The staff at Audio Designs & Custom Graphics regularly attend industry training seminars to stay up to date on the latest industry products, technologies and techniques. This ongoing education allows us to offer our customers the best mobile entertainment installations. One relatively new method that we use in the construction of custom subwoofer enclosures and amplifier racks is called Stack Fab. Let’s talk about that technology and why we are experts in this process.
Stack Fab allows for unique shapes
Historically, building a subwoofer enclosure to fit into an oddly shaped space in a vehicle mandated the use of fiberglass matting and resin. With the Stack Fab technique, we build up layers of wood, on their sides, to create the enclosure in any shape we want. We can work around a spare tire, inside the spare tire, in the corner of the trunk or on the back wall of a pickup truck – all with the same amazing results.
During the design stage, we choose a wood thickness that will provide stunning enclosure wall rigidity as compared to typical fiberglass designs. Fiberglass may be up to 1/2” inch thick after hours of cutting, rolling and applying resin. We can quickly and easily build up anything from ¾” to 2” of thickness in less time with the Stack Fab technique. We also incorporate bracing into the Stack Fab assembly process. The result is an enclosure that is rigid and non-resonant. The bottom line is better sound quality from your subwoofer system.
What’s that smell?
When fiberglass is used in a vehicle, even with a carefully masked-off the interior, there is a strong resin smell. This odor can last six to eight weeks after the project is complete. With Stack Fab, there is no significant odor; just the faint smell of wood (and the sound of amazing, accurate bass). Since some of our clients are sensitive to chemical odors, the use of the Stack Fab technique has been a bonus on multiple levels.
Done right the first time
There are some great fiberglass enclosures out there, but getting the fiberglass resin mixture perfect relative to the heat and humidity of the day takes some time. Mixtures that are mixed “too hot” with too much hardener can make an enclosure brittle. A lot of installers don’t take the time to apply enough layers of fiberglass to an enclosure. With Stack Fab, there is no guesswork or testing – we custom-cut each layer, apply a quality wood glue and build it up!
How we install or fabricate your mobile entertainment system is as important to us as how much you enjoy it once we are done. We always use the highest quality materials and best techniques to ensure your system sounds amazing for years and years. This is one of the many reasons why Audio Designs & Custom Graphics has been named as one of the Top 12 Car Audio Retailers in North America by Mobile Electronics magazine. We invite you give us a call, send us an e-mail or drop by for more information.