Your welcome Lenny Quiet on my night shift and i`ve just knicked 3 custard creams from the control room to go with my cuppa .Always have a look at Lidl to see if they have any biking gear on offer or car stuff.
Ps hurry up and trade up to mk3 focus then i can nick all your ideas.
never selling this mk2.5 mate, and cant afford to upgrade third baby due 14th November.
Custard creams id have taken the whole pack, tea 3 sugars,
Coffees not my cup of tea
Not just dash cams, I'm fussy about a lot of things...probably doesn't help that I have OCD lol.
Not fussed by clothes though, £4 jeans from Tesco ftw haha.
im exactly the same,
Car looks mint and i look like im stealing it lol
Im not in to cloths much, i search the pile of odd sizes, same brands just cheaper.
Im ocd too i like everything to be seamless and factory looking no cables on display,
Im also very perticurlar with shoes,
And grease i absolutely hate grease, id eat a fry but no grase on the plate drives me up the wall lol
So, i have post a new Picture. Hope you can see it, because the other Pictures was upload via Tabatalk.
Ah yes i can see now
If you could fit a barbed nipple to the bottom left side of the elbow,
This would be best location away from direct head and obstruction
I will edit a picture now to show you where i mean.
Ive linked an example of barbed nipple in post above.
Same then for the heated windscreen and rear window heater buttons,
Purchase another two blacks, fit them to panel creating four blanks then fill the lines,
Drill two holes for flush fit custom switches,
When all is filled, sanded smooth and drilled for switches,
Id have the panels hydro dipped in carbon print for a seamless finish,
I reckon these brushed aluminium switches will tie in nicely with the already fitted custom climate controls, stock gear gator surround and stock 12v socket.
Will remain stock, but other three will be custom fitted, wiring will be simple cut off factory plug, crimp on female spades, then plug in to new button using Haynes manual for reference.
Overall i reckon 100-150 pounds would cover the project start to finish,
Purchase the panels from a mk2.5 in the breakers so progress wont take away from the regular operation of the car,
Will be July next year before i get to this one,
What you guys reckon?
that's one serious bulb,
Id settle for cree Q5 in the red since its just for signal purposes,
Gotta upgrade to two of those 80watt cree lmao the future is bright,
Great find there clive. added to watch list for next year
That looks cool! I think it does something similar as what my AV receiver does i.e measure the distances of the speakers from the mic, then calibrate them in order for the driver to hear them at their best. I just had a look at the pictures you put up and as I suspected, my headunit, which is the AVHx2500BT model doesn't support the calibration. It is a very nifty feature to have and I think Mr_Spock's headunit had something similar.
I myself personally like to fiddle with the knobs until I get a sound that feels good to my ears. I used these sound files to spend about 1hr tuning the sound in my car to my personal taste. It's a free torrent of files that were made for tuning sound systems. If there is any issues with me linking the files on this particular website, Mods, please let me know as from what I gather, this is under free license **Link to be Updated**
Might be handy to have this as well Lenny if you don't want to buy the Mic to eq your system. From my experience with my AV receiver when I used the mic to calibrate it, it was a good starting point and then i tweaked it to my taste. Might be the same for your car
Ill definitely give the software you used a run on the system aswell mate, I've heard your system and it fantastic sound, base and everything is just right ill try all possible to recreate that in my own focus, last sub i had was a 15" fusion and always overpowered the rest of the car,
Air freshener used to blow to the windscreen from the rear view mirror, i never bothered to tune it and assumed at the time that's how they are,
But i saw and heard your system the bass is just right and tight,
People said before 10" subs are better than 12or15" at the time when i had my 15" i was thinking no way how could 10" speaker be better than a 15"
But it really is,
The smaller speaker is capable of tighter bursts of heavy base just where its needed in the song,
Unlike 15" where it cant keep up with short tight bursts, ends up sounding like distortion,
Heres me first car with install,
Fusion encounter 15" Sub
Fusion Reactor 6x9 custom raised to clear the sub enclosure,
Boxed 6.5" components,
Up front then were 4" fusion reactor 2-way,
All looking very boy racer and was just pure noise,
Learned from that definitely tuning this system like yours,
Most IP's block access to that site due to it being on an illegal server.
It would be better if you could Dropbox the file.
Thanks very much for inside ifo on this one mate,
We wouldn't know that how do you get info like that or is it through work you know this?
