A Finksburg, MD client brought his 2001 Chevy Suburban to us looking to add a few modern technology features. He had just purchased this vehicle and it was in GREAT shape for being 13 years old. The client was happy with his vehicle purchase but wanted to add a few things like Bluetooth, iPod/iPhone playback, and a nice bass package. Someone had already replaced the speakers in all four doors, so we didn’t have to worry about a speaker upgrade in this case.
Sony Radio Upgrade Gives this 2001 Suburban 2014 Features
The first thing we upgraded was the radio. This vehicle still had the original Chevy Delco radio in the dash and it was beginning to have issues. The paint on the buttons was wearing off and any CDs he played would skip terribly. It was only giving him AM/FM and CD and this client wanted the ability to play his iPod and iPhone through the stereo. We installed a Sony cd player with AUX and USB inputs. The new cd player no longer skips while playing CD’s, and it also gave him full control of his iPod and iPhone while charging the devices through the USB connection which we ran to the glovebox.
Suburban Now Has Bluetooth Handsfree and Streaming Audio
The main benefit of this particular head unit was the Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth built into this Sony unit allowed him to pair his phone seamlessly and set it to automatically connect every time he starts the Suburban. While his phone is connected, no matter what source of music he is playing, the radio will automatically mute the music and show caller ID on the display. He will then be able to choose whether he wants to answer the call or let it go to voicemail using the buttons right on the face of the radio, while never touching his phone!
The Sony radio will also let him activate Siri (voice control) through Bluetooth so that he can make an outgoing call or even send a text message while keeping his hands on the steering wheel. One more feature that was part of the Bluetooth in the Sony unit was Bluetooth streaming audio. This gave the client the ability to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth enabled device right into the stereo. He can even play Pandora internet radio in the Suburban without plugging anything in! Now that we had installed a great radio in the dash it was time to make this Suburban stereo jam…
Subwoofer Addition Puts Big Bass In This Big Vehicle
The client had purchased subwoofers in the past and knew what good bass should sound like. He wanted to relive those days and really have an impressive amount of bass. At the end of a long hard day at work he wanted to be able to get in his truck and literally “shake” the stress right out of his body! Bass packages are one of our specialties here at WSS Westminster Speed and Sound. After going over many options with the client and giving him several demonstrations of what each bass package would deliver, we decided to install a Kenwood amplifier and pair of JL subwoofers.
We installed a Kenwood X500.1 amp under the 2nd row seat in a way that would not interfere with folding the seats down. This amplifier delivered enough power to play two JL Audio 12W0’s in a JL slot ported enclosure which we installed in the rear cargo area. The 12W0’s are a great solution for incredible bass while staying within a budget. They are the best subwoofers for the money in their price range.
Suburban Audio Upgrade Makes This Client Smile!
The combination of the Kenwood amplifier and JL Audio subwoofers produced PLENTY of bass to satisfy this clients urge to wake the neighbors. Keep in mind, we do plenty of bass packages that are designed to sound great but not be heard from half a mile away, but this client wanted to be able to show off his investment! When he came to pick up the vehicle he turned the stereo on, turned it up, and a grin slowly grew from one ear to the other… We knew we hit the nail on the head. The best part of our day is making the clients day that much better! We were very pleased with the end result in this job.
We offer many different types of Bluetooth solutions and bass packages. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, more than likely we have a solution for you! We have almost every solution that we sell on display so you can experience them in person. Stop by when you have an opportunity, or send us an email for more information!