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Hello Everyone!

New member to the Ecoboost forum, but I've been trolling the threads for a looking to see if anyone had replaced the B&O stereo system in the 2018 model trucks.
I didn't find much info so I figured I would join and post a thread on how I wired the truck and how it sounds.

First let me say, I have had this truck for 10 days. I bought it one day before I left on a 650 mile drive to Tampa Florida from Asheville North Carolina (figured it would make the drive more comfy:p)
About half way through the trip, I had had enough, reached up to the dash and turned the radio off. I literally could not take it anymore. This is by far the worst sounding "premium" stereo system I have ever owned or even heard. If I had to guess, I would say about a quarter of the frequencies heard by the human ear are being eliminated by the B&O signal processor so the cheap paper speakers can better handle music.

My last truck was a 2009 XLT that I installed a complete Infinity Kappa sound system in. Let me say, it will be very hard to go back to any factory stereo after my last truck.
I was running a PAC line Converter, 5 channel amplifier, Kappa door speakers front and rear (not component), and a 10" subwoofer in a sealed center console enclosure.

For some people the B&O system my be good enough, for the other 99.9% that want to upgrade, here's my parts list from Crutchfield.com.

$539.99 AudioControl DM-608 Digital Signal Processor)
$349.99 Rockford Fosgate T400X4AD (Door Speakers)
$60.98 Rockford Fosgate PLC2 (x2) Remote Level Controllers
$299.99 Rockford Fosgate T400X2AD (Subs)
$112.49 Rockford Fosgate RFK4D Dual Amplifier Wiring Kit
$239.98 Rockford Fosgate P2D4-8 (x2) Subwoofers
$69.99 Rockford Fosgate Prime R1675-S 6/3/4" Component System (Front Doors & Pillars)
$39.99 Rockford Fosgate Prime R1675X2 6-3/4" 2 Way Speakers (Rear Doors)
$0.00 Metra 82-5607 Front Speaker Adapters (Crutchfield Freebie)
$0.00 Metra 82-5605 Rear Speaker Adapters (Crutchfield Freebie)

All of my parts were delivered on 01/03/2018, I have replaced all of the factory speakers so far (only broke one clip and snapped one bolt :rolleyes:). It was dark and about 12 degree's outside when I started the install, I was frozen and frustrated, so I didn't take any photos. I can say that it was very easy to do. I soldered all of my connections and used heat shrink to cover the wires back up. The speaker adapters were a little off... I had to drill out the Rockford speaker mounting holes to get the adapters to line up, but overall, it was an easy swap.

I will comment here: after swapping all of the speakers, the sound was actually worse than factory. This is due to two things; the factory B&O DSP and the Rockford speakers being under powered.
So, if you are thinking of swapping speakers for better sound, save your money.

Tonight, I removed the B&O subwoofer enclosure behind the rear seat and scoped out the wiring from the B&O amplifier/ DSP.
I also called AudioControl to hear what they recommend when it comes to integrating the DSP. They stated that one should NEVER integrate their DSP by tapping into the signal wires before the factory amplifier, nor should one remove the factory amplifier. If you do remove it, you will lose audio notifications (door chime, backup sensor warning, etc.)
Tomorrow (hopefully) I will have time to tap the AudioControl DSP into the factory signal wires at the amp.

I should probably note, I will be raising the rear seat about 5/8" to make room for a forward firing subwoofer enclosure. The enclosure will be ported and tuned to 35hz.
I designed the box in a free program called WinISD Pro Alpha then made a 3D model of the enclosure in AutoCAD. I will share the plans for the box if anyone is interested.

You will likely scoff when the first photos of the enclosure are posted, but understand, the enclosure will incorporate a series of cover panels to make the enclosure appear to be factory made.
The cover panels will take some serious time to build and finish, but hopefully will be worth it in the end!
 

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I also have to say I expected more from that sound system, if it’s as bad as you say. I mean I get that everyone hears different things but still lol


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I also have to say I expected more from that sound system, if it’s as bad as you say. I mean I get that everyone hears different things but still lol


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I'll post up a screen shot of the factory eq curve once I hook my laptop up to the DSP. I'm guessing it is far from flat.
 

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Welcome to the forum,

Great looking truck.
 

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Thought I read B&O head unit but Karmen speakers?
 

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You think Gear Heads argue over "Stuff".....get in between two Audiophile Geeks and look out....damn near Vikings at the gates of hell!
 

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Guys, do to my busy work schedule and poor weather, I have decided not to make the enclosure for the truck. Alternatively, I have purchased a one off box from Mobile Toys Inc. (Home) out of Texas. Here are a few pictures of F-150 enclosures that they have built if anyone is interested. 26828728_2064476066912474_1832214805_o.jpg 26855248_2064475996912481_686522278_o.jpg 26905702_2064476060245808_922881169_o.jpg 26906039_2064475856912495_1259149321_o.jpg 26906060_2064475873579160_291206044_o.jpg 26906123_2064475870245827_2051658388_o.jpg 26909151_2064476036912477_1472011536_o.jpg 26909987_2064476096912471_2114032200_o.jpg 26937587_2064476093579138_1514650793_o.jpg 26937619_2064475876912493_60171923_o.jpg 26937757_2064476063579141_1448371077_o.jpg 26937757_2064476063579141_1448371077_o.jpg 26937757_2064476063579141_1448371077_o.jpg 26938153_2064475990245815_1374724087_o.jpg 26938182_2064476033579144_1644184275_o.jpg 26981718_2064475993579148_646527133_o.jpg
 

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Actually, all of the speakers are labeled Ford Motor Co. except for the subwoofer.
Understand but if you go to Fords.com and look at the F150/Exp on the higher models that come with the B&O system it says B&O head unit/Harman speakers.
 

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Dtanner, awesome job.

And thanks again for the heads-up a few weeks ago about the College Station folks. They are first class.
I might have seen them building your subwoofer enclosure. If not, it was very similar.

As for the BO kit that comes in our new trucks, I'm reluctant to straight up call it "junk", but I get your point.
I've had a lot of trucks and in my opinion this had the best sounding OEM setup yet. But that doesn't say as much as it might sound. ;)

For the fella that was wondering what fit easily in our trucks, this is what came out of mine:

Tweets and center



Doors.





Sub (I didn't even know this was in the truck. I admit there were some "lows" that I was surprised to hear, but never the kind that made me think a sub was present. Kind of funny if you think about it)

 
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I have a 2015 Supercrew with MyFord touch and 7 speakers. Front doors I installed Infinity Kappa 693.11i 6x9 2 ohm and the rear doors 62.11i 6.5 2 ohm. Cut out the paper cone and voice coils out leaving the speaker plug of the factory speaker. I used the factory shell to mount my Infinity's. Also soldered the infinity's to the connector I could plug the speaker in to the factory harness. Very pleased with the sound quality (given that I'm still using the factory head unit). The 6x9's produce quite a bit of bass but obviously not a sub-woofer quality. Someday hope to install AudioControl LC-6.1200 to drive the doors and A-pillar teeters (will replace). Install AudioControl LC-1.800 and a sub-woofer.
 
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