Build the BEST Car Audio System – Full process explained

Building a custom car audio system is very rewarding. When done right your install will have just the right amount of bass, silky smooth mids and nice crisp highs. But what does it take? In this video we walk through the entire car audio project process, from determining a goal and coming up with a plan, to installing and tuning.

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Car Audio Fabrication โ€“ Master Car Audio โ€“ Design, Build, Install


  1. havel twink on August 11, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Just finished my final step, added a RF punch 400 and put all the juice on 2 typeR 6x9s. Even added a 250 Amp alternator over my stock 160. Still sounds low and possibly not even as loud as before. Wtf is going on? Subs sound better. Interior not so much. Tips welcome! And no, I’m not swapping out my speakers

    1 RF t1500-1bd
    1 RF p400.4
    2 typeR 12s
    2 20a battery’s in trunk
    Big 3
    Kenwood excellon 997 head(22 rms)
    AlpineS 6.5s
    Alpine typeR 6x9s
    Rockford 3.5s
    250a alternator.
    In a jeep grand cherokee

  2. Rafael Rodriguez on August 11, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    The only problem I got whit my car audio is the I got 6 speakers 4ohms and a 3000rms 1homs and figured how to wire them is hard parallel or in series

  3. vortexOku on August 11, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    Very nice and welcoming intro!โค๏ธ

  4. Richard Clark on August 11, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I went speakers Rockford Fosgate, then amp sub, now an Audio control DSP, and one more amp an Audio control.

  5. Spectre744 on August 11, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    This guy is linus tech tips but for car audio

  6. adam Trig on August 11, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Iโ€™m not even lieing, the best Iโ€™ve ever heard someone explaining something, didnโ€™t zone out once ๐Ÿ‘.

  7. shiva krish on August 11, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I have jbl 1200 watt subwoofer…. For this which amplifier should I take and which channel amplifier is for best sound quality?

  8. Keldren Raze on August 11, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    just a new head unit and playing with the EQ can work miracles.
    add a sub and you’re usually good to go.
    maybe throw in some efficient door speakers that can run off stock power and wiring.
    there you go, your first system.

  9. Realtherealest stacKs on August 11, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    I been working with car audio since I was 16… I gave you a thumbs down.. just on the fact that one of the most important things to do is sound deadening / sound proofing the vehicle. That alone can add 10db to almost any car audio system.

  10. Dhanwant Agrawal on August 11, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Which is best component for playing SQ n SQL sound. Here r some option.
    1. Blam S 165.300
    2. Moral elate titanium 603
    3. Focal elite K2 165 krx3
    4. Focal ES 165 KX3
    5. Brax GZ
    Which one in install for natural sound

  11. cooper c on August 11, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Just got 2 twelves with a rms of 125 and peak of 1000 donโ€™t know what kind of amp I need to even set up my amps let alone everything else wtf do I do

  12. Jordan H on August 11, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Got a new amp and sub for my Nissan 350z

  13. Mark f on August 11, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    hi , Mark can we see your own system, i bet its nice ๐Ÿ”Š

  14. bangyahead1 on August 11, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    My build starts with a reverse camera, which means I need a headunit with a screen because those things that attach to the rearview mirror are illegal in Australia. This led me tothe Pioneer AVH-A215BT, which also has three pre-outs. I wanted more bass than the stock stereo, so that means adding a subwoofer. Anything other than a 5 channel amp is pointless for me. So that means an Alpine 5 channel amp, which means I now need new door speakers……. So, Alpine component speakers in the front doors and Alpine coaxials in the rear doors. The subby can run 300W RMS but the amp only does 200W to the subby channel. Crap.

  15. hydrocrab74 on August 11, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Always great advice and video’s. Thanks much.

  16. Nstone9 on August 11, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    dude can i give you my number, i wanna call u so you can just first hand walk me through this ๐Ÿ˜‚

  17. Harvey Kaye on August 11, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Wow! A logical and comprehensive presentation of a truly complex topic. I added myself to your Subscribe list. Hopefully, the rest are as good. Well done.

  18. Nathaniel Swan on August 11, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Are you referring to a Head unit as a type of what:

  19. Mocanu Octavian43 on August 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    do i need a 4x50w radio if im using an amp

  20. king boy on August 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Can u do a lil write up on a build car audio system in a Honda insire want it to be loud and clear give me the budget on the bulid and list the site u buy it from

  21. ahmed farghly on August 11, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Good day โฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธ
    Can I install
    BOSS Audio Systems PV3700 5 Channel Car Amplifier with
    Door speakers jbl gx602 180w 6.5 2-way gx series
    Rear speakers pioneer Ts 6975 v3 3way 550 w????
    Is it compatible or not ?

