.8, which is currently undergoing a 1.8T swap. I can provide information on almost anything that you can think of, although some of it may not be useful.

Posted By: spl-Hz
Date Posted: January 13, 2005 at 6:14 PM

Hey my name is Ryan I'm a car audio installer in Colorado @ Automotive Stereo & Alarm. It's just myself and the owner. Ive been installing for around 7 years and am 26 years old. I love competing in DB dragracing always making our customers smile and take great pride in what i do for a living. Sometimes the hours suck or the pay or warranty work when we have it but i definitley dont mind waking up in the morning. I am married and have two beautiful girls 4 and 8 years old. It really funny the always like to ride in my car cause it's louder than moms,.

I did my first custom fiberglass enclosure in her expedition and she loves it. Thanks to all the people who post helpfull information on this site for veteran installers as well as DIY's. Thank you 12volt for a great monthly paper and this truly wonderful FORUM. That's my peice.

                                                   Thank's all.  RYAN McCOMAS

Posted By: Nocturnal2010
Date Posted: January 13, 2005 at 7:06 PM

I'm an idiot.

I've been doing car audio/home audio for 15 years. Now I finally decide to try doing it for a living.

I did construction for 6 years.

I have a Class A CDL with Hazmat and drove for 3 1/2 years moving furniture.

I've worked in a billion different plants doing machine setups and anything else mechanical.

I did drafting for........a lot of years.

I built and repaird repaired computers since.......

Anything mechanical, electrical or envolving cars, I can do. If i've never done it before, I just pick up a book and/or talk to someone that knows about it.

I was told that I have Adult ADD.( or i'm just retarded lol)

I just  decided a year ago to focus only on car audio/video.

Problem is that I keep trickin' out motors, suspensions, interiors and body work, name it, i'll do it.

I have no help and I keep doing too much. But what the hell, I love it.

If it's car stuff it's my passion of choice.

Never half-step, if you're gonna do it go all the way.

Posted By: Jschult3
Date Posted: January 14, 2005 at 7:47 AM

My name is Jeff I'm in the fabulous and always overcast Rochester New York Area. No it's no where near New York City. It's about 6 hours or so away. I learned installations while I worked for Circuit City as an operations manager. When it was slow I would go back and hang with the boys in the shop. That unfortunately was most of the time I was working. I'm not mecp certified but my friends call me the macgyver of the group. My real specialty is alarms/starters and sub-enclosures. I'm a do it yourselfer when it comes to just about everything these days as I no longer work for circuit city. I've learned from watching, reading, and then doing it myself.

Biggest thing I've done is an RX300 with remote start and a cool defogger mod. Pretty tricky and lots of great Lexus stuff to bypass to make it all work. Worked on the 1st try with all functions and no blown fuses. Thanks to,  this site is awesome! 

Always Verify Wire information before Connecting! Just a Darn Good DIY'R

Posted By: biznisman2u
Date Posted: January 16, 2005 at 6:52 PM

Hey I'm 19, and grew an interest in Mobile Audio installing sents 17. Thanks to Car Audio magazines I new how to fiberglass before even knowing how to properly install a head unit. I haven't had much experience in the field so I'm always open (all ears) when someones sound like they know what their talking about. I'm currently in college, (Georgia Southern) and hopfully I will be transfering to Ga Tech, to get my B.S. in EE. I'm trying to get on at an installing bay (any one around the area please allow an opertunity)... Well I guess thats it, nothing fancy but just an young eagered mine trying to one day contribute to the 12v. technology.


Posted By: audeogod
Date Posted: January 18, 2005 at 6:39 PM

Hey everyone.  I am in Ashland, Kentucky, am 30 years old and have been into stereos and music since before junior high school and into car audio since I was 18 and got my first car, an '82 Chevette.  In those days, I knew nothing about car stereos or how to do it right but over the years I learned from trial and error as well as reading up on it all.

