Welcome to the photo galleries of Fhrx Studios. For over thirty 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.
Tales From Yesteryear - When Photos Were Actual Paper
The system in the brick was painstakingly installed by installer Robert D'Angelo and was an all time favourite when sitting in the showroom. The system began with a Nakamichi in dash 6 disc head unit head unit and two five stackers (one up front and one in the boot), from there the signal continued on to a Precision Power FRX-456 crossover via a Precision Power DEQ-230 31 Band EQ.
From the crossover the signal was feed to three amplifiers, those being Precision Power PC2150 (2 x 150 watt), PC275 (2 x 75 watt) and a PC250 (2 x 50 watt). The PC 2150 is bridged and running a trio of faithful JL Audio 10W6 subwoofers in the rear, the PC275 runs a set of JL Audio 8" free air mid bass drivers at the front while the PC250 takes care of all the other drivers including four sets of 5.1/4" component sets.
The entire interior of the mini has been taken out and covered in two layers of dynamat. This system is unique in some respects in that is doesn't use any drivers in the doors. They're all at the front where the stage should be. As you can imagine this wasn't at all easy with large amounts of the dash having to be cut and reworked, especially to get the 8" JL Audio subs located.
The enitre backend of the mini has been rebuilt as well and it now has no rear seat. In the place of the seat is the beautiful sub enclosure and two sets of capacitors underneath. Also visible through perspex windows in the distribution and fusing blocks. When dark the enitre sub enclosure glows with an eeire red light. The mini has no rear speakers save the subs.
The entire interior has been re upholstered in bright yellow and white vinyl and the JL Audio logo has been
sown onto the doors inside. New carpet has been layed and even the roof inside is layered inside in an attempt
to minimise resonation. When RTAed the trio of JL Audio 10W6's mounted on a custom fibreglass panel banged out
a massive 141db. Not bad for three 10's running of one amp.
The Sick Division Hyundai is well known around the car show scene and was actually the centre fold car in Hot4's a few months back. The car has been reworked from one end to the other and besides having possibly the biggest bodykit you'll ever get on an excel, it also has a turbo fitted and boasts a full aftermarket interior. Naturally the stereo had to be something good! Enter head installer Marty 'Fhrx' price. This whole install was done in 121 hours over a week before a show. Sleeping on the couch at work isn't good.
It starts with an Alpine triple disc 3DA-7987ES head unit sending signal to an Alpine MRV-T1505 ( 2 x 150watt ) amplifier through an Audio control eq. From there it goes to Alpine 6 " DDDrive splits in the front doors and Alpine DDDrive 12" subwoofer in the rear. Boston acoustic 4" splits bring up the rear fill.
The front doors are fully sound deadened with two layers of soundoff and have custom made fibreglass door trims incorporating a pocket to carry things in. Being fibreglass the door pods weigh less than 1 kilo each but are still solid enough to give off the thump of a midbass speaker. The front tweeters are flush mounted in the kick panels for better imaging.
In the rear the boot has been totally reworked to show off all the equipment and is all finished in black vinyl. On the passenger side of the boot resides the Audio control eq while on the right hand side sits the DDDrive crossovers and fuse / distribution power block. Three separate 1 " thick glass windows in the back of the box reveal a nice butt - that of a DDDrive 12" subwoofer! The inside of the ported box is two-paked the same colour as the body for visual effect and measures 2 cubic foot in volume.
The amplifier sits on the boot floor beneath a " thick perspex window with our name engraved on it. A
cover also slots into place on the floor to protect the perspex for when luggage is placed in the boot.
To either side of the amp sits two thermal fans mounted in a push pull arrangement to keep things cool
when the amplifier is really working.
Installing systems into exotic cars is a task that head installer Marty Price is both enthusiatic and wary about. It's not everyday you get to work on half a million dollars worth of car. However, we're up to it. The main purpose for the Lamborghinis system was to show case the then new Alpine product lineup. We set about this with a whole pile of Alpine goodies and a nice looking car.