  22. ThisTextIsBanned on August 11, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    So I just got a new car have everything stock what should be the first thing I buy to upgrade

  23. Gary Anderson Sr on August 11, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Put together a nice system for a 2005 chevy tahoe z71..for me..thank you..willing to send up 1300.00

  24. DC2TypeR03 on August 11, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I need help with what parts I need. Keeping my factory radio. 2014 civic si

    Want to replace front tweeter, front door speakers, rear deck speakers and one factory 8โ€ sub woofer to replace it with a mid woofer.

    Main question can u recommend what audiocontrol product that would power all those speakers that can run factory radio?

    Running jlaudio xd 1000/5v2 5 channel amp. Thank you for what you do Mark.

  25. Braydon Manning on August 11, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Iโ€™m on teir 2 and trying to figure how to go teir 3

  26. Margaret Musian on August 11, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Can you help๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  27. Martin Kaz on August 11, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    What do you think of Meridian sound system

  28. David Monroe on August 11, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Thank you.! My point exactly. How do I start.? SMH๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’ฏ

  29. jaydawg116 on August 11, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Plan everything from day 1. What do you want as an end goal and what is your budget. Buy it piece work and donโ€™t have it installed until the final phase. Labor is gonna be the real price, so save save save. My 2 cents.

  30. Margaret Musian on August 11, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    You are good

  31. Aaron Davis on August 11, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Sounds good would that work for a dunne buggy that licence for the street well if it looked to fancy people will want to steel it

  32. Anis Hamani on August 11, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    hi, please if you have time , i want to upgrade my honda civic 2015 speakers only(no amp). actual system is composed of a speaker in each door and two tweeter in front of the car. i want to install jbl stadium gto 600c in front (two speakers + two tweeters) , for the rear doors do i have to use the some speakers ???

  33. Carter Olesen on August 11, 2021 at 10:25 pm


  34. Joel Likes Cars on August 11, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    I’m building a vip car so this is a must

  35. Jay Woo on August 11, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    A great source of Car Audio knowledge CAF!
    How do people solve the problem of a 2 channel factory Hi level output to aftermarket 4 channel amp? Can I passively parallel, say Left factory head unit to channels 1 & 3 Hi level inputs on the aftermarket amp? With Factory R out passively feeding 2 & 4 Hi level inputs as well? I can’t even seem to find a hi-low converter that will do this for me. I want to have front/rear L&R and realise that "Fade" would be a set and forget situation.

  36. Peter Griffin 27 on August 11, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Do i need an amp for DS18 PRO-X4.4BM 4inch or what do i need for these speakers

  37. Apollo Plan B on August 11, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Mark has the skills for success! He’s the car audio guru! No ego, well spoken, honest, detailed along with meticulous installations! We need more installers like Mark in San Diego!

  38. Scahoni on August 11, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I give up … it’s too complicated.

  39. TrillieDon on August 11, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Iโ€™m at tier 2 slowly climbing to tier 3

  40. Ryan Betlejeski on August 11, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Soooooo, can I have a "10000" watt sub being controlled by a 20$ stereo? Im completely new to this and just want something that’ll kick enough to get your average Joe to say "WOW"

  41. David Gillihan on August 11, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    I have a 2000 model extended cab silverado new pioneer head unit 2 din, 1 Boss AR1500m monoblock amp,2 10" subs 1000 watts each downward facing box for under the back seat and 4 new pioneer door speakers 300w 50 RMS do i need another amp how should i wire the subs? amp doesnt say what RMS it is no imped

  42. Margaret Musian on August 11, 2021 at 10:38 pm


  43. NTZClaw on August 11, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Oh, how I wish I had access to these videos when I first start installing audio systems! My listening enjoyment would have elevated and my financial investment would have decreased by thousand’s.

  44. David Stryhanyn on August 11, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    People are telling me to get a touch screen center radio piece but i love how my 2008 2dr altima center radio looks like its reminds me of how much i wanted a car as a kid seeing the same style back in 2008-2012 ish with the cool digital pixle style letters

  45. Sean Michael on August 11, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Consider subscribing???? I smashed that subscribe button as hard as I can !!!

  46. popdkem13 on August 11, 2021 at 10:42 pm


  47. Fabian_pro music on August 11, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    *SHIT!* , I bought a 1000w RMS subwoofer but I have my factory speakers

  48. Jeepin for Cheepin on August 11, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    You should do a video on a marine audio set up for a jeep wrangler such as a yj with the limited space and everything needing to be water proof or atleast resistant but still have quality sound

  49. EyeSeeYou 33 on August 11, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Wow this channel is such a blessing…
    1990 Toyota 4Runner. Just ordered a 300 amp alternator. before I start anything I’m going to pull all the interior and use a combination of lizard skin, second skin, and then dynamat everything. We’ll see where the rest takes me lol ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

  50. Hector Lozada on August 11, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    where you guys located?