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.
Subaru WRX STi
The plan for this STi was somewhat simple in the beginning; what happened by the end was a different story. The owner had some old equipment from previous installs and wanted to transfer it into his new ride. However much of the old equipment had succumbed to the curse of time and with electronics advancing so fast, the gear was not going to keep up with the owners taste for sonic purity. This is where Fhrx Studios, Oz Audio, Zapco and Audison Connection come in.
Fhrx Studios is well known for incorporating the various products it sells in its demo cars. However, although selling many Oz Audio and Audison Connection products, we still had no permanent demo cars purposely equipped with Oz Audio or Audison Connection components. After hearing that the owner of the WRX had somewhat growing plans for the install, Fhrx head installer Marty Price and pro Fhrx installer Greg Penny began talking to the various distributors and nutting out various plans for the car to not only demonstrate the various companies' products but also spearhead the attack on the following year of Pro class (Pro Show) sound off competition using some of the most advanced car audio components available at present.
The aural domain of the system starts with a Pioneer double DIN hed unit which then feeds into an Audison BitOne processor allows to complete manipulation over everything aural. From there the signal is feed via balanced SymbiLink lines to three Zapco amplifiers. Located just behind the processor are the Zapco SymbiLink converters and these are set to 0dB boost / attenuation. Next to them are the Oz Audio crossovers that have been customised and wrapped in fabric to protect them from harm. The decks internal amplifier runs the rear speakers. Behind the deck are custom made 5000Hz / 4ohm / 6dB custom L-pads / crossovers to attenuate and cross the secondary tweeters.
The three amplifiers in the boot driving the system are a Zapco Reference 750.2 (2 x 175 watts @ 4ohm @ 0.022% THD) driving the front splits, a Zapco Reference 1100.1 (1 x 880 watts @ 4ohm @ 0.015% THD) driving the subwoofer and a smaller Zapco Reference 350.2 (2 x 100 watts @ 4ohm @ 0.015% THD) running the stage lifting tweeters at the front (a-pillars).
The larger amplifiers are both located against the back seat in a double stacked alloy frame marine ply rack which has been coated with five coats of Subaru brilliant white (51E) and five coats of clear. The amp rack has large holes at either end where the fans force the hot air out. The side rack is also painted in ten coats of white and clear resulting in a stunning visual appearance for both racks. All panels in the boot have been vacuum formed in matching vinyl and sprayed dark grey to match the car.
Being an Oz Audio demo car the speaker selection was never going to be rocket science with the best of each Oz Audio range being selected for the main aural duties. The front main splits are three-way Oz Audio Matrix series with a 6.5" midbass in each of the fully sound deadened, diffused and sealed doors while the massive 4" midrange drivers and tweeters live in custom fibreglass a-pillars. The a-pillars have also been vacuum formed to match the cars existing interior grain and colour.
Marty also decided to install a set of entry level splits in the back to "give people a listen to as much as Oz Audio's range as possible". These live in a fibreglass re-enforced rear shelf that has been vacuum formed as well. Subsonic duties are taken care of by Diamond Audio's superb TDX10 10" subwoofer. This lives in a custom made fibreglass (reinforced with Kevlar) enclosure that measures 0.91cf in volume. The subwoofer surround has also been painted in five coats of white and five coats of clear. The boot floor holds the distribution block and cables and can be lifted to gain access to the spare tire. Yes, the spare tire is still accessible!
Taking a closer look around the installation you'll soon discover there are various little touches that will keep the most avid Subaru enthusiast entertained. This includes a custom made front roof console, custom made dash to house the suspension and boost controllers, a rear fully motorised shelf and center custom triple gauge pod. The roof console not only holds the two courtesy light switches but also the interior and boot light emitting diode switches (there are just over 100 LED's in the boot and interior alone). Also housed in this console are switches to turn the amplifier fans off or on. The rear motorised shelf is located in the boot just above the amp racks and subwoofer and with the flick of a switch it automatically slides forward to reveal two draws containing spare fuses and vaious other tools. It has been trimmed with matching vinyl and carpet. The center dash console is the home of three Defi gauges and also has a head up display living in the back of it. This displays various engine stats onto the windscreen next to your line of sight to keep you informed what is happening under the bonnet.