I have always been a DIY'er on most everything and turned "semi-installer" about 6 years ago for a little sideline business to bring in extra $$$.  I say semi-installer because I used to think of myself as an installer(hence the name "audeogod") but since reading on this site as well as other sites about what all there is to be done and the necessary skills to do it with, I had to downgrade that designation.  I do not know how to fiberglass or put in car alarms and remote starters, but that is just because I have never attempted to.  I can learn anything in a very little time when I want to.  I still go by the name "audeogod" because I am now used to it.  It's been my internet name for about 4 years now.  And yes I know there's an "e" where there should be an "i" but do you have any idea how many people out there think of themselves as an audiogod??  That name is never available when you register on a website.  

Anyway, my skills are installing head units, amplifiers, building subwoofer boxes(sealed only so far), and installing speakers in factory locations as well as cutting out new locations for them too.  I can also usually run down electrical problems in a stereo system when things aren't working like they should.  I am a licensed electrician in my state.  That training helps me alot with things like that. 

I look foward to learning more from this site and contributing to it as well with my "limited" knowledge.  I will try not to post any false information but I won't say that it will never accidentally happen anyway.

Posted By: damn-im-good
Date Posted: January 23, 2005 at 2:51 PM


My name is Austin and yup I'm from Canada, EH. I'm only seventeen and just finishing up high school, but my love for car stereos has been with me for years. Even though I have only had a car for almost 2 years, I have had my car stereo iready for nearly 3 years, lol. From the age of 14, I would go to the soundsaround near my house and sit there for hours with the sales reps in car stereo. This may seem odd but I actually learned alot from them and acquired some great friends! I bought all my subs, amps, and deck at the age of 15 and just couldn't wait to put them in my 89 tempo!!!! I guess it was silly to put 2 12" JL's and an overhead monitor in a tempo, but it was fun to see peoples faces when I turned it up, lol. Since then I have bought a 92 saturn sc and have uninstalled everything from the tempo and reinstalled it in my saturn. I still have an alarm, underglow, ps2, and loads of dynamat waiting to be installed,  but I think I'll wait till it warms up :). I've been looking into the mecp program in Toronto and wondering if it's worth the (5390 + canadian). This site is really interesting and it's great to know that this is such a large field of interest!!

Thanx, Austin

Alpine CDA-9831, two 12" JLw3's running off of Phoenix gold 500.1 monoblock and 90.2 for speakers!

Posted By: specialauto
Date Posted: January 24, 2005 at 1:23 PM
haha this is fun...
hey i'm joey from canada... i just started out, i am a student working at Canadian auto sound..
ever since i was small i loved music, when my dad had a blau in his car he'd blast it and i would dance to the tunes,
of coruse they were like Ac/Dc and Led Zepplin, but still i loved it. And then cars, for a number of years i've been drving and i guess that if you put Blasted the Radio and Cars together.. u  get Car Auto.. and that right now its my Passion .. i love it... if anyone is from canada, on give me a shout... well talk.. well thats me///

Canadian Auto Sound
Starting Installer

Posted By: torkey
Date Posted: February 04, 2005 at 11:10 AM

Hey lets hear it now for an aussie hey mates...

As u can guess i'm from Australia...Perth, Western Australia...i've got 6 yrs experience as a profeesional installer doing audio right thru to alarms and yes OMG I can do Remote Starters too! only really i can ..

Been a hobby of mine electronics and stuff and well after doing electrical engineering at TAFE thats like a college to u guys looked for work and ended up being an installer...hmm don't know what keeps me in this job but all i can say is that its a passion i think...knowing that u achieved some victory and glory when u make something just work...its not egotistic just means your'e damn good!! hahahaha gotta have a sense of humour...geeze u need it in the car audio industry! well thats about it...and Yes down under we do have a Passion for cars too..

Yes we aussies know a thing or two about 12 volts..

