LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man is the king of all car audio, and he has won a world championship title to prove it.
The East Texas News found out that designing a winning sound system is about a lot more than just how loud it can get. I's a highly technical craft.
Lance Hall owns Pure Energy Audio on Timberland Drive. He's been building sound systems since he was 16 and recently won the Car Audio World Championships in Nashville.
"It's great. I still have the chills when I think about it," Hall said.
He competed against cars from South Africa, Japan, and Brazil.
"We took first with this vehicle that belongs to one our customers. Actually we built it for him. This is a sound quality vehicle," Hall said. "It's judged on sound quality, installation, system safety, and integrity of the vehicle.
On the outside, it looks like your average car, but it is far from it.
"Close the trunk, close the back seat, and you'll look in there and it basically looks like a stock car," Hall said. "It sounds nothing like a stock car."
In fact, Hall has more than 100 hours invested in tuning this sound system.
"Eight channels of amplification, time alignment for every channel, there's 360-something odd bands of equalization," Hall said.
Designing a system like this is a highly technical process that goes beyond installing speakers and pushing play.
"You have to know and understand the speed of sound and reflections and refractions. There's a lot of physics," Hall said. "There's a lot more to it than just doing electrical or sound. In this car, we have fiberglass, wood, and metal."
All the system tuning allows the driver to hear the instruments from the position they would be in if the musicians were playing live on stage.
"You can get your instruments and vocal and all spread out all across the stage, so you can actually sit in and close your ,and it feels like you're at a concert," Hall said. "The backup singers might be in one back corner, lead in the middle, and guitars on one side."
Hall said the sound system in this car is about $10,000 to $15,000, but for others who are looking to amp up the sound in their car it is possible without spending a ton of money.
"It's something that you can start out at a more reasonable price and build up. It's not something you have to break the bank or mortgage your house to get into," Hall said.
Hall said he is most proud of this car and all the hard work he and his crew put into it. Hall also took another car to the competition that won third place. He said technology is always changing and he is looking forward to working on his next projects.
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