Justin H. – Cadillac Escalade
“I waited a while to write this, because if a picture is worth 1000 words? There aren’t enough pictures in the world to sum up this creation, so the words surely don’t exist.
This was a plan that took years. Matt’s work exceeded my awareness of the possibilities by so much? I needed time. Finally I decided on a brand new Escalade Platinum Edition to house my mobile reference studio.
Many have looked at my build and assumed I’m super wealthy, and it was “just a throw too much capital at it” situation. In reality it was a very calculated series of decisions. The only sudden splurge, was adding the Stealth system. And I’ll never regret that one for a moment, I’ll tell you that.
I’ve never bought a brand new vehicle, and am ocd on a level it’s difficult to explain. Many assumed I was preparing to destroy myself over the flaws when it was done, after all; if you’re not familiar with the new generation Escalade, the fit and finish, materials, everything is absolutely flawless.
The precision of the interior now? Is on an even higher level. I use the word precision because it’s describing incredibly complex fitment issues. Such as fitting two 8” Utopias in each front door, without creating contact issues anywhere using the doors.
Another huge area of brilliance is in what’s concealed, and what’s displayed. The main cabin in the Escalade already has a spaceships allocation of lights and controls. However everything is very subtle when dimmed, the controls themselves blacked out when off.
Everything Matt added up front is either concealed, matched such as my Mosconi controller being covered in matching Alcantara, then the original logo and design cues laser etched back on; or completely fluid with the factory design. All the way down to the accent lights in the door housings to match the oem accent lighting throughout the truck.
The sound stage is absolutely magnificent, it doesn’t matter what you throw at it. The true beauty of the finished system, is the lack of adjustments. There is an individual gain for the subwoofers in the Mosconi DSP, but even that the range is generally either 11 or 12.
Because everything is dialed in for faithful reference, and the adjustments no longer a concern, I can just enjoy anything at will. I listen to a bit of everything old and new, and having to deal with settings changes has always been the downside.
It actually touches on why I’m on my third Escalade, particularly the 2016 and 2019 Platinum editions. Unlike a multitude of other vehicles in that range, the required setting inputs at any time are virtually non-existent. And by required, I mean turning the refrigerated console or massaging seats on, purely creature comforts.
Same with the audio system, unless you want to add bass, leave it on 11 and enjoy. Considering the absolutely epic proportions of it in every way, it’s difficult to believe at times.
The separation of instrumentation and vocals, the size of the sound stage, I remember moments of greatness similar years ago with giant high quality audio installations. But only with certain music, at certain times, usually sitting still dialing everything in. But even different songs on the same album, more often than not, it would be just off immediately.
Very rarely in my pursuit of custom vehicles, motorcycles, home audio as well have I witnessed true “turn-key” delivery of a product. Everything in every way, well it was identical to delivery day when the Cadillac came. Nobody expected me to master a new language and become my own master tech; I just got to suddenly have this amazing new experience in my life any time I choose.
The stealth radar system is incredible, I feel funny talking about it because people don’t even believe me frequently! I know I’ve hit a milestone in life when my vehicle is capable of things that are beyond most peoples knowledge and belief of, well current vehicle capabilities.
It’s a very anxiety crushing situation not having to feel like a teenager sneaking out of his parents house when the lights come on frequently. My best example are areas with unrealistically low limits that go up 10 a few times then down a few, back and forth. No one pays attention, and occasionally it suddenly seems to matter.
Really the entire ridiculous game of being hunted with little guns by what to me are frequently children. I have a perfect record, no accidents charged against me in my life. I’ve discovered that my actual attention to driving is massively increased, because I’m not senselessly watching all the usual hiding spots; while frequently being tailgated for obeying the limit.
Now that I can just drive, and unless I’m obviously out of control and a danger? Life out there behind the wheel is an all new experience. One that’s all mine, because you can’t even tell there’s a system in play.
There really aren’t enough words to express what she is as a whole, the closest actually I first heard from Matt during the design phase; “A bright spot in your universe”, and she is definitely that.”
Martin E. – Tesla Model X
“Matt Schaeffer of Musaic Design was recommended to me by one of the Tesla service managers as a system designer/installer who had experience with Tesla installations. The reason I was looking into custom installers was my dissatisfaction with the factory system installed in my 2019 Tesla Dual Motor Model X.
I reached out to Matt and spoke to him about my desire to upgrade the factory sound system in my car. He was extremely informative and knowledgeable and obviously had extensive experience with Teslas and other high end car designs/installations. He told me to check out his website because he had videos and pictures of past installations posted there. He also promised me a quote within a week which would include at least three options at different price points and that we could talk through each of them and together we could decide what best suited my needs.
Matt delivered the quote to me in the timeframe he had promised and I was certainly impressed with the videos and pictures on his website. We worked together to craft a custom design for my car and desires and I engaged Matt to perform my installation.
I happen to live about three hours from Matt’s shop so I drove my car to his shop and met with him to review the installation. We made a couple of last minute tweaks to the design and I signed the paperwork and left my Tesla in Matt’s hands. He provided me a loaner car for the duration of the installation.
