A good in-car audio system and a loud in-car audio system aren’t the same things, and for Ai Design, making a good in-car audio system takes time. In the video above, Ai Design founder and owner Matt Figliola gives us a behind-the-scenes peek at the company’s E45 project—a two-year project to add some bumpin’ audio to two 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUVs.
Specific details about watts and subwoofers are conspicuously absent; however, Figliola provides other juicy details. According to Figliola, cost was of no concern to the owner. Unlike other high-end audio systems, Ai Design’s is inconspicuous—for the most part. Whenever you hear about a crazy, high-end sound system, it’s easy to picture a wall of subwoofers occupying the cargo area and enough bass to cause an earthquake. But Ai Design’s creation for the Cadillac Escalade is subtle by comparison.
The biggest challenge for the team was integrating the new speakers into the doors. Figliola estimates that 60 percent of the 10,000 hours spent on the project was dedicated to fabricating the eight doors in the pair of Cadillac Escalade SUVs. Each door was custom fabricated with an aluminum frame. The goal, Figliola says in the video, was to reduce vibration. Eliminating vibrations can make a cheap speaker sound spectacular, Figliola added.
Ai Design also packed some serious technology into the project. Each Cadillac Escalade has six terabytes of high-definition music stored on board, and those vehicular libraries sync with the owner’s home library through a virtual private network (VPN) that uses all four major cellular networks to provide the best connection at all times. Wherever a song is added to the library, it syncs with the other libraries connected to the network.
The two Escalades are proof that a kickin’ audio system doesn’t have to look ridiculous. Ai Designs did a lot of work making sure the pair of Cadillac SUVs remained functional and comfortable. Just look at the craftsmanship on the doors—which are complete custom yet look like they came stock from the automaker.