August 2009 Issue
Audio Panel Upgrades: PS Engineering is Tops
If you want aural alerts, intercom and tunes in the air, itís more than a simple box swap. Invest in new wires and the right audio system.
In the old days, audio panels were simple devices that allowed the use of headphones and handled switching and separation of the communications radios. These days, audio panels are audio control hubs handling radios, patching through traffic and terrain alerts, supplying the intercom and controlling cabin entertainment. Itís not so important to choose one brand over the other. Itís all in the installation and how fancy you want to get with entertainment. If we can offer a single piece of advice on any audio system upgrade itís this: Donít skimp on the wiring. In the high-stakes game of cabin audio, shortcuts are unacceptable. Forget about chopping the connector from an old Narco CP135 audio panel and wiring up the new hardware. The same is true for most older intercom systems. This will drive up the costó$4000 for the parts and labor isnít unreasonableóbut thatís what it takes for crystal-clear sound.
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