Welcome to the photo galleries of Fhrx Studios. For nearly twenty years now we've been photographically documenting every aspect of our work, from commencement to completion. Within these pages you'll find many photos of our demonstration cars and many photos of our work - both behind the scenes and the final product. There are also photos of cars from years gone by, photos of some of the shocking installation work we've diagnosed and repaired and last but not least; you'll find photos aplenty of Lamborghinis as Lamborghini Sydney is one of the many dealers whom we undertake various work for - everything from simple parking sensors to entire system builds. There are many images within these galleries so please be patient while they load. To hasten loading times we've thumbnailed each photo. When viewing the images from yesteryear and taking a trip down memory lane, please accept our apologies for the size and quality of some of them - there were no digital cameras back then. Many of these historical images have been scanned, some even from negative film.
Source Unit Wiring
There is a right way and a wrong way to wire up source units. We usually soldered and heat shrunk all cables and then tie them into three distinct looms (being power bunch, speaker bunch and unused bunch). This method allows the viewer to quickly and easily identify which cables are which without having to peel back messy tape - tape that will put glue residue over everything and start losing its stickiness after a short period anyway. This often leads to bear wires being exposed which are not good in anyone's book.
When it comes to the termination of cables, whether it's just a bare end going into a fuse holder, distribution block or amplifier terminal block, or if they're being terminated with a ring or fork terminal; they should be coated with solder and where possible covered with heat shrink or jacket. On a bare cable end the solder not only holds the individual strands together to avoids flaying, the soft solder also gives grub screws something to bite into meaning the cables cannot come out of the female block they're connected too. Remember it only takes one single strand of wire to create an annoying short. If you're terminating with a ring or fork, then filling it with solder once it's crimped simply means the whole affair is welded together solid and has little chance of it ever coming apart.
Cable Run Securing
When running aftermarket cables they should ultimately be run with the factory looms at all times as it is generally considered the safest places for cables to run - car manufactures perform copious amounts of research finding the safest place for cables to run so why not make use of their investment? Running larger cables with factory looms is not an easy task but with a fair amount of patience it can be done. Every now and then we come across areas where no existing cables lie. During these times the cable runs must be tied and deadened down every couple of inches to avoid any possible wandering. One thing you should not be doing is just lifting the carpet and stuffing them under there in the hope that no one ever goes looking for them. Doing this tends to lend itself to shorts and similar problems.
Fuse Holder Mounting
When it comes to Fuse holders, we always manufacture a bracket to hold them as opposed to simply drilling a few self-tappers into the shock tower or firewall like we often see others do. Not only do plates look much better, they're also far safer, offer easier access and avoid any damage to the customer's car which is irreversible if they chose to remove the system.
When mounting amplifiers, processors and other hardware, you should never just throw a few self-tappers into the floor of the cars as not only will you be damaging the customer's car, you'll also be exposing the floor to possible water damage such as rust and mold. Therefore we tend to manufacture racks and other mounting systems. Once these components are secured cables must be neatly run to them and secured, they should never just be left in a pile next to the hardware.
Sound Deadening & Diffusion Tiles
Ever heard of a radio studio, television studio or recording studio without deadening? Maybe you've seen a movie cinema with carpet on the walls? Starting to notice a pattern? Even on cheapest of speakers including the factory ones will benefit immensely from sound deadening on the inner and outer surface of panels, giving you much stronger midbass and midrange without resonation. Following this we install a sound diffusion matt; this is placed directly under the speakers to prevent wave reflection. Just make sure that when you're having you doors deadening, you're getting your entire doors deadened.
Our subwoofer enclosures don't miss out on the deadening treatment either. After they've been sealed we paint the inside walls of all enclosures with a special acoustic deadening paint. This helps to eradicate the resonant 'ring' that enclosures tend to have and makes them stronger overall.
Speaker Terminal Connections
When installing speakers one thing you absolutely must ensure is that the terminals are well connected and protected from the elements. We tend to solder all terminals where possible here rather than use crimp terminals because their favourite two traits are falling off and building resistance. Once the terminal has been soldered a simple piece of heatshrink over the whole affair could prevent a possible future shorting disaster down the track.
When running cables anywhere in a vehicle where metal edges are going to be passed, grommets should always be employed. Whether it's through a firewall or through the cars chassis rails under the carpet and out of sight, grommets will prevent the cables rubbing through and eventually shorting out over time which could be fatal. This also includes when you're running cables out to the door mounted speakers. Another issue that could be faced is that as the cables shielding slowly strips away you'll get intermittent shorts as the car bounces around - this will drive you mad long before the main fuse blows.
Earthing Upgrades (Smaller Systems)
The issue being addressed in the photos below is the upgrading of the earth cable. If the connection between the battery and body are not upgraded to equal or exceed the main stereo power cable, then current will not return to the battery, thus making your massive power cable near useless in delivering current to the amplifiers. More often than not though it's the point where the earth is attached that creates the bottleneck, not the cable itself. This is where multiple earth runs come in. For larger systems you should use a dedicated earthing kit (q.v.) but for smaller systems double or triple earthing is adequate. These earths should also run to factory bolts just to avoid drilling any holes and damaging any cars.
