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#420556 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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 2010-2015

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




#419394 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 14 October 2014 - 10:36 PM

As usual, impressed with the quality of work there Lenny. Now that I see the preliminary work, I get what you mean about making a cavity. It will look stock once done and no wires will be visible. Plus, it will protect them too when having cargo in the boot. Liking the concept so far :)




#419351 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 14 October 2014 - 09:08 PM

+1 re Lidl App. Going to get that now! They do so many handy little things and it would be great to know when they are on sale as I don't go to it that regularly and go to Aldi for groceries. 

 

It's funny how sometimes getting it at a shop works out to be cheaper with no leftover materials. Plus, the quality of the finish is generally better. 

 

Re-ocd: You got that spot on. Welcome to my world :P 




#419068 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 13 October 2014 - 08:44 PM

I managed to measure the gap as well today between the sub enclosure and the back of the seat. It was 35mm(3.5cm). I have a few pictures of it. Not the greatest as the light wasn't good. 

 

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These are the pictures of the screws I used. I will send/give you a bunch for use. They are short enough to hold the amp and not to go too deep into the mdf of the enclosure.

 

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This is how it's laid out in my boot:

 

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#419063 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 13 October 2014 - 08:34 PM

That whole post made me chuckle coz I know how your OCD tendencies goes into overdrive about the little details. It's what makes all your mods that little bit extra special. I would definitely agree with you with the colour coding for the rear camera. It would actually drive me mad as well even though I would not see it. 

 

The instructions for the reverse camera are not great. Hope the guide helps with the wiring. I would be useless with electrical wiring myself. I hope it goes well.

 

The magnetic trays are really handy. Love the Lidl specials. Their tools are always good value and I could spend hours in there, without getting any groceries :P