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Old 03-25-2010, 09:07 AM   #21
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After cruising the internet, and doing a bit of research, I have decided to install (have someone install) the sub in my car.

I am installing a JL10W7 in a sealed box (more of a SQ guy than SPL) with a HD750/1 to push it. All said and done, should total ab $1200 bucks with everything new. I will post pics tom, but I am looking forward to having the bass rockin as I hit that 155 speed limiter

This should be a professional install, so hopefully itll be helpful to anyone looking for more pics (in addition to elf_cruisers good looking setup)
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Am going to do 2x10W6v2 myself in custom sealed enclosures on either side of the trunk walls. I'd like your opinon on the W7's. They are just so damn deep. Waiting for Audison to do this BitOne update so the unit will work with the 3G MMI. For those of you wanting one, It works with the 2G MMI.

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Man, the sub sounds great, I got the sealed enclosure, so its a tight bass, and it truly doenst sit too far in the trunk at all. The specs for the sealed enclosure are on the JL website, I would encourage you to look at em and then do a bit of measuring in your trunk ,it fits like a glove in the back corner (back of sub at back of the seat). I can still get 2 sets of golf clubs in my trunk, and have it pound. Also, you can set a HD750/1 sub right underneath the factory subwoofer, so all you see is the sub box, nothing else obstructs the trunk...

Sounds fantastic, has enough SPL to shake the car as much as Id need, and enough snappiness to keep up with my techno. I got everything done for about $1100 bucks) (400 for amp shipped) (500 for box and sub shipped) like 200 for install.

I was between this and an exhaust, and frankly, im happier with this (since you couldnt ever hear both)
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Man, the sub sounds great, I got the sealed enclosure, so its a tight bass, and it truly doenst sit too far in the trunk at all. The specs for the sealed enclosure are on the JL website, I would encourage you to look at em and then do a bit of measuring in your trunk ,it fits like a glove in the back corner (back of sub at back of the seat). I can still get 2 sets of golf clubs in my trunk, and have it pound. Also, you can set a HD750/1 sub right underneath the factory subwoofer, so all you see is the sub box, nothing else obstructs the trunk...

Sounds fantastic, has enough SPL to shake the car as much as Id need, and enough snappiness to keep up with my techno. I got everything done for about $1100 bucks) (400 for amp shipped) (500 for box and sub shipped) like 200 for install.

I was between this and an exhaust, and frankly, im happier with this (since you couldnt ever hear both)
Any photos of the install? I am interested in how it was wired. Did you just keep your B&O setup and add the bass - I bet that sounds pretty good because all the B&O needs is a little more thump? Did you keep the stock subs hooked up or did you disconnect them?

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I'm interested in this as well. I have the B&O system and want to use my old sub with it.
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Ditto - i'd like to see how the pros did it, and change my setup if there's a better way to do it...

With the 10 - I bet you can still open the trunk floor and get the spare out, huh? I took mine out with the tools and will just throw it in the trunk for road trips - no need having it in town (AAA card can get me home).
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:29 PM   #27
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Still trying to put something together for mine when it comes. Plan to keep the stock speakers, at least at first except for the subs. Gonna do two JL Audio 10W6v2's. Gonna replace the amps and am trying to figger out exactly how many hoops I'm gonna have to jump through to do this Audison Bit1 thing.. Plan to Bi-amp the front doors, one channel to center, two to rears and two mono subs=eight channels.
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What size are the stock B&O drivers 5.25, 6.5? tweets?
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What size are the stock B&O drivers 5.25, 6.5? tweets?
Might be able to make the assumption that some of the gear in the S5 is the same as the Q7 -

http://www.audiusa.com/us/brand/en/e...__olufsen.html

Also - with the Audison configuration that you described, you'll have some dead speakers, which may really affect the clarity of the system. The B&O has bass drivers and tweets in the front doors, mids in the dash and rear deck, and another set of bass and tweets in the rear side panels, all in addition to the sub channel. I would wait til you get the car before you start planning out the stereo. I'm a pro drummer with a lot of studio time, stage time, and hearing loss, especially in the higher frequency ranges above 5Khz, and I still keep the treble setting reasonable, and full vol in this system is pretty much loud enough. I wouldn't want it much louder even if money was no object. It could be cleaner, but it's really splitting hairs at some point. This B&O is good enough to require SACD or other hidef media before you really hear the imperfections in the system. CDA or MP3 is no contest for the B&O ... It makes MP3's sound like the junk that they really are...
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Might be able to make the assumption that some of the gear in the S5 is the same as the Q7 -