Now speaking of under the bonnet; lets take a look at the interconnects. Seeing as this STi is to be an Audison Connection demo car it naturally copped the full treatment with all the best Audison Connection goodies being installed. The power source starts with an Optima D34M deep cycle battery, Audison Connection battery terminals and main power water proof fuse on a custom white painted plate. The marine version of the Optima D34 was chosen for its extra post terminals. This means the owner can avoid damaging his terminals if there is a need to jump start something.
From the battery the power travels along MP1/0BL 1/0AWG (American Wire Gauge) power cable and down to the rear of the car where it meets the largest fused distribution block Audison Connection manufacter. Under the bonnet is also a custom earthing kit to assist not only the audio system but the cars various electrical systems as well. This is constructed using custom alloy bars and MP4S 4AWG earth cable. Moving down to the rear of the car the two large amps are fed by 4AWG while the smaller amplifier is fed by 8AWG cable. Marty commented "This ensures people viewing the boot can view all the different sizes of cable Audison Connection offer". The task of carrying the tunes to the speakers is taken care of by Audison Connection FL216BL 16AWG (twin runs for subwoofer) speaker cables. All cables coming from the amplifier were also left visible to display terminals and things similar.
So at the end of this stage the car is now ready to go out and about. There are still further developments coming including some air brushing and more motorisation but for now the owner is very pleased with the sound and the visual impact of the install. The car has also been competing for many years now and has won a swag of awards.
When Andy first brought his stunning 57' Chev down to us we knew we'd be in for a challenge because, as is always the case with old classics like these, you cannot just install any old component set because space is at a premium in addition to the fact these cars tend to come out with some very obscure sized speakers (4 x 10" for example). Therefore when undertaking this install we'd have to develop some way of installing the large amount of planned audio gear without damaging and the cars trim pieces and secondly; we had to ensure it could be removed again if upgrades were plumbed in further on down the track.
Starting at the source literally, the Chev uses a Kenwood XXV-01D as its main head unit and this was chosen primarily for its ability to reach full preout voltage without any hint of distortion. We tend to check each and every head unit and amplifier here on the oscilloscope for distortion and this deck got the nod because it's output is so impressively devoid of any such sonic anomalies.
From here the signal heads to the Audison BitOne processor. The more processing abilities a system has, the better we can tune it to sound. For this reason we often install the BitOne as its a complete digital sound processing suite that offers the user total control over every aspect of the sound.
From the processor to the engine room of the system; the three huge Focal Dual Direct amplifiers. These amplifiers represent the pinnacle of Focals amplifier engineering abilities and not only offer an abundance of clean power (try 2 x 250 watts @ 4 ohm), they're output is virtually free of additional ambient noise such as whine. The system is setup in a semi-active configuration which sees one amplifier running the tweeters and midranges, one amplifier running the midbass drivers whilst the remaining one compliments the subwoofers.
Shooting a sideways glance at the boot, you could be forgiven for thinking it's just a simply flat wood false floor however nothing could be further from the truth. Upon closer inspection you'll notice its constuction is actually from fibreglass and has quite a few contours and curves in it as it leads from the boot rear seal right up to the enclosure face plate. The design of the floor keeps within the classic lines of the Chev and matching the side carpet was no easy task either just quietly with us scouring all over the US trimmers for a match. For additional decoration we created a perspex plate which breaks up the edge between the amplifiers and the carpet. This 'window' is the flame polished and edge lit using bright red LED's. We've welded and polished up a new alloy bracket to hold the nitrous oxide bottle for those moment where planting the right foot aren't quite enough. Under the right hand side of the boot floor is a compartment that holds the jump start and power supply (for shows) leads. Lastly; the BelAir badge was added as a decretory highlight and is mounted on the front sloping contour of the floor plate.
The front end of the system is taken care of via a whole swag of Hybrid Audio Technology components. Fitting them in and making everything look like it belonged proved to be the largest challenge of this install due to space really limiting where components could be mounted. The location for the tweeters at the base of the a-pillar was chosen in order to offer a high stage and whilst we would have liked the midranges to be right up there next to them to minimise phase issues, the full size 4" were just too large to mount there without impacting significantly on the viewing window. Therefore the midranges went down into the kicks where the massive midbass drivers live.
