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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Proton Satria

Creating effective and visually stunning systems on a tight budget is not something that goes hand in hand. When approached to undertake a high quality install in this Proton, head installer Marty Price had to rack his brain a little to create something cheap but up there with the best so far as SQ was concerned.

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A double DIN Kenwood deck was chosen to control the show and sits quite firmly mounted firmy up front (the mounting is some sort of inside joke between head installer Marty Price and co-installer Garry Edwards which they flatly refuse to discuss with the outside world). From here the tunes are sent south to an Audison SRx3 amplifier. The amplifer is rated at a healthy 75 x 2 and 250 x 1. The front end signal is transferred to Kicker Resolution splits mounted in the fully sound deadened doors and kick panels.

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The bass and subsonic duties are taken care of by a hybrid JLW6 subwoofer. This lives in a small 0.7 cubic foot chamber and sports an additional side alcove for a Sony PlayStation 2 to sit in. The enclosure is carefully designed with the owners musical tastes in mind, hence the relatively small volume.

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The boot proved to be an interesting task. It utilises a careful blend of stainless steel mesh, perspex and neon to set off the installed gear without setting off the bank account. Custom made trim panels are faultlessly mounted into the boot and actually had to be bent to get them in the car, folding out and popping into their final position.

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The GTI logo is embossed in the top plate and with the rear hatch down, nothing is visible from the outside of the vehicle. The neons provide a ghostly blue hue for when the boot is opened at night though.

Mazda 3

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Ford Territory

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Honda CRX

Fhrx Studios undertake many small two seater car system installs and fitting everything in can cause one all matter of issues if not carefully thought through. This CRX was brough in with a request for quality sound without the rattles that the CRX's are famous for. Easy to ask and about as easy as striking a match on a cake of soap in reality to perform.

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The system source starts with an Pioneer DEH-P8450MP and travels via Stinger interconnects to an Audison SRx3 amplifier flush mounted into the passenger side of the woofer enclosure. The front stage is costructed from Boston Rally RC620's and the doors are deadened with G-Spot Serenity Max.

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The rear piece of the car which holds both the subwoofer and amplifier took a long time to build and is constructed totally from fibreglass. The orignial CRX rear binnacles were removed and the new cabinet was made to fit snuggly into the rear of the car retaining somewhat of a factory appearence. It boast removable grilles to reveal black painted surrounds for that showy look when the need arises.

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The subwoofer itself is a JL Audio 10W3V2-D2 and sits in a 0.6 cubic foot enclosure located on the bottom of the rack and more than once the flippant remark was heard about it resembling and incar pottie. The biggest issue with the CRX was the rattles and the enitre back end of the car has been fully sound deadened using G-Spot Serenity Max and foam. Even the rear window was taken out and rebuilt with new bushes to stop it rattling.


Porsche Boxster

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Mitsubishi Lancer

Squeezing a three way set of mids, namely a Focal 165W3 set into a kick panel and door trim isn't an easy task which is why it was left to the professionals. The aim was for a stock look, and to enhance the staging, the results "speak" for themselves.

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Each door is deadened with 2 sqaure metres of G-Spot Serenity Max with another 15 square metres throughout the cabin ensures this car is ultra quiet! The system starts with an Alpine 9815 and from here the signal runs to a JL Audio 300/4 (bridged) driving the Focal splits. All cables and interconnects are Audison and Stinger. This system was purpose built to win SQ comps and infact, already has!

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Just incase you thought this install was looking rather factory in appearance, here's the proof in the original trims for comparision!

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Another unusual item in this system is the small HX200 8" subwoofer. The sub is housed in a custom ported fibreglass enclosure and is feed copious amounts of power from an Audison amplifier. Bass is all about power rather than sheer cone area so this baby pumps out titanic amounts of bass for such a small woofer! The entire enclosure is covered to hide from thieving eyes.

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So once everything in secured in place you can choose to either run it in show mode or stealth mode. It's your call!

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Audi S3

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Volkswagon Golf GTi

When Fhrx Studio's was approached to install a system in a Golf GTi on a limited labour budget, creatively was to be the key to the install rather than a truck load of cash and two-pac'd fibreglass. The result speak for themselves.

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With the use of well fitting flat panels even the most modest boot can look a treat. With helpful input from the owner, installer Marty Price was able to reach a clean looking boot that can still be used once the bottom cover is in place. The system starts with a Clarion DXZ-835MP CD head unit which feeds signals to two Boston Acoustics amplifiers via Stinger interconnects. All cable and accessories are from Stinger including the large 1 farad digital power cap.

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The pair of amplifiers are a GT-24 and a GT-28. The GT-24 pumps a healty 175 watts continuous into each of the front speakers and the GT-28 pumps a titanic 1250 watts continuous into the subwoofer. The rears speakers are run from the deck and just provide rear fill.

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Handling the front stage duties is a set of Boston Pro6.5's splits surrounded by G-Spot Serenity Max sound deadening. The rear doors are home to a set of Boston NX67 co-axials. The rear doors also benefit from G-Spot Serenity Max sound deadening. The crossovers for the Boston Pro's live in the boot under neon lit perspex.

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The subwoofer is one of Kicker's famous L7 Solo-Baric 12's and lives quite happily in a sealed 0.88 cubic foot enclosure firing backwards. Even the spare tire is accessible. Using a step by step procedure the panels can be moved and the entire amp rack swings up on hinges into a raised position so the tire can be acessed. The entire boot is lit with blue neons for a little extra effect and perspex highlights all equipment.


Volkswagon Golf

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