Posted By: Yacht2cool
Date Posted: February 04, 2005 at 12:33 PM
I'm Scott. I'm 18 years old and started to seek interest in car audio when I was 15. I had a friend to 3 Mtx 10's in his Blazer and from the moment I heard the bass, I was hooked. So I am a realy DIY kind of guy and have learned most of everything I know by reading on the Internet and trying it out. I aslo worked as a Sales guy at Circuit City for a year and learned a lot from a couple of the installers. I got a stock 98 S-10 right before I turned 17 and had no knowledge of anything car related. Since then, I had gone from lowering it, to fulling bagging the front and rear. So I think this site is great. I learned everything I know about remote start systems from reading on this site, and ended up doing it myself on my truck. I still have a lot to learn and I continue to look for info on the I am currently going to school for a degree in Computer Engineering Technology at Arizona State University, and a friend and I currently own a car audio business. We mostly stick to online sales, but we do occasional installs. It's kind of tough to do installs without having a shop, and so we do most of our installs at my house. This company really isn't much, but it's my passion and it's fun and I make a little bit of cash to be happy with. Life's short, you gotta have fun while you can and I think everyone on this site can agree that car audio is a great opportunity to have fun and even make a career out of something your passionate about. Keep on keepin' on everybody!!!!

Date Posted: February 07, 2005 at 1:11 AM

Hey everyone. My name's Ken, coming to you from Sisters, Oregon (pop. 1480).  I've been into car audio since '98 when I was 16. I had an 86 Subaru Hatch...First was a Pioneer bass tube running off a Blau deck.I built that up to 4 Thunder 7000 10's ported in the back. 150 dB and one bleeding ear later I earned Hon. Mention in a local comp.  Been hooked since.  I got my degree in electronics theory (co majored diesel mechanics) in the Air Force when I was 19, did my time, and stayed in Las Vegas.  Started working at Best Buy as Car Audio Sales, then moved to the Install Bay.  They offered to pay the test fee for an MECP cert. so I jumped on it.  Tested, passed, then grew tired of the corporate scene, so I quit and moved back up to OR.  Got myself the Jetta and headed straight for the 'buy one get one free sale' at my stereo hangout.  I build all my own boxes and have yet to let someone install something besides tires on my car.  My wife tolerates (and regulates) my passion for the sport, so we both stay happy.  I've claimed one trophy so far (third) in the IASCA lanes for getting 154.4 dB.  So here's my little 'hallo' ... I'll be back soon prob.

PS- How long does the FNG status stick?

'95 Jetta GL= $2800

2-12" MTX 6000s, Kole 980 2ch, Audiobahn Line Drive/EQ, Panasonic 100x4 Class A, Sony CDX 4750= $480

154.4 dB (IASCA) for less than 5 bills= PRICELESS
(160 dB port wars)

Posted By: fastone
Date Posted: February 07, 2005 at 11:02 AM

Hello everyone. I'm pretty new here so I guess I'll give ya'll a little background on me. I've always loved good quality sound systems. My first car stereo was a Craig Powerplay with a built in WHOPPING 25 AMPS! Man, I thought I really had an awesome system back then, and at that time it sounded pretty good. Boy things have change alot since then. Currently my best system is my home theater system, a Sony 600W, not overwhelming but it sounds pretty good. I'm not a professional installer. I am an I & E technician in an industrial manufacturing facility ( that's Instrument & Electrical). I''ve been doing that for about 20 yrs. now. I've studied electronics in college and some OJT. I should have had an AAS but I got lazy after I finished the electronics and I already had the type of job that it would qualify me for. Marriage and kids slowed down my hot rodding and audio experiments but I'm getting back into a little of both now. I can see there is alot of good knowledge available here and I will be definitely be using it often. I am going to start a side business installing audio, video, and security and so forth. I might have to fall back to it full time someday. You never know when a large corp. will decide to just cut you loose.

