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. EyeSeeYou 33 on January 7, 2021 at 7:57 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

  2. Nathan Millar on January 7, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    H E L P
    I have $1000 to spare. I currently have kicker 4ch 400w and 800 watt mono. Can someone please give me a recommendation on components and sub to get. I like music loud af and only listen to house music. Thanks

  3. David Stryhanyn on January 7, 2021 at 7:58 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

  4. Anonymous on January 7, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    currently running 3 speakers. 2 mid range and 1 tweeter on a 2 channel 600 watt amp with the gain turned all the way up connected to a chinese headunit. It was cheap, like really REALLY cheap…..but it sounds like absolute trash because without the gain all the way up you straight up cant hear it in my loud ass car… If I get a subwoofer do you think I could salvage my system or should I just start from scratch?

  5. Christian Perez on January 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Dont overthink it or youll never start…

    *** starts researching everything he just said

  6. popdkem13 on January 7, 2021 at 8:01 pm


  7. Gary Anderson Sr on January 7, 2021 at 8:05 pm

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

  8. mersni nizar on January 7, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    What do you think about these components for 800$
    Ptp admin ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Full Car Sound System Set-up (used once in car show)
    1. Sony Xplod XS-GTX120L (Vietnam)
    PP = 1000W
    RP = 300W
    RI = 4 ohms

    2. Sony Xplod XS-GTX121LB (Vietnam)
    PP = 1000W
    RP = 300W
    RI = 4 ohms

    3. Kenwood KAC – 8106D Amplifier
    Signal to Noise Ratio: 100 dB
    Low Pass Filter: 50 โ€“ 200 Hz (-24 dB / oct.)
    Bass Boost: 40 Hz (0 โ€“ +18 dB)

    4. Sony Xplod XM-GTX6020 Amplifier
    PPO – 350W
    Low Pass Filter: 50 โ€“ 80, -18 dB/oct

    5. Boss CPBK2 Capacitor (2 pcs)
    2.0 Farad
    16VDC/24V Surge

    6. Wiring Accessories Included

  9. Margaret Musian on January 7, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    You are good

  10. Hector Lozada on January 7, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    where you guys located?

  11. Jay Woo on January 7, 2021 at 8:14 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.

  12. Ryan Betlejeski on January 7, 2021 at 8:16 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"

  13. Scahoni on January 7, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    I give up … it’s too complicated.

  14. Hey guys it's Nash on January 7, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Hey mark …my car’s front door got it’s door speakers outlet at the top of the panel ..and I wanna install mid range speakers is it a good choice or should I choose full range ones ?

  15. bangyahead1 on January 7, 2021 at 8:17 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.

  16. Harvey Kaye on January 7, 2021 at 8:18 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.

  17. Mathew Allen on January 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    I have 4 Lanzar Max door speakers, with a total of 2,000 watts. What amplifier should I use?

  18. Eric Worthington on January 7, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Do u have a video on the best &/or cheapest 6.5 speakers, like highest RMS & Peak?

  19. Margaret Musian on January 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm


  20. vortexOku on January 7, 2021 at 8:23 pm

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

  21. Leois12 on January 7, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    What if my speakers are busted and I just want to upgrade the speakers/replace the busted ones???

  22. Mark f on January 7, 2021 at 8:26 pm

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

  23. Austin GX on January 7, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    I got to upgrade my cj7 speakers!

  24. Elite_Gamer05 05 on January 7, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    I have a 2017 Silverado crew cab. I want to do something that will get me a lot of bass. (Bass head) but I want to keep it under the seat. I also want loud speakers to have it heard from far. What would u recommend ? Brand wise? And would something like this be possible without doing a blow through.?

  25. Sinni on January 7, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Know your budget and know what you expect. I recently had a 1 off stereo custom install done on my 1991 300zx TT with what I wanted to be done. Both local "stereo shops" said "no way, can’t be done!", not with a double din….They lost out on $3k. I reached out on Facebook and my friends recommended some guy named Jesse who owned jt creations. Met up with him, told him what I wanted for a stereo, agreed on my expectations and he went above and beyond on my stereo. Can’t wait to rub it in the faces of my other local "stereo shops" who said it couldn’t be done and lost out on $4k. For a grand more I got the stereo I wanted and it was custom for the car

  26. Aaron Davis on January 7, 2021 at 8:29 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

  27. Jordan Haslup on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Got a new amp and sub for my Nissan 350z

  28. Rubicon Dirt Road Diaries on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Hey could you help a brother out? I have a 2018 Jeep jl Rubicon unlimited. No one can tell me the size a the type of speakers in my Jeep. Would you know and what would you recommend.. I am looking for speakers, sub, amps and switching out the deck.

