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Discussion in 'In-Car Entertainment' started by topscaff, Jul 29, 2006.

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    I have just fitted a JVC KD-LHX601 Head unit to my 2002 Allroad and am looking at replacing the factory speakers with something a little better.

    The factory Sub worked with the After-market Clarion thet the JVC replaced but does not work with the JVC. No great loss i know, but, i do notice the difference without it.
    I guess i would need 2 pairs of component speakers for the doors and possibly a Sub. If i go for a Sub it would have to be a compact one such as these.

    http://thebassbin.co.uk/shop/product/products_id/2781.html
    http://www.icebuyer.co.uk/product.asp?product=21071

    Could anyone recommend some speakers that will replace my originals without too much hassle and are these Subs any good?

    I don`t actually know the size of the original speakers but i guess they are 13 cm?

    Any help/advice would be appreciated. I have not set a budget but as long as i don`t have to sell a kidney i am open to suggestions and await your expertise.

    Thanks in advance.
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    The speakers should all be 165mm as they are in the A4 and A6.
    Those mini powered subs are pretty useless especially in a big car like yours. You have to be sitting on the thing to even be aware it's actually there, really more of a "upgrade" for girls in Fiestas.
    There's no reason the JVC won't hook up to the existing sub, it just needs the rear pre-outs plugged into the Audi rear amp loom. If the sub isn't working I'm surprised you have rear speakers working as they run off the same amp.
    Any aftermarket components will be better than the paper cone OEM garbage Audi fit, so really a case of how much you want to spend. Personally I wouldn't spend more than about £120 on the fronts, less on the rears, in fact I wouldn't bother upgrading the rears at all.
    Infinity's or Rainbow seem to be favoured on here:
    http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=4230
    http://www.caraudiodirect.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=3853
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    Thanks AndyMac.

    The rears and the sub worked from the same RCA leads into the rear out of the Clarion, on the JVC i get rears only on the rear-out and Sub only on the Sub out. The wiring is not pretty though as i think the previous owner was Edward Scissorhands.

    I think i may rip it all out and start again.

    Thanks for the advice.
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    The Audi sub runs off the same rear pre-outs as the rears (the sub & rears are driven by the same tri-mode amp) so when connected to the rear pre-outs you have to get both rears and sub. What you're probably finding is that the JVC kicks out twice the power of the Audi head unit to the fronts, so with the balance set to mid point the rears aren't loud enough and the sub will be very faint.
    I would reconnect it to the sub out, disconnect the rears from the Audi amp and then drive the rears off the JVC's internal rear amp. This way you'll get independent control of the sub, though it may struggle to keep up with the higher output of the head unit.
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    Thanks for your input AndyMac.

    The Sub does work with the rear speakers but as you said , it is hardly noticeable.

    I have just ordered 2 pairs of the Infinity Reference 6510cs from Ebay for £138 including delivery, thought this was a good deal.

    I will probably go to see a specialist and gain some advice on a Sub and possibly an Amp and will no doubt end up paying them to install the speakers. My scaffolders hands are O.K for removing the trim but useless at piecing it all back together again lol.

    Cheers.
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    After a bit of arguing with some interior panels and plenty of good old Anglo Saxon :D i will be installing the speakers myself and i will also be adding a
    Vibe CBR12 active Sub.

    I will power the 4 door speakers from the H/U as i think it will be more than capable and the addition of the Sub will hopefully make for a half decent system. I`m not after eardrum shatterring sound levels, just good clean crisp sound.
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