When I returned to pick up my car, I was flabbergasted by the amazing sound coming from my car. The system was able to reproduce sounds I had never heard before from any system, including fancy home and live venue systems. In addition, the integration with the Tesla operating system was so well designed and thought out, it worked better than the factory system.
The final surprise was the installation of the equipment running the system. Matt had masterfully designed a false bottom in the well in the back of my car for all of the necessary equipment which allowed me to continue to use all of the cargo space in my car, including the well.
If you have a strong appreciation for music quality and want to have a life-altering system in your car, Matt is your man!”
Andrew D. – Tesla P100D
“I recommend Matt Schaefer at Sound FX. Period. Full stop. Matt is professional, courteous, knowledgeable, and most importantly, an artist. You can find many installers who know the electronics and how to produce great sound. What sets Matt apart is that he is also an expert in fabrication. Matt combines his expertise across multiple disciplines with amazing results.
I have a 2016 Tesla Model S P100D. It’s red with a white interior. I love the white interior, but as you can imagine, it takes a bit of additional love and care. When I first starting talking to Matt about adding an aftermarket system to my car, I was not planning on investing much on the aesthetics. Sound quality was far more important to me, and I didn’t want to diverge too far away from OEM and take away from the white interior.
That all changed once I saw pictures of Matt’s prior work, and he started to describe to me his vision which included using materials that matched the red and white of my car. His work sold itself. Admittedly, I spent more than I had originally planned, but I’m glad that I did. The audio system is the best I’ve ever heard in a Tesla, and the design of the amp rack and pillars is amazing. I’m very involved in the Tesla community, so my car is seen by a lot of people. Anyone who has any interest in aftermarket audio has walked away impressed (or perhaps depressed after they get back into their car with the OEM audio system).
I’ve sent several people to Matt, many of whom have never installed an aftermarket system before. Matt listens to what the customer wants. He won’t try the hard sell, but if you ask him, he’ll give you options and explain the tradeoffs. If you’re considering an aftermarket system and want something more than basic components thrown together, give Matt at Sound FX a call. And if you’re a Tesla owner and don’t already know who I am or how to find me, call Matt and he’ll put us in touch. I’m happy to give demos.”
Chris H. – Lexus GS350 F Sport
HOLY COW! Totally mind blowing!
My complete build out consists of Focal Utopia, Mosconi Amps, Illusion Subs, and an Astell & Kern Hi-Res player. I feel like I just walked into a studio session. It is truly unbelievable how all of my favorite artists now sound. This upgraded system makes me feel like I am in a new car!
I have never enjoyed an experience in my life as was given to me by Team Musaic. These guys have now have become part of my family, so I want to say Thank You!!!
I look forward to working together again soon. Your friend, Moe.
Helder C. – BMW X5
“I had the pleasure of meeting Matt and the team down in Lewes to drop off and sometime later (4wks), pick up my vehicle. Can’t say enough about their hospitality, their professionalism and Matt’s incredible abilities. His work, his creativity and the fact that he is just a super human being are reasons why I drove 10 hours to get him, and it was going to be only him, to work on my truck. Matt, rest assured, next vehicle i get, I will come and find you. Thanks again for the wonder looking, but most importantly, AMAZING sound system. Keep it up and you will be so busy I will need to book 2 years in advance…..:)”
Shane L. – Chevy Callaway Camaro
“Spent an hour tonight in my garage. I think my neighbors hate me now! So sick! I will never own another vehicle that does not have custom sound.”
James N. – Tesla Model S
“Much props to Matt Schaeffer for making my dream car come true! If you want expert advice and installation from an experienced car audio installer than look no further. I’ve done hours of extensive research and found that there are only a few qualified professional car installers who work on Tesla’s. You can’t put a price on the enjoyment when you’re driving away with a great sound system and custom design. RESPECT and THANKS to Matt Schaeffer, Musaic Designs, and the Sound FX Family!”
Anthony C. – Bentley GT Speed
“Matt, what can I say, you told me so! After careful consideration and much research I came to the conclusion that you were the best man for the job of installing a system in my previous Bentley GT Speed. It far exceeded my expectations. I am just thrilled with it! Your careful attention to detail, and the recommendation for a package that suited my specific needs were spot on. I also appreciate the fact that you answer the phone and walk me through any questions that I have had. Your customer service skills are excellent. I would be glad to talk to anyone considering a system installed by you and let them know that you are the man!”
Henry M. – Tesla Model S P100D
“After driving around in Matt’s speaker setup for a few months now, it’s safe to say that it is the best I’ve ever seen! I’ve looked continuously through many different people to try and find the perfect build. Throughout the locations I’ve been to, they always had their issues, from speakers not working properly to cables being mismatched. After some searching, I stumbled upon Matt from Musaic Designs. I drove down to Delaware were he was located and right away I knew that I was in the right place. As soon as I entered I was greeted by Matt and his team. We talked through ideas and sketches of what I wanted and their thoughts of it all. Everything was extremely simple and properly organized. He gave me an exact date of when the car would be ready, which was only a few weeks compared to the other places I visited which were usually more than a month. When I saw the car for the first time, I was in shock. The speakers sounded incredible with great bass and clarity. Everything was perfectly fitted with an outstanding design that matched the look of the Tesla. It was everything I wanted from a great sounding system to a sleek design. Fast forward a few months and I still love it. I can’t thank Matt and his team at Musaic Design’s enough for the perfection that they built.”