Thanks for the heads up. I will upload it to my Dropbox account and post the link here so that everyone can have access to it. I found the files on it very helpful and they were all recorded at a high bit rate.
Ill download it from drop box when you get it transferred,
Happy with that.
There are similar things available for setting up recording studios and has "filtered down" to PA systems, venues, theatre's etc. I have some special software designed for recording studio control rooms/ nerfield monitors, it can even give a plot of the room characteristics, showing problems like standing waves etc - I've got an omnidirectional electrostatic mic that was designed for measurement that i use for recording (no use to you as its not calibrated to your head unit and its a balanced xlr socket )
Looks like a simple dynamic mic probably omni-directional, (the eq will be calibrated/ compensated for that mic) the reason it is put on the drivers headrest is so that the eq is adjusted for that position, it will compensate for "room" acoustics as well as the deficiencies/ tonal balance of the speakers - if you change anything like a speaker it would need to be re-done - it will set it for a "natural" balance which may not be to your listening taste but might give you a good starting point or improve sound if your settings are out a fair bit
the ones for home cinema may be for setting the correct rear speaker delay on surround-sound systems, depending on your listening position - which is a different thing
Sounds good mate,
It did say after calibration the equaliser setting be be "flat" allowing further adjustment there after, ties in with what you were saying there,
I never heard of anything like this before, and surly didn't expect to have this type of technology in the price bracket of the chosen head unit.
Thanks for info mate,
Earlier on last week we discussed the minor/only issue with having the 4 channel amp removable,
The problem is:
All audio signal from headunit travels via RCA cable to an amp then from the amp to the speakers,
The 4 Channel amplifier will be mounted on a removable panel designed to be removed if bigger cargo space is required and seats need folding flat,
When the 4ch amp is removed there wont be any sound to the speakers,
Just the permanent fitted sub,
I've acknowledged this minor technical difficulty earlier in the thread but at that point had not concluded a solid plan around this,
If i was to power the front speakers from the headunits internal 50w amp through one feed
Power the same speaker with a cable from the 280w 4ch at the same time this would blow the head unit,
Initial plan then was to run two feeds to the front speakers,
One from head unit,
One from amp on MDF panel,
The feed from head unit would be separated by spade connectors under the glovebox,
So when the 4ch amp was absent from the car,
I can plug spades together thus powering front speakers from headunit.
The only big potential hazard with this plan was;
If i forgot to disconnect from the head unit again before returning the 4ch amp,
So i scrapped that plan as its too much risk of error.
There needed to be a setup that couldn't physically be both ways at the same time, because this setup needs to fit in with every day living where other matters distract the mind,
Removal and fitting needs to be 100% error proof as its easy to forget when doing unusual jobs that speakers are wired two ways.
So without further adieu here's the permanent plan of action:
The mdf sheet ill be in the boot compartment as saw in image:
Now fold down rear seat to access cavity area between the MDF sheet and rear seat:
Contained here are the vibe Vibe FastPlug which connects
Signal ON/Off from stereo
To the amplifier
There will also be two plug/sockets for the audio cables feeding to speakers from the amplifier,
See link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
Each connector has four cores,
Feed to Front speakers
Feed to rear speakers
New vibe flatflex will be run to all speakers from these male connectors.
Now at the rear of the stereo i will cut the cables feeding from iso loom to front speakers,
Splice a new flatflex feed to these run it to the rear seat fitting one of those 4 core sockets on the end of it,
Thats front speaker feeds directly from stereo in same type connection socket.
An audio feed output from the head units internal amp is lying in the boot terminated in a female socket keeping the terminals insulated,
When the boot space needs expanding,
Unplug from amp and plug in to this female socket instead to run front speakers directly from headunit.
Completely fail safe not possible to double feed the line,
Saves a little weight on cable too as only one feed runs to each speaker.
The modification now fits in with every day living,
simple 2 minute process
Fold down seats,
Unplug connections from amp,
Plug in headunit feed,
Remove panel through door and store somewhere safe.
15 euro despatched to uk via tracked courier,
just print label,
scan it in yourself at parcel motel and put it in the cabinet,
My eldest daughter was with mevat the time and thought there was a large diameter vacuum pipe under the ground which shuttled the item to another cabinet close to the recipient kids are great, i explained the boys in the van would be around later to sort it out.