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Audi A4 Audio Install Advice needed...

Discussion in 'In-Car Entertainment' started by imported_ZeroK66, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. **Posted this in another forum but just spotted the ICE forum & so copying post here**

    Hello all,

    Had my S4 a few weeks now - getting all settled in wtih performance & all the nigglies... now onto Audio.

    I got the car without a CD Changer - owning a few iPods I have bought the Dension Ice>Link and will fit this once it arrives.

    Problem I have is as follows...

    1. The car does not have BOSE and so only has front door speakers & rear parcel shelf speakers.
    2. The car does not have rear speakers as previous owner isntalled a stealth shelf that can take 2 x 10" speakers...
    3. I canot find the audio cables in the boot that ran the speakers/amp that were in the boot.

    Questions are:

    1. Where would the audio/power cables be tucked away?
    2. Can I get 2/3 way 10" speakers? This way I can get trebble in the rear of the car along with bass from the 10" cone.
    3. What do I do about the front speakers? They will not be loud enough to match the 10"'s in the back - assuming they were just SUBS.

    Help/Advice welcome.

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  3. tracer

    tracer '96 a4 1.8 se

    Oct 1, 2005
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    hello man, got yer pm but i can't reply to you coz you have used up yer pm quota apparently. so.........

    rainbow speakers are excellent, get a decent amp and they will be superb, i have a kenwood amp just now which is just barely managing to drive them but they could be pushed further i think. still have some work to do with sound deadening panels once the weather is better.

    but yeah sound quality is excellent , crisp and clear.

    the speakers that were fitted originally were nokias and quite frankly the worst/cheapest looking speakers i've evr seen , how they got into an audi i'l never know. so in fairness any speaker upgrade would have made an improvement.

    for speakers adaptors do a search for andymac's posts and you will find some details . i have done something similar to him but admittedly not quite as professional. - look here for example -

    let me know how you get on with the stealth box, pics would be appreciated. i am planning a sub install this summer but still want to be able to fit the clubs in the boot /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    also have a look on talkaudio forums for ideas.
  4. as above look on Talk audio- many on there are advocates of having only comps up front and subs in back so give it a try.

    Ive got 2 8" Image dynamics which when I get round to it will be Infinite baffled onto the back shelf, 2 x13" DLS speakers up front amped and well installed should be more than enough even if you fit 2x10`s.

    Regarding missing wiring speak to Andymac or indeed to the guy you bought it off
  5. Thanks guys, I am on talkaudio now... just looking for installers in my area. I am just so nervous about leaving my car with someone who has not worked on an A4 before and let them tear apart my door cards & attempt to fit components & run cables.

    Dont suppose there is anyone on here that fancies earning some cash one weekend and help out *cough* AndyMac *cough*

  6. Broken Byzan

    Broken Byzan Photographic Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User quattro Audi A4

    Apr 26, 2004
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    I have removed my rear speakers and run a 12inch sub selaed. With a 3 way setup up front. The cards come off really easily,2 mins, the plastic adapters take 5 mins to fit. The hardest is running the cables up and down the car for the amps etc
  7. Mmm...

    Well my box externally only measure 6.5" deep - that must limit my options with subs.

    I am going to go down the Rainbow SLX component route as suggested/recommended - just wish I could find the bl00dy cabling - looks like I am going to have to run new cables /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
  8. To help those that may be looking at an install in the future I got the following:

    The Key to remove the headunit from the dash: http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=4772

    Adapters to fit 13cm / 5" speakers into the doors: http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=481

    Rainbow SLX 265 Deluxe Components: http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=3852

    Adapter cable to get 4 x RCA connectors for amp: http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=79

    I have done nothing with the rear yet - I will probably follow AndyMac's advice and get 2 x 8" subs for this and an amp to suit.

    Anyones thoughts on this would be appreciated!

  9. tracer

    tracer '96 a4 1.8 se

    Oct 1, 2005
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    have you got your links right? shows 5" adaptor plates but 6.5" speakers???
  10. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator
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    Jun 10, 2003
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  11. Thanks guys... my mistake, got so muddled up in it all. I have requested they change them - not much chance of delivery before the weekend now /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
  12. Well the order was amended... so all good. Only arrive next week.

    Had the door cards off today and found the doors are ready lines with dynamat - NICE! Some digging found the boot is also lined, potential for some good sound... just need to get all the bits together

    10 or 8"'s... that is the question. I swing daily!

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