Jason E. – Ford Excursion
“I was very nervous and anxious for this build for a couple reasons 1, it was a 6 hour drive and I was leaving my truck (Matt Gave me a loaner)2, I’m very picky and hard to please when it comes to my truck but I had no choice the seats were ripped and overhead was terrible. It was 20 years old. The wife said fix it or buy a new truck and buying wasn’t happening I love my “X” I spoke with Matt several times after I found him on line. I have to say I’m glad I did. we came up with a plan and I probably worried him to death driving home it had to be OEM. I hate items added to vehicle that looks like a rookie did it. it turned out perfect and everything I wanted. Five stars!!! The only bad thing about the whole experience was the $160 speeding ticket because I was in a hurry to pick it up. Great work Matt see you for my nova.”
Billy S. – Porsche 911 GTS
“If nothing else, I am very much into my cars. Inside and out. When it comes to the car stereo, I’m the same way. In 2007, I brought my first car into Matt to get some work done. He’d removed the back panel in the cargo area and custom fit/formed an subwoofer that blended in perfectly with the back of the truck. Sounded great, looked amazing! Since then, I’ve brought 4 (and soon to be 5) cars to Matt for work done. From installing custom subwoofers, amps, tv’s … anything, there is no one I’d rather bring my car to. I’ve sent numerous people his way and they’ve all been just as happy as with the work as I am. I can honestly say, there is no where else I’ll bring my cars to that I can trust and know that the work will be creative, seamless, thoughtful and priced right. Matt is definitely the guy to see for any and all interior custom stereo/electronic work, in your car.”
Eric D. – Acura TL
“Matt’s custom work is impeccable and I’ve been a returning customer over the past 3 1/2 years. I value his expertise and knowledge through the entire custom build process. I highly recommend Matt for any custom work.”
Jeff L. – BMW 5 Series
“I have a had a lot of different mid-to-high end systems installed in a variety of vehicles over the years. Matt is hands down the most talented, detail oriented installer I have every met. He went above and beyond to get my project done on time and to my satisfaction.
I highly recommend Matt for any custom installation. I will be having Matt work on my next car as well and will only go to him in the future.”
Mike W. – Porsche 911 Turbo S
“I drove a brand new vehicle from the dealership directly into Matt’s hands. His attention to detail and concern over the cleanliness and completeness of the installation he performed were second to none. He made an already great vehicle even better, and helped me make a personal statement about my love of music.
I’m ordering another vehicle similar to the first, and Matt will be THAT car’s first stop. Thank you, Matt, for caring for my cars as if they are your own.”
Jeremy G. – Tesla Model S P100D
“Matt and the Sound FX team were amazing from the start. They listened to what I wanted to do with my sound system and executed it in a way that exceeded my expectations at every step. Even months after the install, if I ever need any help with anything on the sound system, they’re only a phone call away. Just a fantastic experience all around.”
Armondo L. – Bentley Continental GT
“I want to start off by saying thank you Matt, you was highly recommended by JL Audio and now we are here, i been following your work for a good 4 years or longer, i been to a few locations for a great installation but got basic information and installation packages with high price quotes.
The craftsmanship and knowledge that Matt brought to the table locked me in, i sat down with the Musaic team and we came down to some great components, Matt allowed me to sit in and listen to a project he was working on i was blown away that bad boy sounded like a concert at Madison square garden, Matts vision and allowing him to create a 1 off master piece, i am beyond satisfied with the design, sound, and quality of his work.
I am looking forward to adding more components to my Bentley, and bringing in my other vehicles, as well as clients to the Musaic family.
Thank you guys. I will see you soon.”
Jeffrey K. – Tesla Model X
“Amazing work! I’ve had audio upgrades installed in my cars in the past, and later always ended up spending quite a lot of time tweaking the tuning to make the sound better, with Matt the sound was absolutely perfect. The sound staging is just WOW! I asked for a design where all of the equipment would be hidden and it would look stock, Matt delivered and then some, the quality of the craftsmanship is incredible and when you remove the standard panel, you see his amazing design work hiding all of the equipment and cables. Matt’s work with the staging/sound made me realize that my home theater was off and I ended up upgrading that as a result! If you want spectacular sound, make sure Matt is the one who designs and installs your system!”
Rakesh S. – BMW X5
“I would like to thank Matt and the Sound FX team. Up to the point of delivery and demo everything was done over the phone. Words cannot describe the emotion that the music brings out til its produced from craftsmanship and experience, and this is all done in part to allowing Matt to create.”