First thing that was done was the removal of the entire interior. Once removed the whole interior was covered with two layers of Stinger roadkill sound deadening and one layer of Dynamat. Once sound deadening has been done to our satifaction, the system was designed and installed.
From the Alpine CVA-1000E TV monitor, the signal runs into a single Alpine V12 mounted in the boot at the front of the car (this replaced the PPI displayed in the photo). Luckily Lamborghini have Apline amps factory installed but all the wires were upgraded to Phoenix Gold equipment for good measure. From the amp, the power signal travels throught to the doors and into 6 " flagship DDDrives speakers.
The DDDrive speakers are Alpines absolute showcase and they didn't fail to deleiver this time either with sound quality that was miles apart from the factor Alpine system. The DDDrive 12" reference subwoofer as mounted in behind the passenger seat and replaced the factory subwoofer. The box was constructed from fibreglass in order to get the 1 cubic foot of space needed. Behind the drivers seat in a 6 disc DVD shuttle for entertainment duties.
All up the Lamborghini provides a very solid base to sell from and it still pulls in customers from off the street everyday.
Back in the mid 90's when head installer Marty 'Fhrx' Price picked up a new Corolla to transplant all of his existing audio gear into, no one had any idea of just how much he planned to do within the little Corolla. If there was a record for how much multimedia gear could be stuffed into a Corolla, we'd have to be strong contenders for the title!
The entire interior of the Corolla was taken out and has been layered with not one but two layers of Stinger roadkill. On top of the road kill Marty applied two layers of Accoustic control Sound-off sound deadening just to make sure the sound deadening got into those hard to get places. This act brought the little Corolla's noise floor down a whooping 5dB! Every part of the corolla from the roof to the petrol cap copped the deadening treatment. Even the number plate got some. Additionally the rear parcel shelf, front and rear doors all have every hole fibreglassed over before the deadening was applied to give it a more sealed effect inside the cabin.
The system begins with an Apline CVA-1005E matched to a triple minidisc slave and a tape deck slave. The three decks are all mounted in the centre console one above another and with the two additional equaliser faces completing the console line up, the Corolla's center console looks like something right out of a Boeing 747. The custom made centre console continues right back to the rear seat and is covered in black vinyl and contains carbon fibre inserts.
The console houses a 12 disc shuttle at the rear between the two rear seats and has two remotes built into the center for the driver and passanger to opereate. Another 6 disc DVD shuttle is located in the glove box with a carbon fibre surround while a third 12 disc shuttle is located under the passanger side seat for additional music options.
From the source units the signal travels through Monster RCA cables to the Cystal line driver and onto two Precision Power DEQ-230 31 band equalisers (one for left channel and one for right channel). These are mounted in a custom fibreglass bootlid trim. From here the now equalised signal continues onto a Precision Power FRX-456 crossover where the audio signal is split up into its different parts sent to no less than eleven Precision Power amplifiers. The amps currently installed are five PPI250's (2 x 50 watt), four PPI2150's (1 x 600 watt), one PPI275 (2 x 75 watt) and a single PPI 225 (2 x 25 watt). Two of the PC250's run the front Dynaudio 1" dome tweeters and 6" midranges mounted in custom fibreglass kick panels while the other two PC250's run the rear Kicker 6's and 1" dome tweeters. These are mounted in a custom fibreglass parcel shelf which has a large opening built into the center to allow subbass to pass through from the boot to the interior. The PC275 runs front Kicker 8" midbase drivers mounted in fully custom fibreglass doortrims and the PC225 runs a small center channel speaker used when watching DVD's in surrond sound. Last but not least, the four monster 2150's are each married to a Kicker Solo-Baric subwoofer for optimum control and performance. The remaining PC250 runs a set of Alpine Bass engines for extra rumble during movies.
