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#31 Hassen

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:33 PM

Video finally uploaded but I think the sound quality is not great off it. In person, the system sounds a lot better :)

 

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Posted 25 July 2014 - 11:44 PM

Quick update: Didn't do much the last few days. This afternoon, rewired the Blaupunkt GTA470 with a nice set of Vibe 4 AWG kit. Thought might as well upgrade the whole electrical system and clean up the mess of wires since I wanted to get the most out of the speakers. 

 

Took an hour as well to fine tune the sound to my liking. Lots of knob tweaking and listening to subtle changes. WIth the new wiring, the annoying hum/whizz that was present before is nearly all gone. I had repositioned the power wire as well. Happier now that I know that the wiring can supply clean power to both amps without any issues. This covers it as well for future upgrades regarding electronics :)

 

Tomorrow, depending on weather, I plan on stripping the rear doors, sound deaden them, install and wire the rear Vibe Slick 6 speakers. These will only be used for very light rear fill. Thought there was no point in getting anything fancy and I already had them. 



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 09:22 PM

Quick pictures of what I did today. Sound deadened the rear doors and wired the rear speakers to the amplifier. Project sound system overhaul is about 80% completed. Left with 7 sheets of Silent Coat which I plan on putting in the front footwells of the car to try to reduce some of the vibrations coming from the engine. Then, once funds allow it, I will get more Silent Coat and do the bonnet and rest of the car floor. That's still up for debate though.

 

Also, thanks a million to the legend that is Lenny. He donated a pair of Boom Mats to my project and I plan on fitting them once I get the new clips for the front door. Saves me taking off the door cards twice. Reckon the Boom Mats will improve bass response even further. Thanks again Lenny :)

 

Boom Mats from Lenny

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Door card being taken off

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Stock rear speakers

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Stock speaker carefully ripped out with a hacksaw :P and Silent Coat sparingly applied as opposed to what was done to the front door.

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Vibe Slick 6 speaker wired up to amplifier.

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That's all for now folks :D



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Posted 26 July 2014 - 10:43 PM

Looking good mate,
Didnt need to give me a mention there so thanks for that lol
I reckon another set of boom matts on the rear would help base response too,
The vibe speakers look tidy in the doors too.

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 11:01 PM

That's the least I could do man :)

To be honest, the front speakers are doing most of the work. The rears are just barely heard for rear fill and I think that will stay like that as they tend to muddy up the sound if I do it 50/50 front/rear. I just wanted to have working rear speakers to be used when I do have passengers in the rear, which isn't that often. Once I get the clips next week, I will take off the front door cards and install the Boom Mats. Can't wait to fit them and hear the difference.



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

I just fitted some cree sidelights will put up pics when it gets darker :)

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:20 PM

Today had a little bit of time and there was no rain. Got the Boom Mats that Lenny sent over. It was not that hard to do as I have removed the panels way too many times before. Guess I could do it in my sleep at this stage :P

Small hole in the Boom Mat, thread the wire through and connect to speakers. Refit speakers and test before putting the panels back. Also, I fitted some new clips which I had bought off ebay to replace the ones that were broken. No more rattles in the doors now. Few pictures :)

 

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:25 PM

Looking Sweet mate,
Im sure the reduce the level of noise heard from outside the car,
But do you notice any improvement in base response inside the car after fitting the boom matts,
Are they worth fitting?

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:39 PM

They do look very sweet! So far, the bass response is a bit tighter but I haven't driven the car yet. Will give you an update tomorrow. Rattle from the door is gone, which is brilliant :)

 

My thoughts about the Boom Mats were to buy them to protect the speakers 1st of all, to reduce any rattle and to improve bass response. So far, I think it ticks all those boxes.



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:36 PM

Drove the car today after putting the Boom Mats in yesterday. Improvement in the tightness of the bass while driving. Put this song on and was definitely surprised how clear and articulate it all sounded. Also, had tweaked the whole system to my taste yesterday. Had to reverse the polarity of the sub as the bass sounds were coming from the back more prominently and didn't blend with the front speakers. Now the whole soundstage is in front of me and it's a lot more cohesive as a whole.

This is the song I was listening today in the car. It's very well produced and recommend it to test a car audio system. Ryan Hemsworth - One For Me

 

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:47 PM

Recommend you try this one mate particular favourite and each tone comes together one by one,
Should sound good from tweeters aswell

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:47 PM



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Posted 09 August 2014 - 08:24 AM

Have to stick this on the ipod. This is epic for driving in the morning. Would definitely wake me up :P

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 09:17 AM

Have to stick this on the ipod. This is epic for driving in the morning. Would definitely wake me up :P


its the first track from Tiësto album Elements of life quite a good album to purchase. Released in 2007 has more main stream tracks that you would be likely to have heard on the Radio,

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