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2013 Mercedes SL500 Digital Audio Upgrade

What a pleasure it was to work on this vehicle, a 2013 Mercedes SL500 digital audio upgrade. The customer is really into high end home hi-fi and wanted to replicate this in his vehicle. 

Utilising digital technology, we were able to do this for him. An Audison DA 1Bit optical interface takes the audio source direct from the Mercedes factory stereo. This digital signal then goes into an Audison BitOneHD  audio processor. This in turn wires straight into an Audison AV5.1KHD 5 channel amplifier and an AVQuattro 4 channel amplifier.  This technology results in no loss of signal between the stereo and the amplifier, thus giving a very accurate representation of how the music sounds. 

For the front staging we chose Audison Voce AV3.0 3″ midrange drivers and an AV1.1 tweeter pair.  We were also to create custom panels for the doors to house a pair of Hertz Mille Legend 7″ midbass drivers. For low bass frequencies, an Audison AV12 12″ subwoofer was installed into a custom enclosure in the boot floor.  All speakers are run fully active from all channels of the amplifiers. 

As the customer listens to a lot of FLAC files, we were to install an Audison Bit Play so he can also store music on an SSD hard drive.  The control for this hard drive is from the Audison DRC controller that is in the vehicles ashtray compartment.

 

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Testimonials

I began researching an audio upgrade to my BMW and have visited several high end car audio specialists in the North West to get advice on possible options and costs …then I visited SOURCE. On walking in I was initially impressed with the SOURCE showroom display and the range of options to sample.There really is something to suit all budgets ,certainly far more comprehensive and wide ranging than any others I visited in the North West . The real “gem” of SOURCE is however their very detailed knowledge of all the technical and “fit” aspects and most especially the time they are prepared to spend talking through technical /price options without pressure to buy .As a result I returned a second time and again experienced the same friendly non pushy very informed advice as we explored the possibilities in a little more depth.Every question I had was answered,time was ,once again, not an issue and nothing was too much trouble including phone calls to suppliers to check availability/latest spec for my car etc .In the end I genuinely felt they wanted to advise the best system for me and definitely not just the most expensive. I am convinced you cannot get better than SOURCE for your car audio needs ,excellence like this is very rare in my experience and I strongly suggest you call in to this 5 star outfit – you wont be disappointed and I reckon you will be totally satisfied/blown away with the result if you buy.

— Brian

Just would like to say a big thank you to Lee and all the team there for sorting my music system out in my car today. It was much appreciated that you managed to help me to pick a new cd player and install it and also the help after showing me how it all worked. Great service and help from all in the shop (know you were all rushed off ya feet) and still managed to help me out. Hope to see you all again when i’m ready for a new set of speakers for my ford probe. All the best

— Crow

Was there today, 18th May at 8am to have the front components on my ford focus changed to a pair of Audison Prima’s, along with some sound deadening anf wave diffusers fitted.
Got there and the staff couldnt have been more helpful or polite. Told me it would he ready by midday. After 2 and half hrs i went to have a look to see how the work was going and the technicians were almost done with it even talking to me during finishing off the install to advise me on future upgrades im thinking of and how to achieve the result im after.
Overall im very impressed, can’t reccommend them enough and im definitely going back for the rear speakers and headunit, amp subwoofer setup in a few months.
They even vaccumed the car after they had finished and went through the setip of my current stock stereo to maoe sure the new speakers were set right, advising me on how to adjust the headunit to ensure optimal burn in for the new speakers.