The entire door trims have been remade from fibreglass, as has the kick panels and percel shelf. Marty claims there is a good months worth of sanding right there for those five components alone. The entire interior has been vacuum formed in black vinyl and features bright red speaker grille cloth to highlight. But it doesn't stop there. Look upwards and you'll find a custom made roof console attached to the roof that houses aircon controls, a CB Radio, more remotes for the deck and various other aircraft switchs for everything from the aircraft lights mounted on the front of the car under the grille to the fridge located in the middle of the rear seat.
The rear of the roof console splits into a Y-section and each tip ends in an Alpine slave monitor mounted in the rear of the roof console. Therefore people sitting in the back can watch movies or use the PlayStation located under the drivers seat.
The enitre boot has also been finished in labour intensive fibreglass covered in black vinyl. The original experimental box was constructed entirely from MDF but the final enclosure was constructed from fibreglass and contained four separate chambers to house the four Precision Power flat piston 12's. The fibreglass front plate is painted in two-pac red paint the same as the car. The enclosure slides forward to reveal a large perspex window underneath. This gives viewers a clear view of the distribution and fuse blocks. 0 guage Stinger cable comes down from the Stinger gel-cell to the disto's and from there 4 guage runs to every amplifier. The entire fuse and distribution area is highlighed by red neon lights.
Installer Robert D'Angelo jammed so much Kicker Impulse stuff into the Sierra, the rear end was actually engineered before it went on the road. The whole rear suspension was beefed up in anticipation of the expected 100 odd kilos of sound deadening and audio gear planned for the small 4WD. There was nothing quite like driving around on Sydney streets in this thing.
The system starts with a Blaupunkt San Francisco headunit complete with credit card style security card. From here it travels into a small Precision Power FRX-456 crossover. The signal is sent from the crossover to a total off six amplifiers. The amps are two Kicker Impulse 4 channels (4x50watt) and four Kicker Impulse 2 channels (2x100watts).
The two four channels run the twin sets of 6" Impulse front speakers mounted within fully sound deadened and custom built doors. The two sets are turned down 3db so as not to fight with each other and are all facing different directions to try and avoid conflicing sound waves.
The sub box in the back obviously had some though put into it. The requiement was to be a loud as possible so the Impulse 10" competition series subwoofer from Kicker was chosen as the weapon of choice. The box is actually an 8th order Bandpass box with four sealed within the outer windows secion and four port within the inner section. The cones are mounted face to face in isobaric push-pull arrangement. Each twins of subs are wired in series and are run by their own amp. The port from the center of the box actually comes through into the cabin bewtween the seats.
There are small handles on the back of the sub box and the enitre thing slides out to see the four two
channel amps below on the back floor. There are various cooling fans under the box to to keep fresh cool
air travelling along the heatsinks when under heavy load. Various small diagrams are dotted thoughout the
car for both information and decoration purposes.
Being the brother of head installer Marty Price is a good thing. When his brother brought a small 83 Corolla to use as an erand vehicle, the system requirments were simple - the system had to sound good with minimal cost.
Marty decided to take advantage of a few different specials that audio giant Alpine were running, getting the front 6" splits and subs for free with the purchase of the amp and head unit. Utilizing Alpines big daddy 4 channel amplifier, Marty choose to hide the amp actually inside the rear seat, requiring considerable reworking of the seats internals to allow for clearance and heat disapation.
Being an erand vehicle, the Corolla quite often had the boot packed full of gear so it was a must that a protective grille was created to protect the two Alpine VR series 10" subwoofers in a their sealed enclosure. The rear baffle board was trimmed with padded vinyl to match the cars interior and sat held in place taking up minimal space.
Moving onto the front end, the inner and outer door skins were relatively sealed with fibreglass to create a large enclosure as such for each midrange driver. The bottom of each door trim was reworked into simple but effective grilled build outs, each hiding the Alpine splits and matching the boot. Alpine bass engines were installed to run from the front two channels of the deck, further enhancing the rumble of the subs whilst the rear channels ran the factory rear speakers.
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