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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

Just wanted to say a massive thankyou to you guys at Source, especially Chris and Paul who over the past few weeks have impressed me no end. I went to them with a typically sub-standard BMW sound system, not really knowing how it should be improved and had a really friendly informal chat with Chris about the best route to take. What has impressed me most is that never at any point are the people here pushy – they really listen to your requirements and budget and make honest suggestions and give a number of options. Chris and Paul both spoke in some detail about what the issues were and how the problems could be addressed and I felt I was in safe, honest hands throughout the upgrade process. A whole new set of 3 way speaker set up and a new amp later the car sounds crystal clear like never before. Not wanting to change the head unit, the guys had solutions as to how to keep the car looking as factory as possible, and even asked me back in so they could check how the system has bedded in. Old components are carefully removed, allowing you to have them replaced should the car ever be sold. Their installation couldn’t be faulted and their customer service is genuinely excellent – polite, highly knowledgeable and above all honest, with their customer’s best interests at heart. I have no reservations in fully recommending them and have no doubt I will be back in future. Thanks again gents !! Jason

— Jason Turner

Absolutely brilliant, outstanding service from advice on which alarm to have, very professional install and great introduction to the system when it’s fitted. I’d recommend these to anyone. Well done!

— Alan Usher

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to yourself and your team on the fantastic job you did on my BMW 1 series. Initially I was stunned by what you guys had managed to achieve using a standard head unit. The sound quality is awesome, I am hearing things I have never heard in tracks I listen to time and time again. Now that I’ve had some quality listening time the system continues to only impress me. The install of the speakers and amplifier is exceptional to say the least. In line with the high level of standards you guys install to and combining this with the excellent customer service Source Sounds provide, I can only applaud you for the operation you guys have there. Thanks again (from a very happy customer)