Following on from our last blog we have an example of a car audio installation to a VW Golf 7. This is a perfect example of how one of our standard systems is adapted to make sure the owner gets exactly the sound he wants.
As our customer lived a good way from our shop he decided he wanted the whole job done in one rather than splitting it up to spread the cost. Initially, we started to talk about our stage 3 upgrade.
Fortunately, our customer already owned a JL Audio HD600/4. This magnificent amplifier is one of JL’s finest boasting very impressive power figures with incredible dynamic range.
This was an ideal amplifier for a really high-end system; he liked it loud but did not want any distortion when playing his favourite dance music. Since this amp was so good we felt we should recommend an upgrade to the front speakers over the Hertz MPK 165 initially suggested. The owner wanted clarity without colouration and his preference was for a very dynamic high frequency. My recommendation was for the Audison Voce K6 component set.
These speakers are one of my favourites and offer a truly natural sound. The tweeter is larger than some but this helps to give it a remarkably low-frequency capacity meaning a better blend with the mid-range.
We opted to stay with the usual Audison APK165 components for the rear fill. These speakers are a fantastic upgrade to the factory standard at an extremely good price. However, he was happy to upgrade the sub to take advantage of the power available but did not want to lose too much boot space. The obvious choice was the JL Audio 10TW3 in a slim enclosure as this will deliver smooth, powerful bass from an enclosure only 12cm deep.
So to the installation.
Our customer did not want any more boot space taken up so we had to locate the other equipment in the cabin. We knew the amplifier would fit under the passenger seat but this left no room for the Bit10D; that would have to go under the driver’s seat. We also chose to situate the crossovers for the front speakers here as well. This of course added to the complexity of the wiring but by using high-quality speaker cable and double shielded RCA cables there was no chance of any interference or quality loss.
The doors got a complete treatment of Dynamat Extreme and Dynaliner to optimise the acoustics and eliminate any chance of rattles. We built custom collars for the speakers ensuring they were sealed to the panel to maintain moisture protection.
The rear door tweeters are in the door panels but the front ones reside in the A-pillars. We constructed custom mounts for both of these.
When removing the VW A-pillars the retaining clips must be replaced with new items as they are an integral part of the airbag safety system and removing the clips compromises their integrity.
The final part of the installation meant mounting the Audison DRC and the location chosen by the customer was the small fold-down tray to the right of the steering wheel.
This location is convenient to use but renders the installation invisible when closed.
The next task was to tune the system. We already knew he liked a bright, dynamic sound so we programmed it for a lot of energy in the higher frequencies without getting harsh. The bass had to be tight and punchy and the TW3 does not disappoint. With so much power available we could keep the gain on the HD600/4 at almost minimum giving the highest dynamic range.
Of course, the speakers will require a week or so of running in before a retune but the owner’s initial reaction was ecstatic. It was all we could do to get him out of the car to register his three-year warrantee!
As mentioned we have standard packages that we can recommend but a great many are customised by us to make sure you get exactly what you want from your new car audio system. If you would like to know more about how we can improve the car audio in your life please call us on 01625 432707 or better still pop into the shop on Sunderland Street in Macclesfield for a chat.