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Modernizing an Integra GS-R with Pioneer Electronics

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I believe you have noticed that we have a good reason to talk about a lot of topics about modernizing old chassis on the Super Street Network. So far, at least in our crowd, the most popular car group owned and modified is from the late 80s to the 00s, and with the development of 20 to 30 years, many fan favorites need some. You may be Modern facilities that everyday drivers take for granted. In addition, the performance breakthroughs on the market today completely obscure most of the functions available today, so it only makes sense to use and improve the driving experience, and in some cases, it can extend the life of the build.

This '92 Integra GS-R is a car I have used for a long time and has some modern changes under the hood, such as plug-and-play conversion, a series of AEM electronic sensors and a digital instrument panel, but it does not . There is no audio device inside. I have postponed it for a while, but I think it’s time to fix it and let everyday drivers have modern conveniences that can be expected, such as Bluetooth

Phone integration, hands-free calling and other functions, I want to provide some functions for this project car, so I asked

And explained my quest.

I don't pretend to be an enthusiast, or even know car stereos very well, because I have always focused on performance. However, I know my preferences and things I use frequently, and I have prepared a list: standard dual DIN, Bluetooth, touch screen operation, Apple CarPlay, and enough firepower to listen to music or podcasts. Of course, the turbocharger eats up some exhaust noise, but it's only 3 inches. The exhaust is still very loud. Starting from the host, Pioneer recommends that they use the AVH-1550NEX dual DIN, which has everything I listed and more. The main console in the old opening of Integra is very different from the modern unit (which is immersed in the console along with the HVAC controls, usually covered by an integrated cover). The Pioneer’s din-din 6.2-inch WVGA monitor is very suitable for these cars, and using the installation kit I bought online, it cost 5 US dollars without any effort, and the installation kit I bought online, the price is about It is 9 dollars.

The deck is compatible with iOS or Android phones, has the Apple CarPlay I want, can use Pandora and Sirius XM, and can even play FLAC files (Pioneer is actually the first file in the car audio industry to include FLAC playback). A remote control is included, and some digital functions are built-in, so you can focus on the road.

A long enough wired microphone can be installed in almost any position you want. The host also has built-in Amazon Alexa, which can be used for various voice commands after pairing with the free Vozsis application.

On the back of the device, you will find three RCA pre-outputs, a USB port, microphone and wired remote port, an auxiliary device, and a built-in amplifier that provides 50 watts of power (50W x 4) for four channels. All of this is packaged in a standard-sized dual DIN unit, which is unforgettable and light, which reminds me that since dealing with any type of audio nearly a decade ago, a lot of changes have taken place. AVH-1550NEX is built into modern cars on the dealer's showroom floor. All audio-related content is in AVH-1550NEX. The only difference is that it will have excellent sound quality and easy to expand.

In order to develop a new platform, Pioneer recommended their TS-Z65F high-resolution coaxial speaker. Capable of handling 330 watts of peak power, 110W RMS, based on the use of Twaron aramid fiber cones, their appearance is very distinctive. what is that? A synthetic fiber can be traced back to the 1970s, but Kevlar fiber developed by DuPont is beyond your reach. Like Kevlar, Twaron is lightweight, flexible, and can be used in bulletproof vests, helmets and other protective equipment, and it also works well in such audio applications. TS-Z65F uses Pioneer's Vertex drive system, 29mm aluminum alloy dome tweeter, and even can be rotated, so you can point it in a specific direction.

I used a set of gaskets on the front door so that I can fit 6.5 inches comfortably. The speaker does not need to cut anything, and there is no need to worry about the magnet coming into contact with the window.

On the rear panel, Integra's speaker opening is more elliptical than circular and does not allow 6.5-inch input. The speaker secures it completely in place. I trimmed a bit of plastic with Dremel so that the speakers lay flush with the panel.

The four Pioneer TS-Z65Fs running on the AVH-1550NEX amplifier alone provided enough sound for the cabin to overwhelm the exhaust drone, and I think the sound range of these speakers surprised me the most. For coaxial speakers, the bass is usually impossible to carry without breaking, but whether it is through Pandora, Spotify or directly selecting something from the phone’s music library, they can provide enough bass to keep the music authentic, which is excellent work.

