MECA SQL World Champion: Tim Smith

MECA SQL World Champion: Tim Smith

Most people consider customizing as the equalizer built into their radio. For the hardcore, it goes well beyond that. If you are in the competition lanes, competing against people with decades of experience and five-figure budgets, you have to be able to understand not only what works for the acoustics of the car itself, but the ears of the judge writing down the scorecard. Those that do, usually end up with the prettiest hardware.

So how do you go from the “everyday” sound to a winner? The answer is usually wrapped up in a combination of the installation itself, the right gear, an open mind and most importantly - the will to experiment. Adjusting the tweeter positioning, trying different crossover settings, equalization ad nauseum, correcting phase and delay are just a few of the things you can adjust.

All of your work will affect the quality, quantity and location of your sound. Some for the better, some for the worse. You are chasing that ever-elusive illusion of being in the center of the concert. As the saying goes: if it were easy, everyone would do it.

14 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

Tim Smith has reached the top of the Sound Quality mountain. His 2004 Toyota Sequoia has won multiple MECA World Championships, including SQ Best of Show At the 2018 Unified Finals. The way he got there was far from a direct route, but like most champions, he made the journey with a lot of help from his friends and family.

“We are just a big group of friends that love to hang out together. We are all big audio nerds and we geek out on this stuff,” explained Smith. “The trophies are great, but I don't really go for that. I go for the camaraderie.”

One such friend is his installer and tuner, Steve Cook. A world champion several times over in his own right, Cook is the Owner of Audio X in Florence, AL. With gradual changes over the years, Audio X has worked hand-in-hand with Smith, ultimately transforming the Sequoia’s sound and installation into the world champion it is now.

An experienced installer himself, Smith got back into car stereo with the intention of simply building a good system. I quickly evolved into something far beyond that. “When I first got back into it in 2012, I was doing all of my own installation and tuning. I was decent at it but when I met Steve at a competition, he helped me get the Sequoia to the next level. We talked about moving mids and tweeters to improve the imaging. His tuning ability is far above mine, so I learned a lot about that too. It’s been a great relationship.”

John Yi from Tru Technology helped Tim by customizing the very amplifiers he was using in the car. “It’s about what’s right for the individual, whether it's for competition or simply for their own satisfaction,” Yi explained. “When somebody wants a custom application, we build from a choice of different op amps, capacitors and more to give them exactly what they need. That way they are getting the sound that they want right out of the amplifier.”

Choosing the right product is an evolution as it is discovering who will support you as his competitive journey continues. Friendship has evolved over time into trust, and that trust has driven him to find the right equipment, technique and technology for each application. “They care,” Smith said. “I can get on the phone and talk to the guy that owns the company and builds the product. That's a huge deal to me. I know that I can count on their support. It will always be there.”

15 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

Tim Smith and his award-winning 2004 Toyota Sequoia are featured in PASMAG #161. Click Here to view/order.


ESSENTIALS

Competitor: Tim Smith

Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Sequoia
Competition: MECA Car Audio
Results: 2018 MECA SQL World Champion

SOCIAL

Facebook: /timsmith.tv

HEAD-UNIT

  • Sony RSX-GS9

PROCESSOR

  • Helix DSP Pro Mark II

SPEAKERS

  • Tweeters: Scan-speak D2904/600000
  • Midrange: Morel Hybrid MW4
  • Midbass: Morel Supremo MW9
  • Subwoofers: Scan-speak Revelator 13” 32W Subwoofer (2)

AMPLIFIERS

  • TRU Technology B22-A Billet ClassA (3)
  • TRU Technology Tungsten Grande TG-2 (2)

WIRING & ACCESSORIES

  • XS Power AGM Batteries (2)
  • XS Power Super Cap Bank
  • Stinger power/ ground wire
  • Tributaries speaker wire
  • Audioquest rca cables
  • Phoenix Gold DD5
  • LED accent lighting


PHOTO GALLERY

01 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

02 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

3A Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

03 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

04 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

05 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

06 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

07 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

08 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

09 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

10 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

11 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

12 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

13 Tim Smith 2004 Toyota Sequoia MECA Champion pasmag

Related Articles

MTX Terminator Amplifiers Makes Their Triumphant Return for 2024 MTX Terminator Amplifiers Makes Their Triumphant Return for 2024
Phoenix, AZ. – April 26, 2024. – MTX, a MiTek Electronics and Communications company, is proud to announce the triumphant return of the legendary...
Craziest Skyline at SEMA in Years: Devin Mariannino Driver Motorsports' 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Craziest Skyline at SEMA in Years: Devin Mariannino Driver Motorsports' 1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
This Vibrant Performance booth car was an easy pick for Editor Adam Gordon’s Top 10 Cars of SEMA 2022. The R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R built by Devin...
OMG Miata: Dione Mascunana's 1994 Mazda Miata OMG Miata: Dione Mascunana's 1994 Mazda Miata
One of the internet’s most popular - and polarizing - Miata builds. If you’ve been a reader of PASMAG for a few years, there’s a good chance you’re...
A Phoenix Risen: Luke Skalisius' 2004 Subaru WRX STi A Phoenix Risen: Luke Skalisius' 2004 Subaru WRX STi
How Luke Skalisius turned tragedy into gold, winning him the title of 9th Annual Tuner Battleground Champion. Subaru’s GD chassis holds a special...
A Show Stopping, Award Winning Honda Civic Sedan A Show Stopping, Award Winning Honda Civic Sedan
@labike_c3’s blue Honda Civic Sedan has been blowing up on my feed, and maybe for obvious reasons. The carbon hood is propped by a rod that rotates it...
Jamison McCall's K Series Swapped 2001 Honda Civic Jamison McCall's K Series Swapped 2001 Honda Civic
This 2001 Honda Civic owned by Jamison McCall, also known as RJ, was displayed in our 2021 Tuning 365 Showcase at Drive Festival in Bowmanville,...