http://www.audiusa.com/us/brand/en/e...__olufsen.html

Also - with the Audison configuration that you described, you'll have some dead speakers, which may really affect the clarity of the system. The B&O has bass drivers and tweets in the front doors, mids in the dash and rear deck, and another set of bass and tweets in the rear side panels, all in addition to the sub channel. I would wait til you get the car before you start planning out the stereo. I'm a pro drummer with a lot of studio time, stage time, and hearing loss, especially in the higher frequency ranges above 5Khz, and I still keep the treble setting reasonable, and full vol in this system is pretty much loud enough. I wouldn't want it much louder even if money was no object. It could be cleaner, but it's really splitting hairs at some point. This B&O is good enough to require SACD or other hidef media before you really hear the imperfections in the system. CDA or MP3 is no contest for the B&O ... It makes MP3's sound like the junk that they really are...
I agree the MP3 is junk quality. I just bought my first Ipod Classic because it holds 160GB so I can rip my CD collection to lossless format. This produces CD quality sound which is far superior to MP3, although it uses about 10x the amount of storage (about 0.5GB per CD) - hence the Ipod Classic for the Audi glove box.

Having listened to the B&O system in my new S5 for the past couple of weeks, I have come to the conclusion that all it really needs is a subwoofer to fill in the lows. The sound quality at higher frequencies is quite good - very clear while listening to CD quality files. Having gone from a car that had a professionally installed, high quality system, there is a definite loss in sound quality in the B&O, but I'm pretty sure it's only due to the lack of a powerfull subwoofer.

I just need to figure out the cleanest way to do the install.
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Old 03-30-2010, 08:17 AM   #31
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I spent some time in one at the dealer just to listen to the stereo. True, it did lack in the bass department. The mids/highs were pretty good. I like to listen loud. You know the guy, in the chevy suburban, you can hear him a block away thumping some Biggie Smalls or whatever. I'm kinda like that guy, only I'm doing it In an Audi or a Porsche with Miles and Freddie Hubbard. One definite is that I will have to wrap the doors. There was some definite resonance there. The center channel did a nice job of keeping the front stage centered but I wish the image were a bit further out. How will I have "dead" speakers? The Bit1 will give me 8 output channels. In the doors are a 2-way system if I recall. I would bi-amp those, one channel each to the center and rears and one channel to the subs. That's 8. Are there drivers in the rear deck other than the B&O sub?
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I spent some time in one at the dealer just to listen to the stereo. True, it did lack in the bass department. The mids/highs were pretty good. I like to listen loud. You know the guy, in the chevy suburban, you can hear him a block away thumping some Biggie Smalls or whatever. I'm kinda like that guy, only I'm doing it In an Audi or a Porsche with Miles and Freddie Hubbard. One definite is that I will have to wrap the doors. There was some definite resonance there. The center channel did a nice job of keeping the front stage centered but I wish the image were a bit further out. How will I have "dead" speakers? The Bit1 will give me 8 output channels. In the doors are a 2-way system if I recall. I would bi-amp those, one channel each to the center and rears and one channel to the subs. That's 8. Are there drivers in the rear deck other than the B&O sub?
There are 14 speakers in an S5. Yes, there are mids in the rear deck, in addition to the sub. There are also woofers and tweeters in the rear side panels (where rear doors would be if it was a 4 door) So that's your deficit of 6 speakers, 14 minus 8 = 6 ...

I'm not telling you waht to do or anything - just making sure you have all the info. Might just be better to get the car and inspect it firsthand before making up your mind or spending any $$ on something that might not work...
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didn't know there were drivers in the rear deck. I haven't built a system with rear speakers in sooooo long. the center channel, is it a single driver or a two way system? Also, what size are the other drivers if you happen to know. I know you can watch movies but what about the audio? Does the factory system decode DD or DTS? Thanks in advance.
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has anyone figured out how to get the signal for the new sub before it goes into the amp. I have a symphony II. Amp is in the rear drivers side well. I know i could just disconnect the audi's sub wires and turn them into rca's but i think you would get a cleaner sound if you did it before the amp. correct me if i am wrong.
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has anyone figured out how to get the signal for the new sub before it goes into the amp. I have a symphony II. Amp is in the rear drivers side well. I know i could just disconnect the audi's sub wires and turn them into rca's but i think you would get a cleaner sound if you did it before the amp. correct me if i am wrong.
From what I understand, it's an optical digital stream from the head unit to the amp. Tapping into that would be very difficult or require some advanced hardware to make it happen. They make some very nice RCA converter boxes that do noise reduction, gain, eq, etc... That would be the best bet if you want to keep things simple and get a line-level input to your amp.
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Just did a sub/amp install on my 2010 A5 (w/ B&O) and wanted to share a few pics... the amp is an Alpine PDX and the sub is by JL.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/5432923...7625176835005/
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What colors were the wires to the factory sub?
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Yellow/White = +
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just use a speaker to RCA adapter at best buy or amazon. It will take the speaker outputs and down them to rca inputs for an amp. I used 500 execlon amp and 2 12" kickers in a box that squeezes into the trunk. The salesman at Braman thought I was joking that it sounded better than the S6 B&O for 6k. It rocks and always get compliments about the sound.
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I'm not a car audio installer but a little confused. Don't you need RCA's running to the amp to get the signal?
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