Just like the boot, the kick panels themselves are not as simple as they first appear either. Mounted to a custom anchor frame which bolts to the car, the they're constructed wholly from fibreglass and actually contain small aperiodic chambers for the 4" to work in so they're not impacted by significant airflow from the larger midbass drivers. The entire 6.5" portion of the kick panel itself is also a sealed enclosure and like the tweeter pods they've both been coated in multiple layers of black two-pac black to match the car body colour. We've created grilles to protect the speaker cones and trimmed them in grey grille cloth to match the interiors three tone greyscale colour scheme. Additional red LEDs were installed above them to highlight the footwell area in the dark.
With sixty hertz and up taken care of it was time to address the bottom octave of the sound. The subwoofers chosen were the mighty Focal Utopia 33WX2s because of their tight and accurate bass output. In the correct enclosure (and it does take quite some research and testing to get the enclosure correct) they not only sound amazing but can easily hold their own with many of the louder subwoofers on the market today, especially with their thirteen inch 'W' sandwich fibre / composite cone. In the middle of the enclosure lives the cars battery; a gargantuan Odyssey PC1500. This has been de-labelled and it's alcove home painted in two-pac black. The entire front face of the enclosure has a custom made trim panel which curves up under the shelf and like the floor it too has a black surround with bright red edge lighting. All in all the boot offers up quite a few special reflections when lit in the dark.
Last but not lease there is the custom dash work. When the car first came in there was talk of modifying the factory dash but we imediately turfed that idea in favour of manufacturing a fully custom centre console to not only hold the deck but also the gauges. This option was chosen over cutting the original dash because let's be honest; who wants to cut into a genuine 57 Chev dash? The front plate design of the console was a mammoth challenge too as it had to fit around the gate shifter but with patience and about twenty trial plates, it is now in there and also finished in two-pac black. More LEDs have been installed under the shifter to give it an unearthly glow when the lights are hit.
So there you have it. From conception to completion; the Chev is now kitted out with the latest and greatest audio technologies, all whilst retaining its classic lines. Best of all though; nothing has been damaged in the process of installing the great sounding system.
When approached buy a Piano teacher of 40 years, we knew the system would have to be perfectly accurate as ears so finely tuned would pick up on mistake right away. Enter head installer Marty Price from Fhrx Studio's. Other requirments included not demolishing the bank account and not taking up any space.
The system starts with an older Alpine TDA-7554 head unit and CHA-S601 shuttle combination. From there it runs into a Audison SRx3 amplifer mounted into the tailgate and under the factory trim. This required a fair amount of work to relocate the rear door lock in order to fit the amp and it's cooling fans. The amp is accessible for servicing purposes via a small door worked into the trim on the drivers side.
Front speakers are Pioneer splits for budget accuracy and live in simple custom buildouts, nessessary to keep the midrange speaker away from the window mechanism. You'll also notice the midrange sit's a long way rearwards in the door and this was due to our 'no metal cutting' policy requiring it's placement be there. Because of this ditance, the tweeter could not be kick panel mounted like our normal split systems as we didn't want channel separation. The rear speakers are Alpine 5 1/4 co-axials and live in customised roof binacles behind the back seats, keeping right away from the luggage area.
To handle the sub bass duties, a 10" Solo-Baric Kicker was brough into the frey. The area surrounding the subwoofer is
fully sound deadened using Stinger Road-kill Pro and the sub is carfully mounted into a fibreglass 0.66 cubic foot enclosure
behind the drivers side trim panel of the boot. The original panel has been removed and replaced with a reinforced grille
for protection as well as looks.
When head installer Marty Price came to installing a system into his brother's new Toyota Prado, it required careful consideration seeing as the 4WD was to see a lot of off-road and consequently rough action. The system starts with an Alpine CDA-7962 CD player coupled to a Alpine CHA-S601 6-disc shuttle.
From the front the signal runs into a Boston GT-50 five channel amp and GT-24 two channel amp. The four channels on the GT-50 run the front and rear speakers which are from Polk Audio. The fifth channel on the GT-50 runs the two 8" Polk midbass drivers mounted in the boot.
