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#422510 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 24 October 2014 - 09:26 PM

Had a lot of reading to catch up on and kudos on getting this whole debacle sorted! Can't wait to see it posted here. I remember how heavy my one was and like you said, taking the hit for postage is something we are well used to here in Ireland :P

 

I had to have a read through the Radio World shop feedback on Ebay and they are not great. They must either be in trouble financially or have very inept workers there. I hope they get themselves sorted as I had no issues dealing with them a few months back and charged me a reasonable fee for shipping it to Ireland. 

 

Spade connectors will come in handy and will make a tidy job of the speakers. 

 

Btw, that colour for that Focus looks Olive Green to me. Unusual and I never seen one that colour. Definitely an option. Also, saw a Lime Green Focus RS today around Tullamore and it was a beaut!




#421216 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 20 October 2014 - 08:58 PM

Just an update: I uploaded that Test CD to my Dropbox account and here is the link for anyone looking to use it to calibrate their sound system. I reckon you could also use this for your AV system. It's a big wave file, very well encoded and I found it very helpful. 

 

https://www.dropbox....BwiVLSe9Fa?dl=0




#420662 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 19 October 2014 - 09:30 AM

The idea with the new switches is really cool. It will definitely give a more upmarket feel to the whole interior. More in line with the Titanium X models e.g Mondeo and the new Focus. I like it and can't wait to see the progress :)


#420579 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 18 October 2014 - 10:39 PM

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 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 bitrate.




#420556 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 18 October 2014 - 09:46 PM

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 :)

http://thepiratebay....ltimate_Test_CD

 

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 :)




#420433 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 18 October 2014 - 05:11 PM

I like this idea better than your previous one for the same reasons. Foolproof and you still retain the use of your bootspace when you need it. Also, shouldn't be too hard to implement. Nice :)




#420060 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 10:08 PM

Cool. I think you have a nice set there of components that will complement each other very well. Coupled that with the Silent Coat for sound deadening, you are on to a winning combination :)

 

Exciting times ahead man.




#420051 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 09:46 PM

I love it when a plan comes together. Like I said, Christmas coming early for you! And Parcel Motel is a godsend for us here in Ireland. Saves so much on postage! Plus, it's always exciting going to go pick it up from the motel. When that door opens, its ridiculous :P

You seem to have the parts coming along nicely. I like how the mock ups turn up. They make a lot more sense now and I like how all of the amps are lined up and you can't see the wires.  An option, just in case the mono amp doesn't fit in the location you chose, you could always mount it on the other side of the 4 channel amp on the MDF. It would be nice to have some symmetry in your setup. Blame the OCD in me :)

 

Any thoughts about the speakers yet?




#420022 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 07:40 PM

Oh I bet you feel like it's Christmas already there with the parts arriving :P


#420021 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 07:40 PM

Offer still stands mate. Will bring it along with me next time we meet up. It would be a good thing it gets some use as I don't want it to freeze up :)


#420006 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 07:20 PM

Lenny, if you want a loan in the meantime, you can have my old stereo Ford headunit until you get your new Pioneer one. It's sitting in a box in the store room and would be be good put to use to keep it functioning. Better than hearing you sing or your old phone there :P




#419985 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 06:53 PM

Love it! Very Mighty Car Mods. Maaad !


#419910 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 03:12 PM

Also, just my personal opinion, I would not spend too much money on rear speakers as if like you are planning to get a good set of front components, the rears will only be used for light fill for the sound. If you crank them up, it will tend to muddy the sound and dilute the musical listening experience. My advice, dedicate the better chunk of your budget to a good amplifier and a good set of front component speakers. The rears can be taken care by a cheapo set as you will barely hear them. e.g in my car the balance of front/rear is set to mostly the front speakers. If I put the rears up, the whole system sounds horrible to my ears. Just my 2 cents :)




#419906 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 02:54 PM

Also, Focal PS165V on Ebay:

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2337c2ea5e




#419905 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 16 October 2014 - 02:52 PM

Nicely done in finding that deal there Lenny. I reckon, if you can bargain with the seller and get the C2 components instead, it will be a steal. I had read loads of reviews about the C2 and there are a few videos on Youtube of people who had used them. Check out the info on Crutchfield. They don't need lots of power from the amp to drive them and with your chosen amp, they should sing! Rather than yourself in the car :P

 

The C2s have silk dome tweeters which helps smooth out the higher frequencies and sound a lot nicer than other component sets at this price point.

 

To just throw another idea at you, I would recommend reading up and maybe thinking about the Focal PS165 as a component set for the fronts. They are a little bit cheaper/around the same price than the JL Audio C2s and sound a bit different. I had a chance to hear them and they do sound very good. They are very similar to my sets of Focal 165KR and the PS165 run at 80W rms @4ohms. You might need to rethink of an amplifier for them and that would be a drawback as you would need something in the 80-100W rms(or more) x 4 range as an amp. But, the upside is that, it would have a lot more headroom and the Focal sound is somewhat different to others. It can be quite addictive as I found out! If you can find a dealer in Ireland, do give them a listen as you might just like it :)

 

Have a look at the reviews on Amazon. The cheapest place I found them was on www.ebay.fr (France ebay) as they are a french company. I had my heart set on them for a very long while and in the end got lucky getting my set for cost price pretty much. 

http://www.amazon.co...rds=focal ps165