  29. Margaret Musian on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Can you help๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  30. Sean Michael on January 7, 2021 at 8:32 pm

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

  31. Ramiss Rizwan on January 7, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    how about speakers and components n no woofer?

  32. That guy videos on January 7, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    Man idk how in the world my Rockford fosegate 1500bdcp amp messed up my alternator what can I do? I canโ€™t gona a alternator for my car at all a 2019 Honda Accord 1.5L

  33. Graham Prescott on January 7, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve been into car audio and install all myself for over 20 years. Today its much more tame (getting old). I recently got rid of my infinity kappa 6x9s and replaced for components (rear doors). But now I find the treble too high from behind and the sound is weighted to the drivers side! In addition I have always found that in the rear of car the bass is much greater. Any tips to fix these issues (i have a 8" JL audio microsub). Tried balancing left and right but then the front passenger has a more unbalanced sound.

  34. Mocanu Octavian43 on January 7, 2021 at 8:35 pm

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

  35. Trillie Don on January 7, 2021 at 8:35 pm

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

  36. hydrocrab74 on January 7, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Always great advice and video’s. Thanks much.

  37. havel twink on January 7, 2021 at 8:38 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

  38. Nstone9 on January 7, 2021 at 8:38 pm

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

  39. Dhanwant Agrawal on January 7, 2021 at 8:40 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

  40. jaydawg116 on January 7, 2021 at 8:47 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.

  41. Apollo b on January 7, 2021 at 8:47 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!

  42. Jason Buben on January 7, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    I have no clue about stereo systems. So Iโ€™m just going to bite the bullet and just get the good stuff and not waist time with cheap crap. Im looking at getting the JBL GTO609C Premium speaker set. Iโ€™m confused on this thing calledโ€ 2 way speakersโ€. Iโ€™m wanting to put about 4 or 6 speakers in my car. Does this mean I can only have 2 speakers in my car. I have no clue about the wiring aspect of putting in speakers

  43. cooper c on January 7, 2021 at 8:50 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

  44. Ken Young on January 7, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Is there or has anyone made any type of tool to fish wires through the accordian type rubber boots between the door and pillar?, want to keep the oem look.

  45. David Gillihan on January 7, 2021 at 8:53 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

  46. BeastAtGaming on January 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Hey! I’m wondering what subwoofer configuration you would recommend for a saloon car? I currently have a bmw 5 series e61, I’m thinking about a 2×12" subwoofer box and external amp. I had a single 10" in my old audi A3 that worked beautifully, at around 500W. How would 2×12" work in comparison, at around the same wattage? Although I’m looking for around 1000W rms. Is the size important at all? Would there be a noticeable difference by having 2×10" 1000W instead of 2×12" 1000W?
    I’d love an answer from you ๐Ÿ˜€

  47. shiva krish on January 7, 2021 at 8:53 pm

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

  48. Carter Olesen on January 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm


  49. Armondo Garcia on January 7, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Do a video on a high end best of everything system only 2 to 3 12’s mids highs an only up 1800 watts and the best installation

  50. kevin dotson99 on January 7, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Okay before I tell you my problem I want to tell you I do not care if I cut harnesses or whatever I have to do .. so I have a 02 Tahoe I put my amps in the back ran everything like it should be I came off of my amp to all the speakers that I want but there is a factory amp the door speakers will play but if I turn it up it turns my amps in protection mode and my subs are not hitting at all matter of fact my 12 sounds like it is blown and it very well might be because of the feed bag from the factory amp so what is the quickest way to get rid of that factory amp I do not want to buy harnesses to bypass it I just want to have power signal and ground and no factory amp I could tell you a little bit more about what I did that didn’t work but I don’t want to make this message any longer than it already is please help me