Posted By: shoes
Date Posted: February 09, 2005 at 10:41 AM

Hello all,

   Pretty new here.... I've read alot, just don't post often. Strarted doing my own thing with car audio in HS, went to a local shop about 3 years doing the same ol slam installs (deck speakers) and didn't get paid jack. Quit there to find a better job and now I just do it for fun on the side. In the proccess of building a 80 malibu wagon w/ all old equipment. Old RF amps (2 200ix, 1 4080ix 2 60ix's) old EPX 2, old 8175 clarion deck, RF Fanatic Q 5 1/4" comp set in qform kicks (hey they were cheap ....$25). 2 - 5 1/4 rf punch (old) in each door.... 2 Soundstream SPL 10's in BP box. Excalibur alarm etc. Should be ok..... got out of the SPL thing after actually seeing some of the "modern" spl vehicle's that have 2 subs doing 160 and stuff that sound like dog doodie. I did my festiva (myself) with 8 Soundstream spl 15's with 2-200ix's in 1995 that would do 154 (legal) on flashdance. It sounded good and looked good. Oh well....

Why would anyone put 8-15's in a Festiva? (154db) I did!

How many day till we go to Walt Disney World?

Posted By: tcss
Date Posted: February 13, 2005 at 1:40 PM

Hello Everyone, I've been selling and installing car audio since 1973 ( think Craig Powerplay and Jensen Coaxials ) and have had between 1 and 3 shops in Central California since 1982. Stumbled on this this sight on a recommendation of a customer and have been bailed of tough install situations by you guys more than once. Because of this I'm going to try to give back to the sight and try to answer questions a couple of times a week. I've been an Alpine dealer since 1983 and can address a lot of old school questions about older cars and older equipment. Thanks for starting this sight...Bob

If the racecar ( spell it backwards ) looks slow, it probably is.......

Posted By: oonikfraleyoo
Date Posted: February 13, 2005 at 11:59 PM
Hello, my name is Nik and I'm an audioholic. I live in Alabama. My strongest skills are in fabrication. I love to play with fiberglass. Sometimes I just strip naked and roll around in it. This is without a doubt the best website ever. There is no comparable database of car audio / security / video / interior anywhere. I is great to have some of the brightest minds in the industry at the other end of a keyboard.

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Posted By: diamondprobe18
Date Posted: February 19, 2005 at 11:06 PM
umm im David Browning been installing audio for friend and myself for about 3 years now and i am 18 i wanna learn so much more about the audio side of things and i want to know what kinda CERTs i can get for car audio.

89 Probe Gt Turbo
1 Diamond 15 CM3
1 Diamond 600.2 D5
2 Diamond 10 CM3
1 1200.1 Diamond D5
4 Diamond 6.5 coaxial
1 300.4 Diamond D5

Posted By: audioadam86
Date Posted: February 21, 2005 at 5:44 PM
Hey, my name is Adam.  I live near Peoria Il.  I have been installing for about 3 years now and I love it!!  I have done 6 installs and my own.  Plan to go into the audio field once I get done with college.  Started off with a kenwood deck and some infinity 6x9's.  Now I have a pioneer deh-p80mp,kappa speakers,2 thunder 8000's and an ov2-1600 amp.  I am also on the SoundDomain forums.  Lookin forward to bein a part of this forum as well!!

Posted By: Cereal
Date Posted: March 07, 2005 at 12:09 AM

hey ppl,

im just some schmo(Anthony) who did his first amp and sub install in my 2000 expedition. It was fun and i cant wait to expand my mobile media.

