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Old 01-18-2017, 03:46 PM
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My Sony, Zapco, Dynaudio Esotar, Morel, JL/Alpine, AudioQuest, Rockford Audio Upgrade

Hello,

I officially start my Audio Upgrade Project today
with the arrival of My Brand New Sony RSX-GS9 Head Unit.
I had done my research and this unit is currently the best sounding head unit in production available on the market today.
Starting with it's ability to play native DSD format with it's very nice High End Digital Audio Converter Chip to the highest quality audio component and design, and what I love the most is the looks/design of it

This is a Single DIN unit and I plan to fill up the remaining DIN with triple Defi ADVANCE RS gauge later.

This is a very long built process and I am still collecting the component needed for this project.
I need to take my time since I can't afford to buy everything at once

Here are the list of components that I am planning to have in this system:
a. Sony RSX-GS9 (Bought)
b. Zapco ASP-X4 Active Analog Crossover
c. Zapco Z-150.6LX 6 channel power amplifier to feed front 2 way active
and rear fill
d. Zapco Z-1KD with Z-BR remote if needed to feed single subwoofer
e. Dynaudio Esotar2 650 Midbass
f. Dynaudio Esotar2 110 Tweeter
g. CNC Machine Aluminum A-Pillar Tweeter Pod for Dynaudio Esotar 2 110 Tweeter (Bought and on the way)
h. Morel Audio Hybrid Integra 602 Coaxial for rear fill
i. I prefer to have 2 under seat stereo subwoofer which will be
a pair of Alpine PWE-S8
but if the Alpine PWE-S8 don't fit under my future Recaro seat
then I will buy
j. a single JL Audio CS110G-TW3 10" sealed subwoofer driven by the Zapco Z-1KD amp and put it between the center console and the rear passenger seat (right in the middle) which will make my 3 rear passenger seat become a sporty 2 rear passenger seat only
k. I plan to have all Audioquest RCA cable
l. I already install big 3 wiring and speaker cable with components from Rockford Fosgate, Streetwires, Stinger, Scosche, Metra.
m. I already have full car sound deadening done long time ago (roof, door, entire floor and trunk and trunk hatch door too).
The sound deadening include Acoustic Foam, MLV, Closed Ceal Foam, CLD Tiles)
and here is the thread about it:
https://www.fitfreak.net/forums/2nd-...cld-tiles.html

The installation and tuning will be done by myself which mean,
it will not look perfect and it might not sound the best,
but hey, like that song my way...
at least I DO IT MY WAY

now here is the unboxing pictures of the Sony RSX-GS9



















That is all for today,
I hope to continue soon
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Old 01-18-2017, 03:58 PM
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wish i can hear this thing in person!
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Old 01-18-2017, 04:11 PM
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wish i can hear this thing in person!
I wish I can finish this project right now but this is still long long way to go...
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Old 01-26-2017, 11:04 PM
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More parts arrives today:

a. Dynaudio Esotar A-Pillar CNC Machined Aluminum Gauge Pod:






b. i-DataLink Maestro SW Steering Wheel integration module (very easy
to reflash):


Also here are collections of parts that I need to use to complete the install,
fuse block/distribution block, some extra wiring, cable holder, Honda Pilot DIN head unit trim, Metra Honda Harness adapter, Honda Speaker Trim adapter etc:



a box of wiring loom protector:



A new run of 4 awg Rockford Fosgate power cable, I plan to use this one for either a pair of under seat subwoofer or for a Zapco mono power amp if I decide to run a single JL subwoofer inside the passenger compartment...




I also have another run of 4 awg Rockford Fosgate power cable that goes to the trunk that will power the Zapco 6 channel amp, but I installed this long time ago when I still have my old powered 10in Rockford sub.


This is my Big3 wiring setup:





Dynaudio Esotar2 650, 430 and 110 original machined MDF trim set
(and one pair of extra Esotar2 650 trim that is not original from Dynaudio):







Original Honda Fit Navigation Trim and bracket that I upholstered
in Leather with Yellow Stitching and JDM Red Hazard Light:








Unrelated to audio but I also do yellow stitching for center console, Gauge Pod, door handle, emergency brake handle cover and front glove box cover, J's racing with yellow stitching so everything match:









Saving money now to buy the rest of the equipment needed
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Old 01-28-2017, 09:59 PM
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Those paddle shifters look bad @$$!
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Hope those Alpines fit! Because I want them too! Haha.



I was hoping for a better zoom on that US bank card in the cup holder...you wouldn't notice some random Fit parts on your statement
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Those paddle shifters look bad @$$!

