System Builder: 2006 Volvo V70 2.4
Now that we're deep into summer and everyone's hitting the road for vacation or a quick weekend getaway, having a great system in your car is more important than ever. With family trips in mind, we chose the venerable 2006 Volvo V70 2.4 wagon - a modern icon of family transport - as this issue's upgrade candidate, and had two Sunbelt shops fashion systems for it. The $1.5K upgrade adds power, bass, and satellite radio to the Volvo's stock system, while the $5K system outfits the family wagon with back-seat video, a serious speaker upgrade, and enough amplification to power it all. With entertainment options like this, family road trips will never be the same.
|$45 Zapco Symbilink SLDIN-BTL line-output converter $36 Symbilink 18-inch cable $469 Zapco 350.2 two-channel amplifier $60 Stinger amplifier-wiring kit $210 Treo TSX10.22 10-inch subwoofer $230 Subwoofer enclosure fabrication and materials $159 Terk XM Commander $290 Installation labor and materials |
To add some musical variety for those long hauls, a Terk XM Commander brings satellite radio into the mix. While it's an FM-modulated option, Davidson notes that his patrons have been happy with the results. "I had a customer who was pretty surprised at how good it sounded," Davidson reports, "so he left it in his system."
Ultimate Audio, a four-store chain in Central Florida, is known in the car-crazy Sunshine State for audio systems that run from plain to insane, so UA's marketing manager Imran Ahmad was eager to sink his teeth into our $5K Volvo V70 upgrade. His layout slips Kicker speakers behind the stock grilles in the front and rear doors and adds two Kicker 12-inch subwoofers in a custom ported enclosure behind the back seat. Two Kicker amplifiers - one to drive the door speakers and another to power the subs - sit atop the sub box on a carpeted panel. "It depends on how showy the customer wants it to be," Ahmad adds. "With a bigger budget, we could do more custom fabrication to hide everything."
Just to make sure everyone's happy, an Alpine overhead console that contains a 10-inch video screen and comes with wireless headphones attaches to the ceiling. If front-seat passengers want more options, Ahmad says future upgrades could include satellite radio and iPod integration.
|$1,400 Alpine IVA-D310 DVD receiver $40 Best Kits radio-installation kit $20 Best Kits radio wiring harness $20 Best Kits FM antenna adapter $250 Kicker KS62 6.5-inch component speakers (front doors) $130 Kicker KS525 5.25-inch coaxial speakers (rear doors) $360 Two Kicker Comp VR12 12-inch subwoofers $550 Subwoofer enclosure/amp rack fabrication and materials $230 Kicker ZX200.4 four-channel amplifier $580 Kicker ZX750.1 mono amplifier $140 Kicker CK4 amp-installation kit $550 Alpine PKG-1000 overhead video console $730 Installation labor and materials |