This is partly due to the built-in 13-band equalizer in the panel, you can choose from a variety of preset sounds or completely customize your own sound. This comes in handy when switching between different music genres, especially when choosing a podcast, because too much bass can be annoying in a podcast.

I would keep the four coaxial speakers and the premium deck, but I figured out why I didn't add a little bit to this equation, because I would tear everything up anyway. I don't want to put a big box in the cargo area or shake the nearby windows, but want to add some depth to the DB2 cabin to complement the new deck and door speakers.

Pioneer’s TS-A2000LB is 8 inches. The subwoofer is housed in a very compact chassis, its size is only 13 inches. The length is 5 inches. Thick. It is small enough to hold some factory seats, but the storage buckets on my aftermarket are lower than stock, so this is not feasible. However, the ground space behind the driver's seat provides enough flat area to accommodate the luggage compartment and still fully adjust my seat.

Yes, this may have reached the cargo area, but the rattling license plate and various panels annoyed me, and I have no back seat passengers, but if you do, the stencil grille is strong enough to protect the speakers from damage My child's shoes. It is covered with a black carpet and blends with the internal space. The speaker wire push-in terminal is inclined and easy to install, and Pioneer even includes screw-in feet that can be lifted off the ground according to your preferred placement.

TS-A2000LB provides 250W RMS, but the maximum power of its 2 ohm single voice coil is 700W. Again, this won't be as heavy as the cousin's suitcase (a set of 12 s), but it adds another layer of sound, with deeper notes that the door speaker can't make, and doesn't take up any actual available space. In order to power the sub speakers, I also installed Pioneer's GM-DX871 Class D amplifier. Again, I told Pioneer that I want compact products, and their delivery units must be 50% smaller than the current GM series Class A/B amplifiers. Onboard RCA gold-plated terminals and variable low-pass filters (40Hz to 240 Hz) are what you expect, and under the textured aluminum panel and rigid frame is Pioneer’s circuit protection control system, which can sense internal temporary Adjust the input level of the amplifier.

The size is only 10 inches. With a length of 2 inches and a height, it can fit where most amplifiers cannot be used. I can install it under the passenger seat, but the extra plastic cable cover at the bottom of Recaro slightly touches the top of the amp when moving back and forth. I don't like this, so I decided on the back of the rear seat.

I first slightly enlarged the mounting holes on the four corners of the amplifier, just enough to allow the M5 bolts to pass through.

On the back of the metal frame of the seat, I drilled some holes and used M5 rivets to form a firm mount.

After relocating the battery to the trunk a few years ago, a series fuse, a few wires and lugs were used to power the amplifier, and a firm ground was established.

The RCA and remote wires that extend to the deck pass through the rear seats, under the carpet and through the parking brake tunnel. I fixed the wires to the sides of the amplifier and double-checked to make sure that whenever the seat back folds down or clicks into place, they are not pinched or jammed.

I added an additional cable to the Bass Boost module of its amplifier. It can be installed wherever it can be reached, I found a point under the cigarette lighter.

Behind the gear lever is a small cover, which I fine-tuned so that the included USB cable can be fed from the rear of the deck to the area between the seats.

I left enough slack to put it away when not in use, and have enough cables to avoid having to connect the phone completely to the console.

After testing the deck a few times to make sure everything was in order and there were no loose wires, I locked it in the console. The DVD player came in handy to show my youngest child as I finished reinstalling the interior. Watching Toy Story in the small Integra cabin, equipped with new speakers and adding a subwoofer, caught his attention. You can feel and hear the action scene with fast-paced music, and because of the small subwoofer behind the driver's seat, the vibration from the floor is pure and will not be muddy due to the shaking of any cargo area. The AVH-1550NEX equalizer allows me to improve the vocals, and the Bass Boost module allows me to increase the bass output to suit the rhythm.

Everything I want, from modern convenience features to rich sounds and even some extra kicks, can be added to the chassis for nearly 30 years. The most important thing is that all content can be easily organized and there is enough room for expansion.

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