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Here’s some photos of the nearly completed installation performed by Matt Schaeffer at Musaic Design. It just needs a complete tune and some tweaks here and there and she’ll be complete. After years and years or tinkering in car audio, I decided last year to take the plunge and book an appointment with arguably the best in the business. After hearing a few of his system installations, I was simply blown away by what’s possible in a car! List of gear chosen for this build:
  • Focal Utopia Be/M (front)
  • Focal Auditor Components (rear fill)
  • Mosconi 8to12 Pro
  • Mosconi RCD; Mos-BTM; AMAS96K
  • JL Audio XD800/8v2
  • JL Audio XD1000/1v2
  • JL Audio 10TW3 Subwoofers

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Dang, you win, that's gonna sound awesome!

Could you give us (me) for additional details on the set up?
What what were the stock Tweeters were in the Front A Pillers? (Whatever it is - they look huge!)
What was added to the front sides near the Mirrors (in the custom panels)?
What did you use in the rear doors (woofers of full channel speakers)?
What did you put in the Rear C Pillers?
How much power and how many channels are you running?
What is under the Temp Controls?
Are you running all of this thru the main head unit? And if so, do all the functions still work?

Lastly do you mind tell us a price? I'm just guessing, but it looks like it could be in the $5k to $8k range!

Cheers!
 

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Removed jack?

does it have a cover to still haul groceries and soccer bags??
Frank, this install was not about retaining every aspect of the cargo area. It’s a deeply complex build that requires room and sacrifices to allow my preference of sq audio over other aspects. So, no spare, jack, factory subwoofer or little cargo bins remain. I realize this isn’t for everyone, but car audio geeks might get a kick out of it.
 

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I'm not into car audio but I have been into home audio for many years and I can tell you that Focal and JL Audio make some of the finest speakers and subs available. (y)
 

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Dang, you win, that's gonna sound awesome!

Could you give us (me) for additional details on the set up?
What what were the stock Tweeters were in the Front A Pillers? (Whatever it is - they look huge!)
What was added to the front sides near the Mirrors (in the custom panels)?
What did you use in the rear doors (woofers of full channel speakers)?
What did you put in the Rear C Pillers?
How much power and how many channels are you running?
What is under the Temp Controls?
Are you running all of this thru the main head unit? And if so, do all the functions still work?

Lastly do you mind tell us a price? I'm just guessing, but it looks like it could be in the $5k to $8k range!

Cheers!
Okay, here goes:

1- It’s a 3 way active, on axis front soundstage with the Focal mids in custom a pillars, beryllium tweeters in custom sail panels and Focal mid bass in the factory lower door locations.

2- Rear doors and c pillars use Focal Auditor components, just for rear fill.

3- 1800 rms watts and 9 channels.

4- A custom panel mount for the Mosconi DSP controller and the factory heated seat switches.

5- Yes, signal pulled from the factory with all new wiring and sound deadening throughout.

6- Not even close unfortunately. Just look up the price on the equipment alone and you’ll surpass that range without installation. Now, I had some of this from previous systems but it’s still a competition grade sq build and they are quite expensive.
 

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Oh yeah, I looked at the prices of a few of the units and can only imagine the labor and fabrication costs, but I revising my guess to $10k!
 

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Calling Ironchef - its been 11 days since your last update, surely it's finished by now...

So how does it sound?????
 

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Calling Ironchef - its been 11 days since your last update, surely it's finished by now...

So how does it sound?????
Amazing! I’ve been having fun everyday searching for new music to throw at it. I’ll get some better pics and will post them up, but here’s one for now. The craftsmanship is without a flaw. Absolutely incredible work.
 

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Amazing! I’ve been having fun everyday searching for new music to throw at it. I’ll get some better pics and will post them up, but here’s one for now. The craftsmanship is without a flaw. Absolutely incredible work.
That's great, looks great too! Not sure what type of music you're into, but the very best sounding CD I own, is the remastered (2003) version of "New Gold Dream" by "Simple Minds", it has the most incredible Bass (Drums) and the guitars/synth are crystal clear as well.

ENJOY...
 

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That's great, looks great too! Not sure what type of music you're into, but the very best sounding CD I own, is the remastered (2003) version of "New Gold Dream" by "Simple Minds", it has the most incredible Bass (Drums) and the guitars/synth are crystal clear as well.

ENJOY...
Nice! I love the tips on any tracks that anyone may have. Here's a few of my go to testers:

The Old Standbys:
  • Money, Pink Floyd
  • Fast Car, Tracy Chapman
  • Money For Nothing, Dire Straights
  • Thriller, Michael Jackson
Newer Stuff:
  • Never Really Over, Katy Perry
  • The Sinister Minister, Bela Fleck & The Fleckstones
  • Breaking Silence, Janis Ian
  • Keith Don't Go, Nils Lofgren
 

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Those're (southern slang) some pretty good suggestions but my old ears likes CCRs Suzie Q.
Another choice (from my oldest grandson) is The Oak Ridge Boys Elvira.

Played loud (not in my car) but at home.
 

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Those're (southern slang) some pretty good suggestions but my old ears likes CCRs Suzie Q.
Another choice (from my oldest grandson) is The Elk Ridge Boys Elvira.

Played loud (not in my car) but at home.
Yeah, he paid $10k to listen to the Elk Ridge Boys...

He's not wanting to hear what people like, he's looking for stellar recordings, another suggestion is two Peter Murphy albums, both of them recorded as DDD: "Love Hysteria" and "Deep" - the highs and lows are awesome, the drums pounding and the acoustic guitars and Peters voice are crystal clear. For bass that will rattle your fillings, try The Cure's "Faith" album.

I should ask what is your available music sources? CD, hard drive or flash drive?

Are you playing mp3 files? Wav files? Hopefully not just FM, which has a narrow frequency range(?)
 

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Yeah, he paid $10k to listen to the Elk Ridge Boys...

He's not wanting to hear what people like, he's looking for stellar recordings, another suggestion is two Peter Murphy albums, both of them recorded as DDD: "Love Hysteria" and "Deep" - the highs and lows are awesome, the drums pounding and the acoustic guitars and Peters voice are crystal clear. For bass that will rattle your fillings, try The Cure's "Faith" album.

I should ask what is your available music sources? CD, hard drive or flash drive?

Are you playing mp3 files? Wav files? Hopefully not just FM, which has a narrow frequency range(?)
I have differently tuned presets for:

1- Stock head unit sourcing of XM/FM/CarPlay, etc...

2- 96K Bluetooth

3- Fiber optic input/DAP player (high resolution)
 

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Nice! I love the tips on any tracks that anyone may have. Here's a few of my go to testers:

The Old Standbys:
  • Money, Pink Floyd
  • Fast Car, Tracy Chapman
  • Money For Nothing, Dire Straights
  • Thriller, Michael Jackson
Newer Stuff:
  • Never Really Over, Katy Perry
  • The Sinister Minister, Bela Fleck & The Fleckstones
  • Breaking Silence, Janis Ian
  • Keith Don't Go, Nils Lofgren
I played your suggestions here, with the exception of one that required the purchase of the album on iTunes. Great stuff! Really enjoyed Keith Don’t Go, especially around the 4 minute mark.
 

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I'm inspired by OP's amazing audio upgrade, but it is waaay out of my price range. Are there any "do-it-myself" kind of audio mods/upgrades that are, say, less than $1k that would be worth it? I'm thinking something like replacing OEM speakers with something better? Replace the OEM subwoofer? Maybe add an amp?
 
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