Alpine cda-7893 (soon to be Iva-d901)
Alpine Mrd-M1001
12" Alpine Type X

Posted By: Master Asylum
Date Posted: March 08, 2005 at 12:53 PM
Newb hardcore. Working out of southwestern (You can't even comprehend the huge demand for car electronics work around here. *end sarcasm*) Just really got into this seriously in Nov of 04. Been reading like crazy waiting for the weather to go away so I can start learning. I'm currently learning fiberglass fabrication on my own basically with the help of some great sites. Desperately trying to get into a shop to start learning how to apply all this theory and such. Going to attend IIT this summer I am sure if things don't get going. Learning a lot fast, wanna learn more, and I'm sure I will. Been a long time since I felt that. So basically, I'm a back alley guy with no physical experience(worth mentioning) that doesn't even have a garage to work out of, yet. Hoping to move up, and being around here is helping, considerably.

1998 Monte Carlo w/
Eclipse CD8454
2xRockford 5.25" Power 2-way T152C
2xRockford 6"x9" Punch 3-way FRC4369
1xMemphis 16-MCH1300 5-channel
2xKicker 12" L5 Solobaric-2 Ohm

Posted By: imstrange
Date Posted: March 12, 2005 at 12:58 AM

ok  im in . imstrange [mike]  ase master tech[auto repair] since 91. vw registered tech 5plus y

ears exp.; mazda master tech and master guild member [93 i think]  toyota certified since 96

more recentlly attended volvo master tech challenge may 02 in rockleigh NJ. [only the top 70 volvo techs in the entire country {usa} are invited .  and last of all  attended icar training

sessions for my last former employer [10 gold class points for him-nadda for me. ;and  fyi

i am most certainally a little strange.look forward to helping you any way i can M>S>

Posted By: Optik
Date Posted: March 16, 2005 at 4:19 PM
Well I am new to the forum but not new to Car Audio. I am 25 years of age. I have done a few (at least 90-100) installs. All pretty good in my opinion. I have no certs. for install or electronics, but I do for computers. Hope I can be of some help to the forum as it has helped me alot so far. If anything else you guys/girls would like to know just ask and hopefully I am of some help to you.


Posted By: its_radio_shop
Date Posted: March 16, 2005 at 10:43 PM

My name is Mike, 30yrs old. I am the head of a four man install team employed by the State of Utah, Information Technology Services. We install and maintain all public safety equipment for all state agencies in Utah. That includes everything from over 500 highway patrol vehicles to the Governors vehicles, Armored personnel carrier for the state swat team, prison perimeter vehicles, undercover and surveilence vehicles, bait cars with GPS, mobile command centers (40ft RV usually with 3 or 4 dispatch consoles, satellite phones, mobile data, communication links, onboard repeaters, telescopic video camera, generator, PBX, GPS, automated antennas, etc.) and anything else related that you can think of. The area of +12V a lot of people forget about  =)

I started coming to this board when I was trying to locate a wiring diagram for a Toyota Camry that was being used as a bait car. Great people here and a lot of knowledge....if any of you come through the Salt Lake City area and want the nickel tour of our shop, let me know... Mike

Posted By: SoundExplosion
Date Posted: March 17, 2005 at 10:15 AM


    Born and live in new york. i have been installing for about 7 years my brother started me in this 12v life and i never left. and i dont think i will. i love it to much. i am 24 and have passed all mecp tests but master hope to do it this year. i own a shop and have four guys that work for me . if anybody needs a job always looking for new people.  


Posted By: ugmoe2000
Date Posted: March 26, 2005 at 10:53 AM

My name's Eric I'm a high school senior and so far I've done 3 installs including 2 component installs and 2 sub installs. I LOVE loud bass. I"m not certified in car audio but I do have my CCNA for all of you that know that one. I've taken a hundred million electronics courses and I have a pretty good grasp of theory. I am a member of good standing in this and other,,,,, jeepforum, In my next enclosure I look forward to glassing for the first time.

