I took some time to print out and read the whole manual for the axcess interface unit. Now I understand a good bit more, and I don't think it will be as difficult as I'm making it in my mind. But, I will be printing out the CAT manual next. I'm quite sure that one will be very interesting to me! I have most assuredly never done what is going to be explained in that manual!
As far as equipment goes, allow me to link to the main things I was intending to buy. These links will not include anything like wiring or installation accessories, just main equipment.
What I have now (minus some details)
1. Kicker 47KSS6704
2. AudioControl LC2i (Black)
3. Older model Alpine Type R dvc sub wired to 2 ohms in a sealed ~1.5-1.7 cu ft sealed enclosure
4. Factory HU
5. Factory Amp (to be bypassed)
6. Kicker 3.5" in center, forget model #.
7. Factory Rear speakers, tweeters disconnected.
Now, thinking of purchasing, in no particular order, the following: (feel free to comment)
2. Pioneer GM-DX975
Was gonna try to use this for sub, but don't know if it's powerful enough. May have to use 3 amps. But, hopefully only 2.
3. Kicker 46CSS674
4. Pioneer GM-A3702
Left out things like interconnects, speaker wire, little bit of power wire, ferrules, etc...and distribution blocks. More interested in the main stuff above.
Also, I did get to print out the CAT manual. I see I need a mic, and I was looking at the imm-6 (for cost efficiency), and also read that I should use a cheap external sound card from ebay, but I see that the mic has a balanced connector, and I can't seem to find one of those inexpensive sound cards for laptops with a balanced output. Will the mike still work, trrs --> trs?
Once planned out, install shouldn't be that hard, just very time consuming for me.
I was thinking of doing the rear components and sound treating the rear deck first.
After that, I would make sure I had the amps (Hopeuflly 2, maybe 3) and dist blocks, wiring, etc, laid out already on something I cut from wood.
Then, the big one, Take a whole day to disassemble enough to get the the factory amp, install the bypass/dsp, and run wires, connect to not yet connected amp rack, and that will all comprise the hardest part for me.
Then, if I have any energy remaining that day, use the dsp software that you put on your phone, but if no energy, do that the next day.
If you can suggest an external sound card to go with the mic I mentioned, I'm all ears. I just know that is does not have a trs connector, so I question if it will work with the usb sound card devices I saw on ebay.
Let me know if I've missed anything.
Thanks as always!