Earthing Upgrades (Larger Systems)
With engineering technology in modern cars getting more and more advanced one aspect that tends to get overlooked by many manufacturers is the over-engineering of the grounding system. They basically provide and earthing system just large enough to handle the factory electrical demands and nothing more. This is even more evident when you add a massive audio / visual system. With this is mind we generally recommend a full earthing kit for the vehicles that receive larger systems as opposed to a few simple earthing upgrades as these kits allow for titanic amounts of current to flow through the cars body which is a must for big systems.
Mounting Baffles & Midranges
When mounting baffles and speakers many people tend to overlook one of the simplest laws of nature; element path. For subbass and midbass to be strong and punchy we need one side of the speaker to remain completely sealed to the other side. This is because when the cone moves suddenly it creates a high pressure cell on one side of the cone while a low pressure cell is created on the other side. Getting back to the law of nature; like water, air also takes the easiest path. This means unless you have sealed your baffles into your door and installed a gasket around your speaker, your air (and bass) simply disappears through the air gap around to the other side. The other main reason for creating a custom baffle is so the speaker mounts via the factory holes and prevents the need to drill metal.
When mounting crossovers out of sight remember that those little terminals are all live and uncovered on many crossovers. Therefore we tend to wrap each crossover carefully with carpet, plastic or insulation depending on the application before placing them out of harm's way. When actually securing crossovers we usually just deaden them down so we firstly don't drill holes in the door and secondly don't bend the comparatively thinner circuit boards within. Numerous times we've seen systems have shorts caused by bent crossovers due to over-tightening. Also; they should never just be stuffed into door bottoms either.
This is what doors look like when they're done here. From the sound deadening on both inner and outer skin and diffusion tiles placed behind the speakers through to the completely custom made and sealed baffles and gasketed speakers, everything must be thoroughly and meticulously detailed in order to achieve the best possible sound from the drivers. Even doing this door treatment to factory speakers makes them come alive!
Despite their diminutive size, tweeters are actually one of the most important parts of any system as they play much of the information range of frequencies our ears are most sensitive to. This is especially true in a two-way component set. Therefore their placement and angling is extremely important. When physically mounting tweeters in installs where there are no custom panels the tweeters should have their own mounting arm or bridge allowing them to screw into the factory holes without compromising anything within the vehicles interior.
When it comes to the mounting of subwoofers and the design of enclosures we've been there, seen it all and done nearly all of it too. We mount subwoofers free-air; we mount them in sealed, ported and band pass enclosures. Hell; we even delve into the wonderful but weird world of rare porting techniques utilising labyrinths, folded horns and even more bizarre porting layouts. We sometimes mount them facing in, sometimes facing out. In any case though; you can be assured your subbass will sound the best it possibly can here.
Tight Construction Tolerances
Construction is one area where many people let themselves down. Accuracy and tight tolerances are an absolute must when creating a speaker enclosure and all Fhrx Studios enclosures are almost completely airtight when first created, well before the sealer has been applied inside and out. You certainly shouldn't ever be able to see sunlight through an edge gap. Once they're internal edges are sealed they should then be coated with deadening. Material wise; our enclosures are normally made from builders or marine ply for the simpler designs and fibreglass for the more complex shapes. However that said we've made them from more exotic materials over the years - everything from Kevlar and multi-panel through to porcelain and even one from marble. They should never be made from cheap or inferior materials.
Source unit looms are not the only looms that need to be neat and tidy for looks and safely. Many alarms run into all kinds of problems due to wiring going simply everywhere. We tend to tie each alarm item separately and then hide them securely away somewhere making them very hard to find. You should never just tie all the excess cable up and stuff it under the dash in the hope that no one ever looks under there.
Alarm Hardware Mounting
When it comes to the physical mounting of alarms, we follow the same stringent procedures as we do when mounting other accessories such as fuse holders (q.v.). This means no cutting or drilling of metal to hold the components, especially under the bonnet where trigger switches and sirens are often just self- tapped in to accommodate an often rushed installation.
Reverse cameras don't escape the custom mounting treatment either. We quite often weld up custom brackets to hold reverse cameras in place from factory screw locations. Utilising this methodology we again avoid drilling any holes in your car. Additionally; upon the sale of the car, the camera can go into your new vehicle and everything returned completely to factory.
Source Unit Installation
Posting up photos of dash installs might seem a little boring as every shop in the country installs source units however if you look closely you'll notice ours deck installs are just a little different in that we don't just settle for an off-the-shelf dash kit. We actually make many small and subtle modifications to the various mounting kits we install do make the source units look at home. If this cannot be done we even sometimes just make our own dash kit completely from scratch to make source units look factory fitted.
Gauge pods, controller pods and general pods to hold all matter of gadgets are another thing we're constantly asked to manufacture here at the workshop. We generally make them from fibreglass but from time to time utilise much more exotic materials. So if you have a swag of gauges you need a mounting plate manufactured for, feel free to contact us!
These are the shots that show different components in various stages of construction. As we photograph everything we build up vast amounts of construction shots so we can literally display just about any aspect of a component build from commencement to completion. This is often helpful in displaying how things are anchored down or what the foundations look like.
Miscellaneous Odds 'n' Ends Shots
With so many categories above you'd think we'd be able to find a spot for these photos but sadly that isn't the case. Sure they probably could go into many of the categories if pushed but we thought bugger it - let's have a miscellaneous odds 'n' ends section. So here are the photos that don't quite fit anywhere else.