2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee

-Rockford Fosgate Punch 501x
-CDT EF-61CF Components
-CDT CL-6x Coaxials for Rear Fill
-Aura 1" tweets from the Mr. Component Series in the dash

Posted By: lions-freak
Date Posted: March 30, 2005 at 10:17 PM
I have been in car audio as a career since I got out of high school.  Before that it was just a hobby, after graduation I attend Installer Institute in Daytona Beach(class of summer 98') when Chris Cooper was the instructor.  Ever since then I have worked three places, AudioPlus(Ames,Iowa), SoundWorld(MC, Iowa) and now I am the Mobile Sup at Best Buy(MC, Iowa).  SO I have been doing this thing for a while and to be honest the Best Buy thing is a nice change from just installing.  I have alot of other things to take care of besides just installing so its a good change.  But I really am now missing the fabrication and custom work I was doing.......I have been playing around with fixing decks and amps a little, and would like to take it a little farther, again as a hobby.  So yeah yada yada yada..........later

another remote start season survived...but plenty of custom work ahead...MECP? of course ;)

Posted By: ken_steele
Date Posted: March 31, 2005 at 2:40 PM
What up I was 7 year auto mechanic and now Air Traffic controller in the USAF. From the NYC but call Tucson AZ home(stationed there for 7 yrs) but now am in Mississippi. Installed a few systems but none too extreme but now that I have a few under the belt Ive been getting into it more. Boy is it addictive. I hope to gain a better understanding of car audio as well as installation techniques fro this site which I already started doing.Peace catch yall on the Car Audio Forums

Posted By: overworked2
Date Posted: April 03, 2005 at 10:37 PM

Hey guys, another bloody aussie here too annoy you all! What can I say?hmmm...start from the start I guess huh?

My father was a Aircraft Technician for 35 years, it was only natural that I do something of the ilk, aircraft wasn't my thing, I hate aircraft..even though I have the move of my life coming up 22hours in a plane just ain't my thing, but I love my fiance and my kid so when she had to move back to the states it was only natural that I do the same thing once my contract runs out.

I have been installing for about 6 years now, the company work for isn't just your bread and butter installations we do it all, theres a saying that we keep in the shop "If it was designed to go in a car, we put it there, if it wasn't designed to go into a car, we still put it there!".....3phase 415 volts in your car anyone?

We use a lot of lateral thinking in our bay, something just aren't meant to work but we have to make them work. Some of the more exciting jobs is in installing for the undercover police cars, we do some pretty incredible things with them, you climb into the after we have finished and all you can see is a handsfree kit,  unfortunatly due to my Confidentiality Agreement, I can't tell you too much more oter then WOW!!!!!! it takes about 2 days to kit one of these cars out and thats 2 installers working non-stop.

I got side tracked didn't I? guess it doesn't matter I'm looking forward to my move to Wisconsin, Tessa has said that there isn't much work for me in Eau Claire or the twincities so I may have to look at moving away from car audio and doing something else, I just don't know what? does anybody the name os some shops I can look at?

I love using this forum, I use it more for a place to whinge about problems more so then questons pertaining to cars, but it's nice to see that I'm not alone with some of my problems...see post in General Discussion "The Apprentice"

Later y'all, I just got word that a truck has stopped reporting via Navman and now the truck wont's 1500 km's away....nice little drive huh? see you in a few days!

Raymond Wilkinson-Reed

Check all advice given with a meter

Posted By: armyranger
Date Posted: April 07, 2005 at 12:10 AM
 im a 24 year old ex army ranger. my primary job was a mechanic. ive spent my time in afganistan and iraq. i am currently employed by a major refinery. i have been installing since i was 14. i am mecp certified. ive done mild to wild installs. like many ive been bitten by the audio bug. so im always open to learn new things and judging from what i have seen recently i am at the right place. and remember anything worth doing is worth taking the time to do right. rangers lead the way  

live like theres no tomarrow because today may be your last.