Thanks "The Fitness", I got those paddle shifters on eBay




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Hope those Alpines fit! Because I want them too! Haha.
I was hoping for a better zoom on that US bank card in the cup holder...you wouldn't notice some random Fit parts on your statement
Hi Shinjari,
Yes, I hope those Alpine's underseat sub fit...
by the way, those US bank card would not be good...
because... there is no money/limit left there available to spent...
otherwise, I would have use it to complete this project
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Thanks "The Fitness", I got those paddle shifters on eBay

Hi Shinjari,
Yes, I hope those Alpine's underseat sub fit...
by the way, those US bank card would not be good...
because... there is no money/limit left there available to spent...
otherwise, I would have use it to complete this project
Look forward to it
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Old 07-31-2017, 02:30 AM
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Defi Advance RS EGT Gauge arrived,
still need to buy Oil Pressure, Oil Temp and Fuel Pressure Gauge (All Defi Advance RS) that will be installed just below the Sony Head Unit

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Preparing the Honda OEM Fit Navigation Panel, install the Bracket with 4 screws, and install the JDM RED Hazard Light:




Install the RED JDM Honda Fit Hazard Button:










I cut the Metra Trim Kit for Honda PILOT to cover the gap between the Sony Head Unit and the Honda Fit OEM Navigation Trim.
Notice I use the blue masking tape to mark and protect and I just cut using steel saw then later dremel to smooth it out:




Test Fit:





I see there is a gap on the top part of the trim, so I cut a thick cartoon (from Nike) and mold it to fit the gap:




Test Fit again the Thick Cartoon on the top part of the gap:






Perfect, now I am painting the cartoon with black paint,
but later I plan to cover this with 3M 1080 BR212 BRUSHED BLACK METALLIC Vinyl:




Next is time to WRAP the Triple Gauge Pod,
oh I forgot, I had to cut the 2 lower corner of the
Triple Gauge Pod so it can sit flush and follow the corner contour
or the Honda Fit OEM Navigation Trim Opening,
that is why all the scratch on the 2 lower corner.
Now I start with wiping with Alcohol:




Here is the comparison between the
3M 1080 BR212 BRUSHED BLACK METALLIC Vinyl Vehicle
and the Sony RSX-GS9 panel, this is why I choose this color for the wrap
because hopefully it will blend in with the Sony.





Wrap it and test fit:




Cut the 3M Wrap to expose the 3 holes for the gauge and then test fit again on the trim








I have to wait for the paint to dry on the cartoon before I can wrap it
together with the Metra Honda Pilot Trim, so in the mean time
I am fitting the AEM UEGO X-Series Volt meter Gauge to the separate
gauge pod (with yellow stitching):





To be continued once I had wrap the Honda Pilot Trim with the Nike Cartoon Trim and also once the 3 Defi Advance RS Gauge that I just ordered arrived from Japan...

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AudioQuest RCA arrives today:





Epoxy the extension from the cartoon to Metra Honda Pilot Trim:





More coming soon...

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Wow! Quite an undertaking. This looks like one of my projects that spins out of control. 7 months later, do you have any better tunes yet?

Love your leather work. Are you doing the stitching yourself?
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Wow! Quite an undertaking. This looks like one of my projects that spins out of control. 7 months later, do you have any better tunes yet?

Love your leather work. Are you doing the stitching yourself?
Hello,
I use several different upholstery shop to do the yellow stitching,
it might take another half a year before I finish
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Final Shipment of Defi Advance RS Gauges arrives today:

Fuel Pressure, Oil Pressure and Oil Temperatures:







Another Test Fit, please disregard the Ugly Metra Trim Panel because it is under painting process so the 3M Wrap can stick to it...
otherwise if it is direct to plastic surface, I worry the 3M wrap won't stick
since the Metra Trim plastic surface is not smooth.

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Dynaudio Esotar 2 110 Tweeter arrives today

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Zapco ASP-X4 Electronic Crossover arrives today

Beautiful Finish :

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Heard this headunit in a crazy sponsored audio van with dynaudio speakers throughout. Thing was incredible. The thing I didn't care for was the NEED to use your phone to control it.

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If all your music is in HI-RES format and you have the system set up properly...this will be one beastly system. =)
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Heard this headunit in a crazy sponsored audio van with dynaudio speakers throughout. Thing was incredible. The thing I didn't care for was the NEED to use your phone to control it.

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If all your music is in HI-RES format and you have the system set up properly...this will be one beastly system. =)
Thanks Shinjari
I am now struggling with the beastly budget too
still have lot's of equipment to buy before the setup complete,... need to work harder
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I bet, but lets be honest...none of your projects on the Fit have been "low budget" haha

I'll stay away from Hi-RES for now. That Van I linked previously was an absolute joy to listen to though.
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Installed all the sensors for Defi Advance RS Gauges and temporarily connect to test the functions, still undecided whether r want to use the GREEN backlighting or the Classic White backlighting...




I also see the Hazard Switch looks "unfinished" with this Leather Trim,...
so after careful thinking....
I bought a Tungsten Carbide WEDDING Ring on eBay,
not for my wife or me...
but for my JDM Hazard Light Switch Trim Ring









They are a match made in Honda Fit


I also finished wrap the Metra Trim with 3M
then secure all the trims and gauge plate with Epoxy glue,
and here are the FINISHED Center Panel...
I can't install it yet since I need to buy more AudioQuest RCA for Rear Channel Output and also Subwoofer Output.
Just place order for 2 pair of AudioQuest Golden Gate RCA to match the 5 meters pairs of Golden Gate RCA that I bought for the front channel...
This way, I don't have to take out the Whole panel again just to connect the RCAs...
Hopefully all the AudioQuest Golden Gate arrives next week so I can install this on my car....
right now I had removed the OEM Honda Fit Audio so my dashboard have big gaping holes on it and no music for a while


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