The owner of this 2013 Ford Taurus SHO wanted stock appearance in the cabin, a show-quality trunk, with uncompromised usability – all with great stereo performance from the Sony/Ford OEM in-dash system. Our goal was excellent imaging, a wide stage, and a solid drum kit and bass guitar on the stage where it should be.
We decided to put the tweeters in the widest point of the cabin – the trim sails are the perfect location for a tweeter, and orienting them on-axis gives us better air in the top-end of the treble. A set of midwoofers in the stock locations in the bottom of the door. The trunk lacks a spare tire in the SHO – there is just a compressor kit, similar to the BMW M cars.
We used the Helix of Germany DSP-powered acoustic processing preamp to correct the Sony system’s fixed pre-emphasis and optimize the signal for the acoustics of the cabin. An Arc Audio KS Mini 4-channel amplifier powered the front stage, while a KS Mini mono amplifier powered the subwoofer.
Morel 28mm silk-dome tweeters were installed into on-axis fabricated “sails” at the top of the door. Matching 165mm cast-frame midwoofers were installed into triple-layer Musicar Mounting System HDPE baffle frames (stiffening the door and recreating the factory seal at the door grille junction). Sub-bass is handled by the Made-In-The-USA JL 12TW3 thin-frame subwoofer.
The subwoofer and the electronics fit into the well under the floor used for a spare tire in non-SHO Taurii. The compressor is integrated into our false floor for ease of access.
This build is one of the most musical and enjoyable systems we’d heard in some time. It was a joy to listen to this car!