Posted By: jeepn-jason
Date Posted: May 01, 2005 at 9:38 PM

Hey fellas, been in the retail biz for 7 years. I currently work for a custom shop in Mt. Airy NC. I am the lead installer/shop mgr. Ive always worked local and have a good amount of repeat customers. Never had any MECP training, just experience. I have been my current location for 4 years now, The Audio Video Spot. I have done quite a few custom jobs in the past few years. Recently had an installation featured in a mag, Road+Track Road Gear, check out the 350Z. Anyways, I currently dont have a stereo worth a crap in my ride, but thats all about to change, getting a new truck in the next couple of months, I'll post pics when I start.

Jason Collins

Posted By: nhabe
Date Posted: May 02, 2005 at 6:49 PM
Hey whats up guys im a 6 year installer for audio and car alarms, reall good with mazda motors and monte carlos mostly monte carlos ive been into bass ever since i was 7 when i first heard it and been attached ever since, i used to work for Geespot auto accesories in waterbury CT  and thats when i really learned what i know now from hydrolics to fog lights and im still going with it, im doing an engine swap from a mazda 323 bg to a mercury xr2 turbo so ill try and get some pics up when i figure it all out!

Posted By: draggindakota
Date Posted: May 04, 2005 at 3:13 PM

Hey guys,

Well I'm by no means a professional, but, I'm studying for the MECP exam now. I installed my first radio at about 12 years old, and my first entire system (H/U, amps, speakers) before I could even drive legally. I do all my learning mostly on my own vehicles, and apply that knowledge to help frined and make a few exra bucks here and there. I have recently gotten into alarms/remote starts as well. I'm also going to college for civil engineering.


Posted By: dablakmark8
Date Posted: May 06, 2005 at 12:08 PM
HI i am from south africa,What can i say...I installed my first radio when i was 17 ,with no sense of electronics,blew a couple of fuses thou but got it right.I when to study electronics heavy current and light current,did sound engineering for a year.I installed alarm/central lockin all the usual sound etc...I am curentaly working for a big vehicle tracking company for six years,VEhicle tracking technician/installer/customer car.
I also started my own business on the side line inventing electronics for cars via remote control.I do not regard me as a remote control specialist but i do know a hell of a lot about remote control electronics.I am a very inventive person.I design i build it i test it i sell it and then i patend it.I love electronics its my life But in this country of myne i cannot study electronics engineering.WHERE CAN I GET A DEGREE FOR THIS ONLINE.

Posted By: girlieracer702
Date Posted: June 25, 2005 at 10:56 PM

Uhmm, I'm new to this Forum but I'll introduce myself.

My name is Juddi and I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. I work at Fry's Electronics as a Car audio/video installation tech. I've been installing for 2 years now at Fry's. I got into the job because they needed installers and I was the next best qualified for the position since I went to school for automotive repair. I race cars for a hobby and I build them to race. I'm 22 y ears old... and uhmm.. what else... I dunno. Any question just ask I guess. :)

Posted By: adrianspeeder
Date Posted: June 27, 2005 at 9:50 AM
Howdy howdy!

Im a in my second year at Widener University as an electical engineering major and Airforce ROTC cadet. Spent all my life around Ford trucks and pretty much know Ford 4x4s front to back.


'02 F250 PSD, '97 F-150, '71 F-100, '66 F-250, '93, '92, '88, '84 Broncos

Penn State electrical engineerin' major

Posted By: blazeronspokes
Date Posted: September 14, 2005 at 10:45 AM
what's up, my name is John. i work at Best Buy. i'm first class certified. i have been installing for about 6 years now. worked at a custom shop before but the owners were in with some very bad people and had to shut down so i pay the bills working at the McDonalds of car audio. still doing the custom stuff on the side and occasionally at work. love reading this forum and helping out other installers. uhhh, i think thats about it. happy installing!!!