The GT-24 is bridged to deliver a whopping 600 watts continuous to the subwoofer. In the boot is a flase floor containing the crossovers for the Polk driver, as well as cabling and three 0.5 farad Stinger power caps for extra power delivery when the cars power system is under load from the numerous off-road accessories.
Both the midbass and subbass drivers are mounted in custom fibreglass enclosure, easily removable in case you want to pack the truck full of camping
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Often the task of finding a trustworthy audio store seems more daunting than actually getting the system completed. Like most Fhrx Studio's customers the owner of this MR2 wanted a high end system without removing what little practical space already had available to him. One main prerequisite for the install was that the boot must remain untouched, so head installer Marty Price opted to utilise the small space behind the seats seeing as this was a hard top (targa top versions stow the roof behind the seats).
The system starts with a carefully installed Alpine CDA-7998R receiver. In order for the 1.5 DIN face to clear the dash when the screen was deployed, Marty used Toyota camry head unit mounting brackets and modified to top mounting point to sit the deck an extra two millimetres off the dash. This gives the deck 1 millimetre of clearance between the face and dash plate. The entire dash itself including gearshift surround has been removed and painted in baked two-pac gun metal grey.
Moving onto the binnacles behinds the seats. The drivers side binnacle is actually a sub enclosure measuring 0.644 cubic feet and is home to a JL Audio 10W3V2-D2 10" subwoofer while the one behind the passenger is an amplifier rack holding an Audison LRx4.300 four channel amplifier. Both enclosures were covered in grain and colour matched vinyl and removing the flush mounted grilles reveals surround painted in the same two-pac metallic paint as the dash
All edges on the enclosures have been meticulously detailed to perfectly match the contours of the MR2. Various red lights light the twin enclosures up at night creating quite an eerie effect. All cable is from Stinger and features a custom mount steel fuse holder in the spare tyre hole. Additionly, the cars earthing systems were also upgraded.
The front end preparation took a fair while to do. Kick panels and door trims both had to be reformed and now hold Kicker RS6 Resolution splits rather than the factory paper dual-cones. Matching the door contour too perfectly butt up against the dash when closed proved to be interesting to say the least. After forming, they're vacuum formed in matching MR2 vinyl.
While not screaming at you for detail, the doors main difference can easily be seen when the factory door panel photo
is inset into the finished photograph. Double layers of Stinger Road-kill and a diffuser plate cover the outer skin
directly behind the midrange. The inner skin also copped a layer or Road-kill. At the end of the day one very clean install.
You can simply tell right away when someone is passionate about their car. Take the owner of this jet black IS300 for example. He wanted the best he could get, in every department. This included shoe-horning a 3 litre twin turbo 2J from a Toyota Supra, adding enough products from Trust, HKS and GReddy to sink a ship and not too mention fully adjustable Tein coil-over suspension all round. So naturally when it came to the sound system, the choice was logical. Fhrx Studio's had to install the best gear around for his budget.
The hardest part of this install according to Marty was the dash. "There are so many controllers to be mounted into such a relatively tiny space. Besides the Clarion VRX935VD DVD / monitor head unit, there is a Tein suspesion controller, GReddy turbo timer, GReddy boost cotroller (including screen) and boost contoller remote handset. Now getting all this in was quite a task, to make it look factory is near impossible.
The traction controls and seat warmers had to be relocated to start with. The traction control switches now live on the drivers side dash while the heater controls are in the center console between the two front seats. The console itself is constructed from three layers of carbon Kevlar and while light remains expemely strong. From the head unit the signal travels down Stinger RCA's too three Audison amplifiers - an SRx4 for channel and twin SRx2S mono-blocks. The SRx4 controls the front and rear channels from the Clarion DTS decoder while each Srx2S runs a JL Audio 12W7 each.
The doors are fully sound deadened inside and out and both have sound diffuser panels fitted to aid in mid-bass sound wave
dispertion. The doors are home to Kicker R6 midrange drivers and the kick panels are home to Kicker ND-25 tweeters. Stealth was a
large consideration for the doors as well so Marty opted to run with the factory trims.
