Having the stock AM/FM stereo in your dash keeps your car’s classic good looks, but having to listen to the same radio stations gets boring. This is especially true when just about everyone has all of their favorite music stuck right inside their mobile phone or iPod just wanting to be heard while out cruising. Sure you could use an FM modulator to hear those MP3s, but modulators barely get a signal and when one finally comes in, the sound quality is horrible.
Those of us wanting to update and upgrade our sound system to accept the usage of smartphones and MP3 players without cutting the dash or stashing a stereo in the glove box has been limited. That was until the fine folks at Kicker came up with a solution for those of us with the stock stereo blues with its PXi50.2 Amplified Controller for iPod and iPhone. With this black box, anyone can easily add tunes to vehicles not previously equipped with a quality music source.
The PXi50.2 is a small unit that can be mounted under the seat or dash, leaving the glove box available to stash other things. A wired and backlit remote allows full control of the functions of both the PXi50.2 as well as the music device it is plugged into. Also, a 66-inch connection cable provides continuous charging to the phone or pod. The PXi50.2 comes with 50 watts of power (25w RMS x 2 at 2 Ohms), a differential audio circuit to reduce engine noise, and it even has pre amp out stereo outputs for use with additional amps.
We decided that we wanted to upgrade the audio in our 1967 Impala, so we took it to our friends at Car Stereo Connection in Anaheim, California, and they easily hid the unit under the car’s rather crowded dash. We also wired the remote into the ashtray and put the connection cable into the glove box for a completely hidden system. Of course, we didn’t stop there! We outfitted the car with a few more audio upgrades from Kicker including a Solo-Baric L3 dual 12-inch sub box, a IX1000.1 1000-watt monoblock amplifier with bass volume knob to power it, a IX500.4 500-watt (125 watts x 4) 4-channel amplifier to power a pair of KS6.2 6-inch component system speakers up front and a set of KS693 6×9 3-way speakers mounted in the package tray.
For just under $2500, we had a massively kickin’ system that looked virtually stock—but really rocked. This is how we put it all together.