Posted By: 93cougarxr7se
Date Posted: October 15, 2005 at 2:55 AM
Hey, my name's Ben Cline. I'm 23. I go to school at Linn Tech. This is my first year in electronics, and at this school. I'm an EET major. I've installed about 30 head units for other people and just a few amps. I've probably had 12 stereos in my vehicles over the past 6 years, something like 8 in my Bronco, which I've had for a year. I really enjoy it. I do a bunch of electrical work for my friend in his vehicles. He's a DJ, but I know more about car stereos than he does. It's something I enjoy, but I'm trying to get more into other electronics.

I noticed how many newbies there are to electronics. I guess they gets larger every day, but I haven't noticed with being on the other forums I'm on. I have over 4,100 posts on TCCoA, I've got a few hundred on and a couple others here and there. I got bored at TCCoA. Not much stuff to do over there, so I came over here again and figured I'd help a few of the newbies out here.

We're at the half-point in class, so we've already gone through most of the DC basics. Ohm's Law, Thorton, Wheat-stone bridge, relays. Starting on AC this week.

Current electrical things I'm working on:
Trying to fix fried amplifiers and CD players
Making my own LED underbody kits
Making my own wig-wags (I have several friends in the volunteer fire department that would appreciate this)

I just haven't gotten around to check out the last two things.

Nice to meet you. Hopefully I'll be doing some posting here and getting good grades in class. :D

87 Astro 4.3L; Eclipse CD5000
88 Bronco 351W on 32x11.5x15 Yokohamas, Clarion Phaze 1 Components.

Home: MTX Thunder8000 in truck box & Parts Express amp.

Posted By: malofquist
Date Posted: November 21, 2005 at 10:19 AM
I used to work at Installer Institute. Who runs this forum, I may know them.

I am a boring electrical engineer now.

I sure would love to open a reatil car audio store of 'my' own. Any investors out there? :)


Posted By: the12volt
Date Posted: February 03, 2012 at 2:34 PM
Topic reopened...

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Posted By: lordofrings
Date Posted: February 07, 2012 at 3:47 PM


My name's Bob. This is my first post here on this site.I didn't know where to go for introducing myself, so here I am.

Hi David! posted_image

* My experiences with car (truck) sound systems date back from the later part of the seventies.And more often than not I did all my setups myself.

Thank you & best to all,


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Posted By: andy-perkins
Date Posted: February 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM
Hi guys my names Andy

this is my first post in this forum and wow what a site
so impressed originally i had a difficult relay problem so googled relay wiring schematics and found the easy to follow guide on this site

Hi guys


Posted By: vinchinzo
Date Posted: October 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM
Hi everyone!!! My name is Vin "big poppa" chinzo lol I am new to this site and everyone I have talked to have been really awesome! I am not a professional at anything but a jack of all I guess. I have been taking things apart every since I was 5. My mom used to get so mad at me. She would buy me a umm lets say remote control car...yea I played with it for a few days, jumped as many hills as I could find then it went straight into my room and taken apart. I just had to know how the darn thing worked lol Anyway Happy posting and thanks 12Volt for making such a awesome website.

When in doubt....kick it!

Posted By: tomelitis
Date Posted: August 06, 2014 at 2:21 PM
Hello, Haralds here. As you probably ques, I am new to this forum. I'm from Latvija and in near future I am planning to scout this forum and read all the posts I might like...

Posted By: cvsct698
Date Posted: October 03, 2014 at 6:33 PM
I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Ryan. Started out as a consumer. I got sick of getting screwed over by shops, but right before giving up on this industry altogether, I made friends with a shop owner(who now many years later I work for) who got me started by refusing to work on my cars and made me install everything myself. Soon I made my way into competition car audio, being quite successful in SQ. In 2006 I started installing professionally. I have had the benefit of working in many different shops, and there isn't much I haven't seen at this point. I managed to get MECP Master certified along the way, which reminds me, I need to retest. After, a hiatus, I returned to 12 volts this summer, and now, I handle everything from marketing and web design, to installing and one day I'll be doing a car, the next a four wheeler, and follow that up with home theater.

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