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Subaru Impreza RX
When this bright red Impreza first appeared on the sound off scene around mid 2006 most people didn't pay it too much attention. Even after hearing it many people were quite impressed with its sound but some didn't see it as anything to specifically write home about. It was only upon discovering the car was competing with only a head unit and a set of splits that they were shocked. That's right; no amplifier and no subwoofer but it still sounded great! How this was accomplished will remain a Fhrx Studios secret. For now we're pleased to present to you the latest incarnation of the car.
The owner, Peter Pain, was content but wasn't overly satisfied with his cars performance in the 2006 sound off season. See Peter is a hopelessly addicted audiophile, has been for many years and has a serious amount of knowledge and experience in the audio sphere. He wanted to dramatically improve the sound that the Impreza output and so he sat down to plan stage two which consisted of amplifiers and the subwoofer. Now when audiphiles go looking for components they do not impulse buy. They tend to undertake a lot of research, listen to a lot of product and pile over mountains of information before settling on components. In the same light, when looking for someone to install their new system they do not take to this task lightly either. They expect the sound quality from the system to be paramount and are not satisfied until it is. This is where the relationship between Fhrx Studios and Peter flourished.
Fhrx Studios had just taken on board DLS products when Peter decided on his amplifiers. This worked well for both parties because what were chosen to perform the amplification duties were one of the best DLS amplifier ranges available; the 'Ultimate' series. These two amplifiers run the whole system and a third is planned in the near future. The massive A4 amplifier runs the front stage actively while the small but strong twin mono design A3 runs the subwoofer.
The system begins with a Alpine CDA-9835 head unit which controls all crossover points, slopes, levels and equalization. From there the signal travels to the two DLS amplifiers which are seated in custom bathtubs. Each of these bathtubs and their surround panels took installers Marty Price, Kevin Price, Michael Waugh, Joel Cheesman, and Jack Horrocks days to prepare and the bathtubs themselves are coated with five layers of two-pac red and five layers of two-pac clear to achieve that 'so deep you can swim in it' look. The bathtubs are surrounded by fibreglass covers that are molded to match the boot sides and seals. These are vacuum formed in vinyl and colour dyed to match the cars internal grey panels. Small plexi-glass windows in the top of each panel allow the viewer to see into the area behind each amplifier rack where two Stinger Expert 1.2 farad power caps are located and lit buy blue light.
While the boot panels were coming along nicely the rest of the system install was also attended too. The entire boot and various parts of the cars floor are deadened with Dynamat sound deadening so give it a much quieter interior. Up front under the bonnet an Optima D34M deep cycle battery offers power aplenty to the system. Running in conjunction with the twin caps, this car should just about never run out of power. As per the norm, a Fhrx Studios custom earthing kit was made up and installed along with Stinger fuse holder. All aftermarket parts are mounted to custom alloy brackets to avoid drilling holes anywhere. This also allows the car to be returned to factory should Peter ever sell it. Stinger Expert zero gauge and four gauge cables are used everywhere within the car as are Stinger speaker and RCA cables.
Moving to the front stage, the doors of the car are fully deadening inside and out with two layers of deadening. There are also Dynamat DynaXorb diffuser panels installed inside the door to prevent sound wave reflections. The baffles are custom made to attach to the factory screw locations and are sealed into the door to give the Morel Elate 6 midrange as much midbass punch as possible. The Morel Elate tweeters are located in custom made fibreglass A-pillars that have also been vacuum formed and dyed to match the cars existing interior grain and colour. These give the car an amazing sound stage.
Last but certainly not least, the subwoofer was the last hurdle to overcome. After listening to a plethora of subwoofers both here at Fhrx Studios and at sound offs and other events, the Diamond D9 12" was chosen due to it's remarkable accuracy and ability to play right down into the lowest subsonic regions. The subwoofer lives in a custom painted enclosure that measures 1.05cf in volume. This gives the subwoofer a superb roll off curve and allows it to handle all rumbling duties admirably without fuss nor hint of struggle. And just in case Peter feels like letting everyone in the neighbourhood know that he is feeling jovial, the subwoofer can be turned up to the point where it putputs a titanic amount of noise.
So at this stage the car is ready for the upcoming competition season but as hinted at above, both Fhrx Studios and Peter have bigger and better plans for the install.