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Chris first started his journey to a better sound back in 2014 where he had a BMW Z4 in which he decided to replace the factory speaker’s for the once favourable Hertz Hi-Energy HSK163 3-way component kit.  This component kit was then run from the very high powered Hertz HDP4 which also powered the Hertz Hi-Energy 6×9 speakers in the rear. The doors were heavily soundproofed and an Alpine IVAD511RB was fitted for the source, which back then was a state of the art piece of kit. Nowadays, not so much. Chris had been bitten by the bug and soon after decided to add the Hertz HDP1 monoblock amplifier that would power the Hertz Hi-Energy 12” subwoofer in the rear alongside the renowned Audison Bit ONE & the newly released Audison BitPlayHD.

Chris enjoyes his new audio system for around 3 years until he decided to remove everything from his BMW Z4 and put it completely back to standard. This wasn’t done willy nilly though however, his plan was to purchase a retirement car and boy did he. When Chris retired from the Police force he bought his beloved Mercedes SL500 AMG and started to plan his next steps on upgrading the audio with the equipment he removed from his Z4. That plan soon changed though however when Chris listened to our Audison HD audio stand in our showroom which he instantly fell in love with. Chris’ requirements in car audio instantly changed and his journey to high fidelity began that day.

With Chris’ new SL500 being a very hard vehicle to integrate into, we had to make sure that the products used were not going to interfere with any of the factory system; luckily Audison had just the product. This meant we could integrate all of our high definition equipment into the factory MOST system (Media Oriented Systems Transport) which gave us the factory outputs from the fibre optic amplifier which meant we had no loss of quality. It is safe to say that Chris now has a system that gives even the best home audio equipment a run for its money.

Source Sounds are able to integrate into numerous amounts of vehicle’s using the Audison product that was used in Chris’ vehicle. This means we can cater for anyone’s needs whether it be a simple entry level system or a very complex and intricate High Definition Audio system such as Chris’

You can purchase the latest issue of Driving Sounds here to read the full article on Chris’ SL500.

"This triumph of a system was no easy birth!"

Well to be honest - If there was an eighth box I would tick that. I have had a relationship with Source Sounds for some time now. It started with work on my old BMW Z4. I had an Alpine Head unit with Hertz High Energy 3 ways powered by a Hertz HDP1 and HDP4 amplifiers fitted. Through the years and some very hard work, I now have a bespoke system consisting of a Bitplay HD and Bit One HD fitted to my Mercedes SL. Paul has been pivotal in the transformation of my current car audio set up.
CHRIS CAVE

custom fitted drc

Chris’s vehicle was equipped with the facility of adding a DRC (Digital Remote Control) which allows him to control his BitPlayHD and his Audison Bit One HD on his factory Mercedes screen. This DRC was tastefully and discreetly integrated in his redundant ash tray.

custom speaker housing

With Chris having the love of music, he knows what it takes to have a good sounding system. The factory Mid-Range speaker in his Mercedes did not keep up to speed with the equipment fitted, so we made him a new speaker housing in his door to give him the attack he so desperately needed. 

Audison Bit Play / factory integration

The Audison Bit Play HD is a Media Interface
specifically designed for higher resolution music to be played through the digital system. The bit Play HD has the facility to play FLAC files which when accompanied by Audison’s products makes for an unrivalled car audio source. 

Using the Audison DA1 bit, we were able to integrate all of our equipment into the factory MOST system with ease.

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INSTALLATION PHOTOS

Here are just some more pictures of the install that we had taken over the duration it was with us. 

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Testimonials

Source Sounds recently completed a stealth boot install in my Octavia, along with new front speakers and some additional little tweaks. The work they have done has been immaculate. You would never know the anything had changed, until the music starts that is. The improvement is immense. I just want to take my car for drives, just to listen to things.

I highly recommend Source Sounds. Excellent work, very helpful and knowledgeable staff and excellent aftercare and support. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for my ICE needs.

— Matthew Watkins

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

Dear Chris and Staff I am just writing here to say thank you for the excellent service received from you and all your staff there. People are so quick to complain, but not as quick to congratulate on a job well done. My husband and I are really pleased with the fitting of the sat nav to our Ford Kuga which we feel has been done to a high standard and with excellent attention to detail. The knowledge you and everyone else who works there seems to have is great and gave me great confidence. And the customer services was professional and friendly. Even though the job you did for us was a small one I’m sure, compared to a lot of your other work, I was made to feel that nothing was too much trouble. The time taken to answer my questions and help me out was very much appreciated. I will have no hesitation in recommending you to other people and will certainly be back again. Thank You !