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2003+ 996 PCM 2 complete replacement audio upgrade


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I'm one of you that does not have a lot of spare time, don't really want to pay for a 997 (yet) but want all of the high tech things that the newest cars have. Short of going carputer (a serious consideration). I wanted all the toys in my Nurbergring/aurobahn preped C4S. A few pounds is not going to make a difference to me since I'm in it for the fun and adrenolyn.

Since I live in Stuttgart I have a meca of tuners around here. KW did my coilovers and balance (wow), a P-Car test driver sold me a GT3 shifter and sport exaust, found out the Ferrari 599 drivers seat drops right in (nice!) and that Jehnert does the sound system custom work for Porsche. http://www.jehnert.de/typo3/index.php?id=doorboardsound&aid=86&L=1

I sprung for a Kenwood double din unit that has the capability to access free GPS nav via the internet, Use my android Galaxy S for tethering to the 3G network, Bluetooth phone is immediately avaiable and an old car computer charger (12V to 18V) allowed me to add a single powermat charging base in the center console (where the CD holder was) for charging the Galaxy smartphone while it was in bluetooth, teathering, VPN and GPS modes. I can skype to the US with this set up from Germany! No holder just the magnetic powermat base holding the phone in place. Forgot to mention that my phone creates a hot spot for the Xoom which is much better than the smartphone for email. The VPN allows skype and hulu in Germany.

The Jehnert system is amazing. They have custom doorboards (2x6.5 in woofers) and custom dashboard replacement speakers/crossovers tuned specifically for the 996. All trimmed with Porsche leather and look OEM. The door boards do not rattle but they do make the rear view mirror vibrate to the point of being unusable when cranked up. I can live with that. The female vocals are so transparent and the guitar plucking makes you feel like you can see the fingers move on the strings.

Lots of planning and finally tech has caught up to make this all work - and it looks almost stock!

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I'm one of you that does not have a lot of spare time, don't really want to pay for a 997 (yet) but want all of the high tech things that the newest cars have. Short of going carputer (a serious consideration). I wanted all the toys in my Nurbergring/aurobahn preped C4S. A few pounds is not going to make a difference to me since I'm in it for the fun and adrenolyn.

Since I live in Stuttgart I have a meca of tuners around here. KW did my coilovers and balance (wow), a P-Car test driver sold me a GT3 shifter and sport exaust, found out the Ferrari 599 drivers seat drops right in (nice!) and that Jehnert does the sound system custom work for Porsche. http://www.jehnert.d...ound&aid=86&L=1

I sprung for a Kenwood double din unit that has the capability to access free GPS nav via the internet, Use my android Galaxy S for tethering to the 3G network, Bluetooth phone and an old car computer charger (12V to 18V) allowed me to add a single powermat charging base in the center console (where the CD holder was) for charging the Galaxy smartphone while it was in bluetooth, teathering, VPN and GPS modes. I can skype to the US with this set up from Germany! No holder just the magnetic powermat base holding the phone in place. Forgot to mention that my phone creates a hot spot for the Xoom which is much better than the smartphone for email. The VPN allows skype and hulu in Germany.

The Jehnert system is amazing. They have custom doorboards (2x6.5 in woofers) and custom dashboard replacement speakers/crossovers tuned specifically for the 996. All trimmed with Porsche leather and look OEM. The door boards do not rattle but they do make the rear view mirror vibrate to the point of being unusable when cranked up. I can live with that. The female vocals are so transparent and the guitar plucking makes you feel like you can see the fingers move on the strings.

Lots of planning and finally tech has caught up to make this all work - and it looks almost stock!

Forgot to mention that to fill out the Bass even more Madison has woofers that were for the Ford GT made by Aura (5 1/2 in) that mount in as a direct replacment for the Bose subwoofer speakers. They are 8 ohms so wire them in series for an effective 4 ohms and for about $50 delivered the pathetic stock Bose sub can come alive. Tap the thick brown/white and white wires from the amp in the trunk (since it is disconnected anyway) by using pins removed from an old connector and plug them into the oem harness. - Easy!

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Thanks for telling us about Jehnert. The rear doorboards are exactly what I've been looking for! I have 6.5" MB Quart mid-range speakers that have been sitting in my garage for two years.

Galaxy S, Xoom.... you're not a fan of Android, are you? LOL. (Me too! Java Developer) Have you heard about Torque OBD 2? http://torque-bhp.com/software/torque-android-obd2-adapters/ (I have no affiliation with this product.)

Could be a nice addition to your teched-out car.

- Doug

BTW, here's a link to my DIY sound system install: http://dougturner.dyndns-ip.com/porsche/sound_system_2009/

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